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'The War on Christmas' -- A Film by Ken Burns

Perry Block | Posted 01.11.2015 | Comedy
Perry Block

It is a brutal war. One that pits brother against brother, elf against gnome, reindeer against reindeer, and worst of all, Santa Claus vs. the Martians.

The New Yorker To Premiere Docu-Series On Amazon

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.11.2014 | Media

The New Yorker has teamed up with Amazon to produce a half-hour documentary series titled "The New Yorker Presents," Amazon announced in a statement o...

Homeless Students Exist in Every School. Is This the Year We Support Them?

Maria Rivera | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Maria Rivera

Over 22,000 of our students were identified as homeless last year, and it feels like, amidst discussions of testing, contracts, and school closings, no one gave this ever-rising number the attention I believe it deserves.

The Flavor of the Month

Leslie Handler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Leslie Handler

He met a girl. She had an apartment. He moved in with her. Even though the relationship didn't last, it was enough for him to get himself off the streets, clean himself up, get a job, and become stable. But what can be done for all the youth who don't have such an option?

How I Realized Child Hunger Hits Everyone Close To Home

Patrick Creadon | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Patrick Creadon

Child hunger in America is often something you don't "see" or suspect is close to you, but I found myself in an affluent area I knew quite well, interviewing hungry kids who live just blocks away from million dollar homes. I realized for the first time, 'If child hunger can exist here, it can exist anywhere.

Go Inside The New Street Art Documentary, 'Banksy Does New York'

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

The Director and Producers Talk About Their New Street Art Documentary. The Banksy show is about to begin again. For those who are not familiar wit...

Movie Review: "Braddock America"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Van Buren

If I'd made a documentary film about the scars left on America through industrialization, instead of writing Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent about it, what I would have likely ended up with is "Braddock, America."

America Abroad Media - October 30, 2014

Connie Lawn | Posted 12.30.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

I have attended thousands of events in the nearly 50 years I have been honored to cover Washington DC and the world. One of the more interesting ones took place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on October 30th.

The Storied, Old-School L.A. Metal Scene Gets Its Close-Up: Bob Nalbandian and Carl Alvarez Talk 'Inside Metal' Documentary

Christian Josi | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Christian Josi

I've had deep exposure to music history in the making by virtue of hanging around LA's famed Sunset Strip in the 1980s. Imagine my surprise to realize that two friends are wrapping up years of painstaking work on a cinematic history lesson of the early metal scene.

Fox News To Air Interview With Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi and Jackson Connor | Posted 10.31.2014 | Media

Fox News will air a two-part documentary in November featuring an exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who says he shot and killed Osama Bin Laden, ...

Treefellers

Joubert Loots | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts
Joubert Loots

Danie Swart is a young man of twenty-six but he holds the responsibility as leader of the group of wood cutters who come and go. He settled down in the bush approximately seven years ago after a hard life of trying to find his feet.

Citizenfour: The Spy Who Was Never Out In The Cold

Lindsay Moran | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Lindsay Moran

Laura Poitras' compelling, controversial, and ultimately contradictory new documentary Citizenfour, the filmmaker seems to have fallen in love with her "agent" -- in this case the movie's hero, or villain, depending upon how you look at it -- Edward Snowden.

Movie Review: 'CitizenFour', Snowden for Lovers and Haters

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Van Buren

'CitizenFour' is impressive filmmaking. Pointras starts with the problem of telling a story most people already know. She succeeds brilliantly, and if 'CitizenFour' is not awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary then that award no longer is relevant.

The Look of Silence and the End of Fear

Matt Easton | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Matt Easton

In 2013's Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, an aging gangster named Anwar Congo recreated his part in the killings as film noir, action movies and westerns, as well as staging lush musical numbers. The surreal and macabre recreations were deeply unsettling.

Mary Lou Williams : The Lady Who Swings With the Band

Yvonna Russell | Posted 12.27.2014 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams once said: "Jazz is love. You have to lay into and let it flow." The love is in flow as filmmaker Carol Bash journeys to complete her full length documentary film "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band" of the legendary diva's life and work.

James Brown: The Highs and Lows

Charles Thomson | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Charles Thomson

In his brand new HBO documentary Mr. Dynamite, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney documents the rise of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Ahead of its debut, some of his former musicians recall the highs and lows of their time with the star.

5 Documentaries to Sink Your Teeth Into for Food Day

Susan Liang | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Liang

What many of us may lack in political pull, we can make up for in taking the time to become more educated and present in our food choices.

Silence Is Speaking... Will We Listen?

Cassidy Hall | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Cassidy Hall

I'm continually engulfed in modern day life with beeps, vibrations, commercials, news feeds -- a variety of attacks on all my senses. Yet, silence's mystifying self still delicately reaches for my curious heart.

'Citizenfour' Review: An Incredible Documentary About Edward Snowden

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Morgenstern

Citizenfour, a documentary about Edward Snowden's first few days of revelation which opens in theaters this Friday, is mesmerizing. It feels more like an espionage fiction film, and I had to continually remind myself I was watching a documentary about real life events.

Life Before Facebook: An Old-School Documentary Walks Us Down High School Memory Lane

Stacy Schneider | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Stacy Schneider

All American is a time capsule of untouched, original, 1984 footage shot at Torrance High School in California, back when movies were actually shot with film. Remember that?

Going Against the Flow: Vivienne Harr of Make a Stand

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.20.2014 | Technology
Charu Sharma

When Vivienne Harr, Chief Inspiration Officer at Stand, was eight years old, she saw a photo of two boys, her age, from Nepal living in modern-day slavery. She said: "Compassion is not compassion without action."

The Best Yoga Film of 2014: Get a Sneak Peak Here

Shannon Sexton | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Sexton

(photo credit: Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, California) Yogis, meditators, and spiritual seekers, make a movie date. Awake: The Life of...

HBO Examines Private Violence (VIDEO)

Rob Feld | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Feld

Cynthia Hill managed powerful and intimate access to women who suffered with the realities. While at Sundance 2015, I discussed with Hill the film, her exploration and the issues surrounding it.

Interview: Laverne Cox Presents New Hope For Trans Youth With Documentary The T Word

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Toce

The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she became the first transgender person to grace the cover of Time magazine in May of 2014.

The Year's Most Talked About Documentary So Far

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment

"Red Army" is one of the year's most talked about documentaries, with critics raving after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Examining the Sov...