The King of Shoes, a Poet, an Original, the Greatest Shoemaker of the 20th and 21st century — those are just a few ways to characterize footwear legend Manolo Blahnik.
But they don’t come even close to describing his extraordinary decades-long career, which you can follow in the documentary of his life, “Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards,” which is now available for streaming on Netflix.
Nobody remembers who said “Cobra” first. Even after producing the Netflix documentary series “The Toys That Made Us,” creator Brian Volk-Weiss still can’t say for sure who in the brainstorm at Marvel, the comics publisher hired by toy maker Hasbro to create villains for G.I. Joe, coined the name for the evil army/thinly veiled Soviet Union analog.
Now available on Netflix, with the latter half airing in 2018, the eight-part documentary series explores the origins of the most popular toys in history: Star Wars, Barbie, G.I. Joe, Lego, Transformers, He-Man, Hello Kitty, and Star Trek, as well as the collective worldwide impact all that plastic had on the popular imagination.
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” a documentary about the life and work of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s” Fred Rogers.
Directed by Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”), the film from Tremolo Productions, Impact Partners, and Independent Lens/PBS is set to be released June 8, 2018.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is an intimate portrait of Rogers, a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. His show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was one of the longest-running series on PBS. It wrapped production in 2000 after 31 seasons, but PBS continuously ran reruns of the series through August 2008.
Much of the Western world first learned about the weird, wonderful, and bizarre culture of Russian dashboard cameras in 2013 when the Chelyabinsk meteor blazed across the Ural Mountains and was captured on a multitude of low-grade lenses.
Now there’s a documentary set to open in the U.S. next year from Oscilloscope Laboratories composed solely of Russian dashboard camera footage.
“The Road Movie”premiered at the 2016 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and played at the prestigious True/False Film Festival.
Judging from the just-premiered trailer, “The Road Movie”promises to be a “can’t believe your eyes” extravaganza, featuring armed road rage, bears, forest fires, and tanks.
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 simultaneously on HBO and HBO Latino through Dec. 22.
The profiled girls include Zoey, a Mexican-American who resides south of Los Angeles, and was assigned male at birth; Rosi, who chooses to hold her quinceañera celebrations in Havana, because her grandfather cannot obtain a visa to the States; Ashley (pictured), an amateur boxer whose mother is a Dreamer, and whose father has been deported; and best friends Jackie and Nina, whose joint celebration honors their Mexican-American heritage.
Over its five-day run it featured screenings of 34 films, including four world premieres, a short virtual reality documentary about the enduring influence of Buckminster Fuller, and plenty of post-screening panels and conversations.