Documentaries

Lili Fini Zanuck's 'Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars' documents musician's darkest days

Rock fans everywhere know that Eric Clapton honed his blues guitar chops so finely in the 1960s that fans dubbed him “God” and persevered through multiple addictions, tragic personal loss and the awkward experience of falling in love with his best friend’s wife.<p>Yet outside of Clapton’s own 2007 …

Guitar

Polaroid Feature-length Documentary: 'Instant Dreams'

"Instant Dreams" is a feature-length film about Polaroid that explores the magic of this defunct format, the pioneer of instant imagery, and …

Photography

Documentary 'A Gray State' examines conspiracy-riddled 2015 death of Iraq war veteran and his family

Unfolding like a more intricately plotted installment of “48 Hours,” Erik Nelson’s “A Gray State” is a genuinely unsettling examination of a 2015 murder case.<p>Upon initial introduction, David Crowley would appear to be well on his way — a charismatic, driven Iraq War veteran-turned-filmmaker with a …

Film Review: ‘A Murder in Mansfield’

Director:Barbara KoppleWith:Collier Landry, John Boyle.Release Date:Nov 12, 2017<p>Official Site: http://www.docnyc.net/film/a-murder-in-mansfield/<p>The …

Filmmaking

Convicted of Genocide: Inside the Trial of Ratko Mladić

In the multi-year siege of Sarajevo by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1990s, more than 10,000 people died.<p>In the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, more than …

Crime

Watch the trailer for ’89 Blocks,’ a Magnify documentary film executive produced by LeBron James

The debut film in Fox Sports Film's 'Magnify' documentary series, 89 Blocks tells the story of the undefeated 2016 East St. Louis High School …

Sports

What to Binge Watch Over the Holidays

The quality of ready-to-stream content never ceases to amaze, and now that services from Netflix to HBO are churning out docs, shows, and miniseries …

TV

‘You have a collect call from Charles Manson’: Calgary filmmaker recalls conversations with cult leader

Calgary filmmaker Buddy Day was sitting at an Applebee’s in Florida when he first received a phone call from convicted mass murderer Charles …

Crime

Oscar winner John Ridley wants us to keep asking questions about the L.A. riots

The writer-director — ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Red Tails,’ ‘American Crime’ — tells truths via fiction and nonfiction<p>If you’ve been paying attention …

Ava DuVernay

Grasshopper Acquires Sundance Doc ‘Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?’ | Deadline

Grasshopper Film has acquired U.S. distribution rights to <i>Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?,</i> Travis Wilkerson’s documentary that played both the …

Movies

This Documentary Tells the Awe-Inspiring Story of a Refugee Turned Food-Truck Entrepreneur

Mariam Shaar set out to help other refugee women change the course of their lives through food<p>After spending her entire life in a 69-year-old refugee …

The Diplomats Are Working on New EP and Documentary - XXL

And just like that, Dipset SZN returns. Hours before they took the stage for their epic Rap Caviar concert in New York City, The Diplomats announced …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Filmmaker forges bond over decades in documentary 'Cuba and the Cameraman'

When self-taught New York documentarian Jon Alpert first traveled to Cuba in the 1970s, his state-of-the-art video equipment was so heavy that he and his wife and filmmaking partner, Keiko Tsuno, pushed it through Havana in a baby carriage. Over the next 40 years of visits, the hardware grew …

Cuba

‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ Review: Netflix Presents an Enthrallingly Intimate Look at 50 Years of Life in Cuba

With a perspective on par with Michael Apted’s “7 Up” series, Jon Alpert looks at Castro’s policies through the circumstances of his people.<p>When …

Entertainment

Why Thangam Debbonaire wants the Prime Minister to watch BBC documentary Drugsland filmed in Bristol

Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire has asked the Prime Minister to watch a hard-hitting drugs documentary filmed in her constituency.<p>Ms Debbonaire, …

Brexit

Cuba and the Cameraman: Director Jon Alpert Talks Mining Five Decades Worth of Footage to Document a Dictatorship

When documentarian Jon Alpert was first invited to visit Cuba in 1972, he didn’t realize he’d just started a project that would continue (off and on) …

Filmmaking

How These 3-Minute Short Social Documentary Films Are Changing Lives

The power of visual storytelling to create an impact in the real world is plentiful. Of late, there is this new format of social short films that are …

Photography

Piers Morgan to host new TV3 crime documentary series

Following on from the success of ‘Killer Women’, Piers Morgan hosts a brand new crime documentary series on TV3.<p>‘Serial Killer with Piers Morgan’ …

News (Ireland)

‘Cries From Syria’ Director Defends Use Of Acquired Video For Doc | Deadline

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky logged countless miles to make his latest documentary, <i>Cries from Syria</i>—with the passport stamps to prove …

Syria

100' documentary chronicles League's first century

"Think of it, more than anything else, as a connector of generations," said Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Hamm, narrator of "The NHL: 100," a …

Ice Hockey

‘Chasing Coral’ Director Is Confident There Will Be a Climate Change Solution: ‘We Have No Choice Other Than to Solve It’

Jeff Orlowski revealed why at a recent post-film Q&A.<p>For a time, “Chasing Coral” director Jeff Orlowski was worried he wouldn’t actually be able to …

Entertainment

Dubfire releases Above Ground Level documentary

Dubfire has been a key figure in the global dance music scene since the mid-’90s, tirelessly working and evolving his sound from his early deep house …

Music

The Best Documentaries on YouTube Are Worth Staying in to Watch Tonight

It seems everyone has been in a documentary kind of mood lately, especially with the release of the Joan Didion piece, <i>The Center Will Not Hold</i>, on …

Stephen Hawking

New Documentary Captures Charles Manson's Final Words Before Death

The infamous Charles Manson died at the age of 83 on Sunday night.<p>Manson captivated the nation after he and his followers carried out a series of …

Charles Manson

How a Netflix documentary got inside New York City's intensely insular Hasidic community

• <b>"One of Us" is a Netflix documentary that gives a rare look inside New York City's insular Hasidic community.</b>• <b><br>Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady spent three years making it.</b>• <b><br>Two of the three people they spotlight in the movie said they suffered sexual or physical abuse before leaving the</b> …

Entertainment

G’night Forever, Little Edie! Grey Gardens Is Empty at Last.

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — Grey Gardens gave up the last of its ghosts over the weekend.<p>The once-squalid home of the most notorious mother-daughter dyad since Tennessee Williams poured his own family into “The Glass Menagerie” went into contract last month, and its contents were unloaded in a three-day …

News (U.S.)

Alex Gibney revisits the Irish Troubles in his angry true-crime doc 'No Stone Unturned'

On June 18, 1994, two masked men armed with assault rifles entered a pub in Loughinisland, a village in County Down, Northern Ireland, where locals …

Entertainment

‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years,’ on AETN; encore broadcast of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution’

CONWAY (AETN) — “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Saturday, Nov. 25, …

Keystone XL

‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’ Trailer: The Heart-Wrenching Docu Tells A Timely Story | Deadline

Nancy Buirski’s documentary <i>The Rape of Recy Taylor</i> premiered its first trailer today to paint a tragic picture of the titular Taylor and her story …

Movies

documentary consultant helps you sell your film Raindance

Most documentaries that get made will never be seen by more than a handful of people. I know this because as both a documentary consultant and as an …

Filmmaking