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Trashed: A Documentary by Jeremy Irons and Candida Brady That City Hall Should Watch

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Anyone interested in the health of New York City (and the planet) should watch Trashed, a fantastic documentary directed by Candida Brady and produced, presented and narrated by Jeremy Irons.

15 Documentaries To Watch Out For This Year

Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts

It's that time of year again, when documentarians flock to New York City with film reels in tow to wow audiences with some of the industry's best non-...

NOTFILM, But Still Samuel Beckett

Deborah Stambler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Deborah Stambler

It turns out that Rosset had reels of film stored under his kitchen sink, including rare audio of Beckett at production meetings and material relating to the unused first scene. So why is this important?

The Most Important Revolution We Forgot

Ellen Snortland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Ellen Snortland

If I had a magic wand and could bonk you with it, I'd spirit you to a screening of a documentary I wish were mandatory viewing in schools: It's called Feminist: Stories of Women's Liberation.

What (Most) Schools Fail To Teach

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

What if there was something schools could do that was scientifically shown to promote emotional resilience, physical health and academic performance? But what if only a few schools had started to incorporate it into their curriculum?

"Just Passing By": Short Film on New Yorkers

John Sanchez | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
John Sanchez

Susi Dollnig's short film "Just Passing By" is a warm and casual glimpse of the lives of a handful of New Yorkers who sat down with the filmmaker at a cafe table she set up on different streets around the city.

New Series Highlights Black LGBT Visionaries

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Filmmaker, writer and activist Katina Parker has created "Truth.Be.Told.," a television series that documents the lives of queer black visionaries. ...

'What Will You Do When the Lights Come Up' -- RIP Working Film's Robert West

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 08.06.2013 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

Anyone who makes documentaries hopes they will make a difference. Robert West, who founded Working Films in 1999 with filmmaker Judith Helfand, spen...

WATCH: New Documentary Remembers First Major AIDS Fashion Show Benefit

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices

When the AIDS crisis emerged in the '80s, Hollywood and the fashion industry were both tragically affected. On February 19, 1987, Michael Anketell...

The Ismailia International Film Festival: Building a New Era of Arab Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Ismailia is a city in Egypt that is best known as "The City of Beauty and Enchantment," but also for its proximity to the Suez Canal and its soccer team, the Ismaily SC. Yet for the last 15 plus years, it has been the host town for a wonderful documentaries and shorts festival, the Ismailia International Film Festival.

AFI DOCS' 2013 Film Festival Schedule

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.22.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A documentary featuring celebrities reading some of the nearly 800,000 letters sent to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy after President Ken...

Leviathan: A Watery and Brutal un-Documentary

Tracey Harnish | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts
Tracey Harnish

There should be a warning for this movie, because while it's labeled a documentary, with its chiaroscuro lighting, it could be called an impressionist kaleidoscope dream, culled from real-life footage.

INTERVIEW: Director Sarah Polley Talks Stories We Tell

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.18.2013 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Sarah Polley has been working consistently in film and television since she was a child, and what's most astounding about the multi-hyphenat...

'Our Biggest Obstacle Has Been Comfortable Liberals': An Interview With Bidder 70's Climate Hero

Scott Thill | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Scott Thill

I spoke at length with DeChristopher about hacking the Democratic party, arcane but vulnerable processes like elections and auctions, why Americans really should spend more time in prison, and other tragicomic matters of consequence. Read up, plug in, turn out.

WATCH: New Documentary Follows Environmental Fights Around The Globe

Posted 05.16.2013 | Green

A new environmental documentary premiering this month targets the serious impacts humans have made on the planet. "Elemental," co-directed and prod...

Gore Vidal and Cutting Through the Fog

Erica Abeel | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

I'm often struck by how American feature films -- both studio and indie -- seem to unfold in a social/political vacuum. When was the last time you saw one that took a political perspective, or even account of the larger world beyond the personal conundrums of the characters?

DVDs: Good Bill Murray, Great Jackie Chan, So-So Barbra

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

What have we got on tap? Bill Murray as FDR and other new releases, a great Jackie Chan double bill, one of Barbra Streisand's lesser works, a clutch of documentaries, some titles for baseball fans to watch on their team's off day, a string of auteurist gems, and a TV roundup.

Acclaimed Documentary Maker Dies

AP | Posted 06.07.2013 | Entertainment

BERKELEY, Calif. — Les Blank, an acclaimed documentary maker who focused his camera on cultural corners ranging from blues music, to garlic love...

DVDs: Great Blimp, Badlands, Buster Keaton & More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.30.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Let's catch up with some reissues of classic -- and not so classic -- movies, with a few documentaries tossed in at the end for good measure.

Forthcoming Documentary To Examine Being LGBT In Middle America

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices

The woman responsible for introducing us to Bette Porter, Tina Kennard, Shane McCutcheon, Alice Pieszecki, Jenny Schecter and the rest of the sexy Los...

Parents Unite Against Hunger

Tracey Stewart | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Stewart

The film shows that hunger, for children and people as a whole, is a problem that America has solved in the past and can solve again if average Americans demand it. A Place at the Table shows us that it's easier than we think.

Films Can Help Change the World

Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss

Film is big business. We track its annual contribution to the "entertainment" sector in billions of dollars. But film is much more than simply entertainment. Film, it turns out, is an ideal catalyst for change.

Meet South Africa's First Drag King Troupe

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.25.2013 | Gay Voices

Beyonce’s 2008 hit “If I Were A Boy” and Ciara’s 2007 hit “Just Like A Boy” were expressive tracks that explored and criticized masculinit...

Changing the Brain: An Interview About Freeing the Mind

Robert Piper | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

The human mind has the ability to triumph over almost impossible circumstances. Decades of research by some of the leading neuroscientists in the world is showing that the brain is capable of changing for the better.

Eagles Land, Then Soar in New Documentary

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The band reached its highest altitude during the mid to late 1970s, when the single and album Hotel California cemented what Rolling Stone called their "note-perfect Hollywood-cowboy ennui."