Articles tagged documentaries

In Defense of Sarah Polley Being One of the Best Directors in Modern Cinema

The child actress-turned-director is a mastermind at both presenting and analyzing the fine details of a life.

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SFIFF Day 2: ‘Blackfish’ + ‘The Act of Killing’

Should documentaries adopt the traditional story structure found in narrative cinema? Two films at SFIFF provide a powerful argument for why documentaries should be treated as much more than straightforward narratives.

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A Style Icon’s Legacy is Dissected by the Man Who Loved Him in ‘L’amour fou’

"Summer Hours" meets "Russian Ark" in this melancholy look at Yves Saint Laurent's artistic legacy.

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28 Apr 2011 // 11:30 AM

Full Frame Film Festival 2011: ‘Project Nim’

This film is about the notorious experiment in the ‘70s to raise a chimpanzee in a human environment and teach it sign language.

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28 Apr 2011 // 10:30 AM

Full Frame Film Festival 2011: ‘We Still Live Here’

See complete Full Frame coverage here. People speak. People with degrees study speech. The fact that human beings possess language and their tendency to reflect

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Music Documentaries

Music geeks are salivating at the prospect of these five upcoming music documentaries.

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‘Freakonomics’: Dismal Is as Dismal Does

In each of its major segments, the documentary is walked right up to the point of tackling thorny questions of equality, social justice, and freedom -- only to be pulled back.

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Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect

The opening argument in the film is that the “Rem Koolhaas” the viewer knows, the singular genius of media accounts, especially in America, is a convenient signifier that masks another “Rem Koolhaas”, one who is not singular, but plural, a walking composition of influences, ideas, theories and collaborations.

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Buckminster Fuller’s World: Emancipation by Design

The World of Buckminster Fuller shows its subject as inspired by both nature and humanity, and as having a public interested in ideas, unvarnished.

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25 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Examined Life

This punctures the image of philosophy as a rarefied field, where philosophers live in some kind of Cartesian bubble, their brains effectively separated from their bodies.

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19 Jan 2010 // 8:58 PM

Election Day

On Election Day 2004, cameras follow 11 individuals as they participate in the process. This is a sobering reminder of the power -- and the privilege -- of the 'right to vote'.

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27 Oct 2009 // 9:00 PM

Private Century

Not a single shot in Private Century is original to Sikl or his collaborators. This is a profound illustration of the significance of editing to the nature of film as an art and craft.

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31 Aug 2009 // 8:59 PM

Audience of One

Director Michael Jacobs resists simplifying his subject, leaving viewers to come to their own conclusions about pastor Richard Gazowky, who he is, and why he wants to make his movie.

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4 Apr 2008 // 1:30 AM

Martin Scorsese shines the light on the Rolling Stones

As a pre-adolescent Keith Richards wannabe, this writer saw the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden, the day after Thanksgiving, 1969. A legendary show. “Monkey Man,” “

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Rolling Stones film ‘Shine a Light’ combines Martin Scorsese’s two greatest loves

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is knee-deep in his new film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s thriller “Shutter Island” starring Leonard DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley,

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It takes guts to let a camera record your most intimate and embarrassing moments. Especially if it catches your marriage falling apart, outbursts of anger

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21 Sep 2007 // 2:52 AM

Ken Burns stays on march for PBS’ ‘The War’

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Another morning’s worth of interviews behind him, yet a whole afternoon and evening’s worth of personal appearances still ahead, Ken Burns

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Acclaimed big-screen directors from William Wyler to Steven Spielberg have been drawn to it. Newsman Tom Brokaw gave voice to the generation that lived through

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Bling, Bling, Bia, Bia!: How Hip-Hop Can Survive Beyond Black History Month

If hip-hop is an art, or a larger entity such as a culture, then we must be able to assess it. No body survives unchecked, so what sets hip-hop apart? As its producers and participants, fans and Stans, we must be able to navigate conversations about our actions.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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