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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.
A list of excellent documentary films about animals and human interaction with them.
Documentaries about the Holocaust
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 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 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 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.
These inspiring documentaries show how personal commitment to a project or giving your all to a cause can make a difference.
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 primer of basics about documentary film.
The shortlist of feature length documentaries contending for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Great dance documentaries not only record brilliant choreography and performances, they stand as works of art in their own right.
Oscar Winning Documentaries by year from 2006 to 1980
Emphasizing the documentary filmmaker's engagement in observing the subject's daily life and circumstances and documentinf them with an unobtrusive camera.
As if raging hormones weren't enough! These documentaries present a very interesting, compelling picture of teens growing up in today's world.
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.
Filmmaker Steve Kroschel uses his own experiences, anecdotes from others and experts' comments to show the healing powers of 'grounding' or 'earthing'
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine For IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.
An A to Z List of Documentaries About Famous and Infamous People
A nonfiction film that emphasizes verbal commentary and argumentative logic.
'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 commentary about the controversy about the representation of truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Kathryn Bigelow's truth=based narrative 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.
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...
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
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 emphasis of the filmmaker’s subjective attitude or personal engagement with a subject to evoke audience reaction.
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.
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1990s. Page 2.
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.
An annotated list of documentaries about fine art and artists.
Filmmaker Margot Benacerraf discusses the restoration of her legendary film, Araya, which won the International Critics Award at Cannes in 1959 but was not released in the U.S. until 2009.
Spring break. Spring sports. Spring Gardening. Spring Fashion. Horse Racing. Anticipating the end of the school year. These springtime concerns are all the
Michael Moore, champion of liberal political and social causes, is arguably the best known and most influential documentary filmmaker in the world.
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Human Reproduction
A list of 26 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.
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.
Particle Fever takes you inside the Large Hadron Collider to see what happens when subatomic particles collide at the speed of light. BANG on!
Someone whom we see and/or hear whose purpose it is to represent the point of view of the film.
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.
Noted documentaries expert and BBC Storyville Commissioning Editor Nick Fraser comments on 'The Act of Killing,' directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
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.
The documentary establishment provides ways to pitch projects, get funding and distribution, But is it so different from the Hollywood studio system?
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1980s. Page 3.
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.
A List of Ten Documentaries About The Movies, Movie Makers and the Movie Business.
This list of documentaries that reveal important aspects of black history and culture in America are a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
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.
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.
A list of documentary films that chronicle the horrors of genocide and its aftermath around the world.
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
My choice of five nominees for the 2014 Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary, picked from the Academy's fifteen-film shortlist.
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gets top thugs in the Indonesian genocide to reenact their murderous deeds in a Hollywood-style film of their own creation.
A list of documentaries about food production and distribution, and healthy nutrition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for New Year's resolutions? Let the twelve documentaries on this list inspire you to make a difference during the new year.
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.
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.
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.
A List of Important Documentary Film Festivals in the United States and Canada
How does a documentary qualify for Oscars consideration? Here's a wrap about the Academy of Morion Picture Arts and Sciences' rules and regulations.
A discussion about recent trends in the corporate underwriting of documentaries, and questions raised about the efficacy of branding sponsorships of nonfiction films.
Under the Electric Sky, the 3D music documentary about the 2013 Electric Dance Carnival, promises you more than surround sound. Visual effects are designed
Michael Jackson rehearses for the This Is It tour. The performances were to be the King of Pop's come back, but the tour had to be cancelled due to Jackson's untimely death two weeks before the premier in London.
A curated list of documentaries to watch for some serious entertainment during summer 2014.
A feature length documentary about the lives of subsistence hunter-fishermen in the remote Siberian Wilderness.
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.
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films
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.
Manakamana, the latest release from Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, takes you on an exciting, enlightening adventure to remote Nepal.
A List of important international documentary film festivals in Europe, Asia and New Zealand
A list of documentaries for viewing on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The true story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who risked their lives to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
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.
A documentary about Denver, Colorado's Croke-Patterson Mansion, said to be one of the world's most haunted places. Genuinely spooky!
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.
Emphasis on the interaction between filmmaker and subject.
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.
Documentary Films Coming Soon
These documentary films about American history and political leaders will help you to understand how the nation has arrived at where it is today.
A list of documentaries recommended for watching during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
An up close look at the pollination process that's essential to our food supply.
Nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary
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.
Ken Burns is best known for creating epic multi-episode documentary series in which he fully explores American history and culture.
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.
Why 'My Neighbor,My Killer, filmmaker Anne Aghion's compelling Rwanda genocide documentary has such great impact and influence.
Actuality films featuring native peoples.
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.
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
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.
Film Noir is a term used to describe a particular genre of cinema.
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.
Filmmaker Macarena Aguilo revisits her own childhood as the daughter of members of Chile's leftist movement to overthrow the Pinochet dictatorship. She was raised in a communal safe haven for children of the revolutionaries, many of whom were killed or 'disappeared.'
Jonestown The Life and Death of Peoples Temple is a real life horror story of mass suicide ordered by cult leader Jim Jones.
Reviews of June 2014 documentaries: Citizen Koch, Burt's Buzz, La Bare, Internet's Own Boy, Supemensch, Case Against 8
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is putting new qualifying rules for documentary film submissions for consideration for the 2013 Oscars.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 list of films to watch for Veterans Day 2013
In essence, all nonfiction films are instructional. But some documentaries focus specifically on teaching you how to do the things you've always wanted to do. How can you find the doc that will help you reach your goals? Begin your search here.
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.
A Definition of Hybridization as Used to Describe Documentary Films
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.
A curated list of documentaries about gardening, travel adventures, outdoor sports and personal health that are great for summertime viewing.
Great Halloween Documentaries - A List of Top Documentaries for Halloween
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 documentary film that is comprised entirely of archival footage.
A list of documentaries about people who have unusual professions, focusing on their work and lifestyle.
Academy Award Winning Documentaries of the 1990s, listed by year.
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 &
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.
'Paradise Lost Trilogy' releases on DVD
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.
Documentaries opening theatrically in January, 2013
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.
'The First Saturday in May' directors John and Brad Hennegan follow six trainers as they put their amazing and beautiful thoroughbred horses--including the fabulous and tragic Barbaro--through the paces leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the annual race that’s known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.“
Documentaries are considered to be independent films, made outside the Hollywood studio system. Relatively few documentaries wear the Warner Brothers,
A an documentary chronicling the illness and untimely death of Edinburgh architect Neil Platt, who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease.
Bio for Nick Fraser - Documentaries at About.com Contributing Writer
With regard to the Oscars, this term is used to indicate that a documentary has been selected to be among the titles that will be considered for nomination for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Zachary Heinzerling's charming documentry chronicles the lives and work of quirky New York artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.
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.
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.
A list of documentary films about political campaigns and elections in the U.S.
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.
Alexander Payne Talks Truth in Filmmaking
Beijing-based director Jia Zhangke uses documentary and narrative storytelling to create 24 City, chronicling how the closure of an outdated factory in Sichuan Province effects the lives of 30,000 workers for whom the factory was not just a job, but a way of life.
IDFA 2014 honors filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: opens with her latest documentary, screens her Top 10, presents her retrospective. Read details.
An aritcle describing the exemplary social justice outreach campaign associated with 'GRANITO: How To Nail A Dictator.'
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.
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 privacy and civil rights issues that arise when you click 'I agree' on most Internet sites and smartphone apps.
Movie Review of 'Free Angela Davis And All Political Prisoners'
A list of my favorite films from IDFA 2013
The annual 'straight 8' documentaries competition gives filmmakers the chance of a screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Cannes Film Festival.
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.
A preview of the 2013 Salem Film Fest, set for March 7 to 14 in Salem, Massachusetts.
The New York Times is offering documentary filmmakers a new opporuntity to show their work in short form on line. Here are the details.
The formal structural organization of a film that emphasizes visual associations and impressionistic descriptive passages, tonal and rhythmic qualities and de-emphasizes strictly linear or logical sequencing.
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 list of entertaining nonfiction films that offer some distraction from the stresses of your real life.