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Truth Is Stronger Than Fiction: The Case for Documentaries

Stephen Ujlaki | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen Ujlaki

I have found over time that I actually prefer documentaries to fiction films. Why? From docs, I learn and am exposed to things that I did not know before: how somebody chose to live his or her life; historical events of which I was ignorant; issues that are happening today.

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 07.28.2014 | Media
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Don't expect to learn much about the creative process from this documentary, even though it surfaces in the story. Some people are simply born that way -- though I don't think you have to arrive dead to be gifted.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

Dance for Me: Coming of Age on the Dance Floor and Beyond

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

What drives them, these ballroom babies with the swiveling hips, sequins and spray tans, who sacrifice family, friends, even country in the quest for fame?

The 10 Documentaries About Artists In Love You Need To Watch

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts

"It's like falling in love," Dorothy Vogel explained of being pulled toward a specific artwork. The famed art collector has a point. With both matters...

Celebrating 40 Years of Disabled Lesbian Activism and Art

Chana Wilson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Over the past four decades, disabled lesbians of the San Francisco Bay Area have claimed their worth and their beauty in a culture that rarely showcases their images. The project illustrates the richness of disabled lesbian artistic expression, featuring physicality, performance, and visual art.

'Farmland' Should Win Awards as Best Documentary

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

It comes as a complete shock to me that the best movie I have seen this year is a documentary by the name of Farmland. I usually don't watch document...

Mohamed Hefzy: Ismailia Film Fest Director, Film Clinic Producer & Filmmaker

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

To Egyptian audiences Hefzy offers a new type of movie, modern and urban, while to the rest of the world a blend of wonderfully written characters and slice-of-life poetic interpretations of today's land of chaos and humanity, so often watched on the news and yet so seldom understood.

10 Films Every Human Rights Advocate Should Watch

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts

The 25th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is set to launch next month, bringing 11 days worth of visual storytelling to theaters in New...

Tribeca Film Festival and the Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
Adriana Aristizábal

I recently saw the film with screenwriter Rafael Urrea Soto and we can humorously conclude that there are 10 rules to kidnap an intellectual such as Houellebecq.

Must-see Movie: Cyber-Seniors

The GypsyNesters | Posted 07.15.2014 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

Walking into the theater at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival, I expected Cyber-Seniors to be a dry, informative info-nugget on how the Internet could enhance the lives of the older set. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Big Changes Ahead For Netflix

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 05.09.2014 | Entertainment

Netflix is making a huge push into documentaries in 2014, premiering feature films in the coming months. The online streaming service will solicit fil...

Rap, Nas, and Medellin

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 07.06.2014 | Entertainment
Adriana Aristizábal

The story of the famous rapper Nas is a similar story and inspiration to thousands of musicians that are rapping today in the streets of Colombia. These young people dream of playing for fame and to emulate one of the largest revolutionary music idols of this century.

Love, FEMEN and a Bottle Revolution: Four to Watch at Hot Docs

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I've personally discovered the truth behind the world's headlines from documentaries.

Cosmos Rocks Science Right -- Again

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Cosmos is teaching at its best. Because it never feels like teaching. It feels like the greatest mystery story ever. The greatest action movie ever. The best drama series ever. The best comedy series too, probably. And when life is explained this well, it just cannot be beat.

The Oscar Film that Fed Europe's Hungry

William Lambers | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Every film has a message. It's the power of film that can entertain, inspire, or sometimes educate and bring great action toward a cause like world hunger.

Adoption Reunion Documentary, Closure, Raises Interesting Questions

E. Kay Trimberger | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
E. Kay Trimberger

As a white adoptive mother in California who helped my biracial son find and reunite with his Louisiana birth family only three years prior to Angela's search and reunion, I couldn't help compare my experience with that depicted in the film.

25 Documentaries You Need To Watch On Netflix Now

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.07.2014 | Arts

We've all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like "Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Piec...

'Extinction Soup': An Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Philip Waller & Executive Producer Stefanie Brendl

Dina Khayal | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Dina Khayal

Tens of millions of sharks are used for shark fin soup, a delicacy in many Eastern cultures. Research shows that the depletion of massive shark populations will have cascading effects throughout the oceans' ecosystems.

Sun Dancing on Snow: Shining a Bright Light on Social Justice

Peter Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Samuelson

Young filmmakers and their audiences are leading the march to a better world. An unstoppable wave of social justice is coming, long-overdue but now spread through the robust digital anthill of the millennial Web. Its films engender empathy that moves hearts and opens minds.

Using Skyfall to Fight Back Against Kim Jong-un

James Jones | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
James Jones

While making Secret State of North Korea for the investigative journalism series FRONTLINE, we found a group of defectors who are risking their lives once again to fight back against the regime of Kim Jong-un.

The Secret to Raising Entrepreneurial Kids

Dorie Clark | Posted 02.15.2014 | Small Business
Dorie Clark

Mazzio's surprising answer is that entrepreneurship can be taught -- and her films have inspired her to raise her own children differently. Here are four lessons from the world's top business leaders that Mazzio has incorporated into her family's life.

Six by Sondheim - The Artist and Teacher

Eden Lane | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Eden Lane

We see how an examination of the arts, and one artist in particular, has lessons for every kind of life. Stephen Sondheim, and other artists like him, do not merely entertain; they are teachers.

Animals Rights Is Focus of Ghosts in Our Machine

Tracy Baim | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tracy Baim

This is not about just gorillas in Africa, or dolphins in Japan. It is also about pigs, cows and chicken's rights in the U.S.

Thirteen Years in the Making: Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster Talk About Their Film American Promise

Govindini Murty | Posted 02.06.2014 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

One of the enduring hopes of the digital age is that technology can break down the barriers between peoples and races. A film thirteen years in the making, American Promise follows two African-American boys from first grade through high-school, showing the challenges and opportunities young black men face in today's education system.