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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great dance documentaries not only record brilliant choreography and performances, they stand as works of art in their own right.
These inspiring documentaries show how personal commitment to a project or giving your all to a cause can make a difference.
Great Halloween Documentaries - A List of Top Documentaries for Halloween
As if raging hormones weren't enough! These documentaries present a very interesting, compelling picture of teens growing up in today's world.
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...
An A to Z List of Documentaries About Famous and Infamous People
Michael Moore, champion of liberal political and social causes, is arguably the best known and most influential documentary filmmaker in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oscar Winning Documentaries by year from 2006 to 1980
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is paying tribute to legendary documentarian Les Blank with a series of special screenings in New York City from July 30 to August 1, 2013. Here's the schedule...
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 primer of basics about documentary film.
A commentary about the controversy about the representation of truth in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Kathryn Bigelow's truth=based narrative feature.
A curated list of documentaries to watch for some serious entertainment during summer 2014.
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
A list of documentaries about food production and distribution, and healthy nutrition.
The shortlist of feature length documentaries contending for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
This list of documentaries that reveal important aspects of black history and culture in America are a great way to celebrate Black History Month.
A discussion about recent trends in the corporate underwriting of documentaries, and questions raised about the efficacy of branding sponsorships of nonfiction films.
An annotated list of documentaries about fine art and artists.
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.
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.
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.
These documentary films about American history and political leaders will help you to understand how the nation has arrived at where it is today.
Pat Tillman turned in his multimillion dollar pro football contract, became an Army Ranger and set off to war in Afghanistan, where he was killed by friendly fire. Amir Bar Lev documents Tillman's life and shows his family's battle to get to the truth about his untimely death.
A list of 26 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.
A list of documentary films that chronicle the horrors of genocide and its aftermath around 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.
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 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 recommended for watching during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
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.
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.
Emphasizing the documentary filmmaker's engagement in observing the subject's daily life and circumstances and documentinf them with an unobtrusive camera.
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.
My choice of five nominees for the 2014 Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary, picked from the Academy's fifteen-film shortlist.
The true story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who risked their lives to rescue 50 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Vienna.
Spring break. Spring sports. Spring Gardening. Spring Fashion. Horse Racing. Anticipating the end of the school year. These springtime concerns are all the
'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.
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.
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.
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.
A list of films to watch for Veterans Day 2013
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 list of awards categories for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Documentaries About Sex, Sexuality, Romantic Relationships and Human Reproduction
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.
Ken Burns is best known for creating epic multi-episode documentary series in which he fully explores American history and culture.
The Art of the Real, a new documentary series at Lincoln Center, runs April 11 to 25.
A documentary that tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, an unassuming English businessman who rescued 662 children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia just prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Recommended documentaries to borrow from public libraries
Molotov Alva And His Search For The Creator - A Second Life Odyssey is the first-ever virtual reality documentary. It follows a fictitious character named Molotov Alva who, armed with a virtual camera, has left his real life to enter virtual reality in search of the creator.
Noted documentaries expert and BBC Storyville Commissioning Editor Nick Fraser comments on 'The Act of Killing,' directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
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 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.
The documentary establishment provides ways to pitch projects, get funding and distribution, But is it so different from the Hollywood studio system?
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.
The emphasis of the filmmaker’s subjective attitude or personal engagement with a subject to evoke audience reaction.
A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1990s. Page 2.
In this exclusive one-on-one interview, filmmaker Anne Aghion discusses the making of My Neighbor, My Killer, her highly acclaimed and impactful documentary about the Rwanda genocide, and why she considers nonfiction filmmaking to be an important and socially formative art form.
A 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 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.
A List of Ten Documentaries About The Movies, Movie Makers and the Movie Business.
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
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine For IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.
IDFA 2014 honors filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: opens with her latest documentary, screens her Top 10, presents her retrospective. Read details.
Oscars Shortlist for Documentary Features - 2013
Particle Fever takes you inside the Large Hadron Collider to see what happens when subatomic particles collide at the speed of light. BANG on!
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.
Oscar winning documentary films of the 1980s. Page 3.
A documentary about Denver, Colorado's Croke-Patterson Mansion, said to be one of the world's most haunted places. Genuinely spooky!
DOCBOAT presents about 70 documentaries to online viewers in Poland and around the world, and has a juried and audience prizes.
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 nonfiction film that emphasizes verbal commentary and argumentative logic.
Academy Awards Qualifying Requirements for Documentary Films
A List of Important Documentary Film Festivals in the United States and Canada
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.
Inventor Tim Jenison sets out to prove that Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch master, had more than skills. He had tools! Read on....
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.
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 documentary about the controversial Cape Wind Project on Nantucket Sound.
An overview of Salem Film Fest, a documentaries-only film festival hed annually in Salem, Massachusetts.
Winners of cash awards at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2013
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.
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 important international documentary film festivals in Europe, Asia and New Zealand
Irreverent comedian Bill Maher travels around the world from the Wailing Wall to the Vatican to backwater America challenging religious pundits and just plain folk about their various religious beliefs.
Nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary
'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.
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.
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.
Zachary Heinzerling's charming documentry chronicles the lives and work of quirky New York artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.
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.
The list of nominees for the 2014 Cinema Eye Honors, recognizing outstanding nonfiction films and achievements in the crafts essential to documentary filmmaking.
A curated list of documentaries about gardening, travel adventures, outdoor sports and personal health that are great for summertime viewing.
How does a documentary qualify for Oscars consideration? Here's a wrap about the Academy of Morion Picture Arts and Sciences' rules and regulations.
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.
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.
This well researched study of the life and times of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern state of Israel, serves as a fascinating examination of Jewish identity in a religious and secular context.
The New York Times is offering documentary filmmakers a new opporuntity to show their work in short form on line. Here are the details.
Reviews of June 2014 documentaries: Citizen Koch, Burt's Buzz, La Bare, Internet's Own Boy, Supemensch, Case Against 8
A list of entertaining nonfiction films that offer some distraction from the stresses of your real life.
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.
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.
A documentary covering the years when Ed Koch was New York City's Mayor.
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.
Jonestown The Life and Death of Peoples Temple is a real life horror story of mass suicide ordered by cult leader Jim Jones.
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.'
Not all films based on true stories are truthful. Some documentary filmmakers use narrative techniques--such as dramatic editing--to sway their audiences, while narrative directors may use documentary elements--archival footage, for example--to convince audience of the credibility of their story. Read here about crossover styles.
The 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.
Crowdfunding refers to funding documentaries or other independent film projects by appealing to the public for donations.
Manakamana, the latest release from Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, takes you on an exciting, enlightening adventure to remote Nepal.
The annual 'straight 8' documentaries competition gives filmmakers the chance of a screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Cannes Film Festival.
A Definition of Hybridization as Used to Describe Documentary Films
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.
Bio for Nick Fraser - Documentaries at About.com Contributing Writer
An annotated list of six must-see films at the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival -- in case you can't see them all.
Filmmaker Timothy Wheeler follows champion marathon swimmer Diana Nyad as she tries to swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida -- struggling against the surf, sharks and jellyfish. And she's 62 years old!
An overview of the International Documentary Association, a non-profit professional organization that promotes and protects the interests of documentary filmmakers.
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...
A list of issue oriented and socially consicous documentaries that suggest New Year's resolutions for people who want to make a difference.
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.
An annotated list of documentary filmmakers invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013.
Films selected for this year’s 30th anniversary Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s Native American Film and Video Festival reflect the richness and variety of Native American cinematic expressions, as filmmakers share their unique dreams and concerns, as well as those of their varied communities, through the art of the moving image. Page 2.
A list of documentaries about people who have unusual professions, focusing on their work and lifestyle.
In documentary filmmaking, perspective is the selection and arrangement of sounds and images to tacitly convey or imply the filmmaker’s point of view about a subject.
A one-a-day list of documentaries for Black History Month, week one. Covering a wide range of achievers, accomplishments and ongoing issues.
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.