5:16 PM 11/12/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Shaul Schwarz risked his life to make Narco Cultura, the upcoming documentary about the Mexican-American Drug War, but he protected himself and his crew by working smart. "I wasn't about opening a case file and finding out who killed who. That's how you get killed."
So Schwarz stepped away from the specific and unprosecuted cases that compose this war (60-70,000 homicides since 2006) to reveal the bigger picture, a situation fueled by US money and guns and perpetuated by policies that “let the bad guys win.”
In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession.
12:31 PM 10/24/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
When G.W. Bush steps off the presidential jet to shake hands with high school basketball player Kevin Laue, he's comically dwarfed by the 18 year old. Bush invited Kevin for a meet and greet after the local press had a heyday with his performance in a Conference game, and the national press (most notably Sports Illustrated) picked up what was not just an exciting baller recruit, but also an incredible human-interest story.
10:45 AM 10/10/2013 by Jeff Giles
Adapting a book for the screen is a tricky business, and making an interesting movie about writing one is damn near impossible, even if the book in question is one as beloved as Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer's 50-year-old classic, The Phantom Tollbooth. Hats off to director Hannah Jayanti, then, for making it look easy with this delightful documentary.
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs.
Jeremy Lin came from a humble background to make an unbelievable run in the NBA. State high school champion, all-Ivy League at Harvard, undrafted by the NBA and unwanted there: his story started long before he landed on Broadway.
5:54 PM 9/18/2013 by Jeff Giles
Say the words "Muscle Shoals" to a diehard music fan, and you're liable to witness a rapturous reaction -- eyes slightly closed, a knowing smile, perhaps an exhale of satisfaction. True buffs know it as the place where many of the greatest rock, soul, and R&B records of the '60s and '70s were recorded -- a geographic hamlet with an outsized influence on the cultural map, and one whose heyday unfortunately passed all too soon.
2:31 PM 9/15/2013 by Jeff Giles
They say information wants to be free, but after watching this delightful documentary, I'm not so sure -- I think what it might really want is to be wanted.
EXCLUSIVE: I Wonder Pictures takes Italian rights to Erros Morris documentary.
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