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Dennis Hopper is one the most fascinating figures in American cinema, a vital artist who rose so fast and fell so hard that his story has taken on a tragic aura. What would have become of the director Easy Rider if his second film wasn’t a failure? Would he still be in the same conversation as the likes of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, and the rest of their peers? These days, the late Hopper is remembered more as a character actor than as a filmmaker, with the tales of his off-set antics overshadowing his contributions to American New Wave of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

We’re pleased to premiere Mondo’s new poster for Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson’s The American Dreamer, a cinéma vérité documentary tracking Hopper as he basks in the glow of Easy Rider and sets out to make The Last Movie, a film that would derail his career for years. The poster (which signifies a serious departure from Mondo’s usual style) celebrates the restoration and theatrical re-release of this widely unseen film, which will play in limited release in select cities and see a digital release later this month.

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It takes a village to make a movie. A director needs a producer or two with good heads on their shoulders. The cinematographer needs a team of dedicated electricians. Grips and script supervisors and production assistants and caterers and countless other professionals all contribute to the finished product. A film crew is an army and in some cases, a family.

But what happens when a director opens the doors to his village and lets the population explode? Paul Verhoeven‘s Tricked looks like a very traditional thriller, but it’s actually an ambitious and bizarre experiment. Only four pages of the screenplay were crafted by Verhoeven – the rest were cobbled together by crowdsourcing, allowing countless other writers to submit thousands of their own pages. So what does a movie written by a literal mob of contributors look like? The new trailer gives us a clue.

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Despite being full of theatricality and staged fights, professional wrestling is still thriving in the world of sports and entertainment. It gets a bad reputation for being fake and just plain silly, but there are plenty of people who look up to wrestling icons as heroes, no matter how unreal all the rivalries and matches may be. And a new documentary takes a closer look at life in the ring and all that comes with it.

Nine Legends features interviews with Bill Goldberg, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Dynamite Kid, Amy Dumas, Rob Van Dam, Ted Dibiase, Randy Couture, and more, each talking about the sport of wrestling, and what it means to them and all of their fans. Get a taste of what the documentary has to offer with the Nine Legends trailer below. Read More »

Mavis Staples Documentary Trailer

This year, gospel and soul singing legend Mavis Staples has a new album coming out called “Livin’ on a High Note” with songs written by the likes of revered songwriters such as Nick Cave, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArds, Neko Case, Aloe Blacc, and others. The album will be available in February, just before a new HBO documentary shines a light on the life and career of the woman who not only made waves in music, but also fought for civil rights in the 1960s. The first teaser trailer for the documentary, Mavis, has just arrived, and it looks like a soulful journey through a real icon’s life. Read More »

American Masters Mike Nichols

Filmmaker and actress Elaine May was just cast alongside Miley Cyrus for Woody Allen’s forthcoming series set up at Amazon. But May also had some recent work behind the camera get some attention as well with this year’s debut installment of the long-running PBS documentary series American Masters.

The Graduate director Mike Nichols takes the spotlight for this episode of the series that runs through his life and career. For those who may not know, Nichols and May were actually a Grammy-winning improvisational comedy duo in the 1950s and 1960s, so there’s no better person to provide an intimate profile of the iconic filmmaker. Read More »

Life, Animated

Life, Animated is a joyful film about the true power of cinema. Movies are not disposable entertainment but stories that have the power to inspire and dramatically change our lives. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams tells the story of an autistic boy named Owen Suskind who re-learned language and found understanding through Disney animated movies.
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During a ceremony honoring legendary TV producer Norman Lear, comedian Amy Poehler says, “It’s hard to make people laugh, tackle big issues and get big ratings. That’s why no one does it anymore.” Indeed, in the relatively short history of television, no one has had as big of an impact on the medium as Norman Lear, the creator of classic shows such as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude and more.

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In just a couple days, /Film will be in the mountains of Park City, Utah prepared to cover the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. We’ve already rounded up a list of 30 films we can’t wait to see, but we’re likely to discover even more great indies once the buzz starts building after various premieres. In the meantime, we have another sneak peek at one of the anticipated documentaries screening at the festival.

Werner Herzog is back in the world of documentaries with a film called Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, and a new trailer has just arrived ahead of the film’s premiere this coming weekend. Watch the new Lo and Behold trailer after the jump! Read More »