- Doc Soup: The Babies Are Coming!
The babies are coming! The babies are coming! In a stroke of French-inspired genius, there’s a new documentary coming to our shores May 7 (over Mother’s Day weekend ): it’s called Babies. If distributor Focus Features is lucky, the film will captivate audiences the same way March of the Penguins (also originally from France), Winged […]
- Doc Soup: What Happened to… Avijit from “Born into Brothels”
Avijit Halder at 11 years old. Photo from Kids with Cameras. It makes sense to me to start off the “What Happened to the Subject?” series with a child who starred in a documentary, because it seems to me that we can see greater changes than with an adult subject. And, boy, has Avijit Halder, […]
- Doc Soup: Announcing a New Series: What Ever Happened to… ?
What ever happened to the boys — now, men — from Hoop Dreams? Where did Little Edie, now deceased, end up after Grey Gardens? Are any of those old guys from Brother’s Keeper still kicking? If you have ever found yourself asking any of these, or similar, questions, then I’m here to help. I want […]
- Doc Soup: “Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story”
This month, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, about the cult-fave stand-up comedian and actor, was released on DVD. The documentary explores Izzard‘s comic talents as well as his upbringing, revealing a very complete portrait of the man. And that’s going to mean a lot to some of us who are huge Izzard fans. And it won’t mean too much to the […]
- Doc Soup: What Happened with the Docs at Oscar 2010?
Hollywood’s biggest night was not, sadly, documentary film’s finest hour. The 2010 Oscar ceremony will be most remembered for how The Hurt Locker trumped Avatar, and how Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Best Director award. But, for documentary fans, it may be remembered for a couple of missed opportunities. Things certainly […]
- Doc Soup: More Fearless Oscar Predictions – Looking at the Shorts with an Academy Voter
The Best Documentary Short award is probably the least watched, least understood and least appreciated category at the Academy Awards. Okay, maybe it’s tied with Best Sound Editing. Still, that’s too bad. Fortunately, some of the winners have made the most of this underdog status in their speeches, such as when Jessica Yu joked in […]
- Doc Soup: Fearless Oscar Predictions
It’s that time of year again — when some of us roll our eyes at the foolish, self-aggrandizing notion of awards and others of us lap it up, savoring every detail, prognostication and red carpet mishap. I am solidly in the latter camp, and this year’s documentary Oscar race is a particularly interesting one because […]
- Doc Soup: An Open Letter to Fisher Stevens
Hi Fisher, I want to congratulate you on your huge accomplishment in producing The Cove. It’s a fantastic film. It unspools like a great thriller and it captures a terrible wrong on tape — it does everything I think a great documentary should do. Your Oscar nomination is well deserved, and I have been watching […]
- Doc Soup: A Filmmaker Reports from TED 2010
The recently concluded TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference once again proved to be on the cutting edge of the intellectual-cultural vanguard. It draws such an impressive list of hot-shots (this year’s included Bill Gates, Valerie Plame, James Cameron, and David Byrne) — it’s kind of dizzying. I wondered what this year’s TED offered the doc […]
- Doc Soup: Ten Best Documentary Film Posters
Movie posters have always been a hip form of art; the unique images designed for movies such as Anatomy of a Murder, Vertigo and Last Temptation of Christ are as much works of art themselves as they are stunning sales pitches for the movies they were made for. (Mea culpa; throughout my teen years, I […]
- Doc Soup: Which Sundance Docs Will Live Beyond Park City?
In documentaries, as in life, there’s usually a difference between what really happened, how people perceive what happened, and how that event gets filtered through memory, stories and the media. If you’re still with me, here’s the point: This is all the more apropos to the Sundance Film Festival. I didn’t go this year, so […]
- Doc Soup: “Collapse” – Are We Doomed?
We’re doomed! I’m not even talking about that mess up in Massachusetts. I’m talking big-time, end-of-civilization, DOOMED. That, at least, is the message delivered by Collapse, a documentary that came out last year, directed by Chris Smith (The Yes Men, American Movie). The film got limited attention, and can now be see on movies-on-demand on […]
- Doc Soup: The Glittering Docerati at the Cinema Eye Honors
So, how about those Golden Globes! What, who cares? That’s right — all of you doc lovers know that the real big night in documentary film wasn’t in L.A. on Sunday (the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t even have a nonfiction filmmaking category) — it was last Friday, when the third annual Cinema Eye Honors took […]
- Doc Soup: “Avatar” and Its Documentary Roots (and bonus giveaway!)
Avatar is the biggest thing to come out of Hollywood since The Matrix. No, scratch that — since Star Wars. No, no, no, actually — since Gone With the Wind. I know that I’m not the first to herald the paradigmatic shift that James Cameron‘s epic sci-fi fantasy represents for its groundbreaking innovations in stereoscopic […]
- Doc Soup: Docs of 2009: The Year in Review
As another year comes to a close, we have another opportunity to look back at what was. It is also, of course, the end of a decade, which is even more tempting to reflect upon — but let’s keep our eye on the recent past for a moment here. Just take a look at the […]
- Doc Soup: Docs Will Not Die
I recently read that actor/fallen star Lindsay Lohan was in India to make a documentary. “What the…?” I thought. But after initially thinking of this as a sign of the coming doc apocalypse, I’ve begun to see that it’s quite the opposite. Amidst all this talk about how old media is dying — how newspapers, […]
- Doc Soup: Looking Forward to Superstar Doc Lineup at Sundance 2010
Christmas comes early for us documentary film lovers. There’s a sense of elation I feel each December when the Sundance Film Festival announces its January lineup. There’s so much promise: the selected films are like unopened presents. You can check out the full list here, but I want to take a closer peek at the […]
- Doc Soup: Kassim the Dream
There’s a new documentary, Kassim the Dream, that just came to a TV near you via video-on-demand last week. You can catch it if you have Time Warner and Cablevision, among other cable providers. It tells the story of Kassim “The Dream” Ouma, who was born in Uganda and was forced to be a child […]