Tag Archive: Documentary

Review: The Pawn (Delaloye, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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Many in the U.S. will remember the recent controversy over the waves of child migrants fleeing violence in Central America and seeking refuge here. Director Jean-Cosme Delaloye‘s takes a personal look at the source… Continue reading

Review: Sunday Ball (Rocha, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Every frame of Sunday Ball, a documentary about the annual inter-favela football championship in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, could be worthy of a National Geographic spread. The footage is sensuous, at times arresting.… Continue reading

Review: Of Men and War (Bécue-Renard, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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The words “post-traumatic stress disorder” get batted around a good deal when the subject of veterans comes up, so much so that it has almost become a cliché. But most of us rarely get… Continue reading

Review: Western (Ross & Ross, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Brothers Bill and Turner Ross went to Texas looking to make a “modern Western.” What they found was a tale of two cities: Eagle Pass, TX, and Piedras Negras, MX. In an era of mounting… Continue reading

Review: The Iron Ministry (Sniadecki, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I’m no film theorist, historian, or even knowledgeable aficionado, but it seems as though a new type of storytelling is gaining ground in documentary film. Using the camera as roving eye, the filmmaker,… Continue reading

Support Resurface (Izenburg & Padula, 201?)

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My good friend Scott Stillman is producing a documentary called Resurface about military veterans who use surf therapy to cope with PTSD. For Scott and his partners, the film has been a labor… Continue reading

Must-See Documentaries at SFIFF 2015

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The San Francisco International Film Festival opens tomorrow with what will undoubtedly be a big draw: a documentary exploring the life and legacy of Steve Jobs. (Bonus: Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney will field… Continue reading

Review: Democrats (Nielsson, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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  Filmmaker Camilla Nielsson obtains an impressive level of access for her documentary Democrats, which portrays the crafting of Zimbabwe’s new constitution following the recent formation of a coalition government. The film, screening at… Continue reading

Review: Jalanan (Ziv, 2013) – CAAMFest 2015

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Jalanan is one of the finest examples of cinéma vérité I have seen at CAAMFest, which is why I named it one of the 4 Must-See Documentaries of the festival. The documentary, which… Continue reading

Review: Tough Love (Wang-Breal, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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Stephanie Wang-Breal‘s second feature-length documentary Tough Love screened at CAAMFest last month. Wang-Breal follows two stories of parents separated by Child Protective Services from their children and their long and frustrating quests to regain… Continue reading