“David Crosby: Remember My Name” is one of the year’s best documentaries

“David Crosby: Remember My Name” is one of the year’s best documentaries

Source:  Collider

Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for “David Crosby: Remember My Name.”

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to rave reviews , and the brutal honesty with which musician David Crosby reflects on his life is on full display in the trailer.

Directed by A.J. Eaton and produced by Cameron Crowe, the film finds Crosby looking back on his life and career with tremendous candor, admitting the major mistakes he made, talking about his failed relationships, and discussing in great detail how some of history’s greatest musical moments were created.

“David Crosby: Remember My Name” opens in select theaters on July 19.

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HBO releases trailer for Game of Thrones documentary “The Last Watch”

HBO releases trailer for Game of Thrones documentary “The Last Watch”

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

HBO has released a trailer for “Game of Thrones” documentary “The Last Watch.”

Among the footage is the first look ever at the fabled season 8 table read (where Kit Harington cried more than once) and a glimpse of star Emilia Clarke’s final shot on the show.

The two-hour film, directed by British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay (“Seahorse,” “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King”), goes behind-the-scenes of the series’ final season.

“Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” premieres May 26 on HBO.

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“Memory: The Origins of Alien” set for a summer release

“Memory: The Origins of Alien” set for a summer release

Source:  Deadline

Screen Media and Legion M have acquired the North American rights to Alexandre O. Philippe’s “Memory: The Origins of Alien,” an exploration of the classic sci-fi film “Alien.”

“Memory: The Origins of Alien” unearths the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece and reveals a treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the archives of “Alien” creators Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.

The never-before-seen materials include original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and O’Bannon’s original 29 page script from 1971, titled “Memory.”

Screen Media and Legion M plan to release the film in theaters this summer, timed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of “Alien.”

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You’ll never hear movies the same way again after watching “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound”

You’ll never hear movies the same way again after watching “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound”

Source:  IndieWire

Film is so axiomatically regarded as a visual medium that it’s easy to forget that sound came first.  At least that was the order of things for Thomas Edison, who only invented the kinetograph so that people might be able to watch something while they listened to his phonograph.

That factoid is at the heart of Midge Costin’s “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound,” an erudite and impassioned documentary that attempts to prove that we experience movies with our ears as much as we do with our eyes — perhaps even more so.

The film is a simple but righteous work of score-settling, made by someone with real skin in the game.

Costin’s long career as a sound editor spans Hollywood features as disparate as “Hocus Pocus” and “Armageddon,” and the deep love she has for those who pioneered and appreciate her part of the filmmaking process allows this historical corrective to be more than a plea for attention from a community that has always been difficult to silence.

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“The Proposal” takes viewers on a quest for the work of Luis Barragán, Mexico’s most famous architect

“The Proposal” takes viewers on a quest for the work of Luis Barragán, Mexico’s most famous architect

Source:  IndieWire

The last chapter in an ongoing project that began in 2013, provocateur conceptual artist Jill Magid is making her feature film debut with “The Proposal,” an experimental art documentary.

Becoming a character in the film herself, Magid shares her efforts to photograph the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán — the bulk of whose archives are owned and controlled by a powerful private corporation.

“The Proposal” played to positive reviews at Hot Docs and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018, and is executive produced by Laura Poitras.

The official synopsis reads: “Known as ‘the artist among architects,’ Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century.  Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view.  In an attempt to resurrect Barragan’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself — a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.”

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Sam Green’s latest live documentary tells the story of the Kronos Quartet with the musicians playing alongside the film

Sam Green’s latest live documentary tells the story of the Kronos Quartet with the musicians playing alongside the film

Source:  IndieWire

It’s a movie-going experience that’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t previously seen one of nonfiction filmmaker Sam Green’s live documentaries.

In his latest piece, a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet titled “A Thousand Thoughts,” the big screen plays home to interviews and archival images that audiences would expect to see in a traditional documentary.  On stage, the Kronos Quartet appear live to perform the film’s score, while Green himself narrates the film.

Green has made traditional documentaries like “Weather Underground,” but his live projects have been entirely conceived and executed as purely live events.

Not only will “A Thousand Thoughts” never be available on Netflix or anywhere else, it’s the nonfiction streaming boom that inspired Green to create these unique theatrical events.

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