‘Never Think That You’re Not Supposed to Be There’

A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

#black-people, #classical-music, #discrimination, #disney-walt-concert-hall, #documentary-films-and-programs, #florida, #los-angeles-calif, #road-trips

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Debbie Allen’s Technique? It’s All About Tough Love

The documentary “Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” shines a spotlight on Ms. Allen and her academy as it prepares for the holiday classic.

#allen-debbie, #bokelberg-oliver-1964, #content-type-personal-profile, #dance-dreams-hot-chocolate-nutcracker-movie, #dancing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hot-chocolate-nutcracker-dance, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #youth

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Local Cinematographers, Ace Sound Editing and … Boxes

Friday’s episode of “The New York Times Presents” is different: It was conceived, produced and edited entirely during the pandemic.

#clark-graham-ivan, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #documentary-films-and-programs, #new-york-times

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‘Belushi’ Finds the Sensitive Man Inside the Wild Persona

The new Showtime documentary aims to present a more complex view of John Belushi, the tragically fated star of “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers” and “S.N.L.,” beyond the stunts and hard partying.

#actors-and-actresses, #battsek-john, #belushi-movie, #belushi-pisano-judith, #belushi-john, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #cutler-r-j, #documentary-films-and-programs, #michaels-lorne, #movies, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #showtime, #television

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‘Collective’ Review: When Tragedy Consumes a Nation

The shocking Romanian documentary “Collective” revisits a 2015 fire that killed scores of people and brought down the government.

#bucharest-romania, #collective-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fires-and-firefighters, #nanau-alexander, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #romania

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‘The Reagans’ Review: Making America Great Again, Round 1

A four-part Showtime documentary takes a hard look at Ronald Reagan’s presidency and sees a wrong turn.

#content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-nancy, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #showtime, #television, #the-reagans-tv-program, #tyrnauer-matt, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Sky Hopinka: Songs of the Earth and the Road

The Indigenous American artist and filmmaker is the subject of two concurrent shows. His work “rivals in visual and linguistic beauty any new art I’ve seen in some time,” our critic says.

#art, #bard-college, #broadway, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hopinka-sky, #native-americans, #photography, #sky-hopinka-centers-of-somewhere-exhibit, #sky-hopinka-lore-exhibit

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‘Free Time’ Review: City Life as It Was, Today

The filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer excavates the sights — and constructs the sounds — of a lost New York.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #free-time-movie, #kirchheimer-manfred, #movies, #new-york-city, #nineteen-hundred-fifties, #nineteen-hundred-sixties

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How to Shame a Dictator

Their neighbors carried out crimes against humanity — and were exposed for it.

#argentina, #documentary-films-and-programs, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #missing-persons, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Review: A Poet’s Urgent Questions Fuel ‘November’

Five Black women narrate a filmed rendition of Claudia Rankine’s heady play, which was rethought after an initial version was shut down by the pandemic.

#art, #black-people, #dickinson-crystal-a, #documentary-films-and-programs, #howard-zora, #matthis-april, #nicholls-king-melanie, #november-play, #rankine-claudia, #shed-manhattan-ny, #stewart-tiffany-rachelle, #theater, #youmans-phillip-film-director

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Amazon, HBO Max, Hulu and More in November

Every month, subscription streaming services add a new batch of titles to their libraries. Here are our picks for November.

#amazon-com-inc, #animaniacs-tv-program, #apple-tv-plus, #documentary-films-and-programs, #eaters-guide-to-the-world-tv-program, #fireball-visitors-from-darker-worlds-movie, #hbo-max, #hulu-com, #industry-tv-program, #murder-on-middle-beach-tv-program, #no-mans-land-tv-program, #small-axe-tv-program, #television, #the-flight-attendant-tv-program

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‘City Hall’ Review: Frederick Wiseman, for the People

In his latest movie, the celebrated documentarian explores the ideas and ideals, the faces and spaces of Boston’s City Hall.

#boston-mass, #city-hall-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #politics-and-government, #walsh-martin-j, #wiseman-frederick

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‘City So Real’ Makes Chicago the Lead in a National Drama

The director Steve James talked about his new docu-series, which uses the 2019 mayoral race and its tumultuous aftermath as the thread to stitch a larger American story.

#chicago-ill, #city-so-real-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #elections-mayors, #james-steve-1954, #lightfoot-lori, #race-and-ethnicity, #television

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Pope Francis, in Shift for Church, Voices Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions

The comments, made in a new documentary, are the strongest yet from a pontificate that has taken a more tolerant and inclusive tone.

#afineevsky-evgeny-1972, #documentary-films-and-programs, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #movies, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican

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A Priest Who Left the Church for Love

They wanted to marry. But he’d taken a vow of celibacy.

#art, #celibacy, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fordham-university, #love-emotion, #marriages, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-city, #paul-vi, #roman-catholic-church

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Christopher Watts and ‘American Murder’: What to Know About the Case

The 2018 murders of Shanann Watts and her two young daughters in Colorado are the subject of a new Netflix documentary. Here’s how the case developed.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #popplewell-jenny, #watts-christopher-1985

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Before Nov. 3, Watch This and This and This

A number of movies, documentaries and TV mini-series that are coming out have immediate relevance to the 2020 election.

#537-votes-movie, #all-in-the-fight-for-democracy-movie, #american-selfie-one-nation-shoots-itself-movie, #borat-subsequent-moviefilm-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #gibney-alex, #movies, #sorkin-aaron, #television, #the-comey-rule-movie, #the-trial-of-the-chicago-7-movie, #totally-under-control-movie, #voting-and-voters, #white-noise-movie

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For 3 Filmmakers, Now Is the Best Time for a Coronavirus Documentary

The prolific documentarian Alex Gibney and his two co-directors hope to have an impact on the election with “Totally Under Control.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #documentary-films-and-programs, #gibney-alex, #harutyunyan-ophelia, #hillinger-suzanne, #movies, #totally-under-control-movie

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‘Blackpink: Light Up the Sky’ Review: Glowing Young Superstars

The idolized K-pop girl group takes center stage in this endearing documentary that emphasizes each member’s individuality.

#blackpink-music-group, #blackpink-light-up-the-sky-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #k-pop, #suh-caroline

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‘Time’ Review: What We Really Mean When We Say Mass Incarceration

In Garrett Bradley’s moving documentary, a woman fights for her family and justice as a husband and father’s absence reverberates.

#black-people, #bradley-garrett, #documentary-films-and-programs, #louisiana, #prisons-and-prisoners, #time-movie

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‘Siempre, Luis’ Review: A Latino Community Activist Puts on a Show

The political consultant Luis A. Miranda Jr. almost gets his due in this HBO documentary.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #hamilton-play, #hispanic-americans, #home-box-office, #miranda-lin-manuel, #miranda-luis-a-jr, #new-york-city, #siempre-luis-movie, #theater

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The Nurse, the Nazis, and the Long Revenge

Her actions have become legend in a small Czech town.

#czech-republic, #czechoslovakia, #documentary-films-and-programs, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #sex, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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A Filmmaker Who Sees Prison Life With Love and Complexity

Garrett Bradley has made a documentary, “Time,” that stubbornly resists all the easy ways of thinking about incarceration in America.

#art, #black-people, #bradley-garrett, #documentary-films-and-programs, #prisons-and-prisoners, #university-of-california-los-angeles

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The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

From true-crime series to Oscar-winning movies, the streaming giant has gone all in on nonfiction filmmaking. Here are the ones you should check out.

#13th-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #last-chance-u-tv-program, #making-a-murderer-tv-program, #miss-americana-movie, #movies, #netflix-inc, #television, #the-death-and-life-of-marsha-p-johnson-movie, #the-keepers-tv-program, #the-last-dance-tv-program, #the-staircase-tv-program, #what-happened-miss-simone-movie, #wild-wild-country-tv-program

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Documentary Casts Doubt on Official Finding in 1994 Ferry Disaster

After the Estonia sunk in a storm off Finland, investigators said that a bow door had been bashed in by heavy seas. But a new series has raised disturbing fresh details.

#baltic-sea, #documentary-films-and-programs, #estonia, #estonia-the-find-that-changes-everythingmovie, #europe, #ferries, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #ships-and-shipping, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’ Review: All Was Not Well With the Doctor

A new documentary explores the fascinating and sometimes troubled life of the famed neurologist.

#burns-ric, #documentary-films-and-programs, #oliver-sacks-his-own-life-movie, #sacks-oliver

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Every Night in Quarantine, I Danced With Hundreds of Strangers

When the coronavirus shut down clubs around the world, I found community in a queer dance party on Zoom.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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‘Kiss the Ground’ Review: Regenerating Hope for the Climate

An optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.

#agriculture-and-farming, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #documentary-films-and-programs, #global-warming, #kiss-the-ground-movie, #tickell-joshua, #tickell-rebecca-harrell

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Samuel Jackson Traces the History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

A docuseries on slavery through the lens of sunken slave ships that never reached their destination — ships that became mass graves of kidnapped Africans.

#africa, #black-people, #documentary-films-and-programs, #enslaved-tv-program, #gabon, #jackson-samuel-l, #race-and-ethnicity, #richardson-jackson-latanya, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen

A giant new vessel, OceanXplorer, seeks to unveil the secrets of the abyss for a global audience.

#bridgewater-associates, #cameron-james, #dalio-raymond-1949, #diving-and-divers, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #robots-and-robotics, #science-and-technology, #ships-and-shipping, #your-feed-science

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Nxivm Had a Cult Leader Made for the Internet

In HBO’s “The Vow,” the self-help organization’s ringleader Keith Raniere has the unhinged charisma of an internet meme.

#amer-karim, #documentary-films-and-programs, #mack-allison, #maxwell-ghislaine, #noujaim-jehane, #raniere-keith, #sex-crimes, #social-media, #television, #the-vow-tv-program, #vicente-mark-1965

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Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

Two filmmakers were granted rare access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations. The Trump administration is now seeking to block the release of their documentary.

#clusiau-christina, #documentary-films-and-programs, #family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #immigration-nation-tv-program, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schwarz-shaul, #trump-donald-j

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Who Is Paris Hilton, Really?

The heiress and proto-influencer says that she spent nearly two decades playing a character. Now she’s ready to be herself.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #hilton-paris, #kardashian-kim

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‘Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President’ Review: A Musically Enlightened Commander in Chief

Bob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and more celebrate the 39th U.S. president in this documentary.

#carter-jimmy, #documentary-films-and-programs, #dylan-bob, #jimmy-carter-rockroll-president-movie, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wharton-mary-filmmaker

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‘The Social Dilemma’ Review: Unplug and Run

This documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores how addiction and privacy breaches are features, not bugs, of social media platforms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #documentary-films-and-programs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #orlowski-jeff, #privacy, #social-media, #the-social-dilemma-movie

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I’m Not Alone. I Have My Cats.

The star of this short documentary calls himself ‘Catman.’

#animals, #austria, #breeding-of-animals, #cats, #documentary-films-and-programs, #loneliness, #pets, #switzerland

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New Details About Breonna Taylor’s Life and Death

‘The New York Times Presents,’ on FX and Hulu, investigates recordings, 911 calls and over 1,500 pages of police records to reveal a clearer picture of the deadly botched raid.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #documentary-films-and-programs, #floyd-george-d-2020, #fx-tv-network, #hulu-com, #louisville-ky, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020

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Film Crew Spent 3 Years in Remote Balkan Hamlet. Will They Ever Leave?

Nominated for two Oscars, “Honeyland” charted the tensions between a hermitic beekeeper and her disorderly neighbors. Now the filmmakers are struggling to disentangle themselves from their subjects.

#bees, #documentary-films-and-programs, #honeyland, #movies, #republic-of-north-macedonia

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‘Epicentro’ Review: They Are Cuba

The Oscar-nominated documentarian Hubert Sauper explores vestiges of foreign presence in Cuba, from the ground up.

#castro-fidel, #cuba, #documentary-films-and-programs, #epicentro-movie, #sauper-hubert

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‘Rising Phoenix’ Review: Carrying the Paralympic Torch

This Netflix documentary about the Paralympic Games, which spotlights a series of its most inspiring athletes, could double as an ad for the event.

#bonhote-ian, #disabilities, #documentary-films-and-programs, #ettedgui-peter, #paralympic-games, #rising-phoenix-movie

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I Attended Boys State, and Survived

I learned a lot from my time in the youth civics program — namely that I don’t want to commit my life to electoral politics.

#american-legion, #black-people, #boys-state-movie, #discrimination, #documentary-films-and-programs

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‘Soul!’ Brought Black Culture to TV in 1968. A New Doc Tells Its Story.

“Mr. Soul!” spotlights Ellis Haizlip, the host of a show that gave Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett and James Baldwin a platform.

#black-people, #documentary-films-and-programs, #haizlip-ellis-b, #haizlip-melissa, #mr-soul-movie, #music, #soul-tv-program, #television

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Hot 97 Fires Rap Radio Veteran for Ties to Yusuf Hawkins Killing

Employees of the radio station said they were shocked to see a colleague known as Paddy Duke in a new HBO documentary about the racist murder of a Brooklyn teenager in 1989.

#black-people, #corporate-social-responsibility, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hawkins-yusuf-k, #hot-97-wqht-fm-97-1, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rap-and-hip-hop, #raucci-pasquale, #television, #yusuf-hawkins-storm-over-brooklyn-movie

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From Ai Weiwei, a Portrait of Wuhan’s Draconian Covid Lockdown

Ai said the documentary film “Coronation,” which he directed remotely from Europe, “is trying to reflect what ordinary Chinese people went through.”

#ai-weiwei, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronation-movie, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #documentary-films-and-programs, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #wuhan-china

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Latif Nasser, Harvard Ph.D., on the Rewards of Being Dumb

They include getting your own Netflix show. Nasser, a science journalist known for his work on “Radiolab,” talked about going on-camera for “Connected” and the importance of staying curious.

#connected-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #nasser-latif, #netflix-inc, #radiolab-radio-program, #science-and-technology, #television

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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘High Score’ and ‘Magic Camp’

A documentary series about the history of video games debuts on Netflix. And a rivalry is rekindled at a magic-themed summer camp in a new Disney comedy.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #movies, #television

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Talking to Aliens Is Their Religion

Among the Aetherius Society’s key beliefs: selflessness and extraterrestrial life.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #extraterrestrial-life, #religion-and-belief, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo

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Dying in Your Mother’s Arms

A palliative care doctor on finding a “good death” for children in the worst situations.

#babies-and-infants, #death-and-dying, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hospice-care, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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The Artist and Filmmaker Envisioning a Safer World for Black Women

Interspersing found footage with original interviews, Ja’Tovia Gary makes poetic video works that elucidate the realities of racial injustice — and how the country might change.

#15-creative-women, #art, #black-people, #documentary-films-and-programs, #gary-jatovia, #women-and-girls

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‘Are You Up on Dominic Fike Yet?’

His new album, “What Could Possibly Go Wrong,” dropped last week. Watch how he landed a multimillion-dollar record deal in a new Times documentary on FX and Hulu.

#columbia-records, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fike-dominic-1995, #fx-tv-network, #hulu-com, #pop-and-rock-music

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