- Is Seeing Believing? The New Documentaries Challenging Reality
There's more than meets the eye in these new nonfiction films.
- How to Program the Largest Documentary Festival in North America
For Hot Docs Director of Programming Shane Smith, putting together an engaging, diverse film festival is no easy task, and he wouldn't want it any other way.
- The Real Subjects, Real People, Real Experiences at Full Frame 2016
Doc Soup Man's biggest takeaway from Full Frame? Documentary honesty.
- The Urgent, Enriching, and Harrowing Documentaries at Full Frame
The documentaries you'll regret missing at Full Frame 2016.
- The Breakdown of Sundance Documentary Deals
What goes into a documentary distribution deal during a major film festival?
- Almost There: Outsider Art and Documentary Ethics
In Almost There by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, documenting an unknown artist's story leads a filmmaker to confront his own family's history of mental illness and dysfunction.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tribeca Film Festival 2015: Preview
Doc Soup Man shares the top documentary films to see at Tribeca Film Festival 2015 along with insights from Tribeca programmer, Cara Cusumano.
- Full Frame Documentary Festival 2015: A Recap
Doc Soup Man highlights films to watch out for and his favorite documentary celebrity encounters at Full Frame Documentary Festival 2015.
- March (of the Docs) Madness 2015
Legends, stirring storylines and passionate fans are a few of the commonalities between college basketball and documentary filmmaking. 32 documentary symbols go head to head in our March Madness tournament. Vote now!
- 'India's Daughter' and the Importance of Social-Issue Documentaries
Banned from television in India as "objectionable content," Leslee Udwin's controversial documentary India's Daughter forces us to take a closer look at the 2012 gang rape in Dehli.
- Remembering Documentary Pioneer Albert Maysles
Tom Roston remembers veteran documentarian and mentor Albert Maysles.
- Oscar Predictions 2015: And the winner will be…
Tom Roston considers this year's Best Documentary Oscar contenders with his tried-and-true method for predicting which film will win.