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"Screw the Tripod!" Remebering Ricky Leacock (1921 - 2011)

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.26.2011 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

It's rare to work in an established art form where you can work with and be influenced by those who invented the genre. Not so for documentary filmm...

Hollywood, Exposed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

How much are your eyes worth? What's the value of your subconscious? Morgan Spurlock, already an anti-corporate crusader known for his fast food at...

I AM: The Film, the Message and... Water Bottles?

Cocoa Popps | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cocoa Popps

I went to a screening of the documentary, I AM. It was written and directed by Tom Shadyac, a Hollywood director whose projects include Ace Ventura, ...

DVDs: Keep Your Eyes On The Prize and Superman (Not That One) And More

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

No matter how much you think you know about the civil rights battle, it's jaw-dropping to see the waves of violence and the angry mobs hurling epithets at little children trying to go to school in Eyes on the Prize.

DVDs: The Tillman Story Is F-ing Good!

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

THE TILLMAN STORY ($30.95 BluRay or $24.95 regular DVD; Sony) -- What makes a true patriot? Is it blind devotion? My country right or wrong? Or is t...

Collective Creativity: Tapping Into the Irish Diaspora and Beyond

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
Reporters Uncensored

By Maura Kelly "IRISH people have a long and proud tradition of creativity. From the poems of Yeats to the invention of Boolean Algebra - the foundat...

New York Jewish Film Festival

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

For those who view the prism of Jewish experience through Woody Allen or Jerry Seinfeld, these films are revelatory.

Reviewing 2010's Pop Cultural Lessons

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

As we bid farewell to another year, some pop culture critics are doing more than reflecting on trends gone by -- they're speculating about what it all means. Here, the best explanations.

Jump-Starting the Fan Base

Chris Paine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris Paine

Five years after Who Killed the Electric Car, we have a new documentary and a dramatic new era both for electric cars and movie distribution. How the world's changed.

The Hot Breath of Power: Interview With the Director of Client 9

Erica Abeel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

This season, docs have become the star attraction of theatrical releases. Soaring above the others are Inside Job -- and now, virtually a companion piece, Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.

Author Who Stopped Being An Author Gets Profiled

startribune.com | Posted by James Lileks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Fran Lebowitz stopped writing in 1981 to devote herself fully to smoking. There's been talk of a novel, ...

New Film Tries to Inject Compassion Into Immigration Debate

Renee Feltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Renee Feltz

In his new film about the largest immigration raid in US history, acclaimed director Luis Argueta attempts to "create a new narrative about immigrants."

Jackass 3-D Opens With $50m, Setting October/Documentary records, While Red Scores $21m: Weekend Box Office (10/17/10)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

2010-10-18-jackass.jpg Jackass 3-D grossed a whopping $50 million in its debut weekend, setting several records and setting punditry tongues wagging in the process.

Kings of Pastry Takes the Cake!

Jay Weston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Excruciating in every aspect, "[Kings of Pastry] is the culinary equivalent of The Hurt Locker."

Who is the Real Superman?

Christopher Reeve | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Christopher Reeve

In case there is any superhero confusion, I just want to make clear that in education, Superman is not the charter school. Superman is the great teacher, wherever he or she may teach.

Inside Job -- a Caper Movie for the Financially Inclined

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Rose

2010-10-13-wallst.jpgAs far back as the 1300's elements like rapid deregulation and real estate bubbles coupled with arrogance and ignorance were the sparks that set fire to an economy.

The Business of Water, the Business of Trash

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

CNBC has created two environmentally relevant docu-reports covering the worldwide water shortage and trash/landfill problems that are so good you won't mind missing everything else.

Meet the Old Boss: Springsteen Revisits Darkness

Peter Birkenhead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Peter Birkenhead

Darkness on the Edge of Town is a record of American reckoning, an accounting of the steep, dreadful costs of unconsciousness and the fulsome, liberating rewards of opening our eyes.

BLOG WATCH> The Awl Anticicpates Burlesque, The Whitney, And Chris Cooper

The Awl | Awl Staff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The Anticipation List... (by The Awl Staff) • Ritter, Dene, Voss: it just opened! • And Everything Is Going Fine: Steven Soderbergh's documentar...

The 11th Annual Moondance Film Festival Returns To Boulder

Andrea Rael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Tragedies often serve as the most effective catalysts for meaningful social discussion. Such was the case in 1999, when--after the massacre at Columb...

Joaquin Phoenix, I'm Still Here

Hellin Kay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Hellin Kay

There are very few actors who take risks to create gutsy statements on what goes on in our culture. This is one of them.

The Best of Both Worlds: How Big Can Documentary Get?

Jane Root | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jane Root

Documentary programming has gripped audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. But what may be most interesting in terms of documentary topics is how the genre has influenced non-documentaries.

Looking Back at 25 Years of Exploration

Lisa Ling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lisa Ling

Sometimes when I watch the news, I see talking heads who shout and tell people what to think. So many news executives underestimate Americans' interest in international news, but Explorer never has.

Entertaining Warriors in an Avatar Age

Rick Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rick Allen

The USO and SnagFilms are teaming up to bring the best in documentary film to 130 USO Centers around the world. This special USO Theater will give service members full length films for free.

Skiing and Sacrifice

David Holbrooke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Holbrooke

Mountainfilm started in 1979 as a gathering of mountaineers who wanted to climb during the day and watch mountaineering movies night.