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INTERVIEW: Dana Nachman, Patricia Wilson and Mike Jutan on Batkid Begins

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.04.2015 | Impact
Zaki Hasan

In 2013, the family of a little boy named Miles, suffering from cancer, made a request to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He wanted to be Batman. From that simple hope of a sick child, an entire social movement was born: Batkid had begun.

Barber Spends His Only Day Off Giving Haircuts To Homeless So They Can Feel Valued

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.02.2015 | Good News

One barber gives back to those in need one haircut at a time. Nasir Sobhani, a 26-year-old based in Melbourne, Australia, spends most of his week ...

Changing the World With Film

Aspen Institute | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Aspen Institute

At the Shreveport Zoo, I met a crippled former circus elephant, Shirley, who had lived alone for over 20 years. Elephants are a matriarchal species with a tight family hierarchy and close bonds.

I Want To Go To Summer Camp Too

Shannon Wrzesinski | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Shannon Wrzesinski

I have been on all ends of the summer camping experience. A camper at Girl Scout camps growing up, a camp counselor at two YMCA camps during college, and now a parent sending my own sons off to camp.

How Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Brought on the Era of Angry, Partisan Television "News"

Nell Minow | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Nell Minow

Once upon a time, network television news was dignified, objective, and delivered in stentorian, voice-of-God tones by white, vaguely Protestant men, in half-hour increments at the dinner hour.

Public, Not-For-Profit Media Is More Important Than Ever

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 06.23.2015 | Media
Abigail E. Disney

Today, channels cater to the least individual viewer, producing vanilla content designed only to echo the ideas already being circulated in popular culture. Public, independent programs are the last bulwark of integrity in the battle against the monotone emanating from our televisions.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can't distinguish them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn't shake.

New York Closes Caribbean-American Heritage Month at the Brooklyn Museum with PAN!

Jessica Joseph | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Jessica Joseph

The Brooklyn Museum is hosting the CaribBEING's Heritage Film Series produced by Shelley Worrell as part of New York's observation of Caribbean Heritage Month. On closing night, on Sunday, June 28 2015, the critically claimed musical documentary, PAN! Our Music Odyssey will make its grand premiere, at 2 pm.

'Give Me Goosebumps!': Celebrating the Relaunch of the TFI Doc Fund and New Partnership with The Orchard

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.25.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This idea, the concept of cinema as a hand across cultures, is exactly what the TFI Documentary Fund is about. From a festival that began to heal a city, to a program and their funds that continue to mend the world through cinema, TFI is high on my list of groundbreaking, life-changing organizations. Many may have tried to imitate it but none have even come close.

The Soul of Yunnan

Mimo Khair | Posted 06.19.2015 | Travel
Mimo Khair

Every new journey gives me a renewed set of reasons to do what I love to do. I love the art of photography. Time stops when I am in the streets of a...

Kindred Spirits: South L.A. and Chernobyl at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

Lisa Adams | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Lisa Adams

This is my fourth year attending the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent and hosted by L.A. Live Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles.

Soaked in Bleach: The Mysterious Death of Kurt Cobain

Patrick Pitu | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Pitu

Kurt Cobain's raspy vocals seemed to bellow from the depths of some bottomless lamentful chasm. His music was sodden with a kind of relatable torment, and at times adorned with a beautiful mourning so honest and distinctive that it could never be replicated.

AFI Docs: Where Policy Meets Art

Michael Rose | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

There are thousands of film festivals in the world. A festival for every flavor of filmmaking from features, shorts, animation, horror, women, wildlife, documentaries and even for films featuring moustaches. Each one's vying for eyeballs. There are just a handful of fests that are considered important.

The Kurt Cobain Movie You Need to See: "Soaked In Bleach"

Tony Potts | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

Some of these factions have come in the form of movies, both documentary and scripted. I've seen nearly all of them. Some of are the definition of faction and others, while earnest, miss the mark. Until now.

Alexander Howard

Documentary Project On Black Women In Tech Smashes Kickstarter Goal | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.12.2015 | Technology

"People do want to hear our story. It's given people something to believe, particularly women of color, who were starting to feel almost abused by the tech world."

Liz Garbus on What Sets Her 'Nina Simone' Doc Apart From Upcoming Biopic

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The Academy Award-nominated documentarian has directed a new film that uses rare archival footage and never-before-heard recordings to paint a remarkable portrait of legendary singer Nina Simone.

Dukale's Dream

Yvonna Russell | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Yvonna Russell

Leading man Hugh Jackman is very particular about his coffee. He loves his coffee fair trade. On a trip for Worldvision, Hugh planted trees, shoveled manure for biofuel and learns about trading at the coffee co-op with Ethiopian farmer Dukale.

The 15 Best B&H Photo Event Space Videos Of All Time

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.08.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

For anyone who doesn't know about the B&H Photo Event Space, you are living in the dark. Firstly, B&H is the Disneyland for photographers - a photo an...

'Every Last Child,' or Ways to Mistrust America

Erica Abeel | Posted 06.06.2015 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Admittedly grim, the film is compelling because documentarian Tom Roberts, a sophisticated craftsman, plays the story for suspense: Will the medical personnel striving to stamp out polio succeed in the face of the Taliban's murderous opposition?

Wilbur and Orville Wright Meet Tom Hanks: NatGeo, Pay Attention -- This Is How It's Done

Carroll F. Gray | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Carroll F. Gray

When the National Geographic Society channel, NatGeo, announced that the American Genius series would include Wright vs. Curtiss (the original title), it created a buzz amongst the aeronautically-minded.

10 Documentary Videos For Street Photography Fans

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Image (c) Michael Ernest Sweet While not all these photographers are strictly street photographers, they are, I believe, photographers that street p...

Poignant New Documentary Adds Much-Needed Female Voices To The Arab Spring

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.07.2015 | World

A new multimedia documentary project is spotlighting the vital roles of women in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. "The Trials of Spring," is a serie...

Living Under the Lens With a Disability

Kyle Bryant | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyle Bryant

When I was first diagnosed with FA, I was ashamed of my disability and I tried to deflect attention because of it. However I have learned to focus on being proud of my ability rather than ashamed of my disability. Now I am looking forward to reliving every detail of our RAAM journey on the big screen with hundreds of other people.

World's Largest Family Reunion: Genealogy or Preen-ealogy?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Megan Smolenyak

Here's my deepest concern about the Global Family Reunion: Has the marketing of it been so successful that we're in danger of changing the definition of genealogy? The interest in famous cousins has always been there, but has its prominence in the GFR's PR campaign been such that many will think that's the whole point?

Indian Award-Winning Documentary 'Daughters of Mother India' -- Jarring Wake-Up Call for Men Like Me

Jim Luce | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

I left the theater in complete silence, with a mild headache and bloodshot eyes from the sheer force of my tears. I had never in my adult life, been more cognizant of my good fortune, my male privilege, my American cocoon.