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ReThinking Standard Operating Procedure: Yes, Virginia, We Really Do Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

In light of a new report set to be released today from the CIA, I want to take another look at Standard Operating Procedure, Errol Morris' documentary about torture at Abu Ghraib.

HBO's Marion Barry Movie and Silverdocs: Reality Shows for Smart People

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Art Levine

Nine Lives of Marion Barry illustrates the unique power of documentaries. They satisfy our cravings for true stories without the cheesy qualities that have so degraded the reality shows on TV.

Vandals On The Side of The Angels: How Far Is Too Far?

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Lurio

I am not a fan of whaling and have long supported the ban, but what Sea Shepherd and its friends have been doing, has been mostly ineffective and somewhat counterproductive.

Five Things You Didn't Hear About Walter Cronkite

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Stories from before Cronkite was Cronkite

The (2nd) Oldest Trade

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sheila Shayon

Serious attention should be paid to the media diet we are being fed -- and its effects on our minds and hearts.

Errol Morris and the Passing of Robert McNamara

Brad Schreiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Schreiber

Morris said, "very few people today know about the firebombing and hardly anybody knows about Robert McNamara's role in the firebombing".

'Comrade Couture' Documentary Revisits Germany's Communist Creativity

Der Spiegel | Caroline Winter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Most think of East Germany as having been drab, gray and boring. But an underground fashion scene did its best to spice things up. A new documentary t...

America is Fu... eled

Hillary Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Hillary Newman

"Fuel" tells the story of Josh Tickell's quest to spread awareness about biodiesel as an alternative energy source. After watching the film, I wanted more. So I set up an interview.

Interview with Fixer Director Ian Olds: Afghanistan, History and Winning Best Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan

I caught up with the film's director, Ian Olds for a lively conversation about Fixer, the state of politics in Afghanistan, historiography and how it feels to have been in two war zones in the past few years.

Maximum Platform Versus Basic Floor: The Case for Autism as its Own Universe

Amanda Copeland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amanda Copeland

We autism parents know our children. We know they can struggle for recovery and get there in varying levels of ability. But we know they can earn recovery if they just get a chance.

How Recent Documentary Films May Have Paved the Way to Embrace the Figure of Barack Obama

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

To look at the escalating popularity of the documentary film is to enter an interesting, complicated, and collectively psychoanalytic exploration of the role of desire and dreams in a time of mass confusion.

Wild and Wonderful at Tribeca

Julien Nitzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Julien Nitzberg

Our movie deals with some very serious issues like the destructiveness of the mining industry and entitlement culture but we also have a lot of fun drug use, gun shooting, and gratuitous nudity.

The Bigger They Con, The Harder They Fall: Tribeca Film Festival Documentary On Artist Mark Kostabi

Jonathan Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Melber

One of the things that makes Con Artist so interesting is its search for what's behind Mark Kostabi's current act. Is there something new to his art, or its meaning?

Documentary Features Mike Tyson with His Gloves Off

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

On Thursday night I attended a screening of the documentary Tyson, set to be released later this spring. The film is an intimate look at famed boxer M...

Iron Maiden Takes Off--Sneak Peak at The Soon to be Released Historic Documentary

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Levine

You've never experienced "The Trooper" or "Run to the Hills" until you've heard Iron Maiden perform them in front of 15,000 screaming Muslim metalhead...

LA's (Dirty) Secret Garden

Christal Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Christal Smith

Director and Producer and fresh vegetable aficionado Scott Hamilton Kennedy explains why one garden in particular was worthy of a feature length film.

Fighting for the Lives of Marine Mammals in The Cove

Joel Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joel Reynolds

The Cove is a riveting tale, told with skill, substance, and relentless drama. This movie is a remarkable achievement, and everyone should see it. I hope they'll get the chance.

Afghan Stars at Sundance

Havana Marking | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Havana Marking

Last Saturday night, we were presented two awards by the good people of Sundance. it was the first time an Afghan film had made it there, and the people of Afghanistan were over the moon.

Back to the Future in Pakistan

Shuja Nawaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shuja Nawaz

As 2007 was lurching toward a messy end in Pakistan, a documentary film suddenly caught much attention inside the country and abroad, especially among the diaspora Pakistanis.

DVDs: Ron Howard Vs. Ron Howard

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

With Frost/Nixon opening today in select cities, Universal has found the right time to celebrate director Ron Howard by releasing The Ron Howard Spotlight Collection. Which four movies of Ron Howard's do you think are his best?

Henry Rollins: Uncut from South Africa

Henry Rollins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Henry Rollins

What I saw in my travels to Africa made me think differently about food, water, life, existence, America, pretty much everything.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Jericho Parms | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jericho Parms

While founded by former slaves from the United States, under the premise of freedom, Liberia's history has been marked by chaos and unrest.

War Child, Story of a Sudanese Child Soldier Turned Hip Hop Star, is Horrifying, Humanizing, Edifying

Tonya Plank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tonya Plank

New indie documentary film War Child is a must-see. It tells the sad, courageous story of Emmanuel Jal, a young Sudanese man who was a child soldier during the Sudanese Civil War of the 80s, and became a successful Hip Hop artist.

Uncut from New Orleans

Henry Rollins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henry Rollins

I wanted to remind people that while things are better in New Orleans than when parts of the city were submerged, there is still a long way to go to bring the city back to full strength.

We Are Not Plumbers, But We Know a Commander-in-Chief Who Can Fix What Bush Has Broken

Julie Bergman Sender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Bergman Sender

There are no more persuasive or moving voices we can listen to right now than the soldiers and families who have had and are currently experiencing, the pain, injury, loss, and aftermath of war first hand.