All of Frederick Wiseman’s films are his best films. His work frames reality in a way that allows us to see it more clearly through his camera than we can with the naked eye.
All the same, the hypnotic and thoroughly essential “Ex Libris — The New York Public Library” stands out as an especially definitive example of — and testament to — Wiseman’s style and mission statement. Never before have his goals as a documentarian so perfectly dovetailed with those of his subject.
It’s almost here. The anticipated Manolo Blahnik retrospective documentary, “Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards,” finally has a release date: September 29.
The film, directed by close friend of Blahnik, Michael Roberts, covers the forty year span of Blahnik’s career in shoe design—from his infatuation with lizards and shoes as a child, all the way to his iconic shoe label esteemed by the world of high fashion.
The lineup for the ninth annual Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City has been announced, and it includes over 30 feature-length and short films celebrating “the creative spirit that drives architecture and design.”
Kicking off on November 1, the five-day festival will open with Catherine Hunter’s documentary “Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place,” a film that follows the enigmatic Pritzker Prize-winning Australian architect as he builds a new mosque for an Islamic community in Melbourne, Australia.
What kind of documentary might feature contributions from actor Tom Hanks, singer-songwriter John Mayer, historian David McCullough, and the late, great playwright, Sam Shepard? The answer is a documentary about typewriters.
The new film “California Typewriter” is a portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse while also documenting the struggles of the titular establishment, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping these machines clicking.
Director Rodney Ascher has made a career of exploring fascinating concepts via documentaries.
His first feature, “Room 237,” was all about a variety of interpretations that obsessed fans found in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” His second, “The Nightmare,” was more horror based, interviewing people who suffer sleep paralysis and recreating their experiences on film.
Ascher’s latest project, “Primal Screen,” available on Shudder, is a series that dives into the pop culture artifacts that traumatized us in our youth. The first installment focuses on ventriloquist dummies, specifically the one from Richard Attenborough’s “Magic.”