documentary

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow Film Festival

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

The most renowned Jewish film festival in the world, the 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, kicks off tomorrow night at the Castro Theater for a three-week run of stunning, independent films from across the globe. Through every genre of cinema–from action, to documentary, to comedy, to romance–the festival’s line-up celebrates Jewish-ness for people from all Read More
Code Black Movie

Code Black

Ryan McGarry’s Code Black, an engrossing documentary about one of the busiest emergency rooms in the country, revolves around the idea that patient-doctor intimacy is a key factor in saving lives, and this intimacy is something the medical industry is quickly losing sight of.  McGarry, who in addition to directing serves as one of the film’s prominent Read More
A Family Leaves Home to Explore the World in The Nomadic Family Project News

A Family Leaves Home to Explore the World in The Nomadic Family Project

It’s an exciting time right now in the wonderful world of crowdfunding. I mean, it doesn’t get much more bonkers than a potato salad Kickstarter which, as of this writing, has raked in a mind-numbing $71,540, right? I know how enticing it must be to throw your hard-earned dollars at a random guy’s lunch, but let’s Read More
‘Life Itself’ Director Steve James Feels Lucky to Have Been With Roger in His Last Days Interview

‘Life Itself’ Director Steve James Feels Lucky to Have Been With Roger in His Last Days

Timeless sports docu Hoop Dreams was famously one of Roger Ebert’s favorite films. It’s fitting, then, that its director, Steve James, is the man behind Life Itself, a stirring collection of memories from Roger and his loved ones woven together to give us one final, lasting memory of arguably the most influential film critic of all time. Tracing Read More
Whitey: United States of America Vs. James J. Bulger Movie

Whitey: United States of America Vs. James J. Bulger

The opening to Joe Berlinger’s latest documentary is the format’s biggest staple: the talking head. Stephen Rakes, a mom-and-pop liquor storeowner and one of James Bulger’s extortion victims, recalls the night Bulger instilled the fear of death into him. Berlinger’s camera feels restless even when it’s stationary and, with spot on close-ups and editing, the Read More
Brian Knappenberger Talks ‘Internet’s Own Boy’ (Part 2) Interview

Brian Knappenberger Talks ‘Internet’s Own Boy’ (Part 2)

Brian Knappenberger’s The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz follows the late tech activist’s journey from child programming prodigy to being labeled a felon by the U.S. government, a legal nightmare eventually led to him taking his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s remarkable work in the field of social justice Read More
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin Talk ‘Citizen Koch’ Interview

Carl Deal and Tia Lessin Talk ‘Citizen Koch’

Bewildered by the results of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which resulted in corporations and labor unions being allowed to spend as much money as they wanted to fund political endeavors, filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin set out to make sense of it all by making a film about it. Citizen Koch illuminates Read More
Korengal Movie

Korengal

One of the greatest films about war of all time, 2010′s gripping documentary Restrepo, co-directed by Sebastian Junger and the late Tim Hetherington (who was killed covering the Libyan civil war in 2011), brought attention to the conflict in Afghanistan like no piece of media we’d yet seen. It embedded us not just in the Korengal Read More
Frank Pavich Talks ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Interview

Frank Pavich Talks ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’

In anticipation of Jodorowsky’s Dune being released on Blu-ray and digital on July 8th, we spoke with director Frank Pavich about his gripping documentary, which explores the eponymous French-Cilean director’s doomed attempt to bring his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 sci-fi novel to the big screen. In our chat, Pavich speaks about Jodorowsky’s natural magnetism, the bonus material we Read More