“Get Out” writer-director Jordan Peele and “Candyman” star Tony Todd are two of the movie notables interviewed in new documentary, “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.”
“Horror Noire” is based on the book of the same name by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman and takes a critical look at a century of genre films that by turns has utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and embraced both black filmmakers and black audiences.
The film is the first original feature documentary from Shudder and will premiere Feb. 7 exclusively on the horror and thriller streaming service after special screening events in New York and Los Angeles earlier in the month.
As discussion around sexual assault has evolved, people once termed victims are now survivors. The Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” bluntly centers on that perspective shift, but with more nuance than you might expect from the cable network.
A six-part series documenting decades of allegations against the R&B star, “Surviving R. Kelly” is a horror story. Here, the monster isn’t just the titular man, but the people and systems around him that allegedly continue to enable his abuse of underage girls.
Executive producer Dream Hampton brings together an astonishing number of interview subjects to tell the story — not just survivors and their family members, but abuse experts as well as former members of Kelly’s inner circle, including his brothers, his ex-wife, and the former associate who says he personally falsified the papers that infamously let Kelly marry late singer Aaliyah at the age of 15.
Does “Surviving R. Kelly” present enough evidence to truly cancel the man? The rise of the #MuteRKelly movement and an increase in notable figures within the music industry speaking out indicate that these allegations are being taken more seriously — if not by the court system, then at least by those who previously ignored them.
Kelly and his legal team are threatening to sue over the show’s allegations, as the show documents in its final episodes, but real change seems possible.
“Avicii: True Stories,” a documentary following the life of Swedish EDM star Avicii is back on Netflix after being removed following his death on April 20th last year.
Directed by Levan Tsikurishvili, film follows Avicii’s rapid rise to fame, thanks to hits such as “Levels” and “Wake Me Up,” while also charting the toll it took on both his mental and physical health.
Suffering from problems with alcohol to help cope with his discomfort in the limelight, Avicii had already given up touring prior to his death.
A statement released by his family less than a week after the 28 year-old EDM legend was found dead in a hotel room in Oman implied that he died by suicide, lending an extra poignancy to the documentary, which features the star saying his career will kill him.
A title like “Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski” suggests a breadth and depth that’s difficult to live up to, which makes it all the more remarkable that this Netflix documentary by Irek Dobrowolski manages to deliver.
In addition to painting a comprehensive (and startlingly intimate) portrait of Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski, who died in 1987, the film wrestles with questions about whether and how art can be separated from the artist.
The bulk of “Struggle” is built upon a series of interviews with Szukalski, filmed in the 1980s by art collector Glenn Bray. Bray had come across a book of Szukalski’s sculptures and paintings and, by happy coincidence, discovered that the artist actually lived nearby.
As they became acquainted, it became clear that Szukalski’s situation at the time — living anonymously in California — obscured the fame he had achieved in his youth, as well as his view of himself as something of a genius.
But with the good came the bad, including evidence of past bigotry and anti-Semitism.
Some protest — as Szukalski himself does — that he reformed. Others, including his one-time friend George DiCaprio (who with his son, Leonardo, is a producer on the film), came to find his past actions as unforgivable.
“Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski” is available now on Netflix.
Fox Digital Studio, Heavy Metal Media, and 4th Row Films are developing a documentary feature film about sci-fi fantasy magazine Heavy Metal, with Douglas Tirola attached to direct.
Tirola has directed six feature documentaries including A&E IndieFilms’ “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” about comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, and “Brewmaster,” which had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW and is being released by The Orchard.
Tirola has also produced over a dozen films, most recently the 2018 documentary “Bisbee ‘17.”
The influence and culture surrounding Heavy Metal magazine helped popularize high art comics when it premiered in 1977 as a publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror illustrations from around the world.
In 1981, the animation from the magazine was used to create the Ivan Reitman film “Heavy Metal,” and its prominence helped popularize the musical genre phrase “heavy metal.”
The magazine has also been cited as an inspiration for filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, and James Cameron.