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“Quest” is a moving portrait of an American family

Source:  The New York Times Barack Obama is not the subject of “Quest,” Jonathan Olshefski’s new documentary, an intimate and patient portrait of a North Philadelphia family. But the film, which begins and ends with presidential elections — Mr. Obama’s in 2008 and his...

These are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

Source:  Vogue In Alphabetical Order: A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015) - Les Blank’s documentary about the legendary rock musician Leon Russell was filmed more than 40 years before it was released. The film about Russell, an enigmatic artist who played with the Beach...

Netflix’s creepy “Voyeur” will scare you away forever from motels

Source:  Entertainment Weekly "Voyeur" details the writing and troubled publication of journalist Gay Talese’s 2016 book, "The Voyeur’s Motel," about a Colorado motel owner named Gerald Foos, and the decades he spent spying on guests from the motel’s attic. “They...

How Colin Kaepernick inspires “13th” director Ava DuVernay

Source:  GQ Has Colin Kaepernick sparked a movement? When he first gained attention for remaining seated during the national anthem, a heated debate ensued on his motivations, whether or not he had accomplished anything, or if this was disrespect for the American...

Meet the man who trumps Donald at his own game in “EuroTrump”

Source:  Observer Geert Wilders’ similarities to Donald Trump don’t stop at his perfectly quaffed, bleached hair. The world-famous, nationalist Dutch politician has ridden the populist wave to notable acclaim. Like Trump, Wilders has lived in the limelight for decades...

Critically acclaimed “Cameraperson” premieres tonight on PBS

Source:  PBS A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of cinematographer...

Anthony Bourdain fights food waste in his new documentary

Source:  Robb Report Food waste is not the sexiest topic, and Anthony Bourdain will be the first to tell you that. In an era of decadent and amazing food documentaries, from "Chef’s Table" to Bourdain’s "Parts Unknown," the camera is usually pointed at what’s on the...

Doc Read: Fighting the Toxic Nightmare Next Door

Source:  Bloomberg Businessweek It was practical considerations that led Dawn and Brian Chapman to Maryland Heights, a modest suburb of St. Louis bound by two interstate highways, several strip malls, an international airport, and the Missouri River. They found a...

How One Weekend Blew Up the Rules of American Politics

Source:  Yahoo News It began as a relatively quiet day in the presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were each holed up with their aides on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, preparing for the second presidential debate, scheduled for Sunday night. Hurricane...

Greg Barker’s “The Final Year” to open DOC NYC

Source:  realscreen DOC NYC has announced that it will screen director Greg Barker’s "The Final Year" as its 2017 opening night film. The documentary feature follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during his last year in office. After the doc screens,...

Seven Disturbing Documentaries on Netflix About Religion and Cults

Source:  Inverse 1.  Holy Hell (2017) 2.  The Lost Key (2014) 3.  Witches: A Century of Murder (2015) 4.  Deprogrammed (2016) 5.  Enlighten Us (2016) 6.  My Scientology Movie (2017) 7.  Jesus Camp (2006) Read the story at Inverse. Receive all of today’s stories in one...

14 documentaries on Netflix that are scarier than fiction

Source:  Business Insider Amanda Knox (2016) - Believe her or not, the murder surrounding Amanda Knox is a chilling piece of modern-day pop culture. This documentary takes a deep dive into all the people surrounding the murder. The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2015)...

Meet Lynn Novick: The other director of “The Vietnam War”

Source:  The Washington Post There is a distinctive style to a Ken Burns documentary — the camera’s smooth movement over black-and-white photographs, an interview subject whose eyes seem to be gazing beyond the camera into the past, the lilt of a fiddle or the blare...

Where to Stream 11 Essential Ken Burns Documentaries

Source:  The New York Times Brooklyn Bridge - 58 minutes - Amazon Prime, Kanopy, and Sundance Now Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War - 1 hour 19 minutes - Netflix and Kanopy The Central Park Five - 1 hour 58 minutes - Amazon Prime, Kanopy, Google...

Five Great Music Documentaries on Netflix

Source:  PPcorn The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975 - Göran Olsson’s documentary compiles some amazing 16mm footage of Black Power activists and musicians filmed by Swedish TV in the 1960s and 1970s. The film is a moving exploration at the bonds between activists like...

New documentary explores the educational digital divide in America

Source:  U.S. News & World Report The United States is likely to reach its goal of making sure every single public school has access to the Internet by 2020, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit focused on this milestone. But the accomplishment won't close...

Ten Animal Welfare Documentaries to Add to Your Netflix Queue

Source:  Care2 Blackfish - Thanks in large part to this 2013 documentary that takes a disturbing look at the sad life of performing killer whale Tilikum, attendance plunged at SeaWorld amusement parks — and the company ended its killer whale show at its San Diego...

Meet the Puppies of Chernobyl

Source:  POPSUGAR After the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in 1986, the area was deemed inhabitable — for humans, at least. Wild animals have since prospered in the area including man's best friend: dogs. When residents of Pripyat and Chernobyl evacuated, many...

Is Your Cup of Coffee Killing Elephants?

Source:  India West Is your cup of coffee killing elephants? The question may sound strange, but it’s a reality for the growing coffee industry in India. A new documentary by duPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist Thomas Grant and Kansas-based Indian American author...

Amazon explores the origins of horror stories in “Lore”

Source:  Realscreen Amazon is trying its hand at horror in its latest original series. "Lore," which is now available on Amazon Prime Video, is based on Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast of the same name. Its premise is to offer up “frightening and often disturbing tales...

LA: CARS + MUSIC – A Look at LA’s Underground Car Culture

Source:  Autoweek "LA: CARS + MUSIC" is a short Red Bull documentary that gives a front seat ride with some of the most influential figures shaping Los Angeles’s world-renowned car scene. Going beyond pinstripes and engines, the film highlights the role music plays in...

Doc Watch: Building Manhattan out of water tower wood

Source:  Master & Dynamic Dutch sculptor Diederick Kraaijeveld has two important rules when it comes to his art. First, he only uses found wood; and second, he doesn’t use paint. “I only use wood I find,” he tells us. And while he does cut the wood to fit it into his...

New Harry Potter documentary featuring J.K. Rowling heading to the BBC

Source:  Mashable The BBC recently announced that it will air a Harry Potter documentary this fall featuring an exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone." The one-off special will...

A record 170 documentary features submitted for Oscar consideration

Source:  Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that a record 170 films have been submitted for Documentary Feature Oscar consideration. Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying...

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