Nina Simone documentary

Nina Simone‘s power was evident any time she sang; her personality came through in every aspect of her unique voice and delivery. She was amazing, and her music will endure. But not many people know her full story.

What Happened, Miss Simone? is the authorized Nina Simone documentary, directed by Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the WorldKilling in the Name), and featuring interviews with her family and friends, among many others. The highlight of the film, based on word out of its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, is likely the extended performance footage seen in the doc, but I’m excited to see the whole story. Check out the What Happened, Miss Simone? trailer here. Read More »

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SNL Documentary trailer

Live From New York! chronicles the development and longevity of Saturday Night Live as an American comedy instutution, from the early days when it was a surprising voice of social and political commentary on television, through the years when it was an essential proving ground for new comic talent. And it seems the doc goes right through the present day, when SNL continues to define or at least influence public conversations about politicians, events, and ideas. See the SNL documentary trailer below.

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Live From New York release date

You can’t overstate the cultural significance of Saturday Night Live. The live sketch comedy show has been airing for 40 years and developed some of our biggest stars, coined our favorite catch phrases, and created some of our favorite characters. It’s a massive, rich history that’s chronicled in the new documentary Live From New York! directed by Bao Nguyen. The doc is going to open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival this month and now everyone will officially be able to see the film soon after.

Live From New York! will open June 12 in major cities, via Abramorama and everywhere else, based on demand via Tugg. See the full poster and read more about the Live from New York release date. Read More »

Amy Winehouse

This summer marks the fourth anniversary of musician Amy Winehouse‘s sudden death at the age of 27. It also brings the arrival of Amy, a documentary from Senna director Asif Kapadia.

In the first trailer, Kapadia lets the late soul singer speak for herself, via snippets of old interviews laid over old photographs and video clips. A spare rendition of Winehouse’s “Back to Black” plays over the same thing. Watch the Amy Winehouse documentary trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Back in Time for SlashFilm

I guess a lot of people want to see an in-depth documentary on Back to the Future. Not once, but twice, the film called Back in Time has used Kickstarter to raise funds to make a feature-length documentary about the classic time travel trilogy. Both times, the film’s goals were quickly and easily funded. This latest round, which just started last week, happened in a mere few days.

To celebrate, the filmmakers behind this documentary (director Jason Aron, executive producer Louis Krubich and producer Lee Leshen) did two things. They added some really cool new stretch goals and reward levels to their campaign, then spoke exclusively to /Film us about their best memories, so far, in making Back in Time.

Below, read the most memorable moments making the Back to the Future documentary, Back in Time, and read about the stretch goals and rewards on Kickstarter. Read More »

Raiders of the lost ark documentary

In 1981, when Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark was released, everyone was changed by the world of Indiana Jones. However, few changed as much as Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala. The then teenagers decided they wanted to remake the film, shot by shot and did so over the course of the next seven years. It’s a story that’s very well known on the Internet because the Internet pretty much brought it to the masses. The end game of that story is a new documentary called Raiders!, directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen, which not only documents the process and struggles behind the original version of the remake, but incorporates new footage as Strompolos and Zala come back decades later to complete the one scene they were never able to do: the airplane fight scene.

Raiders! had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival over the weekend and you can continue to read our Raiders of the Lost Ark documentary review below. Read More »

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Misery Loves Comedy trailer

Misery Loves Comedy is one of the films I wish I could have seen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was presented as a special screening, slotted at a very inconvenient time all the way on the top of Main Street at the Egyptian. Thankfully, actor/comedian Kevin Pollak‘s documentary film was sold at Sundance to Tribeca Film, which will allow all of us to see it when it is released on iTunes on April 14th and in limited theaters on April 24th 2015. The documentary features over 60 famous funny people “featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company.” Hit the jump to watch the Misery Loves Comedy trailer, and leave your thoughts int he comments below.
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Batkid movies

Audiences just got a major step closer to seeing the story of Batkid on the big screen in two different ways. New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros., has secured the rights to the documentary, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World directed by Dana Nachman. They’ve also picked up the narrative rights to the story, which comes with Julia Roberts attached to produce and potentially star. There’s no release date yet but the documentary should be released later this year. Read more about the Batkid movies below. Read More »

Iris Trailer

The passing of pioneering documentary Albert Maysles isn’t a good way to bring attention to his final film, but we’re happy knowing that we get to see one last effort from he master filmmaker. Iris is a doc nominally about Iris Apfel, the 94-year old designer and fashion icon, with the film primarily focused on the Met exhibition that celebrated her career in 2006. But the film is truly about time and art, and even filmmaking, as Iris talks to Maysles as he films her, influencing the progression of the documentary process. See the Iris trailer below. Read More »