“Ex Libris — The New York Public Library” is the best thing to happen to libraries since the Dewey Decimal System

“Ex Libris — The New York Public Library” is the best thing to happen to libraries since the Dewey Decimal System

Source:  IndieWire

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.

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Manolo Blahnik documentary will feature the biggest names in fashion

Manolo Blahnik documentary will feature the biggest names in fashion

Source:  Flaunt

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.

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Ninth annual Architecture and Design Film Festival announces lineup. Kicks off Nov. 1 in New York City

Ninth annual Architecture and Design Film Festival announces lineup. Kicks off Nov. 1 in New York City

Source:  Curbed

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.

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“California Typewriter” pays tribute to a pillar of the analog age

“California Typewriter” pays tribute to a pillar of the analog age

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

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. 

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Call of Duty documentary arriving next month

Call of Duty documentary arriving next month

Source:  Den of Geek

The story of the Call of Duty videogame franchise is set to be explored in a new documentary that’s landing on video-on-demand services and Steam next month.

Going by the name of “CODumentary,” the film, written and directed by Jonathan Beales, will cover the growth of the series from the first game back in 2003 to the present day.

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“Primal Screen” director Rodney Ascher brings childhood fears to life

“Primal Screen” director Rodney Ascher brings childhood fears to life

Source:  Miami New Times

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.”

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