In 1982 in the Peruvian jungle, Werner Herzog was making a film about an opera fanatic who would do anything to bring music to his remote city: Fitzcarraldo and his small crew face deadly river rapids, indigenous tribes with spears and the impossible task of hauling a steamship over a mountain.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case Tuesday centering on whether a documentary on Hillary Clinton should be classified as a political ad, making it subject to campaign finance laws. The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle describes the case and its arguments. Continue reading
For documentary filmmakers, the reward of an Oscar nomination is twofold: It raises awareness around the film’s subjects or issues and generates interest in a genre that ticket buyers don’t generally flock to.
Herbert Gettridge struggled for years to rebuild his New Orleans home in the lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. In an interview, producer June Cross describes how she documented Gettridge’s story in “The Old Man and the Storm” which airs on “Frontline” on Jan. 6. Continue reading
Following a reprise of the documentary “Eyes on the Prize” that chronicled the civil rights movement in America, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, who was part of the movement and the narrator of the series, discusses the series’ significance after 20 years. Continue reading
After much pressure, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns agreed to add stories about Hispanics’ role in World War II to his documentary, “The War.” A Latino history professor and a film festival CEO give their views. Continue reading