- 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.
- On Pinterest and in Documentaries, Don't Judge a Killer By An Image
Doc Soup Man saw a graphic on Pinterest that paints Trayvon Martin's killer as a victim of media bias. What does it mean for the social networking site that the image was false?
- 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.
- A Preview of the 2012 True/False Film Fest
Tom Roston gives a rundown of the films he is looking forward to seeing at the True/False documentary festival, as well as some of the quirky events he hopes to catch while he's there.
- Oscar 2012: 'Undefeated,' and the New Rules for Predicting an Academy Award Win
Doc Soup Man Tom Roston's Documentary Oscar streak is over, but he's planning a come back next year with a new standard for predicting the winner.
- Oscar 2012: Predicting the Documentary Winners
Who will win? Doc Soup Man has picked it for four years running. But this year, he says, is one of the closest races in years.
- Documentaries for the Downton Abbey Fan
Ultimate fan and Crawley wannabe Tom Roston shares a trove of documentaries you can watch online about the upstairs-downstairs set.
- On 'Gasland' Director Josh Fox's Arrest
After the controversy around the arrest of documentarian Josh Fox at a congressional hearing, Tom Roston delves into his take on the matter and brings to light the arrests of other documentary filmmakers.