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The Real Haunted History of Frightland

Kyle McMahon | Posted 10.28.2016 | Entertainment
Kyle McMahon

Frightland Haunted Attractions sits on 1300 acres, with 350 of them being dedicated to the haunted attractions themselves. It is a vast property with a very rich history that wasn't always necessarily "happy."

Students in Debt, Professors in Poverty -- What's Going Wrong?

Laurie Jones | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Laurie Jones

In a time when college enrollment is booming and college tuition is at an all-time high, the prospect of getting an upper-level degree and working at a college or university would seem like a sure bet for anyone. And yet, in 2015, a PhD does not guarantee a great living.

Radio That Changed Lives: A Film About How NYC's Infamous Duo Stretch and Bobbito Shaped Hip Hop

Shannon McDeez | Posted 10.22.2016 | Entertainment
Shannon McDeez

Last week inside Harlem's Maysles Cinema, I had front row seats to a peek inside New York's legendary 89TEC9, a radio show that defined an important era of Hip Hop and launched the careers of some of the most notorious artists of all time:

Millennials; Celebrate Yourselves, Even When Others Don't

Lisa Levart | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Lisa Levart

Millennials have a bad reputation. The media tells us they are entitled, spoiled and in constant need of approval. But I agree with James Wolcott who wrote; "We may need millennials to remind us what we should have remembered from the '60s, that social change comes only once you stop playing charades."

Banned In India, This Powerful Film On Rape Will Show In U.S. Theaters

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

When India's Daughter, a documentary on the horrific gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh was released earlier this year, the Indian govern...

Interviewing the Team Behind We The People: The Market Basket Effect

Sam Rivman | Posted 10.19.2016 | Entertainment
Sam Rivman

We The People: The Market Basket Effect is a documentary that focuses on the dramatic relationship of the Demoulas family over control of their $4 billion supermarket chain, Market Basket. I spoke with Robert Friedman and Ted Leonsis about the production of their film.

Byrd 1933: The Importance of Documentary Film in the History of Scientific Exploration

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 10.18.2016 | Arts
K.J. Wetherholt

With the restoration of those remaining 10 reels, and the Byrd Center having hired filmmaker and artist Pamela Theodotou as their media specialist, in seeing what the Center had in the remaining reels from the Discovery Lecture Film Series, it became apparent to Theodotou that there was enough content to piece back together one of Admiral Byrd's most famous expeditions to Antarctica.

When Your Mother is the Enemy

Gayle Kirschenbaum | Posted 10.16.2016 | Fifty
Gayle Kirschenbaum

Judaism teaches us that every descent is for the sake of an ascent. Difficult people present us with an opportunity to grow. If I did not face adversity in my childhood, I would have never learned the life lessons I have and be able to help others. When I am faced with an obstacle it is no accident and there is a lesson for me to learn. I live life with gratitude.

'He Named Me Malala' -- Inspirational, Educational and Eye-Opening. A Must-See for Today's Youth

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 10.12.2016 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

This movie is very inspirational, educational and makes me realize how fortunate I am to have an education and not have to worry about the safety of my life or family.

'Field N*ggas' Director Extracts Beauty from Grit [INTERVIEW]

EBONY.com | Posted 10.16.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

Shot in a gritty boom-bap style, Field Niggas is a powerful new documentary directed by newcomer Khalik Allah. The New York City-based film examines the sorrowful lives of a group of transients who gather in Harlem on 125th Street and Lexington Avenue.

New McDonald's School Curriculum Teaches Kids 'Nothing Wrong With Fast Food'

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.15.2016 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

The company has created a new documentary for use in middle and high schools which promotes the McDonald's brand so aggressively, it can hardly be called "stealth" marketing. Instead, it's a veritable infomercial for the beleaguered fast food chain.

Welcome to Americaville.

Carl Corey | Posted 10.14.2016 | Travel
Carl Corey

Americaville is my take on the places I visit here in the U.S. and the reflection they project upon our American culture. I developed the idea for it while walking 480 miles across Wisconsin for a documentary project: "Along the Yellowstone Trail."

Meet Scarman

Rob Ashe | Posted 10.09.2016 | Parents
Rob Ashe

Ward "Scarman" Foley was born with Arthrogryposis and has spent the last 30 years giving speeches across the nation and abroad. He is also a published author and hospice volunteer. He spoke at that conference and engaged new parents, old parents, and teens and adults who had never met another person with the same condition.

Rights, Camera, Action: Sunshine Cinema

Palika Makam | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Palika Makam

Sunshine Cinema is a mobile, solar-powered cinema and platform with a mission to share knowledge and skills among African communities through film screenings, skill building workshops and discussions.

Finding Love When Your Whole Country Is Against You

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 10.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that in a male-dominated society, the pressure of being a masculine man is even greater. This makes men feel insecure and frightened, sometimes of their own sexuality. I have a hard time seeing anything changing to the better in Uganda before the male role changes.

No Place Like Homeland

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 10.01.2016 | Arts
Jeffrey Ruoff

The documentary follows months, weeks, and days leading up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and months into the subsequent occupation. Shot in Baghdad and the countryside on a lightweight video camera, this electrifying five-and-a-half hour film divides into two parts, Before the Fall and After the Battle.

Why Do Only 'The Privileged' Make Films?

Elaine McMillion Sheldon | Posted 09.29.2016 | Media
Elaine McMillion Sheldon

Privilege was one of the topics we explored in a 90-minute conversation about race and media at the 2015 Camden International Film Festival. The conversation was a live recording of She Does Podcast, hosted by Sarah Ginsburg and myself.

Interview With the Makers of Dead of Winter: The Donner Party

Sam Rivman | Posted 09.29.2016 | Entertainment
Sam Rivman

From the producers of "Hatfields & McCoys," "Dead of Winter: The Donner Party" is a 2-hour television event that retells the story of one of the most infamous manifest destiny journeys. The film premiered at the Boston Film Festival as the closing night selection.

EXCLUSIVE: Vine Star Marcus Johns Is Releasing a Hobo Train-Hopping Documentary

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.28.2016 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

The Vine star, talked about how he hit a million followers in his first three months, but emphasized that it was important to focus on content rather than numbers.

Malini Goel's Documentary "Should Tomorrow Be" Reveals the Power of Love

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 09.23.2016 | Arts
Gregory Weinkauf

"As long as there's life, there's hope, right?" asks Malini Goel, narrating her subtly powerful and transcendent documentary, "Should Tomorrow Be," and once you see it, you realize it's a rhetorical question.

Extinction or Survival? The Race Is On

Brenda Peterson | Posted 09.15.2016 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Our stories can save or destroy a species. And pictures can make us see our world, as if for the first time.

Lord K2: Chilean Street Art, Photography and His Passion for Muay Thai

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 09.16.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

After dislocating his shoulder for the 3rd time, doctors told London born artist, Lord K2, that he must refrain from contact sports. Although quite harrowing to hear, Lord K2 took on this period of placidity to develop some new, and ultimately gratifying hobbies.

Radicalized

Sam Slovick | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Sam Slovick

Occupy Los Angeles, the largely dismissed, mostly misinterpreted orphan child of the Occupy movement became the largest and one of the longest standing major US Occupations. Radicalized is the untold story of the movement from the inside.

MTV Generation Must-See Documentary: Quiet Riot "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back"

Lori Ferraro | Posted 09.15.2016 | Arts
Lori Ferraro

Having grown up in the Eighties I am fortunate to consider myself part of the MTV Generation. From the second that rocket ship was set into space, that astronaut planted that flag on the moon, that guitar riff played in the background, I was hooked.

'Documentary Now!' Is Proof That Docs Are Officially Mainstream

Lara Zarum | Posted 09.06.2016 | Entertainment
Lara Zarum

The popularity of documentaries among ordinary filmgoers who don't have cinema studies degrees has risen steeply over the past decade, and Documentary Now! only confirms the genre's firm standing in mainstream pop culture.