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A curated list of documentaries to watch for some serious entertainment during summer 2014.
These documentaries are entertaining, educational and enlightening films will set excellent standards for the life-long movie watching habit that begins in childhood.
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.
A list of excellent documentary films about animals and human interaction with them.
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 inspiring documentaries show how personal commitment to a project or giving your all to a cause can make a difference.
Oscar Winning Documentaries by year from 2006 to 1980
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.
A commentary about the controversy about the representation of truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Kathryn Bigelow's truth=based narrative feature.
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.
Documentaries about the Holocaust
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.
Filmmaker Steve Kroschel uses his own experiences, anecdotes from others and experts' comments to show the healing powers of 'grounding' or 'earthing'
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.
An A to Z List of Documentaries About Famous and Infamous People
As if raging hormones weren't enough! These documentaries present a very interesting, compelling picture of teens growing up in today's world.
Great dance documentaries not only record brilliant choreography and performances, they stand as works of art in their own right.
A primer of basics about documentary film.
Great Halloween Documentaries - A List of Top Documentaries for Halloween
The shortlist of feature length documentaries contending for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
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.
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1990s. Page 2.
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...
Michael Moore, champion of liberal political and social causes, is arguably the best known and most influential documentary filmmaker in the world.
A nonfiction film that emphasizes verbal commentary and argumentative logic.
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.
Bio for Nick Fraser - Documentaries at About.com Contributing Writer
A list of 26 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine For IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.
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.
A list of documentary films that chronicle the horrors of genocide and its aftermath around the world.
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.
Emphasizing the documentary filmmaker's engagement in observing the subject's daily life and circumstances and documentinf them with an unobtrusive camera.
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gets top thugs in the Indonesian genocide to reenact their murderous deeds in a Hollywood-style film of their own creation.
Ken Burns is best known for creating epic multi-episode documentary series in which he fully explores American history and culture.
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.
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.
The documentary establishment provides ways to pitch projects, get funding and distribution, But is it so different from the Hollywood studio system?
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
A documentary film that is comprised entirely of archival footage.
The true story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who risked their lives to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
Noted documentaries expert and BBC Storyville Commissioning Editor Nick Fraser comments on 'The Act of Killing,' directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Human Reproduction
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1980s. Page 3.
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.
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.
DOCBOAT presents about 70 documentaries to online viewers in Poland and around the world, and has a juried and audience prizes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A List of important international documentary film festivals in Europe, Asia and New Zealand
How does a documentary qualify for Oscars consideration? Here's a wrap about the Academy of Morion Picture Arts and Sciences' rules and regulations.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is putting new qualifying rules for documentary film submissions for consideration for the 2013 Oscars.
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.
Anthropomophism, unusual in documentary films, attibutes human traits and characteristics to animals.
: French, meaning "film truth." A term applied to documentary films in which there is a truthful live
A list of documentaries about people who have unusual professions, focusing on their work and lifestyle.
An annotated list of documentaries about fine art and artists.
Runnin’ Down A Dream - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich's documentary about Tom Petty, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
These documentary films about American history and political leaders will help you to understand how the nation has arrived at where it is today.
Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite investigates the death of SeaWorld whale trainer Dawn Branceau, who was killed by an orca named Tilikum in 2010.
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films
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.
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.
The New York Times is offering documentary filmmakers a new opporuntity to show their work in short form on line. Here are the details.
Actuality films featuring native peoples.
A List of Important Documentary Film Festivals in the United States and Canada
The belief that the world represented on screen is as it really is and has not been modified.
Jonestown The Life and Death of Peoples Temple is a real life horror story of mass suicide ordered by cult leader Jim Jones.
My choice of five nominees for the 2014 Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary, picked from the Academy's fifteen-film shortlist.
A list of documentaries about food production and distribution, and healthy nutrition.
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 overview of how documentary films approach the subjects of culture and the arts.
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.
A list of documentary film festivals that focus on specific themes, notably human rights.
The man who would be president travels to Kenya, the land of his father's birth, and to South Africa.
A off-camera voice that comments about the images on film.
Director Roger Donaldson discusses reality and truth in filmmaking.
Nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary
A documentary about Denver, Colorado's Croke-Patterson Mansion, said to be one of the world's most haunted places. Genuinely spooky!
Emphasis on making evidence persuasive, albeit not necessarily accurate.
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.
Inventor Tim Jenison sets out to prove that Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch master, had more than skills. He had tools! Read on....
A device that functions simultanously as a camera and TelePrompTer-like projector, to capture an interview subject's close up responses to questions posed during interviews.
Watching films made by women about women is a wonderful way to celebrate International Women's Day, which occurs on Friday, March 8, 2013. Here's my list of recommended films for this year.
Someone whom we see and/or hear whose purpose it is to represent the point of view of the film.
'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.
A list of my favorite films from IDFA 2013
20 Feet From Stardom - Review of the 2014 Oscar-winning documentary
A list of thrilling documentaries about Antarctica and Earth's other cold places, ideal for watching to escape the sizzle of summer heat waves.
A list of dopcumentaries about religion, religious topics, ethics and social mores.
Documentary Films Coming Soon
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.
A preview of the 2013 Salem Film Fest, set for March 7 to 14 in Salem, Massachusetts.
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.
An ethnographically informed work made by members of ethnic communities that are the subjects of Western ethnography.
A feature length documentary about the lives of subsistence hunter-fishermen in the remote Siberian Wilderness.
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.
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.
The issue of corporate funding -- or branding -- of documentaries heats up as Red Bull Media House enters the arena, producing and distributing sports documentaries that fly the Red Bull banner.
The emphasis of the filmmaker’s subjective attitude or personal engagement with a subject to evoke audience reaction.
Hot Docs annual film festival is North America's largest documentaries film festival, with a comprehensive screening program and opportunities for filmmakers to meet with distributors, marketers and moviegoers.
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.
Looking for New Year's resolutions? Let the twelve documentaries on this list inspire you to make a difference during the new year.
An annotated list of six must-see films at the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival -- in case you can't see them all.
Part three of a four-part list of documentaries that reflect black lifestyle, accomplishments and issues and are recommended for viewing in celebration of Black History Month, 2013
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.
Particle Fever takes you inside the Large Hadron Collider to see what happens when subatomic particles collide at the speed of light. BANG on!
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.
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.
A list of documentaries recommended for watching during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
Documentary Superheroes don't wear capes, drive amazing cars, beat up on monsters, nor do they boast extraordinary powers that set them apart from mere mortals. But, the heroic subjects of these documentaries have taken action to make the world a better place, and their achievements aren't fiction. Check out these real life superheroes in their documentary films.
'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.
Under the Electric Sky, a 3D electronic dance music documentary, is like going to an Electric Dance Carnival. You can host your own theater screening.
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.
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.
IDFA 2014 honors filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: opens with her latest documentary, screens her Top 10, presents her retrospective. Read details.
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.
On overview of the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious documentary film festivals in the United States.
When You're Strange, a documentary by Tom DiCillo, chronicles the rise of Jim Morrison and the Doors from obscurity to fame, overnight fame. Frontman Jim Morrison is the featured player, but band members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore are key figures in archival footage that follows the group into recording studios and on tour, showing Morrison's personal contradictions and growing addictions and ultimate demise. Johnny Depp narrates.
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 one-a-day list of documentaries for Black History Month, week one. Covering a wide range of achievers, accomplishments and ongoing issues.
A List of Ten Documentaries About The Movies, Movie Makers and the Movie Business.
Documentary Filmmaker Michael Apted has worked on The Up Series since 1964, following the lives of fourteen British citizens to chronicle their changing perspectives and expectations.
Errol Morris, documentary film director of The Fog of War
Filmmaker Nati Baratz discusses his documentary, Unmistaken Child, about Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Zopa's search for the reincarnation of the Geshe Lama Konghog, a recently deceased spiritual master.
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.
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.
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.
A an documentary chronicling the illness and untimely death of Edinburgh architect Neil Platt, who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease.
Filmmaker Scott Hicks discusses the making of his documentary, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts (2007), about the legendary composer Philip Glass
Sheffield Doc/Fest offers filmmakers the opportunity to pitch projects for funding.
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.
This well researched study of the life and times of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern state of Israel, serves as a fascinating examination of Jewish identity in a religious and secular context.
A curated list of documentaries about gardening, travel adventures, outdoor sports and personal health that are great for summertime viewing.
'Paradise Lost Trilogy' releases on DVD
Documenta Film Festival presents more than 1000 documentaries from around the world, about 100 of which are featured in three competitive categories with monetary awards totaling more than 70,000 Euros.
This list of documentaries that reveal important aspects of black history and culture in America are a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
Documentary Film Festivals. Documentaries.
A recognizable roster of famous fashionistas and branded clothes horses praise the one and only Bergdorf's, declaring the 'palace on Fifth Avenue' to be the epitome of the American Dream.
Mother's Day comes once a year, but we can celebrate motherhood every day by honoring the creativity, strength and perseverence of remarkable women. This is a list of documentaries about great women who have nurtured, inspired and enriched the lives of others.
The Camden International Film Festival, focusing exclusively on nonfiction film, takes place annually in Camden and Rockport, Maine. This overview of the festival provides you with all the basic details.