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These documentaries are entertaining, educational and enlightening films will set excellent standards for the life-long movie watching habit that begins in childhood.
Documentaries about the Holocaust
A list of excellent documentary films about animals and human interaction with them.
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.
In an exclusive interview, producer Ted Leonsis tells us why and how he made Nanking, a documentary about the massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese soldiers during World War II, in the occupied city of Nanking.
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.
A List of documentaries by and about women.
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.
Great Halloween Documentaries - A List of Top Documentaries for Halloween
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.
These inspiring documentaries show how personal commitment to a project or giving your all to a cause can make a difference.
Errol Morris, documentary film director of The Fog of War
Ken Burns is best known for creating epic multi-episode documentary series in which he fully explores American history and culture.
As if raging hormones weren't enough! These documentaries present a very interesting, compelling picture of teens growing up in today's world.
Filmmaker Steve Kroschel uses his own experiences, anecdotes from others and experts' comments to show the healing powers of 'grounding' or 'earthing'
A primer of basics about documentary film.
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.
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.
A commentary about the controversy about the representation of truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Kathryn Bigelow's truth=based narrative feature.
Oscar Winning Documentaries by year from 2006 to 1980
An A to Z List of Documentaries About Famous and Infamous People
A nonfiction film that emphasizes verbal commentary and argumentative logic.
Michael Moore, champion of liberal political and social causes, is arguably the best known and most influential documentary filmmaker in the world.
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.
Great dance documentaries not only record brilliant choreography and performances, they stand as works of art in their own right.
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine For IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.
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
In The E-Team, filmmakers Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman follow heroic Human Rights Watch activists as they covertly enter regional conflict zones in Syria
A list of 26 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.
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...
The emphasis of the filmmaker’s subjective attitude or personal engagement with a subject to evoke audience reaction.
Noted documentaries expert and BBC Storyville Commissioning Editor Nick Fraser comments on 'The Act of Killing,' directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1990s. Page 2.
A discussion about recent trends in the corporate underwriting of documentaries, and questions raised about the efficacy of branding sponsorships of nonfiction films.
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.
The shortlist of feature length documentaries contending for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
A list of documentary films that chronicle the horrors of genocide and its aftermath around the world.
IDFA, the acronym for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, is one of the the world's largest and arguably most prestigious film festivals featuring documentaries exclusively. It takes place in November of each year, in Amsterdam.
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gets top thugs in the Indonesian genocide to reenact their murderous deeds in a Hollywood-style film of their own creation.
Emphasizing the documentary filmmaker's engagement in observing the subject's daily life and circumstances and documentinf them with an unobtrusive camera.
'Women and Girls Lead' is a global multiyear initiative launched by ITVS to use documentary films to raise consciousness about and support women's activism regarding a wide range of social and political issues.
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
Filmmaker Alex Gibney's Taxi To The Dark Side is a shocking expose about the American military's torture of prisoners--many of whom have been shown to be innocent of any crime--in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba. In this interview, he discusses making this film, and his ideas about the aesthetics and responsibilities of making documentary films.
A list of documentaries recommended for watching during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
A List of Ten Documentaries About The Movies, Movie Makers and the Movie Business.
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1980s. Page 3.
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.
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.
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Human Reproduction
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.
The Rape of Europa is a gripping nonfiction thriller about the systematic plunder of Europe’s great and invaluable art treasures by the Nazis during the period of the Third Reich and World War II.
The Cinema Eye Awards, co-founded by documentary programmer Thom Powers and filmmaker AJ Schnack, were established in 2008. They're the first cinema awards to recognize filmmakers working in the documentary genre for specific behind-the-scenes craftsmanship, including outstanding achievement in direction, cinematography, editing, producing, graphics and animation. The awards are named for the revolutionary group of filmmakers led by documentarian Dziga Vertow.
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.
A curated list of documentaries to watch for some serious entertainment during summer 2014.
Bio for Nick Fraser - Documentaries at About.com Contributing Writer
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.
The true story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who risked their lives to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
Not all films based on true stories are truthful. Some documentary filmmakers use narrative techniques--such as dramatic editing--to sway their audiences, while narrative directors may use documentary elements--archival footage, for example--to convince audience of the credibility of their story. Read here about crossover styles.
An overview of how documentary films approach the subjects of culture and the arts.
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.
8: The Mormon Proposition is an eye-opening expose of how the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), while masking their activities behind a conveniently convened coalition, campaigned against and defeated California law allowing and recognizing same sex marriage. Asserting beliefs that marriage should only be between a man and a women, Mormon leaders spent an estimated $25-million and mobilized an army of Mormons to canvas California, influencing voters throughout the state.
An annotated list of documentaries about fine art and artists.
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.
Filmmaker Alex Gibney's Taxi To The Dark Side is a shocking expose about the American military's torture of prisoners--many of whom have been shown to be innocent of any crime--in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba. In this interview, he discusses making this film, and his ideas about the aesthetics and responsibilities of making documentary films. Page 2.
An overview of Sheffield Doc/Fest, the noted international documentaries film festival that takes place annualy in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
A list of documentaries about people who have unusual professions, focusing on their work and lifestyle.
Nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary
Filmmaker Alex Gibney's Taxi To The Dark Side is a shocking expose about the American military's torture of prisoners--many of whom have been shown to be innocent of any crime--in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba. In this interview, he discusses making this film, and his ideas about the aesthetics and responsibilities of making documentary films. Page 3.
IDFA 2014 honors filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: opens with her latest documentary, screens her Top 10, presents her retrospective. Read details.
These documentary films about American history and political leaders will help you to understand how the nation has arrived at where it is today.
Point and Shoot, filmmaker Marshall Curry's fascinating profile of 'freedom fighter' Matt VanDyke and his exploits in Libya, has one the juried award for Best
A list of documentaries about food production and distribution, and healthy nutrition.
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.
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.
The documentary establishment provides ways to pitch projects, get funding and distribution, But is it so different from the Hollywood studio system?
Particle Fever takes you inside the Large Hadron Collider to see what happens when subatomic particles collide at the speed of light. BANG on!
This documentary about the life, career and psyche of Marilyn Monroe is based, in part, on newly discovered writing by the iconic actress and sex symhol.
In RFK Must Die, now available on DVD, BBC reporter Shane O'Sullivan investigates the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and comes to the conclusion that Sirhan Sirhan, now serving a life sentence for the murder, did not act alone.
This series of excellent documentary films was produced to raise public awareness about poverty and what can be done about it. The series will be broadcast around the globe, reaching an estimated 250-million viewers, in November, 2012.
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.
A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
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.
As a Toronto International Film Festival programmer, Thom Powers is a powerhouse in the documentary film world, with significant influence over which documentaries will be screened at North America’s largest, most comprehensive and, arguably, most important film festival. His recognition of a film’s qualities can help to create a film’s festival afterlife. Here are his comments about the documentary films selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2008.
Here's are reviews of documentaries listed in alphabetical order from A to C (with more letters soon to be added). Check out the titles. Let us know which are
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.
In documentary filmmaking, perspective is the selection and arrangement of sounds and images to tacitly convey or imply the filmmaker’s point of view about a subject.
Filmmaker Paul Greengrass achieves a high level of authenticity in this thrilling truth-based narrative feature that documents a real life incidence of piracy, hijacking and kidnapping on the high seas.
Manakamana, the latest release from Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, takes you on an exciting, enlightening adventure to remote Nepal.
Under the Electric Sky, the 3D music documentary about the 2013 Electric Dance Carnival, promises you more than surround sound. Visual effects are designed
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.
Someone whom we see and/or hear whose purpose it is to represent the point of view of the film.
This list of documentaries that reveal important aspects of black history and culture in America are a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
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.
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.
A List of important international documentary film festivals in Europe, Asia and New Zealand
Filmmaker Havana Marking profiles the notorious gang of diamond thieves known as the Pink Panthers, and tracks their capers and the detectives trying to catch them.
How does a documentary qualify for Oscars consideration? Here's a wrap about the Academy of Morion Picture Arts and Sciences' rules and regulations.
An overview of New York's Downtown Community Television Center, including its history, administration, educational courses and production facilities.
Transmedia is a new buzz word in the documentaries realm. Find out here what transmedia means and why it's the wave of the future.
Alex Gibney's documentary about the drug-influenced career of iconic countercultural journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a fascinating account of the 1960s and 70s.
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films
A documentary about the popular Jewish song, 'Hava Nagila.'
Documentaries are considered to be independent films, made outside the Hollywood studio system. Relatively few documentaries wear the Warner Brothers,
My choice of five nominees for the 2014 Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary, picked from the Academy's fifteen-film shortlist.
Documentary film director Errol Morris also produces award winning commericals for Sharp Electronics and liberal causes. Page 2.
A documentary film that is comprised entirely of archival footage.
Why 'My Neighbor,My Killer, filmmaker Anne Aghion's compelling Rwanda genocide documentary has such great impact and influence.
A wonderfully inspiring documentary about a Bedouin woman who leaves her village in Jordan to go to India to learn how to make solar panels so she can lift herself and her four daughters out of poverty and dependency on an uncaring, lazy husband.
Behind the scenes at the Miss You Can Do It Beauty Pageant, here disabled girls compete for the title, but nobody goes home without a trophy.
A documentary about Denver, Colorado's Croke-Patterson Mansion, said to be one of the world's most haunted places. Genuinely spooky!
In We Are Together: The Children of Agape (2006) (also known as Thina Simunye), documentary director Paul Taylor follows children aged seven to 16 who live in the Agape Orphanage in the Natal, South Africa. Most of them have lost their parents to HIV, which is decimating the population. The very talented children form a choir in hope of making and marketing a CD that will help them to improve their circumstances. The kids' compelling stories and a brilliant soundtrack make this film a must see.
A documentary about events leading up to the demise of Osama bin Laden
Filmmakers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz follow The Interrupters, a group of social workers, reformed gang members and concerned citizens who are dedicated to preventing outbreaks of death-dealing violence among Chicago's inner city residents.
Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite investigates the death of SeaWorld whale trainer Dawn Branceau, who was killed by an orca named Tilikum in 2010.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Cynthia Lopez (@docuqueen) as the new commissioner to head the city's Office of Film, Theatre &
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.
Inventor Tim Jenison sets out to prove that Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch master, had more than skills. He had tools! Read on....
French filmmaker Laurent Cantet deftly bridges the narrative and documentary genres in “The Class,” recently nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
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.
Actuality films featuring native peoples.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and the Ford Foundation's JustFilms have partnered to launch the TFI New Media Fund, a six-year multi-million dollar initiative to find, fund and develop documentary projects that integrate the traditional documentary film format with newer media platforms, including video games and mobile apps, as well as social networking and micro-blogging.
'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.
Dance For Camera 1 and Dance for Camera 2 are two DVDs that present the wide range of possibilities for filmmakers documenting dance performances. In each, directors use their cameras to capture the fluidity of movement within the dancers' bodies, thereby drawing audiences into the dynamics and emotion of the choreography. These breathtaking films are pure pleasure for anyone who loves dance, and they are essential primers for anyone who wants to know more about it.
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.
Looking for New Year's resolutions? Let the twelve documentaries on this list inspire you to make a difference during the new year.
Recommended documentaries to borrow from public libraries
A collection of exclusive and candid interviews with leading documentary filmmakers.
A list of my favorite films from IDFA 2013
The belief that the world represented on screen is as it really is and has not been modified.
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.
Connie Field's comprehensive and galvanizing seven-film, eight and a half hour documentary series about the defeat of Apartheid in South Africa focuses attention on different aspects of how South Africa's violent and heinous system of racial intolerance and abuse was brought to an end by the collective efforts of thousands of men and women working on multiple global fronts.
Cinereach is a nonprofit foundation that supports independent filmmaking. Since its founding in 2006, Cinereach has given away more than $5-million in grants and awards.
Form a documentaries viewing club to share the work and pleasures of tracking down the docs you want to watch. It's a great way to avoid the frustrations of waiting to watch documentaries that may not make it to your local theaters.
An annotated list of select documentaries releasing theatrically, on DVD and other platforms, or receiving broadcast premieres from July 15 to 21, 2013.
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.
The Cinema Eye Awards are presented exclusively to documentary films and filmmakers in recognition of the craftsmanship, skills and artistry expressed in nonfiction filmmaking. These are the only documentary film awards presented in ten categories, including direction, cinematography, editing and special effects, among others.
Film Noir is a term used to describe a particular genre of cinema.
The Games For Change Festival (G4C) is an annual gathering at which digital games developers and social activists exchange information, have panel discussions and workshops about how digital and video games, and mobile apps can be used to raise awareness about social, political and economic issues, educate school children and the general public and engender greater citizen activism regarding social, political and economic issues.
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.
A curated list of documentaries about gardening, travel adventures, outdoor sports and personal health that are great for summertime viewing.
A list of documentaries for viewing on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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.
A list of documentary film festivals that focus on specific themes, notably human rights.
A List of Important Documentary Film Festivals in the United States and Canada
The Golden Trailer Awards recognize the year's outstanding movie previews. Here's an overview and list of nominees for the 2013 Golden Trailer Awards.
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A list of documentary films about political campaigns and elections in the U.S.
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Monday, April 7, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. On this day, memorials will be held in Kigali and elsewhere around the world to