interstellar documentary

The tagline for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” In all the discussions about the film post release, that idea has kind of been left in the dust (pun intended). The environmental issues in the film have been overshadowed by the science of the space sequences, and the sound in the theater. Hoping to focus attention back on that aspect of the film, Nolan and his team are doing a project to celebrate the planet we live on.

Nolan and his actors are asking fans, filmmakers and everyone in between to participate in a time capsule project. An Interstellar documentary, if you will, that will result in a film that showcases “memorable and inspiring moments of today to give future generations a way to remember where they came from.” David Brodie and Angus Wall are producing the film with Nolan curating the entries.

Below, watch a video pitch from the cast of Interstellar and read more information about the project. Read More »

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World of Warcraft Looking for Group documentary trailer

You don’t have to be a gamer to know World of Warcraft is a big deal. Since its creation in 2004, it’s become a bona fide phenomenon. World of Warcraft is the most popular MMORPG in the world with over 10 million subscribers, as well as the highest-grossing video game of all time with over $10 billion in sales. And for its most diehard devotees, World of Warcraft is no mere video game but a community, a culture, and a way of life.

The new documentary World of Warcraft: Looking for Group explores how a simple online fantasy game became what it did. Through interviews with the game creators at Blizzard Entertainment and with players themselves, World of Warcraft: Looking for Group looks at the origins and history of the game, as well as the fandom surrounding it. Watch the World of Warcraft Looking for Group documentary trailer after the jump.

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Jerry Seinfeld Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 5

Every day, new shows hit the Internet. YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, content created for the internet used to be unique, but has now become the norm. It’s gotten to the point where, such is the case with real TV, the only ones that get a lot of attention are the best ones. One that definitely ranks among those is Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show, which is located on Crackle, is going into its fifth season and the trailer is now online. It features Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr and many others. Check out the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 5 trailer below. Read More »

Back in Time Back to the Future Documentary

/Film readers, you’ve been recruited. The producer and director of a new Back to the Future documentary, Back in Time, have asked for your help. They’re well into production on a documentary about the history of Back to the Future and the long-lasting effect the film has had on popular culture. However, the twist is the film is being told through the eyes of the film’s third star: The DeLorean.

Director Jason Aron and producers Louis Krubich and Lee Leshen have traveled all over talking to people inspired by the film, many of whom own DeLoreans, and the next up is one of their biggest yet: Doctor Emmet Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd. Aron has created a video specifically for the /Film readers asking for questions they can ask Lloyd. Then, sometime in the future, we’ll be able to post his answers, even if they don’t make it into the final film.

Below, give us your best Christopher Lloyd question in the comments, check out some production stills from Back in Time and read more about the film. Read More »

Orson Welles Documentary Magician

Maybe I’m guessing wrong, but it feels like Orson Welles has fallen away from his perch at the top of the list of the most fascinating American filmmakers. We’re a couple decades removed from the prominence of the people who kept him in the conversation; other filmmakers have dominated the conversation as dialogue about film has changed. We’ve seen Citizen Kane fall from first to second on Sight and Sound’s once-a-decade list of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time. (Kane held the #1 spot for fifty years.)

No matter how many other filmmakers do things that Welles did, however, none will ever do everything Welles did, and very few will do it in the way he managed. He wasn’t just there for many of Hollywood’s formative moments, he provided several of them. If you don’t know the history and films of Welles, there’s never a bad time to dive in.

Here’s the trailer for the Orson Welles documentary Magician, which recounts Welles’ life and achievements, featuring interviews with with Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg. Read More »

Watch Out of Print

Julia Marchese has worked at the New Beverly theater in Los Angeles since 2006. That employment came to an end this week, but along with the end of her tenure at the theater comes an unexpected gift for audiences.

Marchese has spent the past couple years producing and directing Out of Print, a documentary on the allure of 35mm film projection, with the New Beverly at the center of the doc. Financed in part via Kickstarter, the film features interviews with Patton Oswalt, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Joe Dante, Mark Romanek, John Landis, Lloyd Kaufman, Fred Dekker, and Richard Kelly.

Now, she has released the film online for free. The title Out of Print has proven to be unfortunately prophetic, for reasons Marchese explains in her online release, but you can enjoy the feature in full right now.

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The Man vs The Machine

Frank Marshall is known mostly for producing some of the most beloved films of all time, including Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies, and The Bourne Identity. But from time to time he tries his hand at directing as well. Among other things, he’s helmed Arachnophobia, Congo, Eight Below, and the ESPN 30 for 30 installment Right to Play.

His latest directorial effort is a documentary short titled The Man vs. The Machine, chronicling the epic mid-’90s showdown between chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM computer Deep Blue. Watch The Man vs The Machine trailer after the jump.

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Citizenfour

As various parties race to get out the first Edward Snowden biopic, the first Edward Snowden movie has already premiered. Laura Poitras‘ documentary Citizenfour debuted at the New York Film Festival over the weekend and while it won’t hit theaters for another couple of weeks, we have the first Citizenfour trailer to share with you in the meantime.

The title of the movie comes from the codename Snowden used to sign his emails to Poitras when he first contacted her. The filmmaker was already deep into work on a documentary about post-9/11 surveillance when she got his messages. Together with journalist Glenn Greenwald, she worked with Snowden to release information to the NSA’s covert surveillance programs in 2013. Watch the Citizenfour trailer, plus the Citizenfour NYFF Q&A panel, after the jump.

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