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Portrait Of Author Susan Sontag

Watch: Regarding Susan Sontag Debuts on HBO

Susan Sontag observed the world with piercing acuity.  A professional “see-er”, she never succumbed to ideological stereotype or to the limits of labels.  A writer, cultural critic, filmmaker, activist, intellectual provocateur – hers was a perennial thirst for more. More living.  More learning. The new documentary, Regarding Susan Sontag honors …

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Opposite Field: A Love Letter to Baseball

There is something magical about the game of baseball when it is played for all the right reasons.  Opposite Field, a big-hearted documentary is an ode to that magic.  The film is a joyous hymn that reverberates with a simple purity.  It raises high the rib-like roof beams of the …

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Embedded: A Must-See DOC NYC Short

As always, the documentary short gets its proper due at DOC NYC.  This year’s program of “big stories in short form” is grouped according to six thematic categories, with each of the films vying for jury prize in competition.  Embedded, a remarkable gem of vérité intimacy, is a not-to-missed highlight …

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DOC NYC 2014 – November 13th – 20th

Nestled in the space between humanity’s rib and truth, lies the art of documentary filmmaking.  Through its compassionate lens, lessons are engrained, discoveries afforded and silences slain.  Through its gaze, we learn of others.  In its reflection, we find ourselves.  For the last 5 years, DOC NYC, the nation’s largest …

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Death Metal Angola: A Chat with Director, Jeremy Xido

The documentary, Death Metal Angola is a raucous hallelujah. It is an openhearted testament to the unexpected garments sometimes donned by the healing power of music.  In the ravaged cities of Angola, Africa, the much-needed remedy for 40 years of war comes in the form of guttural howls, heavy distortion …

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Watch: The Heart Machine – A Valentine for the New Digital Age

Modern dating and the quicksand of unbridled obsession are at the bull’s eye of Zachary Wigon’s impressive debut feature film.  The Heart Machine, grounded by take-notice performances from John Gallagher Jr. and Kate Lyn Sheil, explores the unraveling mind of a man swept away in a confusion of mounting paranoia, …

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Watchers of the Sky: The Privilege of Getting to Try

A simple truth: Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history.  Haunted by the loss of his family during the Holocaust and informed by his own subsequent dislocation, the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist dedicated his every day to building a temple of accountability through international law.  Lemkin was as a one-man …

The Hacker Wars - Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?

The Hacker Wars: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?

Linguist and activist, Noam Chomsky once wrote, “If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.”  It is precisely that semblance of security that is in the crosshairs of the new documentary, The Hacker Wars.  Ripped from international headlines, the feature film makes plain its stance as …

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NYFF: Viggo Mortensen Discusses Jauja and its Director Lisandro Alonso

Argentine director, Lisandro Alonso is this year’s filmmaker in residence for the New York Film Festival.  His latest work, Juaja is described as “the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes us to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the …

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NYFF: Tales of the Grim Sleeper Explores a South Central Serial Killer

Provocateur filmmaker, Nick Broomfield’s latest feature is as much a portrait of a place as it is of a man.  Tales of the Grim Sleeper delves headlong into the 25-year killing spree that terrified the community of South Central, Los Angeles. Long-time Compton resident and go-to neighbor, Lonnie Franklin Jr. …

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Bitter Honey: A Documentary on Polygamy, Love and Violence

With the beautiful, near-paradise of Bali as its backdrop, Bitter Honey is an eye-opening and emotionally potent documentary about polygamy and gender inequality.  In it, director Robert Lemelson and his collaborators chronicle the struggles of three polygamous families over the trajectory of seven years. In Indonesia, the taking of a …

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NYFF: A Chat with Stray Dog Director Debra Granik

The documentary, Stray Dog feels like a well-worn postcard that has seen a lot of miles.  It offers a telling of life in rural America – an overlooked America – where neighbors matter, patriotism is a lifeline and poverty has calloused hands.  Ron “Stray Dog” Hall is your ferryman for …