One of the most talked-about films at Sundance — and, inevitably, one that I missed — was The Green Prince, a documentary about a top figure in Hamas who was recruited as an Israeli informant. Now the film is nearing general release, just as the film’s subject is more attention-getting than ever, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas rages on in Gaza. Watch The Green Prince trailer below.
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In Dog Day Afternoon, Al Pacino played a thinly fictionalized version of John Wojtowicz, who famously attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank in 1972 in order to pay for his spouse’s gender-reassignment operation. (Or who used the operation as a smokescreen for an underlying mafia motive, depending on who you believe.) Now the life and crimes of Wojtowicz are the subject of a documentary called The Dog. Directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, the timing is right for the film. In addition to his high-prodfile crime, Wojtowicz was known as a gay-rights activist at a time when that was a far less common public stance to take. Check out The Dog trailer below. Read More »
Do you know what form of music was played by the cantina band in Star Wars? It’s called Jizz. No, really. Star Wars jizz was gently established in the Return of the Jedi novelization, which mentioned “jizz-wailers,” and then cemented in an Expanded Universe short story anthology called Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina.
The first story in that book focused on the cantina band (Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, if you want to be precise) and their mastery of jizz. I could tell you more, but there’s a great short documentary that will explain it all. Watch below. Read More »
People play Quidditch in real life. Seems weird, but who am I to tell people how to spend their time? The game is a bit different without magic, of course. OK, it’s a lot different. No flying brooms, no buzzing snitch. But a dedicated group of people have figured out a way to translate the game into our muggle world in a way that works for them. The documentary Mudbloods follows some of these players as they work their way towards the recently-founded Quidditch World Cup. Watch the Mudbloods trailer after the jump.
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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Michael Apted‘s new film Bending The Light is an exploration of the art and craft behind the photographs and films we love. From the creators of the camera lenses to the photographers and cinematographers who use them to create the art we look at and watch on a daily basis. It looks like Bending The Light is trying to tackle a much broader topic than the 1992 cinematography documentary Visions of Light (which I love). Watch the full Bending The Light trailer embedded after the jump now.
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In 1983 Atari dumped a ton of unsold E.T. video game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. That’s s documented fact, but one that is strange enough that it took on the allure of urban legend. Last year a company excavated that landfill as part of a documentary on the fall of Atari and the early ’80s video game industry. The results have been seen in photos, but now you can see video, thanks to the Atari: Game Over trailer. Watch below. Read More »
Two years ago, Julia Marchese had an idea and a job at a movie theater. Today, she’s got a movie. Out of Print, a film about the preservation of 35mm at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA is about to hit the festival circuit and now has an official trailer and poster.
With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, Marchese was able to score interviews with the likes of Patton Oswalt, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Joe Dante, Mark Romanek, John Landis, Lloyd Kaufman, Fred Dekker, Richard Kelly and more. They all talk about memories made at the New Beverly as well as the important of 35mm film. Plus, for when it finally starts screening, Marchese actually had a 35mm print of the film made. How cool is that?
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Like most of America at the time, director Ron Howard was first exposed to The Beatles when he saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. After seeing that appearance, he told his parents he wanted a Beatles wig. Fast-forward a few decades, and Howard is relaying that story to a producer on the set of Rush. Turns out the producer knew about a Beatles documentary in development and Howard immediately became interested in working on it. Now, Howard is set to direct an official documentary on the Beatles.
The film is being made with the full support and cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. It will explore the Beatles’ rise to fame, and what that meant for the culture. The film will feature between 12 and 20 songs, live performance footage sent in from fans, original recordings and more. While still untitled, the hope is to have it completed and in theaters sometime in 2015. Read More »
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