Tag Archive: Documentary

Review: Resurface (Izenberg & Padula, 2016)

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In one scene from the documentary short Resurface, Marine Corps veteran Bobby Lane empties a gallon-sized Ziploc of prescription drugs into a large porcelain candy bowl. If Lane hadn’t mentioned that they were… Continue reading

SFIFF 2016 Recap – Part 2, Documentary Features

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Of the documentary features I screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year, Weiner, Life, Animated, and Author: The JT LeRoy Story float to the top of my list–Weiner for deepening,… Continue reading

Review: Peter and the Farm (Stone, 2016) – SFIFF 2016

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Peter Dunning–farmer, artist, poet–owns and operates Vermont’s Mile Hill Farm, a nearly two-hour drive from Burlington, the state’s largest city. Vermont, which produced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is the second least populous… Continue reading

Review: Tyrus (Tom, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016

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Director Pamela Tom‘s love letter to accomplished Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong was the Opening Night film at CAAMfest this year. The documentary, which premiered at Telluride and garnered audience awards at the Hawaii… Continue reading

Review: Operation Popcorn (Grabias, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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If you don’t know much about the Hmong living in the U.S., Operation Popcorn will be an eye-opening documentary. If you do (or are Hmong yourself), you might be intrigued at the behind-the-scenes… Continue reading

Review: Drawing the Tiger (Benson & Squire, 2015) – CAAMFest 2016 Preview

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Through their¬†first feature-length documentary film, Drawing the Tiger, filmmakers Amy Benson and Scott Squire follow the fortunes of one rural Nepali family over the course of seven years. The Darnals are typical Nepali… Continue reading

Review: Kate Plays Christine (Greene, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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At the festival this year were two films about the news reporter¬†Christine Chubbuck who committed suicide on national television in 1974: a narrative starring Rebecca Hall that was impossible to get into and… Continue reading

Review: Tickled (Farrier & Reeve, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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A conspiracy involving tickling? A nefarious tickling industrial complex? Are you sure we’re still browsing the documentary section? The desire to find out if this film description was real or just a gag–and,… Continue reading

Review: Gleason (Tweel, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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I don’t watch football–not of the NFL, college, high school, or even pee wee variety–so I might have been one of the only people in my peer group who hadn’t heard of Steve… Continue reading

Review: The Russian Woodpecker (Gracia, 2015)

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Fedor Alexandrovich, the subject of firsttime director Chad Gracia‘s documentary The Russian Woodpecker, is a Ukrainian Elijah Wood lookalike with yellow smoke-stained teeth and bulging, deranged eyes. An artist and activist, Alexandrovich embarks… Continue reading