Patsy Mink’s Fight for Title IX

Throughout her life, Representative Patsy Mink challenged the status quo. As a leading advocate of Title IX, she defended the bill against those who sought to weaken it.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #education, #house-of-representatives, #mink-patsy-t, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #women-and-girls

How Animals See Themselves

The most familiar of settings can feel newly unfamiliar through the senses of other creatures.

#animals, #attenborough-david, #birds, #documentary-films-and-programs, #eyes-and-eyesight, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #senses-and-sensation

Happy Father’s Day to Roy Ayers, My Brilliant, Absent Dad

Most of us with absent fathers think, “What about me?” We rarely stop to ask, “What about him?”

#ayers-roy-musician, #children-and-childhood, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fathers-day, #garvey-marcus-park-manhattan-ny, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #men-and-boys, #music, #summer-of-soul-or-when-the-revolution-could-not-be-televised-movie, #thompson-ahmir-questlove

What Do You Fear the Most? ‘That I’m Not Who I Should Be.’

In a new short film, Warsaw residents express their deepest worries and anxieties.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #fear-emotion, #warsaw-poland

The All-Female Band Fanny Made History. A New Doc Illuminates It.

The group put out five albums in the ’70s and counted David Bowie and Bonnie Raitt as fans. The filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart, dismayed its story hadn’t been told, took action.

#content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fanny-music-group, #fanny-the-right-to-rock-movie, #hart-bobbi-jo, #millington-june, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #pop-and-rock-music, #women-and-girls

The Kids in the Hall Have Gotten Old. Their Comedy Hasn’t.

A new documentary explains the undersung Canadian troupe’s brilliance, and a new season of its sketch show confirms it.

#amazon-com-inc, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #foley-dave, #kids-in-the-hall, #mcculloch-bruce, #mcdonald-kevin-1961, #mckinney-mark, #television, #the-kids-in-the-hall-comedy-punks-movie, #thompson-scott-1959

In Iran, a New Wave of Repression Hits Acclaimed Filmmakers

The authorities in the Islamic Republic like to take credit for the country’s achievements in film, but are warning those who make them not to cross red lines at home.

#abbasi-ali-film-director, #cannes-international-film-festival, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #documentary-films-and-programs, #farhadi-asghar, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #panahi-jafar, #rasoulof-mohammad

Bob Neuwirth, Colorful Figure in Dylan’s Circle, Dies at 82

He was a recording artist and songwriter himself, but he also played pivotal roles in the careers of Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #dylan-bob, #folk-music, #joplin-janis, #music, #neuwirth-bob

Nobody Tells You How to Be an Adult With a Disability

The path into adulthood is a precarious one for those with a disability. So Samuel Habib, 21, seeks out guidance from America’s most rebellious disability activists.

#disabilities, #documentary-films-and-programs

The Strange Afterlife of George Carlin

Nearly 14 years after his death, his provocative humor has been embraced by people across the political spectrum. What happens when comedy outlasts the era it was made for?

#carlin-george, #comedy-and-humor, #documentary-films-and-programs, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #george-carlins-american-dream-tv-program, #television

‘Tantura’ Documentary Reopens Debate About Israel’s Foundational Story

Israeli soldiers had long denied killing prisoners after capturing an Arab seaside town, days after Israel’s creation. A new film provides fresh evidence — reopening a debate about Israel’s foundational story.

#arab-israeli-war-1948, #arabs, #defense-and-military-forces, #documentary-films-and-programs, #dor-israel, #israel, #palestinians, #schwarz-alon, #tantura-israel, #tantura-movie, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Pamela Anderson, Amber Heard and the Limits of the Feminist Redemption Plot

There’s nothing quite like rewatching a woman’s life collapse in the name of righting history.

#anderson-pamela-1967, #bobbitt-lorena, #documentary-films-and-programs, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #heard-amber, #jackson-janet, #movies, #pamtommy-tv-program, #smith-anna-nicole, #spears-britney, #united-states

I Have Prosopagnosia. I Want to Recognize You — But I Can’t.

What does it mean to live with prosopagnosia? An animator discloses the different ways he lives his life because he can’t recognize faces.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #prosopagnosia-brain-disorder

What to Stream in May

Next month’s streaming options include new Sally Rooney fare, “Masterpiece” and a new season of “Hacks.”

#documentary-films-and-programs, #internal-storyline-no, #movies, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #web-original-programming

A Sea of White Flags Honoring Those Lost to Covid

Mourners from across the country gathered on the National Mall to honor loved ones.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #documentary-films-and-programs, #funerals-and-memorials, #national-mall-washington-dc, #washington-dc

On TV, the Truth Hurts

Television is hooked on scripted dramas based on real life. But they rarely measure up either to actual life or to actual drama.

#american-crime-story-impeachment-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #dopesick-tv-program, #inventing-anna-tv-program, #pamtommy-tv-program, #reality-television, #television, #the-dropout-tv-program, #the-people-v-oj-simpson-american-crime-story-tv-program, #wecrashed-tv-program, #winning-time-the-rise-of-the-lakers-dynasty-tv-program

Tony Hawk Discusses His Broken Leg

A documentary chronicles the challenges of Hawk’s skating career. He sat down to discuss the devastating leg injury that made promoting it (and walking) a challenge.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #hawk-tony, #skateboarding, #sports-injuries

Bristling Against the West, China Rallies Domestic Sympathy for Russia

China’s Communist Party is mounting an ideological campaign aimed at officials and students. The message: The country will not turn its back on Russia.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #documentary-films-and-programs, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #liberation-army-daily, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stalin-joseph, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Documentary Filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius Is Killed in Ukraine 

Mr. Kvedaravicius, 45, had spent years covering the conflict in Ukraine. His work included “Mariupolis,” a searing portrait of the southern port city where he died.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #mariupol-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘Babi Yar: Context’ Review: Unearthing Footage of a Nazi Massacre

Sergei Loznitsa’s new documentary, about the mass murder of Ukrainian Jews in 1941, arrives in theaters with a grim context of its own.

#babi-yar-context-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #loznitsa-sergei, #movies, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Why the Sudden Urge to Reconsider Famous Women?

Pop culture has never been more interested in reclaiming women from the recent past, like Pamela Anderson and Janet Jackson. But not every reclamation succeeds.

#american-crime-story-impeachment-tv-program, #anderson-pamela-1967, #documentary-films-and-programs, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #jackson-janet, #lewinsky-monica-s, #magazines, #movies, #news-and-news-media, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #pamtommy-tv-program, #spears-britney, #television, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #womenreconsidered

How Film Forum Became the Best Little Movie House in New York

With its rigorous schedule of features and events, the theater has created a devoted community of cinephiles over the last five decades.

#content-type-personal-profile, #cooper-karen, #documentary-films-and-programs, #film-forum, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #movies, #theaters-buildings

Marina Goldovskaya, 80, Dies; Filmmaker Documented Russian Life

In about 30 documentaries she looked at the people and history of her homeland, some of it brutally dark.

#a-bitter-taste-of-freedom-movie, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #goldovskaya-marina, #movies, #russia, #solovki-power-movie, #university-of-california-los-angeles

Warhol-mania: Why the Famed Pop Artist Is Everywhere Again

Andy Warhol is currently the subject of a Netflix documentary series, an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and multiple theatrical works.

#art, #bated-breath-theater-co, #brooklyn-museum, #documentary-films-and-programs, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lieberman-mara, #museums, #netflix-inc, #rossi-andrew, #theater, #warhol-andy, #warhol-andy-museum

What a ‘Grief Camp’ For Kids Can Show Us About Healing

Yaren, age 10, lost her mother at 6. She felt alone in her grief — until she attended a camp for kids who have lost someone important.

#belgium, #camps-and-camping, #children-and-childhood, #documentary-films-and-programs, #grief-emotion, #loneliness

Av Westin, Newsman Behind ABC’s ‘20/20,’ Dies at 92

After nearly 20 years at CBS News, he went to a rival network and helped turn its answer to “60 Minutes” into a frequent Emmy Award winner.

#20-20-tv-program, #abc-news, #cbs-corporation, #deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #manhattan-nyc, #news-and-news-media, #television, #westin-av

Jonas Mekas, the Avant-Garde Filmmaker Who Tried to Tell the Truth

An innovative retrospective of work by Jonas Mekas reveals the fundamental honesty of his “diary” films.

#content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #jewish-museum-manhattan-ny, #lithuania, #mekas-jonas, #movies, #new-york-city

Mandy Patinkin Finds Healing in Refugee Work and Praying With His Dog

Right when the actor thought he’d done almost everything, Ken Burns offered him the role of Benjamin Franklin, and, just maybe, held off an early retirement.

#benjamin-franklin-movie, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #patinkin-mandy

Brent Renaud, Crusading Filmmaker, Is Killed at 50

He traveled around the world and the United States making documentaries about urgent moral issues. He was shot to death while filming in Ukraine.

#deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #immigration-and-emigration, #irpin-ukraine, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #renaud-brent, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

With ‘Lucy and Desi,’ Amy Poehler Gets to the Heart of a Marriage

The performer and director wanted to deliver a down-to-earth portrayal of a couple whose union was far from perfect, even if viewers wouldn’t accept that.

#actors-and-actresses, #arnaz-desi, #ball-lucille, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #lucy-and-desi-movie, #poehler-amy, #television

True Stories

Why are so many drama series based on real-life events?

#culture-arts, #documentary-films-and-programs, #internal-storyline-no, #movies, #television

‘Summer of Soul’ Reclaims a Concert Documentary Tradition

As music stars turn to movies as promotional tools, the Questlove project looks back to a golden age of filmed performances that the academy rarely acknowledges.

#amazing-grace-2018-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #dont-look-back-movie, #gimme-shelter-movie, #harbert-benjamin-j, #mask-mia, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #summer-of-soul-or-when-the-revolution-could-not-be-televised-movie, #thompson-ahmir-questlove, #woodstock-movie, #woodstock-music-festivals

Meet the Carefree Queens of Mardi Gras

For a community of Black women in New Orleans, dressing up as baby dolls is a tradition in which they’re encouraged to be free.

#black-people, #documentary-films-and-programs, #mardi-gras, #new-orleans-la

‘The 2022 Oscar Nominated Short Films’ Review: Small Tales, Big Ideas

From near-future nightmares to inspirational sports narratives, this year’s shorts are an eclectic bunch.

#academy-awards-oscars, #ala-kachuu-take-and-run-movie, #animated-films, #audible-movie, #bestia-movie, #boxballet-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #lead-me-home-movie, #movies, #on-my-mind-movie, #please-hold-movie, #the-dress-movie, #the-long-goodbye-2020-movie, #the-queen-of-basketball-movie, #the-windshield-wiper-movie, #three-songs-for-benazir-movie, #when-we-were-bullies-movie

A Stroke Left Him Isolated. Love Is His Lifeline.

A rabbi in a long-term care facility reflects on what it means to be alive in a state of profound isolation.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #families-and-family-life, #hospice-care, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rabbis, #stroke

‘The Automat,’ Where Dining Out Was D.I.Y.

The director Lisa Hurwitz discusses the history of the Horn & Hardart chain of restaurants, which offered comfort food in coin-operated glass boxes.

#brooks-mel, #cafeterias, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hurwitz-lisa-filmmaker, #the-automat-movie

Kanye West Always Wanted You to Watch

The three-part Netflix documentary “Jeen-yuhs” shows the superstar in his earliest days, then time warps to the present, with disorienting results.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coodie-clarence-simmons, #documentary-films-and-programs, #jeen-yuhs-a-kanye-trilogy-movie, #netflix-inc, #ozah-chike, #rap-and-hip-hop, #west-kanye

Irma Thomas, a Soul Queen Far Beyond New Orleans

As she turns 81, the singer whose intimacy matches her grandeur is the subject of a PBS documentary, “Irma: My Life in Music.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #irma-my-life-in-music-tv-program, #new-orleans-la, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #thomas-irma

We Weren’t Wrong to Love ‘The Cosby Show’

But we have to leave it behind for the same reasons we were drawn to it

#black-people, #cosby-bill, #documentary-films-and-programs, #internal-sub-only-nl, #television, #the-cosby-show-tv-program, #we-need-to-talk-about-cosby-tv-program

Oscar-Nominated Film ‘The Queen of Basketball’: Lusia Harris and Her Legacy

Ms. Harris knew that basketball wouldn’t bring her the rewards it offered her male counterparts, but she loved the game. And she loved being great at it.

#academy-awards-oscars, #basketball, #basketball-college, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #harris-lusia-1955-2022, #mississippi, #national-basketball-assn, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #the-queen-of-basketball-movie, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation

The Kanye West Documentary ‘Jeen-yuhs’ Finally Hits Netflix

The new three-part film “Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy” has been in the works since the early 2000s. In an interview, the directing duo Coodie & Chike discuss its long journey to Netflix.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coodie-clarence-simmons, #coodiechike, #documentary-films-and-programs, #jeen-yuhs-a-kanye-trilogy-movie, #netflix-inc, #ozah-chike, #rap-and-hip-hop, #television, #west-kanye

The East Shaped Black Life in 1970s Brooklyn. A New Film Shows How.

A documentary premiering this month chronicles the history and impact of The East, an organization and meeting place that served as a “microcosm of Black nationhood” in Central Brooklyn.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #culture-arts, #documentary-films-and-programs, #east-the-education-center, #giwa-cynthia-gordy, #giwa-tayo, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #the-sun-rises-in-the-east-movie

A Hallowed London Jazz Club Comes to Life Onscreen

The new documentary “Ronnie’s” tells the story of a venue that reshaped the city’s jazz scene, and the mysterious musician who lent it his name.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #jazz, #king-pete-1940-2020, #london-england, #murray-oliver-filmmaker, #ronnie-scotts-jazz-club-london-england, #ronnies-movie, #scott-ronnie

China’s Anti-Graft Show Is Educational, With Unintended Lessons

A documentary created to celebrate the success of China’s anti-corruption campaign instead has aired the dirty laundry of the Communist Party.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #corruption-institutional, #documentary-films-and-programs, #reality-television

2022 Oscars Nominations: Snubs and Surprises for Lady Gaga and Jared Leto

Kristen Stewart was a surprise best actress nominee after being shut out of other precursor awards. And the academy likes not one but two acting couples.

#a-hero-movie, #academy-awards-oscars, #bardem-javier, #being-the-ricardos-movie, #belfast-movie, #branagh-kenneth, #cruz-penelope, #documentary-films-and-programs, #drive-my-car-movie, #dune-movie, #dunst-kirsten, #flee-movie, #hamaguchi-ryusuke, #house-of-gucci-movie, #lady-gaga, #leto-jared, #movies, #parallel-mothers-movie, #plemons-jesse-1988, #spencer-movie, #spider-man-no-way-home-movie, #stewart-kristen, #villeneuve-denis

‘We Need to Talk About Cosby.’ (Among Others.)

W. Kamau Bell’s documentary series is a model of how to engage honestly with disgraced artists and their art.

#bell-w-kamau, #cosby-bill, #documentary-films-and-programs, #television, #we-need-to-talk-about-cosby-tv-program, #whedon-joss

How Poly Styrene Broke the Mold

A biracial woman in a predominantly white, male scene, the X-Ray Spex frontwoman brought fresh perspectives and sounds to punk. A new documentary explores her impact.

#bell-celeste, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #poly-styrene-i-am-a-cliche-movie, #pop-and-rock-music, #styrene-poly, #women-and-girls, #x-ray-spex-music-group

Sundance Wrap-Up: 6 Movies We Like and One We Disagree on

Even virtual, the festival gave our chief film critics a lot to talk about.

#a-house-made-of-splinters-movie, #all-that-breathes-movie, #descendant-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #dos-estaciones-movie, #leonor-will-never-die-movie, #marte-um-mars-one-movie, #movies, #sharp-stick-movie, #sundance-film-festival-park-city-utah

In a New Documentary, Janet Jackson Is Hiding in Plain Sight

A four-hour film on Lifetime and A&E touches on the highs and lows of a long career, but doesn’t dig deep into one of pop’s great risk-takers.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #jackson-janet, #janet-jackson-tv-program, #pop-and-rock-music, #television

Sundance Film Festival: ‘Nanny’ Leads a Parade of Scares

This year’s festival featured lots of scares, a parade of bodies (and body parts) and a haunted, haunting postcolonial tale set in New York.

#call-jane-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #emergency-movie, #fresh-movie, #master-movie, #movies, #nanny-movie, #resurrection-movie, #sundance-film-festival-park-city-utah, #the-janes-movie