Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

Red Weasel Lasted Long Enough to Inspire a Documentary

Raise your hand if you saw Red Weasel during the grunge years. Yeah, not too many of you did, but the not-quite-punk/not-quite-metal Eastern Shore band (Salisbury, Md., to be exact) apparently did play 'round D.C. back then. Like so many regional acts that formed on the long-haired, Butthole-y cusp of alt-rock's '90s breakout, Red Weasel [...]

DCIFF: Food Stamped

Food Stamped is yet another documentary film in a series that attempts to direct attention to some aspect of the American food system. The focus of the film is fresh–the food stamp system, how much is allocated to low income families, and the challenge of eating healthy on small tab. Yet as if finding their [...]

DCIFF: The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan

Eight-year-old Mir and his family live in the mountains of Afghanistan.  It's 2001 and the long-oppressive Taliban regime has been toppled by U.S. and allied forces. Mir and his family have already fled from the Taliban and drought in their village in the North to the caves of Bamiyan. It's here that filmmaker Phil Grabsky [...]

Tonight: Get Altruistic With Christylez Bacon

Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon is a mainstay around these parts, and tonight he'll be singing for a good cause alongside some very expensive water bottles. Confused? Keep reading.
Bacon performs tonight at Busboys & Poets along with WPGC's Justine Love, who will host, and keynote speaker professor Greg Carr, of Howard University's African-American Studies department. The event [...]

“People Don’t See the Forest Because of the Ts”: Hugh Hefner on His New Documentary

Love him or hate him, Hugh Hefner is a cultural force. His magazine played an undeniable role in the sexual revolution, and his early legal battles helped to break through puritanical obscenity laws. In her new documentary Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, Brigitte Berman explores the socially progressive side of the Hef. His TV [...]

“This Is about Us”: A Chat with Return to El Salvador Filmmaker Jamie Moffett

Most Americans pay little attention to relatively tiny El Salvador, but the film Return To El Salvador posits the fate of that Central American nation is directly tied to the actions of ours. Through a fierce examination of recent Salvadorean history, director Jamie Moffett explores international politics and ponders the profound human impact of America's [...]

Tonight in Film: Oliver Stone’s South of the Border

Some people go to the movies to escape into a fantasy world of cheap laughs and romance, while others go to learn about the global impact of violent political atrocities. If you happen to be among the latter, consider checking out Oliver Stone's South of the Border. It's far from balanced, but the film reveals [...]

Silverdocs: A conversation with Utopia in 4 Movements Director Sam Green

There’s something sublime about being read to—going on a journey without having to steer the wheel. The Brothers Grimm had the perfect formula for it with their fantastical stories of good and evil that neatly packaged exacting lessons of morality, virtue and vice.
I recalled those tales while watching the “live” documentary Utopia in 4 Movements, [...]

8: The Mormon Proposition: An Interview with Director Reed Cowan

For supporters of marriage equality, post-election celebrations were cut short on November 5, 2008. As President Barack Obama pledged loyalty to the LGBT community, Californians lost their right to same-sex marriage on the very day of his election. Proposition 8's success took a lot of voters by surprise, and The Church of Latter Day Saints [...]

Things I Have Learned From the Ken Burns National Parks Documentary (So Far)

1) America is very, very special. How special? Did you know that we INVENTED national parks? In Europe, people who want to go camping have to bring the duke a fattened calf first, and even then they may be flogged for the enjoyment of some court dandy before they get to set up their Coleman [...]