- When Commercials and Political Propaganda Become Indistinguishable
A handful of new (non-political) commercials are finding their way into that ugly area between fact, fiction and advocacy in this election season.
- Thom Powers on SundanceNOW's Doc Club
The indie film and documentary lovers over at SundanceNOW cooked up a fun idea, a doc club -- you know, like a book club. It's an engaging way of trying to wed the exploding world of online viewing and the many people who are passionate about watching documentaries.
- Antonino D'Ambrosio's “Let Fury Have the Hour”
Some documentaries just speak to you like an echo in your head. Let Fury Have the Hour had that impact on me. The film streams live on Tuesday night, October 9, 2012, from Paley DocFest.
- DCTV at 40: A Media Arts Organization Fights On
The New York City-based media arts center that produces documentary films, provides education courses and has spent decades using the power of the moving image to open eyes and grip hearts, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week.
- Alan Berliner's 'First Cousin Once Removed'
Berliner’s film ought to resonate in a deeply personal way to anyone who has struggled to remember a lost love, a precious memory, or who has had a family member who experienced dementia in any way. In other words, the film could speak to just about anyone.
- Innocence of Muslims: A Filmmaking Success of the Worst Kind
What can documentary filmmakers learn from the idiocy of no-talent, hate-mongering hacks and the masses that are moved by them?
- Director David France on 'How to Survive a Plague'
Director David France’s documentary is a riveting chronicle of activism around the AIDS crisis and its legacy.
- An Overview of the Docs at TIFF
With the Toronto International Film Festival having kicked off at the end of last week, Tom Roston provides a short list of his must-see docs in the festival this year.
- “2016: Obama's America”: The Most Offensively Funny Movie of the Year
Doc Soup Man Tom Rostron recently saw Dinesh D’Souza’s film, 2016: Obama's America, an unintentionally hilarious denunciation of President Barack Obama.
- The Morgan Spurlock Brand Goes Mainstream with “Inside Man” on CNN
It was no surprise when it was announced last week that Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me and several other documentaries, has parlayed his brand into a regular show on CNN.
- Do Documentary Filmmakers Deserve Screenwriting Credit?
Documentarians write while preparing a film and editing it, but there's little writing that makes it into many kinds of nonfiction. What do you think?
- My Five Favorite Sports Documentaries
In honor of the 2012 Olympic games, Tom Roston gives us his top five favorite sports documentaries. Did yours make the cut?
- Could More Docs Be Box Office Contenders With Larger Distribution?
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, The Imposter, and Searching for Sugar Man have had impressive earnings at the box office recently, which begs the question: could these have been big box office contenders with a larger distribution and marketing campaign?
- Director Alison Klayman on 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry'
Tom Roston talks with Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry director Alison Klayman about the the artist and his reaction to seeing the film.
- 'The Light in Her Eyes' and the Way Americans View Muslim Women
Doc Soup Man talks to a Muslim woman about the way Americans typically view Muslim women, oppression, and the hijab (headscarf).
- Squishy, Tender Love: Romance in Documentaries
When I set out to write up a list of my favorite romantic documentaries in honor of the airing of Guilty Pleasures on POV, I thought it would be a snap...
- 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!