documentary

Judy Irving On Nature Filmmaking: It Forces Me to Focus On Who We Share the Planet With Interview

Judy Irving On Nature Filmmaking: It Forces Me to Focus On Who We Share the Planet With

Bay Area filmmaker Judy Irving has had a fascination with Pelicans for about as long as she can remember. “I really loved what they looked like, that dinosaur look,” she told us as we caught up with her in her hometown of San Francisco. After years of loving the large, long-beaked birds, and after making Read More
Watchers of the Sky Movie

Watchers of the Sky

Edet Belzberg provides a compelling and compassionate view of those who fight for the rights of humanity and the victims of genocide in her latest documentary. Read More
The Overnighters Movie

The Overnighters

The Overnighters feels like one of those rare, lightning in a bottle stories caught in a documentary. What are the odds of coming upon such an incredible story, let alone one that manages to be captured on camera? Life imitates art in the strangest ways, sometimes. Director Jesse Moss started working on The Overnighters as a profile Read More
Nadav Schirman, Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, and the Amazing Story of ‘The Green Prince’ Interview

Nadav Schirman, Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, and the Amazing Story of ‘The Green Prince’

A Palestinian and son of a Hamas leader, Mosab Hassan Yousef was raised deeply entrenched in the Middle Eastern conflict. In his early twenties, he was captured and interrogated by Gonen Ben Yitzhak, a “handler” working for the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency. Mosab was convinced to work for the Shin Bet undercover, and Read More
NYFF 2014: Last Hijack Film Festival

NYFF 2014: Last Hijack

Last Hijack is a hybrid of documentary and animation, set in the failed state of Somalia and told from the perspective of a former pirate struggling to resist the temptations of the life he left behind. Tracking Mohamed, the film attempts to illustrate how he became an outlaw, along with the realities of that existence. Read More
This Ain’t No Mouse Music Movie

This Ain’t No Mouse Music

The setting is an outdoor blues concert in Louisiana. Sitting in a chair in the middle of the audience wearing earth tones and a baseball cap is Chris Strachwitz, the 83-year-old founder of Arhoolie Records, one of the leading roots music labels in the world. It’s an intermission in between sets, and there’s some modest music playing on Read More
Arhoolie Records Founder Chris Strachwitz on ‘Hardcore’ Music, the Joy of Record Hunting Interview

Arhoolie Records Founder Chris Strachwitz on ‘Hardcore’ Music, the Joy of Record Hunting

“If somebody wants to sing, sing god damn it!” Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records and purveyor and evangelist of obscure, down home blues music, isn’t the biggest fan of modern pop music. He likes the “hardcore stuff” (whatever that means). He likes no-nonsense music that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, Read More
Altman Movie

Altman

Simplicity can be the most effective method sometimes, especially in the case of Ron Mann’s documentary Altman. Instead of taking an ambitious approach to legendary director Robert Altman’s life, Mann shows the life and career of his subject with a concise, linear presentation. Framing the film around the definition of “Altmanesque,” Altman goes through the Read More
20,000 Days on Earth Movie

20,000 Days on Earth

Nick Cave, a musician, songwriter, author, and sometime actor, whose music seems to polarize listeners into love or hate categories, fictitiously frames his 20,000th day on earth in this choreographed documentary. A day in which Cave allows the world (and let’s face it, it’s mostly his fans who are interested) into his brain and career. Viewers Read More