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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.

YouTube and the Election

Hugh Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hugh Hamilton

I am mystified by people who regard the constitution with the same reverence as the bible. A society is a living, breathing thing and a constitutional statute intended to stop foreigners from taking over doesn't seem to be relevant now.

Trapped in Section 60: an Interview with the Directors of "Section 60: Arlington Nation Cemetery"

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katie Halper

Matt O'Neill: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have become the background noise in this presidential election. No one is paying attention right now.

What's Special About Wall Street

Jonathan Neil Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Neil Schneider

With the election fast approaching and this issue still not getting the attention it warrants, I decided to screen Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington in its entirety for free.

The Lies Of "Hype": Exposing The Anti-Obama Movie's Deceptions

John K. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John K. Wilson

David Bossie and Citizens United, the far-right group behind the infamous racist "Willie Horton" ad that ran against Michael Dukakis, has made a movie on Obama. You can imagine the quality of the product.

Man on Wire: A Film to Experience

Asher Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Asher Goldstein

Man on Wire tells the story of Mr.Petit, a French street performer who in 1974 walked across a metal wire that was illegally mounted between the now fallen Twin Towers in lower Manhattan.

Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone

Joan Brooker-Marks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joan Brooker-Marks

I interviewed Larry Flynt fifteen times over the course of 9 months, in two hours sessions. What I got from him was a little biography, a bit of outrageousness, and lots of politics.

Bombs Over Baghdad

Juli Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Juli Weiner

The decision to give cameras to four Baghdadi teenagers is inspired; the boys document school and warfare with neutral equality, and it's thanks to this blind prioritizing that the film is able to capture the interiority of its subjects.

ABC News Re-Learns How To Make Documentaries In Reality TV World With Return To "Hopkins"

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — In filming a sequel to a 2000 series about Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, ABC News producers found that reality television had ...

TWISTED: A Balloonamentary -- A Whole Lot Of Balloons

Sara Taksler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sara Taksler

When your movie is about eight people whose lives are transformed by balloon twisting conventions, you have to work a bit harder to convince adults that your film will be worth their time.