documentary

East Nashville Tonight Movie

East Nashville Tonight

Originally attempting to film a documentary to promote touring country music songwriters, co-directors Brad and Todd Barnes (Peace Queer: The Movie, The Locksmith) ended up with their “hypothetical documentary”(as they describe it), East Nashville Tonight. The film is a gritty—yet light, drug-fueled comedy, that arouses a strong sense freedom while finding a groove between it’s Read More
Humano Movie

Humano

With such a philosophical subject as trying to discover the reason for our existence, Humano is indeed as heady of an experimental study as it sounds. At one point the filmmaker, Alan Stivelman, takes hallucinogens while pondering if the things we imagine really exist and are just simply invisible—which subsequently makes you wonder if the Read More
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? Movie

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

Renowned filmmaker Michel Gondry has an animated (I say that both figuratively and literally) conversation with the famous linguist, philosopher, and political activist Noam Chomsky. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? takes an unorthodox approach by presenting the documentary almost entirely through animations; utilizing Gondry’s artistic imagination and skills. Described in the documentary as Read More
The Armstrong Lie Movie

The Armstrong Lie

In 2008, when legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong announced that he would return from retirement and compete in the Tour de France once again (he’d won seven years straight, from 1999 to 2005), director Alex Gibney saw an incredible opportunity to tell the story Armstrong’s resurgence and began filming a documentary called The Road Back, chronicling the Read More
American Promise Movie

American Promise

American Promise is a terrific film about racial imbalance and family dynamics, whose immense 13-year production process (from 1999 to 2012) was lengthy by design; filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson began documenting their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, from kindergarten through high school graduation. The two African-American boys are enrolled at a Read More
Running From Crazy Movie

Running From Crazy

Barbara Kopple, director of the riveting 1976 labor strike documentary, Harlan County U.S.A., misfires with her latest doc, Running From Crazy, a film that homes in on all the wrong things while the good stuff flies under the radar. Through the eyes of Mariel Hemmingway (Manhattan), we explore the troubled history of her family, wrought with suicide Read More
Roger Ross Williams on ‘God Loves Uganda’ and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill Interview

Roger Ross Williams on ‘God Loves Uganda’ and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Roger Ross Williams’ deeply disturbing, eye-opening documentary, God Loves Uganda, explores the role White, evangelical Americans played in spreading anti-gay sentiment across the African country, which led–frighteningly–to Ugandan parliament proposing the Anti-homosexuality bill, which criminalizes homosexual relations and actions and deems them punishable by death. Supporters of the LGBT community in Uganda, like Bishop Christopher Senyonjo Read More
Spinning Plates Movie

Spinning Plates

In Spinning Plates, a documentary for both rabid foodies and casual diners alike, we follow the stories of three restaurants, each operating in distant corners of the dining world, as their owners guide us to the the roots of their gastronomic passion. From the best fine dining restaurant in the country, to a town watering hole, Read More
God Loves Uganda Movie

God Loves Uganda

In the most infuriating, jaw-dropping piece of footage in Roger Ross Williams’ polemical documentary, God Loves Uganda, members of the Ugandan parliament are gathered in a room, cheering and chanting, elatedly rejoicing for the first reading of a newly submitted bill. The bill is called the “Uganda Anti-Homosexuality bill” (also widely referred to as the Read More