An Eerie, Thrilling Trip to the Toronto International Film Festival

With theaters at 50 percent capacity, our critic found herself somewhat isolated as she took in highlights like “The Tsugua Diaries” and “Hold Your Fire.”

#documentary-films-and-programs, #flee-movie, #hold-your-fire-movie, #movies, #the-mad-womens-ball-movie, #the-power-of-the-dog-movie, #the-tsugua-diaries-movie, #titane-movie, #toronto-international-film-festival

Pauli Murray Should Be a Household Name. A New Film Shows Why.

The lawyer, activist and minister made prescient arguments on gender, race and equality that influenced Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

#black-people, #discrimination, #documentary-films-and-programs, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #hill-anita, #murray-anna-pauline-pauli-1910-85

Review: ‘Fiasco,’ a Look at How America Got to Where It Is

An absorbing account of the Iran-contra scandal avoids lecturing, but the lessons are unavoidable.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #epix, #fiasco-radio-program, #fiasco-tv-program, #iran-contra-affair, #neyfakh-leon, #north-oliver-l, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #slow-burn-radio-program, #television, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Buena Vista Social Club’ at 25: Memories of Memories

A group of older Cuban musicians recorded some of their favorite songs in 1996, and the album became an unlikely blockbuster. How do we hear it a quarter-century later?

#buena-vista-social-club, #buena-vista-social-club-album, #cooder-ry, #cuba, #documentary-films-and-programs, #ferrer-ibrahim, #havana-cuba, #jazz, #music, #nineteen-hundred-fifties, #nineteen-hundred-sixties

‘Muhammad Ali’ Docuseries From Ken Burns Is a Sweeping Portrait

A new four-part documentary series by Ken Burns paints a sweeping portrait of a man whose life intersected with many of modern America’s most profound changes.

#ali-muhammad, #boxing, #burns-ken, #burns-sarah, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #mcmahon-david, #muhammad-ali-tv-program, #public-broadcasting-service, #television

‘We’re Going to Take Over the World’

One of the many legacies of Sept. 11 was a new era of conspiratorial thinking. This is a look at the online film that crystallized it.

#audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-suspenseful, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #documentary-films-and-programs, #september-11-2001

Coming to Terms With the Legacy of Rick James

For a new documentary, the director and the star’s daughter examine both his pioneering work and his misogyny, as well as a sexual assault conviction.

#bitchin-the-sound-and-fury-of-rick-james-movie, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #james-rick, #james-tyenza, #jenkins-sacha-1971, #music, #sex-crimes

Spike Lee Re-Edits HBO Sept. 11 Series That Features Conspiracists

An episode of the eight-hour documentary series has drawn criticism for giving a platform to people who have long peddled debunked claims about what caused the towers to collapse.

#conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #documentary-films-and-programs, #home-box-office, #lee-spike, #new-york-city, #september-11-2001, #television, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

The First Report: Jason Berry Uncovers Abuse in the Church

As an investigative reporter, Jason Berry exposed the church’s systematic cover-up of sexual abuse. Somehow, it wasn’t enough.

#boston-globe, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #documentary-films-and-programs, #lafayette-la, #louisiana, #national-catholic-reporter, #news-and-news-media, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #spotlight-movie, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

A Century After the Titanic Sank, a Film Tries to Rescue 6 Survivors’ Stories

“The Six,” a new documentary, attempts to track down the fate of Chinese sailors who survived the Titanic but were scattered by Western immigration laws.

#china, #documentary-films-and-programs, #great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #movies, #titanic-ship, #united-states

‘In the Same Breath’ Review: Wuhan 2019, or When Normalcy Ended

In her latest documentary, the director of “One Child Nation” revisits the pandemic as it unfolded in China as well as in the United States.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #documentary-films-and-programs, #in-the-same-breath-movie, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #wang-nanfu

Why Wilfrid Wood Drew His Boyfriend 1,000 Times

What does love look like? This intimate short film captures the relationship between the artist Wilfrid Wood and his boyfriend-muse, Theo Adamson.

#art, #dating-and-relationships, #documentary-films-and-programs, #love-emotion, #wood-wilfrid

‘Bix’ Review: A Jazz Legend Fondly Remembered

The composer and cornet player Bix Beiderbecke changed music forever in a very short life. A restored documentary from the ’80s goes into the details.

#beiderbecke-bix, #berman-brigitte, #bix-aint-none-of-them-play-like-him-yet-movie, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #jazz

‘The Year of the Discovery’ Review: Remembering Tumult in Spain

The film revisits Spain in 1992 from a less rosy vantage point than that year’s Olympics gave the world.

#cartagena-spain, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #documentary-films-and-programs, #labor-and-jobs, #lopez-carrasco-luis, #politics-and-government, #spain, #the-year-of-the-discovery-movie

The Silent Pulse of the Universe: What Jocelyn Bell Burnell Discovered

In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discovery. But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked.

#burnell-jocelyn-bell, #cambridge-university, #documentary-films-and-programs, #nobel-prizes, #pulsars, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy

‘Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage’ Review: How a Festival Went Wrong

An HBO documentary examines a music festival that went so far off the rails that it defined an era.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #price-garret, #woodstock-99-peace-love-and-rage-movie, #woodstock-music-festivals

How to Raise a Happy Family When You’re Homeless

Stable, affordable housing was out of reach for a Bay Area family. In a new short film, see a personal account of building a home without a house.

#affordable-housing, #california, #documentary-films-and-programs, #families-and-family-life, #homeless-persons, #parenting, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #united-states

‘The New Bauhaus’ Review: Rethinking an Approach to Art

This documentary on the interdisciplinary artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy makes the case that he should be a household name.

#alysa-nahmias, #documentary-films-and-programs, #moholy-nagy-laszlo, #the-new-bauhaus-movie

‘The Boys in Red Hats’ Review: Cool Story, Bro

This documentary explores the incident on Jan. 18, 2019, when a high school student grinned and stared at a Native American demonstrator at a raucous Lincoln Memorial gathering.

#covington-catholic-high-school-park-hills-ky, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #documentary-films-and-programs, #native-americans, #phillips-nathan-native-american, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #race-and-ethnicity, #schroder-jonathan-1973, #the-boys-in-red-hats-movie

‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ Review: Magic Kingdom

Jörg Adolph uses the sensorial capacities of cinema to thrillingly visualize a German forester’s contention that trees are social, sentient beings.

#adolph-jorg-1967, #books-and-literature, #documentary-films-and-programs, #forests-and-forestry, #the-hidden-life-of-trees-movie, #the-hidden-life-of-trees-what-they-feel-how-they-communicate-discoveries-from-a-secret-world-book, #trees-and-shrubs, #wohlleben-peter-1964

Andrea Arnold Has Directed A-Listers. Her Latest Star? This Cow

Arnold’s new documentary, “Cow,” is one of the most moving films at Cannes. “A few times, I’ve just burst into tears about it,” she says.

#animal-cognition, #arnold-andrea, #cannes-international-film-festival, #cattle, #content-type-personal-profile, #cow-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs

Farida Khelfa Wants to Challenge the Image of Middle Eastern Women

One of fashion’s first top Arab models has a new documentary about the creative class in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

#content-type-personal-profile, #de-lautre-cote-du-voile-movie, #discrimination, #documentary-films-and-programs, #khelfa-farida, #middle-east, #models-professional, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #women-and-girls

‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ Review: Salt, Sugar and No Fat

Morgan Neville’s sharp and vividly compelling documentary tries to pin down a brilliant, troubled man.

#bourdain-anthony, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #documentary-films-and-programs, #neville-morgan, #roadrunner-a-film-about-anthony-bourdain-movie

‘No Ordinary Man’ Review: The Life and Death of Billy Tipton

This documentary sheds light on a prominent jazz musician whose death became a spectacle when it was discovered he was transgender.

#aisling-chin-yee, #billy-tipton, #chase-joynt, #documentary-films-and-programs, #no-ordinary-man-movie, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Plane Crash Complicates HBO Max Documentary on Diet-Inspired Church

The finishing touches were being put on a critical series examining Remnant Fellowship Church. Then the church’s founder was killed in an accident.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fellowship-church, #hbo-max, #weight

‘We Intend to Cause Havoc’ Review: Zambia Rock, Rediscovered

This new documentary takes its title from the acronym of WITCH, a once-popular Zambian combo.

#arlotta-gio, #documentary-films-and-programs, #pop-and-rock-music, #we-intend-to-cause-havoc-movie, #zambia

How Ronan Farrow Spends His Sundays

For one thing, the award-winning reporter eats sardines and cottage cheese while on deadline. He’s also into Mario Kart.

#books-and-literature, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #farrow-mia, #farrow-ronan, #raines-law-room-manhattan-ny-bar

Cannes Film Festival: ‘Val,’ ‘The Velvet Underground’ and Famous Jerks

Two documentaries take different approaches to their star subjects. One, about the actor Val Kilmer, prefers to be hands-off. The other, about Lou Reed, welcomes complications.

#actors-and-actresses, #documentary-films-and-programs, #kilmer-val, #pop-and-rock-music, #reed-lou-1942-2013, #the-velvet-underground-movie, #val-movie

The Queen of Basketball: How Lusia Harris Changed the Game

Lusia Harris led her team to three national championships, scored the first basket in women’s Olympic history and was an official draft pick in 1977.

#black-people, #college-athletics, #documentary-films-and-programs, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #lusia-harris, #mississippi, #national-basketball-assn, #olympic-games-1976, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

The Britney Spears Testimony, as Heard From Outside the Courtroom

While Ms. Spears addressed a judge remotely on Wednesday, fans and conservatorship activists were outside the courthouse, backing her up.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #framing-britney-spears-tv-program, #los-angeles-calif, #pop-and-rock-music, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #wills-and-estates

‘Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation’ Review: Friendship in Focus

The director deftly constructs a dialogue between Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.

#books-and-literature, #capote-truman, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #trumantennessee-an-intimate-conversation-movie, #vreeland-lisa-immordino, #williams-tennessee, #writing-and-writers

A Film Tries to Make a Difference for Domestic Violence Survivors

“And So I Stayed” examines how the courts treat women who kill their abusers. The movie played a role in one case that resulted in freedom after a conviction.

#and-so-i-stayed-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #domestic-violence, #law-and-legislation, #nelson-daniel-a-filmmaker, #pattillo-natalie, #sentences-criminal, #women-and-girls

China’s Censorship Widens to Hong Kong’s Vaunted Film Industry, With Global Implications

The city’s government said it would block the distribution of films that are deemed to undermine national security, bringing the territory more in line with mainland Chinese rules.

#art, #censorship, #china, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hong-kong, #hui-ann, #movies, #politics-and-government, #scorsese-martin, #tarantino-quentin, #university-of-hong-kong, #wong-kar-wai

Your Guide to Tribeca Festival’s 20th Anniversary Edition

After last year’s edition was postponed amid the pandemic, the event returns in person with a crowd-pleasing lineup brimming with stories of community.

#all-these-sons-movie, #coronavirus-reopenings, #documentary-films-and-programs, #in-the-heights-movie, #movies, #new-york-city, #perfume-de-gardenias-movie, #poser-movie, #roadrunner-a-film-about-anthony-bourdain-movie, #roaring-20s-movie, #souad-movie, #the-death-of-my-two-fathers-movie, #tribeca-film-festival-nyc

The Tribeca Festival Is Back, Happy to Restart Along With the City

The annual event, which has dropped “film” from its name, began after 9/11, as part of New York City’s comeback. Can it stage an encore this month?

#documentary-films-and-programs, #movies, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rosenthal-jane, #tribeca-enterprises, #tribeca-film-festival-nyc, #weinstein-paula

Telling the Story of the Tulsa Massacre

An array of TV documentaries mark the centennial of one of America’s deadliest outbreaks of racist violence.

#black-people, #cnn, #documentary-films-and-programs, #dreamland-the-burning-of-black-wall-street-tv-program, #hannibal-b-johnson, #marco-williams, #nelson-stanley, #public-broadcasting-service, #race-and-ethnicity, #salima-koroma, #television, #tulsa-burning-the-1921-race-massacre-tv-program, #tulsa-race-riot-1921

Was 1971 the Year ‘Music Changed Everything’?

How would 1974 feel about that? Or 1965? A new eight-part documentary on Apple TV+ is the latest salvo in the record geek’s eternal debate.

#bowie-david, #brownstein-ronald, #documentary-films-and-programs, #gaye-marvin, #hepworth-david, #kapadia-asif, #mitchell-joni, #pop-and-rock-music, #television

‘Apocalypse ’45’ Review: Graphic Images of Wartime

Candid testimonies from World War II veterans accompanies vivid archival footage in this immersive documentary that showcases the myths we tell ourselves about war.

#apocalypse45-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #japan, #nelson-erik-filmmaker, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Ruffled Feathers Among the Birders of Central Park

“Birding Bob” knows how to find the birds of New York City. But some people aren’t happy about how he does it.

#birds, #birdwatching, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #documentary-films-and-programs, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #social-media

Shows Like ‘Cops’ Fell Out of Favor. Now Texas May Ban Them.

Lawmakers passed a bill named for Javier Ambler II, who died in 2019 after officers arrested him in front of a “Live PD” television crew. If the governor signs it, this would mean the end of police cooperation with reality TV shows.

#ambler-javier-d-2019, #black-lives-matter-movement, #cops-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #law-and-legislation, #live-pd-tv-program, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #reality-television, #state-legislatures, #television, #texas

Why Your Kid Likes Comparing Neptune to a Dust Mite

Bigger than a planet? Smaller than an atom? Size comparison videos are all the rage and may scratch a very old itch.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #documentary-films-and-programs, #education-k-12, #psychology-and-psychologists, #school-discipline-students, #space-and-astronomy, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

The Met Changes Course

A remarkably intimate documentary intended to chronicle the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary ends up filming one of the most challenging years of its history, from the inside.

#art, #denyer-ian, #documentary-films-and-programs, #inside-the-met-movie, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #public-broadcasting-service, #television

‘Zappa,’ ‘Trust Me’ and More Streaming Gems

We comb through the streaming services to find some options you might have missed.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #jt-leroy-movie, #miss-stevens-movie, #movies, #trust-me-movie, #z-for-zachariah-movie, #zappa-movie

How a Review Changed Both Sarah Silverman and Our Critic

A.O. Scott critiqued her approach to comedy in a 2005 movie. Now they sit down to talk about what he got right and wrong, and why owning up to mistakes is freeing.

#comedy-and-humor, #documentary-films-and-programs, #sarah-silverman-jesus-is-magic-movie, #silverman-sarah

Covid Put My Father in a Coma. He Awoke to a Pandemic.

In this short film, the family of one of Spain’s earliest Covid-19 patients chronicles his battle.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #documentary-films-and-programs, #madrid-spain, #spain

The Making of ‘High on the Hog,’ Bringing Black Food History to TV

The new Netflix series tapped years of scholarship and the life experience of its creators to chart how African Americans have shaped the country’s cuisine.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #documentary-films-and-programs, #food, #harris-jessica-b, #high-on-the-hog-how-african-american-cuisine-transformed-america-tv-program, #netflix-inc, #satterfield-stephen, #slavery-historical, #television, #united-states, #williams-roger-ross

Children of the Holocaust Who Are Anonymous No More

Researchers using enhanced, rare footage of a transport to a Nazi death camp have been able to identify some passengers, including children who survived.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #concentration-camps, #documentary-films-and-programs, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Sarah Colt on Why 2021 Is the Right Time for a Film About Billy Graham

The director’s new two-hour installment of “American Experience,” on PBS, examines the rise of the man who was arguably most responsible for the power of modern evangelism in the United States.

#american-experience-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #evangelical-movement, #graham-billy, #religion-and-belief, #television

‘Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm’ Review: Rockers Ripping It Up

A documentary explores the Welsh farm-turned-studio, Rockfield, where Black Sabbath, the Stone Roses and others made music.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #berryman-hannah, #documentary-films-and-programs, #pop-and-rock-music, #rockfield-studios, #rockfield-the-studio-on-the-farm-movie, #ward-charles-music-producer, #ward-kingsley