What’s the deal with documentary trailers? Tom Roston considers some of the best and most disappointing doc trailers he’s seen and wonders if they’re a marketing tool finally on the upswing in the documentary world.Continue reading this entry »
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Doc Soup Man Tom Roston says film criticism is in decline just as documentary is reaching new heights in popularity. Where are the critics who can recognize what’s great — and what’s not — in a documentary?Continue reading this entry »
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.Continue reading this entry »
In time for Mother’s Day, Tom Roston presents a list of documentaries that celebrate motherhood in all its forms.Continue reading this entry »
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.Continue reading this entry »
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 aContinue reading this entry »
As promised, it’s time for my “Best Documentary Characters of All Time” list. You may be wondering: How does one go about compiling a list of best characters from nonfiction films? These “characters” aren’t the products of imagination and craft, after all; they are real people. But, wait, don’t we have the expression, “He/she isContinue reading this entry »