The most emotionally devastating and artistically gifted scene in Above All Else, John Fiege’s new climate change documentary, comes late in the film. Deep in the night, East Texas landowner David Daniel hikes through the darkness to an environmental activist encampment where he has to deliver bad news. The scene is lit only by the head lamps that Daniel and the others wear, highlighting or obscuring their grief-stricken faces. Around them is the hush and murmur of the forest. It’s a scene that may have occurred millions of times through history — a half dozen humans, alone among untouched wildness, sharing their pain.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday March 7, 2014 5:00 pm|
|By: Shannon Sonenstein Sonrouille Sunday March 2, 2014 1:54 pm|
The Oscars are upon us! Let the movie talk continue! The categories that evaluate feature length films are: Best Picture, Animated Feature Film, Foreign Language Film, and Best Documentary Feature. We began examining the documentaries previously with a look at Cutie and the Boxer. This category is unique in that all the nominees are currently accessible online. The Best Documentary Feature category is also interesting because of the additional expectations viewers frequently attach to its nominees.
|By: Shannon Sonenstein Sonrouille Sunday January 26, 2014 2:10 pm|
One For Ten is, a documentary web series about people who have been exonerated and released from death row. Each of the ten films in this series range from 5-6 minutes and focus on an individual exonerees’ story. One For Ten’s co-director Will Francome explains, “Many of these people left prison and thought there was going to be an investigation, or some ramifications for the fact that the state almost killed them and they spent 20 years of their life on death row. They thought people were going to care and something was going to change. But nothing changes. So what is that about? What do people gain from the death penalty politically to make this self-perpetuating thing keep going?”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 19, 2014 4:00 pm|
The feature documentary centers on The Edhi Home and Ambulance Foundation in Pakistan, a highly respected philanthropic organization in Pakistan and part of a social welfare system pioneered by Abdul Sattar Edhi, sometimes called “Father Teresa of Pakistan.” Edhi has spent decades helping unwanted or runaway children.
|By: Shannon Sonenstein Sonrouille Monday January 6, 2014 12:10 pm|
Nuclear Nation is director Atsushi Funahashi’s attempt to engage us in conversation. This documentary introduces viewers to the former residents of Futaba, the location of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and gives us a window into their lives after the disaster. The film follows the town’s residents, their lives as refugees, and everything that comes with that: communal living in an abandoned high school near Tokyo, coming to terms with the loss of family members, the loss of home, the lack of compensation, the questions about health from radiation exposure- the list goes on and on.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 11, 2013 4:59 pm|
With his murder, Matthew Shepard became a public figure, and in Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine Josue shows an intimate portrait of a young man full of promise, conflicts, doubts, and love–a friend whose life impacted everyone who knew him and whose death has impacted millions more.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday November 4, 2013 5:59 pm|
Scott Harris and his film Being Ginger in which he tries to find a woman who will love him, red hair and all. Tormented in elementary and high school for his hair color, he’s pretty sure that his gingerness is what keeps chicks away from him, a feeling reinforced by one woman he interviews who seems to be sent by the anti-ginger gods to torment him. A ginger dating site is a bust and a scam, but things change for Scott–who claims at the start of the film that he doesn’t find gingers attractive and redheads don’t date redheads–at Redheads Days in the Netherlands, where he meets a beautiful redhead and along the way gains a degree of self-realization and self-acceptance.
|By: Shannon Sonenstein Sonrouille Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:15 pm|
All of the things that kept us safe were being questioned in 1968 in Night of the Living Dead and the movies that came after. I thought that this statement worked as a big idea ending and lent itself to the mission of trying to de-ghettoize horror. Horror can have a positive effect on our society and should be looked at as a legitimate art form that is crucially subversive, making us question things in ways that are healthy and very powerful.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday September 30, 2013 10:10 am|
Here’s how we lose freedom of the press: Political power and expediency shut down stories before they can see the light of day. Claiming pressure from both sides of the aisle, and non-cooperation from the Clinton camp, director Charles Ferguson has stepped down from the CNN Films documentary about Hillary Clinton.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Monday August 12, 2013 3:57 pm|
According to Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove who recounted this story to the LA Times, after watching the documentary this spring Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter and the director of Finding Dory, Andrew Stanton sat down with Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
What resulted was a change in the yet-to-be released sequel’s plot.