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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 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 about the Holocaust
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.
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.
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
These inspiring documentaries show how personal commitment to a project or giving your all to a cause can make a difference.
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.
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.
An A to Z List of Documentaries About Famous and Infamous People
Noted documentaries expert and BBC Storyville Commissioning Editor Nick Fraser comments on 'The Act of Killing,' directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
A nonfiction film that emphasizes verbal commentary and argumentative logic.
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.
Oscar Winning Documentaries by year from 2006 to 1980
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.
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.
Michael Moore, champion of liberal political and social causes, is arguably the best known and most influential documentary filmmaker in the world.
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine For IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.
The shortlist of feature length documentaries contending for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
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
Emphasizing the documentary filmmaker's engagement in observing the subject's daily life and circumstances and documentinf them with an unobtrusive camera.
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.
A primer of basics about documentary film.
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
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.
Errol Morris, documentary film director of The Fog of War
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...
A commentary about the controversy about the representation of truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Kathryn Bigelow's truth=based narrative feature.
The emphasis of the filmmaker’s subjective attitude or personal engagement with a subject to evoke audience reaction.
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 1990s. Page 2.
Ken Burns is best known for creating epic multi-episode documentary series in which he fully explores American history and culture.
An annotated list of documentaries about fine art and artists.
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.
Particle Fever takes you inside the Large Hadron Collider to see what happens when subatomic particles collide at the speed of light. BANG on!
'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.
Bio for Nick Fraser - Documentaries at About.com Contributing Writer
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.
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Human Reproduction
A list of documentary films that chronicle the horrors of genocide and its aftermath around the world.
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 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 list of 26 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.
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.
These documentary films about American history and political leaders will help you to understand how the nation has arrived at where it is today.
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 discussion about recent trends in the corporate underwriting of documentaries, and questions raised about the efficacy of branding sponsorships of nonfiction films.
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.
Someone whom we see and/or hear whose purpose it is to represent the point of view of the film.
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.
Nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary
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 list of documentaries about people who have unusual professions, focusing on their work and lifestyle.
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.
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.
A list of documentaries about food production and distribution, and healthy nutrition.
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 Ten Documentaries About The Movies, Movie Makers and the Movie Business.
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.
'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.
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gets top thugs in the Indonesian genocide to reenact their murderous deeds in a Hollywood-style film of their own creation.
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.
IDFA 2014 honors filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: opens with her latest documentary, screens her Top 10, presents her retrospective. Read details.
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 Golden Trailer Awards recognize the year's outstanding movie previews. Here's an overview and list of nominees for the 2013 Golden Trailer Awards.
Looking for New Year's resolutions? Let the twelve documentaries on this list inspire you to make a difference during the new year.
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1980s. Page 3.
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.
A list of documentaries recommended for watching during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Why 'My Neighbor,My Killer, filmmaker Anne Aghion's compelling Rwanda genocide documentary has such great impact and influence.
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 documentary about Denver, Colorado's Croke-Patterson Mansion, said to be one of the world's most haunted places. Genuinely spooky!
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Reviews of June 2014 documentaries: Citizen Koch, Burt's Buzz, La Bare, Internet's Own Boy, Supemensch, Case Against 8
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.
The true story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who risked their lives to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
A curated list of documentaries to watch for some serious entertainment during summer 2014.
Jonestown The Life and Death of Peoples Temple is a real life horror story of mass suicide ordered by cult leader Jim Jones.
Alexander Payne Talks Truth in Filmmaking
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.
This list of documentaries that reveal important aspects of black history and culture in America are a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
Manakamana, the latest release from Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, takes you on an exciting, enlightening adventure to remote Nepal.
My choice of five nominees for the 2014 Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary, picked from the Academy's fifteen-film shortlist.
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.
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.
: French, meaning "film truth." A term applied to documentary films in which there is a truthful live
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.
Emphasis on the interaction between filmmaker and subject.
Under the Electric Sky, the 3D music documentary about the 2013 Electric Dance Carnival, promises you more than surround sound. Visual effects are designed
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 &
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Documentaries are considered to be independent films, made outside the Hollywood studio system. Relatively few documentaries wear the Warner Brothers,
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Actuality films featuring native peoples.
A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films
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.
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.
A documentary about the popular Jewish song, 'Hava Nagila.'
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 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 List of important international documentary film festivals in Europe, Asia and New Zealand
A list of my favorite films from IDFA 2013
Filmmaker Marshall Curry chronicles the exploits of Matt VanDyke, the American who fought with Libyan Rebels to topple the Gaddafi regime, was captured and imprisoned -- and lived to tell the tale.
A list of films to watch for Veterans Day 2013
An overview of Sheffield Doc/Fest, the noted international documentaries film festival that takes place annualy in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
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.
Film Noir is a term used to describe a particular genre of cinema.
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 thrilling documentaries about Antarctica and Earth's other cold places, ideal for watching to escape the sizzle of summer heat waves.
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.
A list of documentary film festivals that focus on specific themes, notably human rights.
An ethnographically informed work made by members of ethnic communities that are the subjects of Western ethnography.
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.
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.
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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.
An aritcle describing the exemplary social justice outreach campaign associated with 'GRANITO: How To Nail A Dictator.'
Basic information about the AFI Silver Docs Film Festival, held annually in Silver Spring, Maryland in June. Festival history and programs are included.
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.
A list of documentary films about political campaigns and elections in the U.S.
Academy Award winning documentary films from the years 1980 to 1989
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is Kevin Rafferty's nostaligic replay of the amazing playoff game between the undefeated football teams of the two Ivy League giants.
Sheffield Doc/Fest offers filmmakers the opportunity to pitch projects for funding.
The Annual IDA DocuWeeks is one way that documentary films can become eligible for Academy Awards consideration.
<i>Soldiers of Conscience</i> is a documentary about the soldiers' dilemma of whether killing is an acceptable action in war. Statistics show that there are many soldiers who grapple with this issue of morality.
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 Sascha Paladino follows musicologist and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to Uganda, Tanzania, Mali and Gambia to bring the banjo back to the area where it originated, discover banjo-related and other African instruments and record tracks with local musicians.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is putting new qualifying rules for documentary film submissions for consideration for the 2013 Oscars.
Movie Review of 'Free Angela Davis And All Political Prisoners'
On overview of the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious documentary film festivals in the United States.