Posts Tagged ‘D.A. Pennebaker’

Silverdocs: The Musical!

For its ninth edition, the AFI Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival is going electric, acoustic, big-band, lo-fi, and tribal. This year's lineup of 108 films includes nine features and one short about musicians, leading off with the opening-night presentation of The Swell Season, a black-and-white portrait of the duo of the same name filmed in two [...]

Masters at Their Sugary Craft: A Chat With Kings of Pastry Directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

Watching a master at his craft has long been a tantalizing sight, in Greek amphitheaters long ago and seen from living rooms today. Reality television has continued the tradition, albeit crudely, with shows like Top Chef, Survivor, and Amazing Race. So has documentary film, in favorites like Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom. Yet those flicks [...]

Reviewed: John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto ’69

Beatles freaks love milestones, and when it comes to the big one—what moment portended the group's demise?—there's no shortage of possibilities. Was it the phone call Paul received chez the Maharishi informing him that the Beatles' business guru had died of a carbitral overdose? The half-baked Magical Mystery Tour project, Paul's money-hemorrhaging power-grab that Bob [...]

NoMa Summer Screen Kicks Off Tonight

While Screen on the Green hangs in limbo, head to a slightly smaller green in D.C.'s northeast quadrant for some barbeque, dance jams by Fatback, and a summer full of rock docs. Tonight, the NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District hosts Martin Scorsese's 2005 film No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, the first in [...]