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Documentary Links Marijuana Use with Psychosis, Schizophrenia

Vanessa Richmond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Richmond

Weed has changed a lot since the 1960s, so much that the UN is discussing reclassifying it as a different product. Smoking cannabis now nearly doubles a person's risk of psychosis.

Natascha Kampusch, Austrian Kidnap Victim, Revisits Cellar And 3,096-Day Ordeal

TIME | Tristana Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a powerful new documentary titled Natascha Kampusch: 3,096 Days' Imprisonment, which was broadcast on the German public television channel ARD on M...

Sundance Celebrates Documentary Filmmaking (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Four documentary giants gathered in Park City, Utah, for a celebration of documentary filmmaking during the Sundance Film Festival. Alex Gibney ("C...

ReThink Interview: Cevin Soling, Director of the War On Kids

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The War On Kids, a documentary by Cevin (pronounced "Kevin") Soling, goes inside the American public school system to reveal some unsettling truths --...

Climate Chess: Massachusetts Fires a New Shot Heard Round the World

David Novack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Novack

We're two days away from President Obama's first State of the Union address. I personally wait with bated breath. The President threw some punches l...

Climate Chess: A Filmmaker Dives Into Copenhagen's Climate Change Chaos

David Novack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Novack

Day 1 I write from a cramped seat on Finnair, heading for Copenhagen. I sit behind the starboard wing, my chest rumbling from roaring engines as they...

The Importance Of Personal Narrative

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

There is remarkable power in telling your story. Director Heather Ross demonstrates this in her excellent film Girls on the Wall, which screened recently and will be seen on PBS stations in the coming months.

Objects That Tell the Story of Our Life (Video)

Jessica Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jessica Sanders

To direct a short film about my family, I used the artifacts from our creative journeys: the film canisters stacked in the fridge, the Oscar in the guest bathroom, the photos, the news clippings.

Wanted: A Rethink!

Consuelo Reyes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Consuelo Reyes

Considering that even high-profile cancer victims who can afford the best health care in the world still succumb to the disease, one could be forgiven for asking: isn't there another, better way?

"Happiness Is" Film Says Giving Is The Way To Contentment

Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In 2006, documentary filmmaker Andrew Shapter was on a tour promoting his first film, "Before the Music Dies" when someone asked him what he planned t...

ReThink Interview: Josh Harris -- Nostradamus of the Net Tells Your Online Future

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Kim

I met Harris at the We Live In Public premiere in LA and emailed him some questions about the film, the future of the internet, and whether we really do or ever will truly live in public.

Wrapping-Up Woodstock: A Film Festival with Character

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

There is more to this frenzy of film festival expansion than free booze and filmmakers' desperation for recognition and distribution and filmgoers craving films not dumbed down.

Fidel Anecdotes: Cuban Dictator Documentary Looks At Personal Side

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA — The Rev. Jesse Jackson took him to church for the first time in 27 years. Home run legend Hank Aaron asked him for autographed baseball...

Seeing The Tiger Next Door

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

Is Dennis Hill a nut case for boarding people-eating cats in his backyard? Or is Dennis merely a genuine individualist doing his thing?

ReThink Review: Outrage -- One Reason Why the Bird/Shepard Hate Crimes Act Took So Long

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

And the main reason is because hatred/fear of gays is running neck-and-neck with hatred/fear of government for the most defining, unifying characteristic of the "modern" republican party.

'Housing Is a Human Right' Documents Struggle For Home

Huffington Post | Tam Vo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

With all the stories of impending foreclosures across the nation and individuals and families facing eviction and moving into shelters, Impact would l...

Visual Acoustics: Studying the Lessons of Modernity from a Master

Eric Bricker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Bricker

I met the photographer Julius Shulman by chance in the spring of 1999. Unbeknownst to me, that meeting would open a hidden portal to Los Angeles, forever altering the course of my life.

Sergio: A Must-See Documentary

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.03.2012 | Entertainment
Arianna Huffington

This week I wrote about our latest Book Club pick, Shadow Elite, which documents the poisonous effect the rise of a "transnational" class of elites has had on our democracy. Today I want to give you an antidote: Sergio is a powerful and deeply moving documentary I recently saw that tracks the remarkable life -- and tragic death in Iraq at the hands of a suicide bomber -- of UN envoy Sergio de Mello, one of the greatest (albeit least heralded) peacemakers of the 20th century. Described as "a cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy," he spent his life trying to end conflicts in the world's most dangerous places. Based on a book by Samantha Power, the film has been short-listed for the Best Documentary Oscar. So add it to your Netflix queue. And if you happen to be a member of the Academy, vote for Sergio!

ReThink Interview: Philippe Diaz (part 1) -- The End of Poverty? and How It Started

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

What causes global poverty? Why do the countries of the northern hemisphere enjoy so much wealth while over a billion people in the southern hemispher...

Collision: Hitchens Debates Conservative Evangelical, Nothing Happens

Evan Derkacz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Evan Derkacz

The following is the opening to an article by philosophy professor Eric Reitan.

Northern Uganda: The Biggest Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis

Melissa Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Melissa Fitzgerald

As I was leaving an IDP camp, a man said to me, "Please don't let us die in this horrible place. Please tell the people in America what is happening here." I promised myself I would.

ReThink Interview: Daniel Ellsberg -- the Most Dangerous Man in America Speaks, Part Two

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The second part of my interview with Daniel Ellsberg, the true American hero who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

ReThink Review: The War On Kids -- Education's Prisoners

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Public schools have essentially been turned into prisons with constant surveillance and harsh, often absurd zero tolerance policies towards drugs, alcohol, weapons, violence and other forms of misbehavior.

Living Through the Recession (Video)

Sparrow Songs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sparrow Songs

What is reality of being out of work or living with serious financial uncertainty? We set up a backdrop at a Walgreen's in Echo Park and spoke with the people who passed by.

Poet Pride: A Charm City Classic on Film

Timothy Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Timothy Cooper

A new basketball documentary, Poet Pride, takes a look at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. This famed East Baltimore institution has produced some of the greatest basketball players in the country.