Posts Tagged ‘Documentaries’

D.C. Independent Film Festival: Between Two Rivers, Reviewed

Short reviews of films showing at the D.C. Independent Film Festival, which runs March 7-10.
The town of Cairo sits at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in the southernmost part of Illinois. When those two rivers, the largest in North America, were major modes of transportation in the 19th century, the town flourished; [...]

Heavy Metal Picnic, Coming to a DVD Player Near You

Everybody remembers Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Jeff Krulik's seminal rock documentary about tailgaters outside a Judas Priest concert at the Capital Centre in 1986. But most probably haven't seen Heavy Metal Picnic.
Krulik's other documentary about an outdoor heavy metal concert in suburban Maryland premiered in 2010, years after metalhead Randy Childs initially gave him footage he shot [...]

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 [...]

On the Oscar Snub of Waiting for “Superman”

More forcefully pushed on critics, politicians and the rest of the zeitgeist than any other film in 2010, Waiting for "Superman" did not receive the Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature it so expected to this morning. Though the education reform plea directed by An Inconvenient Truth helmer Davis Guggenheim carried the endorsement of Oprah Winfrey, [...]

Boy, Are We Pissed. The Year in Documentaries

For all of my earlier grousing about a handful of titles, 2010 was a remarkably strong year for documentaries. If we are indeed presented with the movies we deserve, the constant blame-game nature of our national zeitgeist played out beautifully in movie theaters. Heroes and villains abounded in films like The Tillman Story, Inside Job, [...]

Attention Filmmakers: Silverdocs Open for Business Friday

It's still more than seven months away, but the 2011 edition of Silverdocs is getting underway this week as the festival's planners start looking at prospective entries. The festival, hosted by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel, is taking submissions through next March 11, but with recent years repeatedly bringing nearly 2,000 applicants for [...]

Tough Talk with Boxing Gym director Frederick Wiseman

Documentarian Frederick Wiseman has made a film almost every year since 1967, when his Titicut Follies gave viewers a harrowing look inside an institution for the criminally insane. His latest film, which opened at the new West End Cinema on Friday, is look inside Lord's Gym, the Austin, TX training facility founded by retired boxer Richard Lord. I reached him by phone on Friday afternoon shortly after his arrival in Washington to promote the picture.

A Conversation with Freakonomics Producer Chad Troutwine (Vol. 2)

In the first part of our conversation, Freakonomics producer Chad Troutwine spoke at length about the inspiration he got from Steven J. Levitt and Stephen Dubner's 2005 book of the same name. We discussed the segments directed by Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock and Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing.
The remaining section of Freakonomics is "Cause and Effect," [...]

A Conversation with Freakonomics Producer Chad Troutwine (Vol. 1)

When Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner’s 2005 book Freakonomics debuted, the notion that standard economic analysis could explain social trends and phenomena like baby names and institutionalized cheating was at times nearly as startling as the findings themselves. But the work done by Levitt, a University of Chicago economist, and Dubner, a New [...]

Silverdocs: A Conversation with The Other City Filmmaker Susan Koch

Susan Koch’s documentary, The Other City, focuses on the AIDS epidemic in D.C. The film was done in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, who spent several years covering the crisis for the Washington Post. Koch’s other films include Mario’s Story, which chronicles Mario Rocha’s effort to [...]