Tom RostonIndependent journalist Tom Roston checks in and writes about the world of documentaries in his column, Doc Soup.

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Doc Soup: Daydreaming About The Edge of Dreaming

I had a dream… A Hollywood agent was sitting on a yoga mat somewhere in Santa Monica and a studio executive was sitting next to him. They began to talk. Hollywood Agent: Look, last night I saw this reality show on PBS… Studio Executive: …I think they call them documentaries… HA: Yeah, maybe. Whatever. So,

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Doc Soup: Presumed Guilty

I found Presumed Guilty, which airs tonight on POV (10 PM, check local listings), very compelling. It’s the kind of doc that left me with several burning questions — so I decided to follow up with the lawyers-turned-filmmakers directly. Roberto Hernández graciously responded.   Doc Soup Man: Since the Thin Blue Line, as far as

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Doc Soup: Restrepo

Should one buy popcorn before watching a documentary about the cruel (albeit, sometimes thrilling) realities of war? That’s one of the confounding contradictions posed by a theatrically-released war documentary such as Restrepo, the Sundance documentary that was directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington. Are we supposed to enjoy watching documentaries, like any other good

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Doc Soup: The Films of Agnès Varda

It’s no wonder that 82-year-old Agnès Varda calls her deeply personal film about her life and her movies, The Beaches of Agnès. The French New Wave, of which she was a pioneering member, liked to place their characters on a beach, where the enormity of existence and the profundity of life could be adequately pondered.

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Doc Soup: All in the Family

This week, POV’s 2010 season kicks off with the great documentary William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (Check local listings). I think it’s just perfect that the season begins with a grainy home video of two young girls, Kunstler’s daughters Emily and Sarah, who are also the directors of the film, as they interview their famous

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Doc Soup: Whatever Happened to… Philippe Petit from ‘Man on Wire’?

The 2008 film Man on Wire helped canonize performance artist Philippe Petit‘s marvelous feat of walking on a wire between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. Petit’s act had become a cherished yet distant memory for many New Yorkers, but the film, which went on to win the Oscar, really placed Petit’s daring walk

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