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Great Documentary Films for Kids
These documentaries are entertaining, educational and enlightening films will set excellent standards for the life-long movie watching habit that begins in childhood.
The 10 Best Documentaries Everyone Should See
Documentaries are a rich source of information and inspiration, and those on my ever evolving list of recommendations belong in a special treasury. My top ten list of documentaries is a constant work in progress, one that reflects how nonfiction film deals with the pressing issues of today. Also taken into consideration is the availability of wonderful new nonfiction films as they are released. Check back often for updates.
Documentaries 101
A primer of basics about documentary film.
The Best Documentaries by and about Women
A List of documentaries by and about women.
The Importance of Documentary Trailers
Presenting a good documentary trailer is an integral part of the producing and marketing a nonfiction film. What makes a good documentary trailer? Read on...
Very Young Girls Escape Prostitution For A...
A documentary about teenage girl prostitutes in New York City and the Girls Education and Mentoring Services that help them to find a new direction in life.
Love Animals? Here are Some Documentary Films...
A list of excellent documentary films about animals and human interaction with them.
31 Economic Crisis Documentaries You Shouldn't...
A list of documentaries that provide invaluable insights about how America, Americans and the rest of the world have reached the point of economic crisis, and are reacting to the situation. These films may suggest ways you can improve your own financial stability by changing your spending patterns and habits.
20 Best Documentary Films on the Environment
These documentary films show you how global warming, pollution and mismanagement of Earth's resources are setting the stage for environmental disasters that will, if unabated, ultimately make out planet unlivable. The films may alarm you--but that's a good thing, if it leads you to resolve to preserve and restore the environment for the well being of future generations.
The Historical Development of Style in...
Documentary style has constantly evolved and redefined itself. Here's an overview of how styles have changed from the first films to the present day.
The Best Documentaries for Black History Month
This list of documentaries that reveal important aspects of black history and culture in America are a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
Documentaries On TV
If your local movie theaters aren't programming enough documentary films, let them know you want more. And, until they respond positively, turn on your TV. Networks and cable channels program doumentaries regularly. Some are made for TV, and others are broadcast before being released on DVD. Keep tabs on program schedules for PBS, HBO, IFC and other channels that present documentaries on a regular basis. You'll find a great variety of wonderful films not playing at a theater near you.
Observational Mode
Emphasizing the documentary filmmaker's engagement in observing the subject's daily life and circumstances and documentinf them with an unobtrusive camera.
Top 10 Documentaries for Music Lovers
These superb music documentaries on DVD will bring you closer to the music and musicians you love and ideal for watching over and over again.
Like Being Inspired? See These 10 Incredible...
These inspiring documentaries show how personal commitment to a project or giving your all to a cause can make a difference.
Documentary Films about Animals
Animals are among the most popular subjects for documentary films. See how documentary filmmakers deal with animals from the Arctic to Antarctica in their films.
About Teenagers - Documentary Films About...
As if raging hormones weren't enough! These documentaries present a very interesting, compelling picture of teens growing up in today's world.
Michael Moore Profile
Michael Moore, champion of liberal political and social causes, is arguably the best known and most influential documentary filmmaker in the world.
A Curated List of Documentaries About Famous...
An A to Z List of Documentaries About Famous and Infamous People
Oscar Winning Documentaries
Oscar Winning Documentaries by year from 2006 to 1980
Performative Mode
The emphasis of the filmmaker’s subjective attitude or personal engagement with a subject to evoke audience reaction.
Documentaries About The U.S. Presidency and...
History, it seems, repeats itself. So, hadn't we best take a good look at these documentaries about our past American presidents to see where our present-day politicking pundits may be leading us in the future.
Expository Documentary
A nonfiction film that emphasizes verbal commentary and argumentative logic.
Oscars Qualifying Rules for Documentary...
How does a documentary qualify for Oscars consideration? Here's a wrap about the Academy of Morion Picture Arts and Sciences' rules and regulations.
Great Documentaries About Dance
Great dance documentaries not only record brilliant choreography and performances, they stand as works of art in their own right.
The Best Hybrid Documentaries
This is an annotated list of hybrid documentaries in which narrative filmmaking techniques -- reenactments, special effects, animation and other such elements -- are used effectively to deliver story elements essential to conveying the film's subject and theme.
POV's Documentary Appreciation and Filmmaking...
Two lesson plans from PBS' POV will help audiences evaluate the documentary films they're watching, and will encourage some to make documentaries themselves. Although targeted primarily for students in junior high and high school, these lesson plans provide good information and excellent guidance for all who are interested in nonfiction film.
Nick Fraser - Documentaries at About.com...
Bio for Nick Fraser - Documentaries at About.com Contributing Writer
50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs....
The true story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who risked their lives to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
'Why Poverty?' Documentary Series
'Why Poverty?' is a series of eight diverse one hour films, each of which investigates the causes of poverty around the world or suggests a path to diminish it.
Documentary Films About Genocide
A list of documentary films that chronicle the horrors of genocide and its aftermath around the world.
Raising Red Flags About Documentaries Branding
A discussion about recent trends in the corporate underwriting of documentaries, and questions raised about the efficacy of branding sponsorships of nonfiction films.
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Love...
Just in time for Spring's awakening, an annotated list of documentaries about sex -- with a range of titles to interest everyone from viewers looking for
Ken Burns
Ken Burns is best known for creating epic multi-episode documentary series in which he fully explores American history and culture.
Top Documentaries About Fine Art and Artists
An annotated list of documentaries about fine art and artists.
WE LOVE IMPUNITY - Nick Fraser on 'The Act of...
Noted documentaries expert and BBC Storyville Commissioning Editor Nick Fraser comments on 'The Act of Killing,' directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
Commentary
A narrative voice in the documentary film that articulates an explicit argument.
Coming Soon
Documentary Films Coming Soon
Documentaries That Inspire New Year's Resolutions
Looking for New Year's resolutions? Let the twelve documentaries on this list inspire you to make a difference during the new year.
ESPN's 'Nine For IX' Documentary Series
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine For IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.
To Kill or Not to Kill: Ten Documentaries About...
Top Ten List of Documentaries about Genocide cover the Holocaust, as well as mass killings in Rwanda, Darfur, Chile, Cambodia and elsewhere in the world. They also expose philosophies and organizations that could lead to genocide in the future -- even in the United States.
Documentaries For Watching With Your Family
These documentaries are great to watch with your family when you gather the clan for special occasions. Let this list of entertaining and inspirational documentaries be your guide to films that will delight loved ones of all ages.
Zero Dark Thirty: Controversy Over Truth and...
A commentary about the controversy about the representation of truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Kathryn Bigelow's truth=based narrative feature.
Oscars Documentaries Shortlist 2014
The shortlist of feature length documentaries contending for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His...
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne set out to make a memorial about his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, with the intention of giving the tribute to Dr. Bagby‘s son, Zachary, so the boy--unborn at the time of Dr. Bagby‘s brutal murder, would know about the father whom he would never be able to meet.
Must-See Documentaries About Breast Cancer
A list of documentaries recommended for watching during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
1990s
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1990s. Page 2.
Documentaries About The Movies
A List of Ten Documentaries About The Movies, Movie Makers and the Movie Business.
The Castle Project - Movie Review - 2013
A documentary about Denver, Colorado's Croke-Patterson Mansion, said to be one of the world's most haunted places. Genuinely spooky!
Documentaries About Sex and Romantic Relationsh...
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Human Reproduction
Cinema Vérité - Direct Cinema
: French, meaning "film truth." A term applied to documentary films in which there is a truthful live
The Stoning of Soraya M. - Movie Review
The Stoning of Soraya is the true story of the stoning to death of a women in rural Iran because her husband falsely accused her of adultry. The shocking story, smuggled out of Iran by an Iranian journalist who was living in France, became a best selling book that brought world wide attention to the stoning of women
The Grounded - Movie Review - 2014
Filmmaker Steve Kroschel uses his own experiences, anecdotes from others and experts' comments to show the healing powers of 'grounding' or 'earthing'
Academy Awards Documentary Rules
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - Movie Review -...
A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
Documentaries about Food And Nutrition
A list of documentaries about food production and distribution, and healthy nutrition.
How to Pitch Your Documentary for Funding and...
The documentary establishment provides ways to pitch projects, get funding and distribution, But is it so different from the Hollywood studio system?
The Lion of Judah - Movie Review
Filmmaker Matt Mindell follows holocaust survivor Leo Zisman as he guides a group of young Jews through the Nazi death camps in Poland, telling them of his personal experiences of Nazi cruelty and inhumanity.
'Who Killed The Electric Car?' - Movie Review
In 'Who Killed the Electric Car?,' documentary filmmaker Chris Paine chronicles the recent conspiracy to prevent proliferation of a series of automobiles that ran quietly and efficiently on electricity.
In The Footsteps of Marco Polo - Movie Review
In The Footsteps of Marco Polo documents the great travel adventure of Frances O'Donnell and Denis Belliveau, who left their homes in Queens, NY to trace the 25,000 mile route followed by Marco Polo, the great 13th Century Venetian explorer.
Nicky's Family - Movie Review - 2013
A documentary that tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, an unassuming English businessman who rescued 662 children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia just prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Documentary Film Festival Calendar
A list of 26 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.
Rainy Day Documentaries
When a rainy day keeps you indoors and makes you feel gloomy, turn to an inspiring and upbeat documentary for a little enlightenment. Here's a list of documentaries that may do the trick!
Blackfish - Movie Review - 2013
Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite investigates the death of SeaWorld whale trainer Dawn Branceau, who was killed by an orca named Tilikum in 2010.
More Than Honey - Movie Review - 2013
More Than Honey is a thorough investigation of the rampant honeybee colony collapse disorder that signals the possible extinction of the critters that pollinate all the crops that feed us all.
Great Halloween Documentaries
Great Halloween Documentaries - A List of Top Documentaries for Halloween
Documentaries for Veterans Day 2014
A list of films to watch for Veterans Day 2013
Primetime Emmy Awards For Documentaries
A list of Primetime Emmy Awards presented for documentary or other nonfiction television programming.
Voice of Authority
Someone whom we see and/or hear whose purpose it is to represent the point of view of the film.
Masked Interview
An interview in which the filmmaker as interviewer is both off-camera and unheard.
Serious summertime entertainment in the form of...
A curated list of documentaries to watch for some serious entertainment during summer 2014.
The E-Team is the A-Team For Real!
The E-Team of heroic Human Rights Watch activists covertly enter Syria and Libya to investigate human rights atrocities and report them to the world.
Anti-War Documentaries
A list of anti-war documentaries.
Celebrate Spring Things with Documentaries!
Spring break. Spring sports. Spring Gardening. Spring Fashion. Horse Racing. Anticipating the end of the school year. These springtime concerns are all the
Authenticity
The belief that the world represented on screen is as it really is and has not been modified.
'My Neighbor, My Killer': Rwanda Genocide...
Why 'My Neighbor,My Killer, filmmaker Anne Aghion's compelling Rwanda genocide documentary has such great impact and influence.
Filmmaker Interview: Anne Aghion On Filmmaking...
In this exclusive one-on-one interview, filmmaker Anne Aghion discusses the making of My Neighbor, My Killer, her highly acclaimed and impactful documentary about the Rwanda genocide, and why she considers nonfiction filmmaking to be an important and socially formative art form.
Films About Iraq
The Iraq War has become a primary subject for documentary films in which filmmakers show its effects on the people who live and fight in that beleaguered country. Documentary films about Iraq deliver information and impressions often neglected by mainstream news media covering the war.
Movie Review of The Tillman Story
Pat Tillman turned in his multimillion dollar pro football contract, became an Army Ranger and set off to war in Afghanistan, where he was killed by friendly fire. Amir Bar Lev documents Tillman's life and shows his family's battle to get to the truth about his untimely death.
1980s
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1980s. Page 3.
The Cross - The Arthur Blessitt Story - Movie...
The Cross - The Arthur Blessitt Story is about the 40-year journey of Arthur, Blessitt, who walked around the world with a twelve-foot cross on his back.
An Entertaining Documentary Adventure to Exotic...
Manakamana, the latest release from Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, takes you on an exciting, enlightening adventure to remote Nepal.
Afternoon of A Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq - Movie...
A wonderful and affecting profile of beloved prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq whose career suddenly ended at age 27, when she got polio.
Buck, As In Buck Brannaman
Filmmaker Cindy Meehl follows Buck Brannaman, known as the original horse whisperer, as he travels around the USA presenting workshops in which he not only trains horses, but spreading words of wisdom about every aspect of life.
Documentary Angels - How To Invest in...
Find out how you can participate in the making of a documentary film by becoming an investor in the project of your choice. You can support a film that's in its initial development phase, one that's in progress or one that needs funds for completion or distribution. Here's a ten step plan.
Documentaries for Summer Viewing
Recommended for summer viewing, these documentaries will entertain you with cinematic adventures around the globe while informing you about troubling global realities and suggesting things you can do to help make them better.
The New York International Latino Film Festival...
Widely recognized as the premiere Latin American film festival in the U.S., the New York International Latin American Film Festival (NYILFF) takes place every August. Here's an overview, with an annotated list of the 2012 program of documentaries.
Editing
The juxtaposition of two or more shots to create a meaningful relationship between them. Editing is extremely important in documentaries, establishing both the film’s credibility and aesthetic.
Review: 'Afternoon of A Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq'
Filmmaker Nancy Buirski's thrilling dance documentary is laced with all of the glamour, romance and tragedy that shaped prima balllerina Tanaquil Le Clerq's
My Trip To Al-Qaeda - Movie Review
In documenting journalist Lawrence Wright’s one-man play, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, filmmaker Alex Gibney takes us beyond the confines of the stage presentation, and into locations where the writer/performer discovered and wrangled with the material, the ideas and interpretations he first presented in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Looming Tower, and then adapted into his Off-Broadway hit performance.
MoMA's Documentary Fortnight - 2013
MoMA's Documentary Fortnight - 2013
Homegoings - Movie Review - 2013
A rousing, roof-raising documentary about the celebratory nature of funerals in Harlem, New York's African American community.
Ethnographic Films
Actuality films featuring native peoples.
Pressure Cooker - Movie Review
Pressure Cooker is a documentary about Philadelphia inner city high school students who find their way to a better life by dedicating themselves to Wilma Stephenson's culinary arts class.
Weather Alert: Hurricane Watch Documentaries
A list of documentaries to watch before or during a hurricane, or in its wake and aftermath.
The Act of Killing - Movie Review - 2013
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gets top thugs in the Indonesian genocide to reenact their murderous deeds in a Hollywood-style film of their own creation.
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple...
Jonestown The Life and Death of Peoples Temple is a real life horror story of mass suicide ordered by cult leader Jim Jones.
The Shed Internship - Internship for Documentar...
The Shed Internship presents young filmmakers with an outstanding opportunity to experience all aspects of the business of factual entertainment on television, including project planning, production and post-production.
Filmmaker Heddy Honigmann Honored by IDFA
IDFA 2014 honors filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: opens with her latest documentary, screens her Top 10, presents her retrospective. Read details.
Koch - Movie Review - 2013
A documentary covering the years when Ed Koch was New York City's Mayor.
Anthropomorphism
Anthropomophism, unusual in documentary films, attibutes human traits and characteristics to animals.
The Beaches of Agnes (Les Plages d'Agnes) -...
French filmmaker Agnes Varda focuses on herself in stylish mix of verite and reenactment in which she examines her childhood on the beach, her marriage to Jacques Demy and her career among cinematic greats such as Jane Birkin, Catherine Deneuve, Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Harrison Ford, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jim Morrison and Philippe Noiret, among others.
Compilation Film
A documentary film that is comprised entirely of archival footage.
The End Of America - Movie Review
The End Of America presents the ten step blueprint that Hitler and other dictators used to subvert democratic process and put an end to personal freedoms. It compares, step by step, events leading up to establishment of the Third Reich with what has happened in the United States for the past eight years. Very convincing. Very scary. Should be required viewing for anyone old enough to vote or join the army.
Crips and Bloods: Made In America - Movie...
Crips and Bloods: Made In America is director Stacy Peralta's insider investigation of two infamous African-American gangs that rule South Central Los Angeles, the area where America's two bloodiest and most costly incidents of civil unrest occurred--27 years and three miles apart.
All About Documentaries and The Oscars
A guide to the Academy Awards and Documentary Film, covering the current and past years' films nominated for Best Documentary Feature, with background information about how nominees are selected and who votes for the winners, plus lists of winners in previous years.
Documentary Film Festivals
Documentary Film Festivals. Documentaries.
Documentary Audience Development and Recruitment
The big challenge for documentary filmmakers and distributors is audience development -- converting die hard blockbuster fans into devoted documentary watchers. It's a hard task. But there's hope.
At Berkeley - Movie Review - 2013
Master filmmaker Fredrick Wiseman explores life on campus at the University of California Berkeley, revealing the current state of higher education in the United States.
Independence Day Documentaries
A list of documentaries that foment independent thought about the issues that arise when Americans consider the meaning of independence. These films are ideal for watching as part of your Independence Day celebrations -- before or after the parades, fireworks and barbecues.
Cinema Eye Honors for Documentaries - 2014...
An annotated list of winners of the Cinema Eye Honors for 2014, presented January 8, 2014 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.
Particle Fever - Movie Review - 2014
Particle Fever takes you inside the Large Hadron Collider to see what happens when subatomic particles collide at the speed of light. BANG on!
Documentaries for Black History Month - Week Four
Watch these documentaries during week four of Black History Month 2014 for compelling profiles of individuals who've made a difference and changed the course of history -- or have brought us to new understanding of how and why Black History has happened as it has.
Unmade in China - Movie Review - 2013
American narrative filmmaker Gil Kofman makes a documentary about his job as a movie director for hire, making the first thriller produced in China.
Demonstrative Proof
Emphasis on making evidence persuasive, albeit not necessarily accurate.
Documentary Films About American History and...
These documentary films about American history and political leaders will help you to understand how the nation has arrived at where it is today.
Documentaries On DVD - Releasing September 2013
An annotated list of documentaries releasing on DVD during September, 2013.
'Mitzi Gaynor Razzle Dazzle' on DVD - Review
Mitzi Gaynor Razzle Dazzle DVD features a documentary with out takes of Gaynor's most spectacular TV specials and Las Vegas shows, as well as interviews about the arc of her career and lots of extra footage of performances.
Documentaries About Religion
A list of dopcumentaries about religion, religious topics, ethics and social mores.
Participatory Mode
Emphasis on the interaction between filmmaker and subject.
News and Documentary Emmy Awards Categories
A list of awards categories for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Documentaries For Labor Day: People with...
A list of documentaries about people with unusual professions. Ideal for watching on Labor Day.
Celebrate Springtime with Documentaries
Spring sports. Spring getaways. Gardening. Wardrobe Changes. End of the school year. These springtime concerns are all the subjects of intriguing documentaries. Celebrate the change of seasons by watching the films on this curated list of documentaries about Spring things.
The Brothers Warner - Movie Review
Using archival footage and clips from cinema classics, filmmaker Cass Warner Sperling profiles the Brothers Warner, her grandfather and his siblings, who founded Warner Bros. Studios and were among the original and most influential Hollywood movie moguls.
Documentary Reviews Listed Alphabetically S - T...
Documentary Reviews Listed Alphabetically S - T - U
Storm Surfers 3D - Movie Review - 2013
Filled with thrills and spills, this sports documentary chronicles legendary Australian surfers Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones as they seek the perfect wave in the stormy seas of the Southern Hemisphere.
FTA - Movie Review
FTA, a 1972 documentary that followed Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland's cabaret show as it toured US military bases during the Vietnam War, is a powerful anti-war statement that was almost silenced when the film went missing shortly after it's theatrical release. It has been restored, and is now available on DVD--with extras.
Voice Over
A off-camera voice that comments about the images on film.
Valentino The Last Emperor - Movie Review of...
A documentary film about the final years of the career of Valentino Garavani, the legendary haute couture designer whose fashions dressed wealthy and celebrated women for half a century.
Academy Award Winners - 1980s
Academy Award Winning Documentaries of the 1980s, listed by year from 1980 to 1989
Chris Hegedus
Chris Hegedus and her partner/husband D.A. Pennebaker have been leading documentary filmmakers for more than thirty years.
Six Must-See Documentaries at The 2013 Human...
An annotated list of six must-see films at the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival -- in case you can't see them all.
Intertitle
Text that appears periodically on screen to provide information such as the date, the time, the location or to identify a person shown on screen.
Documentary Filmmakers A to Z
A List of Documentary Filmmakers A to Z. For each filmmaker listed here, you'll find links to profiles and/or interviews.
The 'straight 8' Competition for Documentary...
The annual 'straight 8' documentaries competition gives filmmakers the chance of a screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Cannes Film Festival.
A List of Documentaries for Watching At...
A list of documentaries for watching as part of Thanksgiving Day celebrations.
Anvil! The Story of Anvil - Movie Review
Anvil! The Story of Anvil documents the amazing careers of heavy metal musicians Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner as they survive day jobs to rock for ages.
Traces Of The Trade - A Story From The Deep...
'Traces of The Tade - A Story From The Deep North' is a deeply personal documentary made by seminarian-turned-filmmaker Katrina Browne, who sets out to investigate her forebears occupation as prominent New England slave traders and tries to identify what that fact of family history means to her living relatives and herself. The film is co-directed by Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray.
Documentaries Watch: May 1-10, 2013
A list of documentaries opening during May 2013
IFP Independent Film Week - Spotlight on...
IFP Independent Film Week's Spotlight on Documentaries is one of the world's most important showcases for new and emerging documentary filmmakers and their projects. The IFP Marketplace is held in New York City annually in September. The 2008 dates are September 14-22.
Great Documentaries to Watch During June
A curated list of documentaries about gardening, travel adventures, outdoor sports and personal health that are great for summertime viewing.
Ten Documentaries That Suggest New Year's...
A list of issue oriented and socially consicous documentaries that suggest New Year's resolutions for people who want to make a difference.
Roger Donaldson - Interview
Director Roger Donaldson discusses reality and truth in filmmaking.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival - 2013
On overview of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013, taking place in New York from June 13 to 23, with a program of eighteen documentaries about human rights issues around the world.
Long Take
A songle continuous shot of unusually long duration which eliminates the need to edit the scene.

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