One of the most intriguing films to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival features one of recent history’s most intriguing performers: The Amazing Johnathan.
Like the man himself, the first trailer for “The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary” is pretty wild: After receiving a deadly diagnosis and being given a year to live, the rebellious and irreverent magician embarks on his final tour with filmmaker Ben Berman in tow.
What ensues is, apparently, an anarchic tour filled with magic, meth, and mayhem. And three years after receiving his diagnosis, the Amazing Jonathan is still alive.
Is he actually sick? What’s really real? Maybe the greatest trick the Amazing Johnathan ever pulled was this documentary,
“The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary” arrives on Hulu and in select theaters on August 16.
New York’s avant-garde art and film scene of the early 1960s may have been dominated by the likes of Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol, but “Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground” offers a fascinating recontextualization of that history, focusing on young Barbara Rubin’s integral role in shaping the era’s blossoming counterculture.
Chuck Smith’s documentary is at once accessible and formally daring, echoing Rubin’s filmmaking style while simultaneously celebrating her radical achievements.
The film is an enlightening portrait of a feminist pioneer that, in this #MeToo era, should strike a timely chord.
With incisive and enthusiastic commentary from everyone involved, “Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground” recounts its story with infectious energy, and uses overlapping color-coded imagery that conjures the spirit of a Zelig-like figure whose contributions to the counterculture were, the director persuasively argues, invaluable.
Imagine Documentaries has partnered with the School of American Ballet and DCTV for “On Pointe,” a docuseries that will take an inside look at the rigorous training program at the nation’s foremost school for ballet professionals.
The agreement calls for Imagine to work with the School of American Ballet and DCTV on a series chronicling the pursuit by young ballet hopefuls of training and acceptance into the New York City Ballet and other companies around the world.
The School of American Ballet has been a premier dance academy for 85 years but has never before allowed documentary filmmakers access to its inner workings.
The series has not yet been shopped to TV buyers. Imagine Documentaries recently inked a first-look pact with Apple but it’s unclear if “On Pointe” will end up there.
Did you see those slick animations of space colonies that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos showed off earlier this month? They were, not surprisingly, inspired by Gerard O’Neill’s ideas from the 1970s.
If this type of art interests you, then you have to drop everything and watch new docuseries “Artist Depiction” on Amazon Prime.
And if you can’t drop everything right now, at least put it in your queue for this weekend.
“Artist Depiction” talks to artists Don Davis, Charles Lindsay, and Rick Guidice who have had an enormous impact on the way that we look at the future. You may not recognize them by name, but you almost certainly know their work.
Game of Thrones’ final season might officially be in the books, but fans can still tune in for one more look at the landmark series.
Tonight, HBO will be premiering “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch,” a two-hour documentary that will dive into the making of the series’ eighth and final season.
According to the press release, “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields, and carparks of Northern Ireland.”
Given the passionate and divided response to the final season of the series, it will be interesting to see how “The Last Watch” is received.
The final season of “Game of Thrones” courted a surprising amount of controversy, culminating in over a million fans petitioning to “remake” the episodes.
“Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” premieres tonight on HBO.