- Four Independent-Minded Docs for Independence Day
What’s more patriotic than waving a flag and drinking a Bud? How about baring witness to the struggles of Americans that have made this nation great?
- Giveaway: Win a Pair of Combo Passes to the Inaugural CBGB Festival
Who wants to rock next weekend at the inaugural CBGB festival? Tom Roston will be giving away two Music/Film Combo passes to the festival in NYC!
- Director Jonathan Caouette on 'Walk Away Renee'
Tom Roston talks with Jonathan Caouette, director of 2004's lo-fi phenom, Tarnation, about his new documentary, Walk Away Renee.
- My Reincarnation: The Ultimate Father-Son Story
To me, My Reincarnation is primarily a film about a father and a son. In fact, just following Father’s Day, it brings to mind that this is one of the best documentaries ever made about the father-son relationship.
- Years After a Festival Run, 'U.N. Me' Filmmakers Take a DIY Path to a Theatrical Release
U.N. Me, the first film from director/producers Ami Horowitz and Matt Groff, had a modest festival run starting in 2009. Now, almost three years later, they've raised the money to release the film themselves.
- Why Ewing & Grady Are Choosing to Self-Distribute 'Detropia'
The filmmaking team behind The Boys of Baraka, Jesus Camp and 12th & Delaware tells Doc Soup Man why they're self-distributing their new documentary, the lyrical Detropia.
- Brown Bears Are Good at Making Documentaries (But Are They The Best?)
Proud Brown University alumnus Doc Soup Man Tom Roston thinks his alma mater has outdone all others in producing great documentary filmmakers.
- TMI: How Much Information is Too Much Information When Gaining the Trust of a Subject?
Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri, the directors of the award-winning October Country and the new documentary Off Label, understand the nuance in sharing personal information to win over a subject and, sometimes, in keeping a secret.
- Seven Mothers from Seven Mother's Day Documentaries
In time for Mother's Day, Tom Roston presents a list of documentaries that celebrate motherhood in all its forms.
- Doc Soup Man Presents: A Discussion of Branded Documentaries and Branded Documentarians
Morgan Spurlock isn't the only documentarian who's crossed over into the commercial world. Did you know there's an agency that specializes in bringing that nonfiction touch to a 30-second spot?
- Disneynature's Chimpanzee
The Hunger Games film to see this past weekend was not, as it turns out, called Hunger Games. It was the latest Disneynature documentary, Chimpanzee.
- The Cheap Thrills in Looking Forward to Misfortune
It's a show like "Fatal Encounters," which premiered this month on Investigation Discovery, that gives nonfiction filmmakers a bad name.
- A Neurotypical's View on Autism Documentaries
Seen any docs about autism lately? No? Me neither, until recently, and that's a shame.
- Documentary Films? That's Entertainment!
Documentaries have started to assert that they, like their Hollywood cousins, can be more than simply 'engaging.' Doc Soup Man Tom Roston says they can be entertaining diversions too.
- Obama Enters the 2012 Election with 'The Road We've Traveled,' a Documentary by Davis Guggenheim
Election-year ads are often naïve and clumsy, dogmatic and jingoistic. David Guggenheim’s 17-minute The Road We've Traveled, created for President Obama's re-election campaign, is quite a different animal.
- Hulu Adds 30 Documentaries to Its Collection, Including Amir Bar-Lev's Re:Generation Music Project
Tom Roston shines a light on the slate of documentaries that Hulu has recently added. Amir Bar-Lev's Re:Generation Music Project is of particular note and should play well to Hulu's core audience.
- Director Lee Hirsch on Bully's MPAA Rating Battle and the Impact of the F-Word
The director of Bully, a victim of bullying himself, tells Tom Roston "the experience that these kids go through should be as it is."
- My Five Favorite Documentaries from True/False Film Fest 2012
Tom Roston recaps the Midwestern film festival True/False, where he saw a slate of inspiring documentaries including How to Survive a Plague, The Imposter, Bully, Searching for Sugar Man and Undefeated.