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: Art Starts a Dialogue Between Criminals and Victims in ‘Concrete, Steel & Paint’

What happens when the documentary ends but the issue festers? This question rang in my head while noshing on radishes and beer at the Manhattan headquarters of the Ford Foundation, which hosted a recent screening of the very compelling and subtly complex Concrete, Steel & Paint. The film is about a group of men at

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Doc Soup: The 10 Greatest Rockumentaries of All Time (Okay, This List Goes to 11!)

Love is blind. So is our taste in music. And that also logically applies to lists of one’s favorite rockumentaries. So, yes, this list is subjective. And I’m going to reinforce that point by illustrating why some of these films are important to me. I hope you will share your favorite rockumentaries — personal reminiscences encouraged! — in the comments section below.

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Doc Soup: Reviewing Docs from the Past: A Look Back at ‘Dont Look Back’

Bob Dylan in the iconic Subterranean Homesick Bluesmusic video from D A Pennebaker’s Dont Look Back Dont Look Back is as ironic a title as I could hope for in my series in which I look back at classic documentaries. (It’s been a while since the first one.) But I’ve had rockumentaries — an all-encompassing

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Doc Soup: Werner Herzog Takes Us to the Extreme Once Again with ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

Production still from Werner Herzog’s 3-D documentaryCave of Forgotten Dreams After an impressive week of documentary premieres on television — first there’s Monday’s Stonewall Uprising, about the uprising that launched the gay rights movement, and then there’s Tuesday’s Marwencol, about a man with an unusual form of self-therapy — there’s a great reason to get

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Doc Soup: HBO’s ‘Cinema Verite’ Revisits PBS Proto-Reality-TV Series ‘An American Family’

Mark your calendars! This Saturday (April 23, 2011), HBO premieres its film, Cinema Verite, about what’s commonly known as the first reality television show. It’s a fictional re-creation of the nonfiction filmmaking of a real thing. If that’s a tough concept to get your head around, don’t worry, HBO will be serving it with a

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Doc Soup: Doc Highlights at the Toronto International Film Festival

What a great film festival. Maybe it’s how lovely Toronto is in September. Maybe it’s the enthusiastic audiences. Maybe it’s the great restaurants. Or maybe it’s how the festival treats otherwise art-house fare like big blockbusters. These are just a few of the reasons I have always loved the Toronto International Film Festival over the

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Doc Soup: Reviewing Docs from the Past: ‘Wild Parrots’ – For the Birds

So many docs, so little time. As a service to you, dear reader, I’ve been wanting to occasionally review classic or otherwise notable documentaries for some time now. I’m going to look back at these films with the hope that I can help guide you to select well-known documentaries that are worth seeing, long after

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