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Documentaries about the Holocaust
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 documentaries by and about women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As if raging hormones weren't enough! These documentaries present a very interesting, compelling picture of teens growing up in today's world.
Emphasizing the documentary filmmaker's engagement in observing the subject's daily life and circumstances and documentinf them with an unobtrusive camera.
Michael Moore, champion of liberal political and social causes, is arguably the best known and most influential documentary filmmaker in the world.
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.
The emphasis of the filmmaker’s subjective attitude or personal engagement with a subject to evoke audience reaction.
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.
A nonfiction film that emphasizes verbal commentary and argumentative logic.
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...
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.
Oscar Winning Documentaries by year from 2006 to 1980
A commentary about the controversy about the representation of truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Kathryn Bigelow's truth=based narrative feature.
Filmmaker Steve Kroschel uses his own experiences, anecdotes from others and experts' comments to show the healing powers of 'grounding' or 'earthing'
An A to Z List of Documentaries About Famous and Infamous People
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Human Reproduction
The shortlist of feature length documentaries contending for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Noted documentaries expert and BBC Storyville Commissioning Editor Nick Fraser comments on 'The Act of Killing,' directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
An annotated list of documentaries about fine art and artists.
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.
A List of Ten Documentaries About The Movies, Movie Makers and the Movie Business.
A list of documentary films that chronicle the horrors of genocide and its aftermath around the world.
A list of documentaries about people who have unusual professions, focusing on their work and lifestyle.
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
'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.
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.
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 discussion about recent trends in the corporate underwriting of documentaries, and questions raised about the efficacy of branding sponsorships of nonfiction films.
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.
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.
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.
The documentary establishment provides ways to pitch projects, get funding and distribution, But is it so different from the Hollywood studio system?
My choice of five nominees for the 2014 Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary, picked from the Academy's fifteen-film shortlist.
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.
Emphasis on the interaction between filmmaker and subject.
'Traces of The Tade - A Story From The Deep North' is a deeply personal documentary made by seminarian-turned-filmmaker Katrina Browne, who sets out to investigate her forebears occupation as prominent New England slave traders and tries to identify what that fact of family history means to her living relatives and herself. The film is co-directed by Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray.
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.
Crowdfunding refers to funding documentaries or other independent film projects by appealing to the public for donations.
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 documentaries about food production and distribution, and healthy nutrition.
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.
Looking for New Year's resolutions? Let the twelve documentaries on this list inspire you to make a difference during the new year.
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 about people with unusual professions. Ideal for watching on Labor Day.
This list of documentaries that reveal important aspects of black history and culture in America are a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
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 documentaries recommended for watching during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Particle Fever takes you inside the Large Hadron Collider to see what happens when subatomic particles collide at the speed of light. BANG on!
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.
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine For IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.
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.
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.
Someone whom we see and/or hear whose purpose it is to represent the point of view of the film.
Documentary Films Coming Soon
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.
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 curated list of documentaries to watch for some serious entertainment during summer 2014.
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.
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
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 List of Important Documentary Film Festivals in the United States and Canada
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.
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.
: French, meaning "film truth." A term applied to documentary films in which there is a truthful live
Top ten list documentaries for Memorial Day viewing focus on individual stories about true heroes. Learn their lives and honor them!
Great Halloween Documentaries - A List of Top Documentaries for Halloween
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.
How does a documentary qualify for Oscars consideration? Here's a wrap about the Academy of Morion Picture Arts and Sciences' rules and regulations.
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.
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 Definition of Hybridization as Used to Describe Documentary Films
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 six must-see films at the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival -- in case you can't see them all.
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.
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!
A list of documentary films about political campaigns and elections in the U.S.
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1990s. Page 2.
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.
Nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary
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
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.
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 26 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.
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.
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.
Documentaries are considered to be independent films, made outside the Hollywood studio system. Relatively few documentaries wear the Warner Brothers,
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.
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.
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.
Under the Electric Sky, the 3D music documentary about the 2013 Electric Dance Carnival, promises you more than surround sound. Visual effects are designed
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.
Lioness, by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, profiles a group of courageous women soldiers who were deployed to Iraq as support personnel--mechanics, cooks, and clerks--but found themselves in actual combat situations. Known as Team Lioness, they are the first generation of American women to return home as combat veterans, and their debriefing in this film is enlightening.
A feature length documentary about the lives of subsistence hunter-fishermen in the remote Siberian Wilderness.
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.
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 my favorite films from IDFA 2013
A List of important international documentary film festivals in Europe, Asia and New Zealand
Bio for Nick Fraser - Documentaries at About.com Contributing Writer
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.
A list of thrilling documentaries about Antarctica and Earth's other cold places, ideal for watching to escape the sizzle of summer heat waves.
The true story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who risked their lives to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
Kirby Dick is known for making controversial documentaries, many of which focus on the subject of human sexuality, how it's looked upon by society and how social attitudes about sexuality impact individuals.
Manakamana, the latest release from Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, takes you on an exciting, enlightening adventure to remote Nepal.
Reviews of June 2014 documentaries: Citizen Koch, Burt's Buzz, La Bare, Internet's Own Boy, Supemensch, Case Against 8
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.
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gets top thugs in the Indonesian genocide to reenact their murderous deeds in a Hollywood-style film of their own creation.
IDFA 2014 honors filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: opens with her latest documentary, screens her Top 10, presents her retrospective. Read details.
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.
Errol Morris, documentary film director of The Fog of War
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.
An interview in which the filmmaker as interviewer is both off-camera and unheard.
A documentary film that is comprised entirely of archival footage.
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.
A curated list of documentaries about gardening, travel adventures, outdoor sports and personal health that are great for summertime viewing.
Director Roger Donaldson discusses reality and truth in filmmaking.
A list of entertaining nonfiction films that offer some distraction from the stresses of your real life.
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.
Detailing the differences between the Primetime Emmy Awards and News and Documentaries Emmy Awards, the various documentaries awards categories and different organizations behind each of the two awards presentations.
A documentary about Denver, Colorado's Croke-Patterson Mansion, said to be one of the world's most haunted places. Genuinely spooky!
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.
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.
Jonestown The Life and Death of Peoples Temple is a real life horror story of mass suicide ordered by cult leader Jim Jones.
A list of documentary film festivals that focus on specific themes, notably human rights.
Beautifully shot and well researched, Queen of the Sun is a complete overview of the lives and history of honeybees and how they interact with and impact human society. The film also investigates the causes, implications and impending impact of the colony collapse disorder, which is currently reaching pandemic proportions.
Film Noir is a term used to describe a particular genre of cinema.
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
Chris Hegedus and her partner/husband D.A. Pennebaker have been leading documentary filmmakers for more than thirty years.
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.
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.
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.
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films
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.
An annotated list of select documentaries releasing theatrically, on DVD and other platforms, or receiving broadcast premieres from July 15 to 21, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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 songle continuous shot of unusually long duration which eliminates the need to edit the scene.
20 Feet From Stardom - Review of the 2014 Oscar-winning documentary