documentary

Hot Docs 2014: The Overnighters, Watchers of the Sky, The Creator of the Jungle Film Festival

Hot Docs 2014: The Overnighters, Watchers of the Sky, The Creator of the Jungle

Now that I’ve seen over a dozen of Hot Docs’ selections so far, I can see patterns begin to emerge between films. The three films profiled in today’s piece, all of which are the best documentaries I’ve seen so far at the festival, share a common narrative. The subjects in The Overnighters, Watchers of the Read More
The Creator of the Jungle (Hot Docs review) Movie

The Creator of the Jungle (Hot Docs review)

The Creator of the Jungle tells the story of Garrell, a man who has spent 45 years building a giant playground in a forest. He started as a child, and with age the scale of his work increased dramatically. He first manipulated the stream running through the forest, making dams and ponds as he saw Read More
Watermark Movie

Watermark

Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscapes) bottle the immense power and omnipresence of water, earth’s mightiest element, in their stunningly cinematic film Watermark. Assembling jaw-dropping footage of rivers, dams, rice paddies,  abalone farms, and more, they’ve created a visual feast, instilling a sense of utter smallness in the presence of the godlike blue bodies Read More
A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness Movie

A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness

The central figure of Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness takes the form of a silent man (musician Robert A.A. Lowe). The film is comprised of three acts, with Lowe providing the only connective tissue between them. We first see him as part of an Estonian commune, where Read More
Mistaken for Strangers Movie

Mistaken for Strangers

Considering Mistaken for Strangers centers around the well-known indie rock band The National (the title of the documentary comes from one of their songs), it would be safe to assume that fans of the band will get the most out of the documentary. But that’s not necessarily the case here. There are only a handful Read More
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Movie

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Paradise goes up in flames in The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a stranger-than-fiction murder mystery in documentary form. There’s something fascinatingly bizarre about the events surrounding the unexplained deaths that struck a handful of bickering European settlers that arrived at Galapagos in the 1930s. To tell the true-crime tale, directors Dayna Goldfine and Dan Read More
Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller Talk ‘The Galapagos Affair’ Interview

Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller Talk ‘The Galapagos Affair’

In The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, married San Francisco filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller explore the dark human history of the titular islands. Filled with deceit, jealousy, and murder, the island lore has all the trappings of a juicy whodunnit, and the film is being aptly billed as “Hitchcock meets Darwin”. The Read More
The Reunion Movie

The Reunion

Anna Odell’s The Reunion is split into two distinct halves, each half appearing to be directly inspired by a different film. The first half, called “The Speech”, clearly owes a lot to Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration. It opens at a 20 year class reunion, where everyone appears to be having a great time. Things change Read More
Jodorowsky’s Dune Movie

Jodorowsky’s Dune

In Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed 1970′s adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, the Chilean-born director–essentially a talking head throughout the film–is more captivating in his musings than most actors are in sweeping, Oscar-bait dramas. It’s delightful to watch Jodorowsky, perpetually impassioned, chronicling the history of the impossibly ambitious production of Read More