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“Sennan Asbestos Disaster” explores a David vs. Goliath story

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Three decades after using tales of wartime cannibalism to condemn the political maneuvers of Japan's ruling class, firebrand filmmaker Kazuo Hara returns with another j'accuse against his country’s officialdom with "Sennan Asbestos...

15 documentary features make Oscars shortlist

Source:  Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. The 15 titles were chosen by voters from the Academy’s documentary...

HBO releases first teaser for Andre the Giant documentary

Source:  Sports Illustrated More than two years after the first rumblings that it was in the works, we finally have a first look at HBO’s documentary on pro wrestling legend Andre the Giant. HBO officially announced the project in February, with the WWE, Bill Simmons...

Ten documentary shorts make Oscars shortlist

Source:  Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected ten films as contenders for the documentary short subject category for the 90th Academy Awards. The ten titles were chosen by voters from the Academy’s documentary branch, who viewed this...

“Quest” is a moving portrait of an American family

Source:  The New York Times Barack Obama is not the subject of “Quest,” Jonathan Olshefski’s new documentary, an intimate and patient portrait of a North Philadelphia family. But the film, which begins and ends with presidential elections — Mr. Obama’s in 2008 and his...

“Meth Storm” is a heartbreaking film with no easy answers

Source:  The Film Stage For some who grow up in rural Arkansas, there are limited options: you can either be a meth dealer or a cop chasing meth dealers. Set in the close-knit community of Faulkner County, native sons of the region, Craig and Brent Renaud, have...

GLAAD funds its first feature documentary: “TransMilitary”

Source:  Deadline On the heels of Trans Awareness Week, GLAAD’s Media Institute is giving a grant to help finance what marks its first funding for a feature-length film project. "TransMilitary" is a feature documentary that chronicles the lives of four American...

“Nowhere” tells the story of how one man escaped the hell of Darfur

Source:  The Atlantic “The whole world knows about the problems in Darfur,” says Nouri, a recently resettled refugee, in Kristian Engelsen’s moving short film, "Nowhere." "My life was in danger. Many in my family died. So I had to run away.” Now, Nouri lives in...

Doc Watch: Why North Korea has schools in Japan

Source:  Vox For the third Vox Borders documentary, "Inside North Korea’s Bubble in Japan," Vox visited an elementary school in Japan. The kids were well-behaved and lively, exactly what you’d expect. But these kids face hostility in their birth country because...

Three documentaries on Netflix to get you thinking about oceans

Source:  The McGill Tribune Oceans (2009) - Chock-full of unbelievable footage and filmed in 50 locations around the globe, "Oceans" is the "Planet Earth" of the underwater world. It features the incredible diversity of ocean life, ranging from predators like the...

Doc Watch: Inside America’s Largest Right-Wing Militia

Source:  VICE In the backwoods of Georgia, a controversial, right-wing, "anti-terror" militia group gathers once a month to complete field training exercises under the command of Chris Hill—a.k.a Blood Agent. This militia group, called the Georgia III% Security Force,...

“White Lotus” demystifies Buddhist monkhood

Source:  HuffPost "White Lotus," a documentary directed by Somchay Phakonkham, follows the real-life spiritual journey of a Westerner who takes on the southeast Asian tradition of temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk. The film, which had an early premiere at the...

New York Times Op-Docs: Gay and in Love at an Evangelical College

Source:  The New York Times What do you do when your relationship conflicts with your religion? This week’s New York Times Op-Doc, “Saltwater Baptism,” explores that question with disarming, understated warmth. Directed by Jared Callahan and Russell Sheaffer, the...

Netflix’s creepy “Voyeur” will scare you away forever from motels

Source:  Entertainment Weekly "Voyeur" details the writing and troubled publication of journalist Gay Talese’s 2016 book, "The Voyeur’s Motel," about a Colorado motel owner named Gerald Foos, and the decades he spent spying on guests from the motel’s attic. “They...

Watch this chilling Charles Manson documentary from 1973

Source:  VICE In the wake of Charles Manson's death Sunday night at the age of 83 has come a new wave of stories about Manson, his "Family," and the horrific murders he committed. Though he spent most of his life in prison, Manson has exerted a strange pull on...

Netflix orders big budget docuseries “The Last Czars”

Source:  Deadline Netflix has commissioned "The Last Czars," a big budget drama docuseries about the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia, from production company Nutopia. The six-part docuseries will follow the fall of the Russian Imperial Romanov family, headed by...

“Amplify Her” sheds much needed light on women in EDM

Source:  Dance Music Northwest It's 2017 and the topic of women in the electronic music industry is still a tender one. That’s why Canadian film producers Nicole Sorochan and Ian Mackenzie decided to take it upon themselves to throw their hats in the ring for creative...

DOC NYC Film Review: “David Bowie: The Last Five Years”

Source:  Variety “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” which premiered Nov. 10 at the DOC NYC film festival, is a singular and haunting pop documentary. It’s a companion piece to “David Bowie: Five Years,” the 2013 documentary in which director Francis Whately meditated...

HBO releases first teaser for Andre the Giant documentary

Source:  Sports Illustrated More than two years after the first rumblings that it was in the works, we finally have a first look at HBO’s documentary on pro wrestling legend Andre the Giant. HBO officially announced the project in February, with the WWE, Bill Simmons...

Nine Tech-Themed Documentaries You Absolutely Have to Watch

Source:  Digital Trends Do you love tech? Enjoy documentaries? Then are you going to love Digital Trends' round-up of the best tech documentaries available for your viewing pleasure. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Dollars - Probably the most obviously “fun”...

“Earth: One Amazing Day” is a Dozen Movies in One

Source:  Los Angeles Times "Earth: One Amazing Day," the sequel to BBC Earth Films’ “Earth,” is another jaw-dropping trip around the world. With its G rating, the documentary is kid-friendly, but adults will be equally awed by the animal wonders and how the filmmakers...

Robert Reich’s “Saving Capitalism” arrives on Netflix

Source:  The New York Times Asked to pick a spot for lunch to discuss Robert Reich's new Netflix documentary, “Saving Capitalism,” a representative for the former labor secretary proposed Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. It...

HBO readies “15: A Quinceañera Story”

Source:  Realscreen HBO is gearing up to air a series of documentary shorts on the Quinceañera celebrations of five Latina girls in the United States. "15: A Quinceañera Story" comprises four shorts that will premiere on Dec. 19, with a new short to air each night...

Five Enlightening Documentaries about Childhood

Source:  Paste The Up Series (1964- ) - In 1964, some British filmmakers rounded up a group of fourteen seven-year-old kids from across the country—boys and girls, rich and poor, black and white—and interviewed them for a BBC program called "Seven Up." Director...

“Sennan Asbestos Disaster” explores a David vs. Goliath story

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Three decades after using tales of wartime cannibalism to condemn the political maneuvers of Japan's ruling class, firebrand filmmaker Kazuo Hara returns with another j'accuse against his country’s officialdom with "Sennan Asbestos...

15 documentary features make Oscars shortlist

Source:  Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. The 15 titles were chosen by voters from the Academy’s documentary...

Ten documentary shorts make Oscars shortlist

Source:  Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected ten films as contenders for the documentary short subject category for the 90th Academy Awards. The ten titles were chosen by voters from the Academy’s documentary branch, who viewed this...

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