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Vital documentary “The Cleaners” dishes the dirt on social media

Source:  CNET If you're reading this, you need to see "The Cleaners." It's an incisive new documentary that shines a light on the most uncomfortable questions about social media and the online age. You might want to look away. But, as the film shows, that's a big part...

E! greenlights Rose McGowan documentary series “Citizen Rose”

Source:  Deadline Rose McGowan, one of the strongest voices of the #MeToo movement, is set to star in and produce "Citizen Rose," a five-part documentary series that looks at the world through the artist/activist’s eyes for E! The network will air a two-hour special...

Doc Watch: A Day in the Life of a Sniper in Syria

Source:  The Atlantic “Did you kill any members of ISIS?” a hairdresser asks his client. The young man doesn’t answer. He simply stares at himself in the mirror—a soldier clad in camouflage with a rifle casually slung over his shoulder. Another try: “So, did you kill...

“Nowhere” tells the story of how one man escaped the hell of Darfur

Source:  The Atlantic “The whole world knows about the problems in Darfur,” says Nouri, a recently resettled refugee, in Kristian Engelsen’s moving short film, "Nowhere." "My life was in danger. Many in my family died. So I had to run away.” Now, Nouri lives in...

Experience the highest peaks in “Mountain”

Source:  Amuse Up to three centuries ago, the idea of climbing a mountain would have been considered an act of madness. Now our highest reaches are playgrounds for the unreasonable: men and women interested in launching themselves off cliff edges, snowboarding out of...

James Redford’s clean energy documentary is illuminating

Source:  Inverse James Redford knows that you know renewable technology will help fight climate change. But the filmmaker is also aware that you don’t really know what renewable technology actually looks like — and that there are steps regular people can make to...

Doc Watch: Inside America’s Largest Right-Wing Militia

Source:  VICE In the backwoods of Georgia, a controversial, right-wing, "anti-terror" militia group gathers once a month to complete field training exercises under the command of Chris Hill—a.k.a Blood Agent. This militia group, called the Georgia III% Security Force,...

“White Lotus” demystifies Buddhist monkhood

Source:  HuffPost "White Lotus," a documentary directed by Somchay Phakonkham, follows the real-life spiritual journey of a Westerner who takes on the southeast Asian tradition of temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk. The film, which had an early premiere at the...

New York Times Op-Docs: Gay and in Love at an Evangelical College

Source:  The New York Times What do you do when your relationship conflicts with your religion? This week’s New York Times Op-Doc, “Saltwater Baptism,” explores that question with disarming, understated warmth. Directed by Jared Callahan and Russell Sheaffer, the...

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...

Watch this chilling Charles Manson documentary from 1973

Source:  VICE In the wake of Charles Manson's death Sunday night at the age of 83 has come a new wave of stories about Manson, his "Family," and the horrific murders he committed. Though he spent most of his life in prison, Manson has exerted a strange pull on...

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...

“Amplify Her” sheds much needed light on women in EDM

Source:  Dance Music Northwest It's 2017 and the topic of women in the electronic music industry is still a tender one. That’s why Canadian film producers Nicole Sorochan and Ian Mackenzie decided to take it upon themselves to throw their hats in the ring for creative...

DOC NYC Film Review: “David Bowie: The Last Five Years”

Source:  Variety “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” which premiered Nov. 10 at the DOC NYC film festival, is a singular and haunting pop documentary. It’s a companion piece to “David Bowie: Five Years,” the 2013 documentary in which director Francis Whately meditated...

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...

Nine Tech-Themed Documentaries You Absolutely Have to Watch

Source:  Digital Trends Do you love tech? Enjoy documentaries? Then are you going to love Digital Trends' round-up of the best tech documentaries available for your viewing pleasure. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Dollars - Probably the most obviously “fun”...

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...

“Earth: One Amazing Day” is a Dozen Movies in One

Source:  Los Angeles Times "Earth: One Amazing Day," the sequel to BBC Earth Films’ “Earth,” is another jaw-dropping trip around the world. With its G rating, the documentary is kid-friendly, but adults will be equally awed by the animal wonders and how the filmmakers...

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...

Robert Reich’s “Saving Capitalism” arrives on Netflix

Source:  The New York Times Asked to pick a spot for lunch to discuss Robert Reich's new Netflix documentary, “Saving Capitalism,” a representative for the former labor secretary proposed Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. It...

HBO readies “15: A Quinceañera Story”

Source:  Realscreen 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...

Five Enlightening Documentaries about Childhood

Source:  Paste The Up Series (1964- ) - In 1964, some British filmmakers rounded up a group of fourteen seven-year-old kids from across the country—boys and girls, rich and poor, black and white—and interviewed them for a BBC program called "Seven Up." Director...

Three New York Times Op-Docs Vie for Best Documentary Short Oscar

Source:  IndieWire The Best Picture shortlist for the upcoming Academy Awards recently set a record for its depth: 341 titles, revealing little about the expected contenders for film’s most-coveted prize. But just ten films are on the shortlist for Best Documentary...

HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins to Step Down

Source:  Variety Sheila Nevins, the president of HBO Documentary Films, is leaving the cable network after 38 years. Nevins, 78, has presided over the non-fiction arm of HBO to tremendous acclaim, producing over 1,000 documentaries and amassing a collection of awards...

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