- David Evans on Directing 'What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy'
"We had no producers. No broadcaster. No one at all who was interested in our little passion project. And that's part of what appealed to me."
- Hollywood's Opportunity for a Referendum on Scientology
Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear is giving Hollywood the chance to say, "This Scientology crap isn't what we're about."
- Field of Vision Marries Documentary with Journalism
At the end of the year, documentaries tend to get more play in the culture. Maybe it’s the oncoming of winter that makes people more inclined for the gravitas of the non-fiction form. Also, awards season heats up with more press about docs. Festivals in Toronto and New York launch new films. This year, the […]
- Ross Sutherland Remixes Non-fiction Storytelling
I share a few things, other than facial hair, with U.K. visual artist and poet Ross Sutherland. There’s an interest in how we humans find patterns in our experiences, in culture, and in our own thought processes that help us understand—maybe the better word is “fool ourselves”—about who we are. There’s also Sutherland’s fascination with […]
- Documentaries at the Video Store
By the time I was 20, I had seen only two documentaries in theaters. The first was a special screening of Koyaanisqatsi with a live performance of the music by Phillip Glass, and the other was Michael Moore’s first out-of-left-(literally)-field hit, Roger & Me, in 1989. In other words, they were special events. Any other […]
- 'We Come As Friends', or Do We? Hubert Sauper's New Documentary on South Sudan
Hubert Sauper's 'We Come As Friends' goes inside the newly sovereign South Sudan for a new episode in the centuries old tale of the harms of the Western savior complex in Africa.
- TIFF Docs: A Look at What's Coming to Toronto International Film Festival in 2015
The Toronto International Film Festival lineup is out, and Tom Roston talks to programmer Thom Powers about music docs, Michael Moore, and what festival goers can look forward to this year September.
- Louie Psihoyos Projects Endangered Animals on the Side of the Empire State Building, But This Could Get Even Bigger
If you looked up this weekend, you might have seen something extraordinary. On Saturday night, The Cove director Louie Psihoyos put on an event in which he and a team of collaborators projected images, some moving, of endangered species onto the Empire State Building. The creatures got their due, and, hopefully, will get a chance to be brought back from going extinct.
- “My films are not about the crimes that happened in 1965. They are about impunity today.” Joshua Oppenheimer on 'The Look of Silence' and Revisiting the Indonesian Genocide
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing") tells Doc Soup Man Tom Roston about the making of his new documentary, "The Look of Silence," which begins a theatrical run this weekend.
- A Few Things to Note Before You Watch “The Look of Silence” This Weekend
"It's all fairly straight-forward. But then, suddenly, the film takes a radical turn."
- The Vanishing of the Director of 'The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga'
"Real life trumped the rest." Tom Roston sets out to learn why 'The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga' filmmaker Jessica Oreck has taken a step back from the documentary film world.
- Get Your Documentary Artistry Right Here
Doc Soup Man Tom Roston asks Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post to reconsider her view that today's documentaries aren't "bold, daring or artful."
- Lucy Walker's 'The Lion's Mouth Open' and Confronting Huntington's Disease
Where do we draw the line between being movie watchers and empathetic human beings when viewing a documentary about the fate of someone's life? Tom Roston reflects on Lucy Walker's short documentary The Lion's Mouth Opens, premiering on HBO Documentaries.
- Alex Winter's 'Deep Web' Looks Into Dark Corners of Digital Society
If you ever watched House of Cards and were as riveted as I by the young skinny, hipster hacker character who looks like a member of the band The National and sits in the dark drinking wine and cracking code, and if you also thought, "I wish they'd make a movie about that guy," then here's your movie.
- 'Dis(honesty) – The Truth About Lies' Reveals How and Why We Lie
A smart, accessible documentary that brings the research of Dan Ariely from lab to screen. And, are filmmakers liars? Doc Soup Man Tom Roston talks with director Yael Melamede about the ethical tangles of making docs.
- New Documentary Discoveries from Hot Docs 2015
What stands out most for me are two small films. They're small in the sense that they're low budget, and there's been very little talk about either one. Maybe that's part of their charm -- they felt like discoveries.
- Legendary Director Frederick Wiseman to Pitch at Hot Docs 2015 Forum
Legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will pitch his new film Jackson Heights at Hot Docs Forum.
- Hot Docs 2015: A First Look
An early look at some of the hits from the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.