Alan Berliner's 'First Cousin Once Removed'
Berliner’s film ought to resonate in a deeply personal way to anyone who has struggled to remember a lost love, a precious memory, or who has had a family member who experienced dementia in any way. In other words, the film could speak to just about anyone.
Where Are the First-Person Women Documentarians?
With Tiffany Shlain's personal documentary Connected wrapping up its theatrical run, Doc Soup Man Tom Roston asks why the best known first-person documentarians are men.
A Holiday Gift Guide for Documentary Fans and Documentarians
Watch, Make, Learn! This year give the gift of documentaries. For once, we mean it literally!
Father Knows Best? Not Always! 12 Dad-centric Docs for Father's Day
In the run up to Father's Day, independent journalist Tom Roston checks in with a list of daddy-centric documentaries that by no means put pops on a pedestal.
How Common Is Your Last Name?
In 1990, my last name — the prosaic-in-China but seemingly obscure-in-America “Xu” — was the 10,540th most common name in America. In 2000, my last name had made an incredible leap — it climbed more than 7,000 spots to become the 2,701st most common name in America. What a difference a decade makes! How common […]
From the Archives: The Sweetest Sound
From now until New Year’s day, the POV Blog will be posting about great documentaries from the POV archives. Rent one at the local video store or via Netflix to watch with your friends and family during the holiday season. The Sweetest Sound by Alan Berliner (POV 2001) What’s in a name? Alan Berliner — […]