Tom Roston

Doc Soup: Oscar Nominated ’127 Hours’: Not a Documentary, But Close

It’s been said many times before — heck, I’ve said it more times than I could count — that truth is stranger than fiction. But that doesn’t mean that fiction can’t sometimes trump truth. Take, for example, the retelling of Aron Ralston’s (pictured, far right) true-life story of falling in a canyon in Utah and

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Doc Soup: Thursday Nights at the Brooklyn Museum with POV Films

Ah, isn’t it nice when things work out for the best? Take, for example, POV’s new partnership with the Brooklyn Museum, which, last week, hosted a screening of POV’s 2010 film Good Fortune. It’s a natural fit, POV and the Brooklyn Museum, the two institutions share the same demographic. After all, most of New York’s

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Doc Soup: Talking with Director Marshall Curry About the Sundance Film Festival

For one week of the year, the genre that spends most of its time in the cultural margins moves to center stage. The Sundance Film Festival, which continues until this Saturday, places documentaries on a white hot pedestal, so I asked director Marshall Curry, whose POV film If a Tree Falls is premiering there, to

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Doc Soup: The Documentary Channel: All Docs All the Time

I don’t get it. Really, I don’t. Do you? I’m talking about The Documentary Channel, which just about says it all right there: It’s a whole channel for people like you and me. It’s 24/7 programming of “independently produced films sharing the passionate perspective of filmmakers that bring something new to our awareness,” according to

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