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2018 is the Year of the Documentary – here are some of the best

Source:  The Mercury News RGB - This altogether entertaining, if traditional documentary from Betsy West and Julie Cohen chronicles the 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice’s influential life and career, from becoming one of the very few women in her law class to her...

Filmmaker Werner Herzog finds a hero in “Meeting Gorbachev”

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Werner Herzog has directed documentaries all over the world. His latest is not his most visually striking since it's composed primarily of talking heads, but it's certainly one of his most pertinent and fascinating. "Meeting Gorbachev"...

YouTube greenlights documentary on the LGBTQ Pride movement

Source:  Engadget YouTube has greenlighted a documentary that will focus on the impact the Pride movement has had on the LGBTQ community. "State of Pride" will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman -- who worked together on "The Celluloid Closet" and the...

YouTube greenlights documentary on the LGBTQ Pride movement

Source:  Engadget YouTube has greenlighted a documentary that will focus on the impact the Pride movement has had on the LGBTQ community. "State of Pride" will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman -- who worked together on "The Celluloid Closet" and the...

The Atlantic Selects: “Mothers and Meth”

Source:  The Atlantic In the United States, methamphetamine is making a comeback. Following the legalization of medical marijuana in California, Mexican cartels pivoted to the production of pure liquid meth, which is brought across the border and crystallized in...

“Crime + Punishment” examines the damage caused by policing quotas

Source:  The Washingston Post The documentary “Crime + Punishment,” through a combination of sobering statistics and lively characters who bring those statistics to vivid life, tracks the progress of a class-action lawsuit filed by a group of 12 New York City police...

“Minding the Gap” is an astonishing film about American life

Source:  The New York Times They grew up together in Rockford, Illinois, three boys united by their love of skateboarding. At a certain point — around middle school, it seems — one of them, Bing Liu, began videotaping their exploits. A pleasure of “Minding the...

Filmmaker Werner Herzog finds a hero in “Meeting Gorbachev”

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Werner Herzog has directed documentaries all over the world. His latest is not his most visually striking since it's composed primarily of talking heads, but it's certainly one of his most pertinent and fascinating. "Meeting Gorbachev"...

In Sicily, a plague of cancer overwhelms an oil refinery town

Source:  Yale Environment 360 The winner of the 2018 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, “Venerable Augusta,” examines how the people of Augusta, Sicily, led by the town’s priest, are fighting back against a cancer epidemic linked to a massive petrochemical complex....

Victor Kossakovsky’s “Aquarela” captures the raw power of water

Source:  Variety In titling “Aquarela,” his latest grandiose, sense-pummelling documentary ride, one has to wonder if iconoclastic Russian director Victor Kossakovsky was the tiniest bit annoyed that a certain awards juggernaut from last year’s Venice Film Festival...

The sky above Chile comes alive in experimental documentary “Cielo”

Source:  Los Angeles Times Experimental documentary “Cielo,” directed by Canadian Alison McAlpine with cinematography by “A Fantastic Woman’s” Benjamin Echazarreta, humbly marvels at the vastness of the night sky over the Atacama Desert in Chile. The region is so...

Carving the Buddha—the Same Way—for 1,400 Years

Source:  Tricycle To view a statue carved by the Bushi—a community of Japanese sculptors who create intricate wooden replicas of Buddhas and bodhisattvas—is to view a style of sculpture that has been virtually unchanged for nearly 1,400 years. In Yujiro Seki’s new...

Netflix acquires “The Legend of Cocaine Island”

Source:  Variety Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to director Theo Love’s documentary feature, “The Legend of Cocaine Island.” The film, previously titled “White Tide: The Legend of Culebra,” earned high praise after it premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film...

Watch the haunting trailer for Robert Greene’s “Bisbee ’17”

Source:  Paste Documentary is eerily pertinent in light of today's immigration crisis. On July 17, 1917, 1,200 miners of mostly Eastern-European and Mexican descent were rounded up by a group of 2,000 armed and deputized citizens and forced out of the small town of...

“Kusama: Infinity” explores the life of a pop art icon

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Yayoi Kusama, 89, is the most successful living female artist. Her pieces have fetched up to $7 million and, at any given time, she has handfuls of exhibitions on view at museums and galleries across the world. (Right now: Indonesia,...

Ed Sheeran shows you how he makes music in “Songwriter”

Source:  Los Angeles Times Unlike sausage, music — at least that of pop giant Ed Sheeran — does improve when you know how it’s made. The documentary “Songwriter” travels with the musician as he creates his most recent album, “Divide,” writing and recording future hits...

“Whitney” highlights the rise and fall of the iconic singer

Source:  The Washington Post Is there anyone among us who isn’t familiar with the tragic trajectory of Whitney Houston? Born to gospel music royalty, a child prodigy whose voice and graceful demeanor propelled her into superstar status as pop’s reigning diva, Houston...

VR art reduces need for opioids at New York City hospital

Source:  Forbes In the spring of 2017, Olivia Davis, Assistant Curator for the Montefiore Medical Center Fine Art Program and Collection, approached renowned artist Tom Christopher to create the first virtual reality experience specifically for pediatric cancer...

Apple acquires worldwide rights to “The Elephant Queen”

Source:  Deadline Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s documentary "The Elephant Queen" about Athena, a giant matriarch elephant who when faced with a drought must decide whether to lead her pachyderm family away from the water...

“Earth: One Amazing Day” premieres tonight on BBC America

Source:  Bustle If you've been itching for a fresh installment of nature delivered straight to your TV, then you're in luck. The sequel to BBC's "Earth" already aired in the U.K. at the end of last year, but all of its giant pandas, penguins, sloths, and more will be...

Experience infinity at the world’s largest wholesale mall

Source:  The Atlantic Upon entering China’s Yiwu Market, Jessica Kingdon experienced a sensory overload. She had intended to capture the cinematic experience of the world’s largest wholesale mall, but she couldn’t decide what to film. “I kept getting distracted...

“General Magic” is full of life lessons for inventors

Source:  Forbes Former Apple CEO John Scully calls General Magic "the most important company to come out of Silicon Valley that no one has ever heard of." An eponymous new documentary about the company, five years in the making, "General Magic" premiered yesterday at...

An Anthony Bourdain documentary is coming to a movie theater near you.

Source:  Fortune Anthony Bourdain’s life will be coming to movie theaters. CNN confirmed to Vanity Fair last week that it’s collaborating with Zero Point Zero, the production company behind Bourdain’s wildly popular shows, to create “the definitive Bourdain feature...

“LEGO House – Home of the Brick” is now available on Netflix

Source:  ArchDaily "LEGO House - Home of the Brick" is now available on Netflix. Taking viewers on a journey through its conception, design, construction, and opening, the documentary offers insight into the challenges faced throughout the process, and the thoughts...

Inquest hopes to provide answers to families torn apart by the Troubles

Source:  The Independent The Ballymurphy Massacre at the height of the Troubles is being revisited in a new inquest hearing due to open in September. Presided over by Justice Siobhan Keegan at Belfast High Court, the hearing hopes to establish precisely want happened...

How documentaries became the hottest genre of the summer

Source:  TIME Ah, summer! The season of superhero blockbusters and exhilarating action movies - enterprises that demand little more of us than shutting down some of our brain power and sinking into cushy stadium seats. But the summer of 2018 has put a wrinkle in that...

Here are the 2018 Emmy Nominees in the Documentary Categories

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special Icarus (Netflix) Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (Netflix) Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like (PBS) Spielberg (HBO) The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO) Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series American Masters (PBS) Blue...

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