variety.com – Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders have partnered with director Michael Meredith for the documentary “Return to Timbuktu,” centered on Manny Ansar’s efforts to restore peace to Mali via music. Gibney has come board as producer and Wenders as an exec producer. Meredith and Wenders have been following Festival au Desert organizer Ansar around the world... 5 days 3 hours ago via jetli
2:52 PM 2/21/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Moons ago, after a festival screening his documentary Professor, director Daniel Kraus and I huddled under an escalator for an interview. This feature was the third in his “Work Series” and I was terribly impressed. His professor teaches religion in an Iowa university and is ‘likely the only Jew these students have ever met.’ Regularly skirting controversy the guy moves at a constant buzz, and Kraus follows him in these long, slow, painterly takes—it’s like Kraus can be patient because the Professor can’t.
2:50 PM 1/31/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Godfrey Reggio was a Christian Brother (“a male nun”) for 14 years in New Mexico before directing arguably the most popular experimental feature ever: Koyaanisqatsi. Yet, Reggio doesn’t like the term “experimental” because it’s too scientific. His films, in particular his newest, Visitors, is “experiential. This is an extra-mental activity and knowing we’re all in rush hour traffic outrunning our futures I suggest to audiences it’s not their seat belt but their soul belt they have to put on to be open to this.”
3:08 PM 1/10/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Jessica Yu’s 2007 documentary Protagonist can never get enough airplay for my taste, and thankfully Doc Club curator Thom Powers agrees, booking it with the dozen documentaries made by women in this month’s SundanceNow streaming titles. Every month SundanceNow spotlights a theme and January it’s women directors. SundanceNow offers services by single month, 6-month and year-long subscription installments so if you want to hold out for next month’s Oscar Dreams edition, the site can show you how.
6:16 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.”
Posted November 8th, 2013 by Binh Ngo
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.
1:31 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.