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These documentaries are entertaining, educational and enlightening films will set excellent standards for the life-long movie watching habit that begins in childhood.
Documentaries about the Holocaust
A List of documentaries by and about women.
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.
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 commentary about the controversy about the representation of truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Kathryn Bigelow's truth=based narrative feature.
Oscar Winning Documentaries by year from 2006 to 1980
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.
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.
A nonfiction film that emphasizes verbal commentary and argumentative logic.
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.
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.
Emphasizing the documentary filmmaker's engagement in observing the subject's daily life and circumstances and documentinf them with an unobtrusive camera.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filmmaker Steve Kroschel uses his own experiences, anecdotes from others and experts' comments to show the healing powers of 'grounding' or 'earthing'
A list of documentaries about food production and distribution, and healthy nutrition.
An A to Z List of Documentaries About Famous and Infamous People
'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 documentary films that chronicle the horrors of genocide and its aftermath around the world.
The shortlist of feature length documentaries contending for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
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.
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.
This list of documentaries that reveal important aspects of black history and culture in America are a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
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.
Great Halloween Documentaries - A List of Top Documentaries for Halloween
A list of 26 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.
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.
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Human Reproduction
A list of documentaries about people who have unusual professions, focusing on their work and lifestyle.
The Stoning of Soraya is the true story of the stoning to death of a women in rural Iran because her husband falsely accused her of adultry. The shocking story, smuggled out of Iran by an Iranian journalist who was living in France, became a best selling book that brought world wide attention to the stoning of women
Filmmaker 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.
Someone whom we see and/or hear whose purpose it is to represent the point of view of the film.
Ken Burns is best known for creating epic multi-episode documentary series in which he fully explores American history and culture.
A list of documentaries recommended for watching during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1980s. Page 3.
A discussion about recent trends in the corporate underwriting of documentaries, and questions raised about the efficacy of branding sponsorships of nonfiction films.
8: The Mormon Proposition is an eye-opening expose of how the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS), while masking their activities behind a conveniently convened coalition, campaigned against and defeated California law allowing and recognizing same sex marriage. Asserting beliefs that marriage should only be between a man and a women, Mormon leaders spent an estimated $25-million and mobilized an army of Mormons to canvas California, influencing voters throughout the state.
An annotated list of documentaries about fine art and artists.
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.
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 feature length documentary about the lives of subsistence hunter-fishermen in the remote Siberian Wilderness.
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine For IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.
The true story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who risked their lives to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
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.
A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
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.
The documentary establishment provides ways to pitch projects, get funding and distribution, But is it so different from the Hollywood studio system?
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
Jonestown The Life and Death of Peoples Temple is a real life horror story of mass suicide ordered by cult leader Jim Jones.
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.
A list of dopcumentaries about religion, religious topics, ethics and social mores.
A list of my favorite films from IDFA 2013
Film Noir is a term used to describe a particular genre of cinema.
A List of Important Documentary Film Festivals in the United States and Canada
Director Roger Donaldson discusses reality and truth in filmmaking.
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.
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.
A documentary about Denver, Colorado's Croke-Patterson Mansion, said to be one of the world's most haunted places. Genuinely spooky!
Looking for New Year's resolutions? Let the twelve documentaries on this list inspire you to make a difference during the new year.
My choice of five nominees for the 2014 Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary, picked from the Academy's fifteen-film shortlist.
Alex Gibney's documentary about the drug-influenced career of iconic countercultural journalist Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a fascinating account of the 1960s and 70s.
Academy Award winning documentary films from the years 1980 to 1989
IDFA, the acronym for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, is one of the the world's largest and arguably most prestigious film festivals featuring documentaries exclusively. It takes place in November of each year, in Amsterdam.
Filmmaker 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.
Nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer gets top thugs in the Indonesian genocide to reenact their murderous deeds in a Hollywood-style film of their own creation.
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 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.
Emphasis on the interaction between filmmaker and subject.
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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.
Manakamana, the latest release from Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, takes you on an exciting, enlightening adventure to remote Nepal.
A List of Ten Documentaries About The Movies, Movie Makers and the Movie Business.
An annotated list of winners of the Cinema Eye Honors for 2014, presented January 8, 2014 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.
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 film that is comprised entirely of archival footage.
A curated list of documentaries to watch for some serious entertainment during summer 2014.
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 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.
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.
An interview in which the filmmaker as interviewer is both off-camera and unheard.
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.
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.
An overview of how documentary films approach the subjects of culture and the arts.
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 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.
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.
Alexander Payne Talks Truth in Filmmaking
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.
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.
The Rape of Europa is a gripping nonfiction thriller about the systematic plunder of Europe’s great and invaluable art treasures by the Nazis during the period of the Third Reich and World War II.
The annual 'straight 8' documentaries competition gives filmmakers the chance of a screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Cannes Film Festival.
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
An annotated list of six must-see films at the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival -- in case you can't see them all.
A List of important international documentary film festivals in Europe, Asia and New Zealand
A collection of exclusive and candid interviews with leading documentary filmmakers.
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!
ESPN's new documentary film series, 'Nine for IX,' marks the 40th anniversary of Title XI, the game changing amendment that guaranteed equal opportunity to women who wanted to participate in college sports, by producing and presenting nine films by women filmmakers about leading women in sports and the particular issues they face. Here's an annotated list of the films, which are receiving their broadcast premiers one per week through July and August, 2013.
Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite investigates the death of SeaWorld whale trainer Dawn Branceau, who was killed by an orca named Tilikum in 2010.
: French, meaning "film truth." A term applied to documentary films in which there is a truthful live
Under the Electric Sky, the 3D music documentary about the 2013 Electric Dance Carnival, promises you more than surround sound. Visual effects are designed
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.
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.
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.
A an documentary chronicling the illness and untimely death of Edinburgh architect Neil Platt, who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease.
Despite controversy about the merits of The Act of Killing, the shock doc survived this year's Oscars short list to become one of the final five nominees for
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.
HEY BOO: Harper Lee and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ is a biographical documentary about Nelle Harper Lee, author of the popular literary masterpiece 'To Kill A Mockingbird.' The film uses archival footage of Lee and clips from her novel's movie adaptation to present Lee's life and legacy.
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.
Errol Morris, documentary film director of The Fog of War
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.
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 films to watch for Veterans Day 2013
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 Cross - The Arthur Blessitt Story is about the 40-year journey of Arthur, Blessitt, who walked around the world with a twelve-foot cross on his back.
A curated list of documentaries about gardening, travel adventures, outdoor sports and personal health that are great for summertime viewing.
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.
Basic information about the AFI Silver Docs Film Festival, held annually in Silver Spring, Maryland in June. Festival history and programs are included.
Documentary filmmakers and distributors are faced with the constant challenge of developing new audiences for nonfiction films. Festivals are very effective in helping them to do so. Here's how...
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. Page 2.
Oscars Shortlist for Documentary Features - 2013
Widely recognized as the premiere Latin American film festival in the U.S., the New York International Latin American Film Festival (NYILFF) takes place every August. Here's an overview, with an annotated list of the 2012 program of documentaries.
Reviews of June 2014 documentaries: Citizen Koch, Burt's Buzz, La Bare, Internet's Own Boy, Supemensch, Case Against 8
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.
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 Conversational Catch Up With IDFA Director Ally Derks, November 23, 2013, in Amsterdam
Emphasis on the subject's state of mind and psychological outlook.
Filmmaker Terry Sanders discusses Fighting For Life (2008) and other matters, including the nature of objectivity in documentary filmmaking, the phases of filmmaking and subjects as dramatic characters.
Documentaries are considered to be independent films, made outside the Hollywood studio system. Relatively few documentaries wear the Warner Brothers,
A list of Primetime Emmy Awards presented for documentary or other nonfiction television programming.
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.
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.
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 &
Anthropomophism, unusual in documentary films, attibutes human traits and characteristics to animals.
This 2014 Cinema Eye Honor for Best Documentary was presented to 'The Act of Killing.' I think a better choice would have been 'Captain Phillips,' a truth-based narrative film that doesn't even lay claim authenticity or representation restricted to fact. Here's why...
An ethnographically informed work made by members of ethnic communities that are the subjects of Western ethnography.
Crowdfunding refers to funding documentaries or other independent film projects by appealing to the public for donations.