Next month, Netflix will be releasing a new documentary film titled Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang. The film takes a look at a revolutionary new contemporary artist who creates art that is beautiful, explosive, and can only be experienced in a singular moment. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Touching the Void) film chronicle’s Cai’s journey to create his most ambitious piece yet, a 1,650 foot ladder of fire that will connect Earth with the universe. Watch the Sky Ladder trailer now, embedded after the jump.
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Justin Timberlake is one of the best singers and songwriters working in the music industry today. While he started off as just another breakout pop star, his music in recent years has begun to throw back to a different era with a contemporary edge. He doesn’t just deliver the shorter three-minute, radio-friendly songs, but extended indulgences with amazing instrumentals.
Now you can see what it’s like to witness Justin Timberlake in concert with a new documentary coming to Netflix next month. While that might not sound very special to you, this particular documentary, called Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, is directed by Silence of the Lambs helmer Jonathan Demme.
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Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
2014’s Selma launched Ava DuVernay to a whole new level of fame and acclaim, but the filmmaker hasn’t been content to rest on her laurels. For the past couple of years she’s kept mostly off the radar, plugging away at her next few projects. This fall, we finally get to see two of them come to fruition. One is the OWN drama Queen Sugar, which debuted earlier this month to high praise. The other is The 13th, a documentary about mass incarceration in the United States.
The title refers to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery “except as a punishment for crime.” The film chronicles the path from the 13th Amendment to our modern-day criminal justice system. The 13th trailer opens with a shocking statistic — that nearly 1 out of 4 prisoners in the world are locked up in the U.S. — and promises a film that looks at how, exactly, we got here. Watch The 13th trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Those who want a Hamilton movie are just gonna have to wait for it, but in the meantime PBS will try and tide us over with a TV special. As part of the long-running Great Performances series, the network is airing Hamilton’s America, a documentary special that delves into the creation of the Broadway smash hit, the real-life history behind it, and its relevance to current hot-topic issues.
Fans can look forward to interviews with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), and others involved with the production, plus new footage of performances by the original cast. But you can really tell what a phenomenon this show is by the kinds of talking heads this documentary has attracted: everyone from Nas to Stephen Sondheim to President Barack Obama. Watch the Hamilton documentary trailer below. Read More »
On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and shot 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members. It’s the kind of horror that you hope one can’t even imagine, but it became a real life nightmare for the parents and families of the murdered children and school employees. Now a new documentary looks at how the small town is recovering a few short years later.
Newtown premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was acquired this past summer for a release this fall. Now the first trailer for the documentary has arrived, profiling the parents who lost their children in the vicious act, as well as a surviving teacher, one of the emergency room doctors who took care of the victims, and even some of the survivors who witnessed this tragedy firsthand.
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The case of Amanda Knox has made headlines around the world as the woman who was studying abroad was convicted of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Due to the many twists and turns of the case, the media and public around the world absorbed every detail they could about the case, and it’s still debated to this very day. Now a new Netflix documentary aims to look at both sides of the story by digging through all the information available.
Amanda Knox debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and now it’s coming to the streaming service at the end of September. A new trailer shows us some of the talking heads we’ll be listening to as they unpack this case all over again, and maybe helping us determine if Amanda Knox is really innocent. Read More »
BBC Film Productions has released a trailer for Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Documentary which seems to take a more comical approach to the subject of the Church of Scientology. Structured in a first-hand journey format as we’ve seen from Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, the film tries to confront the church to get some answers. And as expected, the Church of Scientology wants nothing to do with Theroux. Watch the My Scientology Documentary trailer after the jump.
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Morgan Spurlock‘s new documentary Rats takes a look at the history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world. The film premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now the first trailer is online. Edited almost like a part horror movie, part pre-apocalyptic disaster warning movie, the trailer looks nothing like any of Spurlock’s previous films. We don’t even glimpse the documentary filmmaker on screen, and the trailer is as grave and uninviting as Spurlock’s films are usually extremely accessible. Hit the jump to watch the Rats trailer, if you dare.
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Today, Netflix released the two trailers and the key art for their anticipated Netflix original documentary, Amanda Knox. The documentary should excite the same audience who enjoyed movies like The Imposter, Netflix’s series Making A Murderer or HBO’s recent fictionalized show The Night Of. The film takes a look at Amanda Knox who was twice convicted and twice acquitted of brutally murdering her roommate. But did she do it? Is she a cold-blooded psychopath or, as Netflix puts it, ” or a naive study abroad student trapped in an endless nightmare?”
Watch the first two Amanda Knox trailers embedded after the jump. Each trailer is cleverly edited to take an opposing viewpoint.
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One of my favorite documentaries is Banksy‘s Exit Through The Gift Shop, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. That film, which was directed (or at very least edited) by Banksy himself, takes a look at the ride of street artist Mr. Brainwash using his story as a cautionary tale for the industry built around this artistic medium. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
Films like HBO Documentary Films’ Banksy Does New York have come out, but none of them have been on the same level as Exit Through The Gift Shop. A trailer for a new documentary feature film titled Saving Banksy has shown up online, promising to tell “the true story of one misguided art collector’s attempt to save a Banksy from destruction and the auction block.” In the same way that Exit using the rise of a new street artist to explore deeper points, Saving Banksy also seems to use the main narrative to explore a broader issue of the value of street art in today’s society. Watch the Saving Banksy trailer now embedded after the jump.
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