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"The Facebook Documentary": On Well-Timed, Well-Placed, Corporate-Produced "Documents"

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexandra Juhasz

We're now seeing a new kind of documentary coming into being alongside the very social networks it covers, shamelessly uses, and owns.

What Can't be Said Today

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

In education these days, it's only politically acceptable to discuss how much is spent, not how well it's spent.

Actor Edward James Olmos Hosts Panel at Free Screening of "Cesar's Last Fast"

Huffington Post | Nicole Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Who: Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos and documentarians Richard Ray Perez and Molly O'Brien. What: The Sundance Institute and The...

Social Network: nah, I'll watch "The Facebook Documentary" live, on-line

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexandra Juhasz

I've written extensively here and on my blog, Media Praxis, about the mis-steps of the usually celebrated terrain of media convergence: the too easy, ...

The "Truth" About Catfish, the More Complicated, More Important Facebook Movie

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

Catfish is a documentary not just about making a documentary, but about lives-as-documentaries, an increasingly relentless, irresistibly fascinating look at the lives of others. Here, the word "documentary" betrays its weaknesses, its seams.

John Lennon in New York

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

For nearly a decade, Lennon embraced the gritty, violent, yet dynamic and creative city. "New York is the greatest place on the planet," Lennon would say.

'35 Seconds': Recollections & Renewal in Haiti (VIDEO)

Andy Stepanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Andy Stepanian

"35 Seconds" is both a story and an invitation, and invitation to become part of the renewal.

ReThink Interview: Seth Gordon, Exec. Producer of Freakonomics

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I spoke to Gordon about applying Freakonomics, working with a group of celebrated documentarians, films that changed Gordon's life, and matters concerning Donkey Kong and the scripted remake of the King of Kong that is in the works.

Superman Revealed

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Susan Deily-Swearingen

This film is about capturing on film that moment any parent knows intimately -- the moment when the cape comes off and mom and dad's days as superheroes are over.

Babies are People!

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexandra Juhasz

"Mommies are people. People with children. When mommies were little they used to be kids, like some of you, but then they grew, and now mommies are wo...

How Sweet It Is: Kings of Pastry

Kristin McCracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Kristin McCracken

It may not sound like your typical thriller: a labor of love documentary about 16 pastry chefs who have risen to the top of their field, invited to compete against themselves.

Coming Soon: The Harvey Weinstein Biopic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Making its third acquisition during TIFF, IFC Films has picked up worldwide rights (but excluding Canada) to "Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Proje...

Mighty Movie Podcast: A Chat with Ben Lyons

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

So how about a little break from the filmmaker interviews? Yellow Tail -- the wine people -- have started up a new website that recruits film critics ...

Abortion: The View From Both Sides of the Street

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

12th and Delaware is a film about two clinics across the street from each other -- one run by pro-choice advocates and one run by a Christian group opposed to abortion.

The Death of Hong Kong Street Food

Thomas Crampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Thomas Crampton

Formerly a highlight of any visit to Hong Kong, the last street food vendors of Hong Kong are being shut down one by one.

Worth Watching: Green

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

By focusing in on one orangutan named Green, filmmaker Patrick Rouxel concentrates our compassion and concern. Green is ill and injured after her lush rainforest home is flattened.

Waiting for "Waiting for Superman" (VIDEO)

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jack Hidary

A new film -- Waiting for Superman -- will send shockwaves through the political debate on education and will force the issue for the November elections.

Desperation: Last Train Home

Kristin McCracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Lixin Fan's understated doc depicts the chaos surrounding the annual migration of 130 million workers in China. It also tells the devastating story of one family's choices and their hope for the future.

The Rural Photographer Rises Again -- Forrest Holzapfel

Ethan Murrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ethan Murrow

Over the last ten years Holzapfel has systematically and inventively documented Marlboro, Vermont, through a wealth of photographs, recordings and writing.

Free Flick Fridays: Burden of Dreams

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Werner Herzog takes a steamboat over a hill in Burden of Dreams, Les Blank's clear-eyed documentary about the hubris, ambition, and danger fueling the making of Fitzcarraldo.

Meet Basquiat

Rebecca Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rebecca Taylor

I met Basquiat tonight. Oh sure, I've known his brilliant work for years -- and loved it for as long as that -- but, tonight, I spent 90 glorious minutes in the enigmatic artist's inner sanctum.

Seltzer's Last Stand

Adam Morganstern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Adam Morganstern

Owning the last seltzer bottling plant in Brooklyn qualifies you as a psychiatrist.

WATCH: Tamra Davis On Capturing 'The Radiant Child,' Jean-Michel Basquiat

Michael Kurcfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kurcfeld

Today we take it for granted when seeing graffiti art in a posh gallery, but arguably the first artist to channel the urban street frequencies of his ...

Proposition 8 Dispatch From the Culture Wars Front

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

There is a side to gay America that is rarely seen and takes place in conservative, often deeply religious small towns and rural communities where those strive to fit in rather than to stand out.

Episode 10: The Farm

Sparrow Songs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sparrow Songs