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On Dads And Dog Cocks: Michael Nirenberg Dishes on BACK ISSUES: THE HUSTLER MAGAZINE STORY

11:25 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Michael Nirenberg remembers the moment in 2nd grade it occurred to him his father’s work was different from the other dads. Like his father, Nirenberg works in art direction; he’s a scenic artist for film (Salt, Shame) and TV (working on Girls Season 4 right now). His father William Nirenberg spent his career as an art director for men’s magazines, most famously working for Larry Flynt's Hustler Magazine.

Review: Breastmilk (Not For The Faint of Heart)

3:07 PM 5/23/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
You may squirm, shield your eyes or freak out, but after you get over the first flush, Breastmilk will jog the gland that produces old-fashioned common sense. This highly niche documentary about breastfeeding is strengthened by celebrity executive producers Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born) and Ricky Lake (Hairspray).

The Fluffy Movie

Posted May 19th, 2014 by Binh Ngo

Killer Lineup of Whippersnappers at SFDocFest13!

5:38 PM 5/7/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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One of two niche festivals put on by San Francisco’s IndieFest (the other is horror fest HoleInTheHead), SFDocFest runs every summer in San Francisco and Oakland and this year features a slate of films that focus on geniuses who hit hard and run fast.

Review: NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (NOT Actually About House of Cards)

12:24 PM 4/28/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
A swiftly moving travelogue about a marvelous theatrical event, Now: In the Wings on a World Stage follows Kevin Spacey’s traveling production of Richard III as it visits the world’s great, historic theaters. Beginning at London’s Old Vic Theater, director Jeremy Whelehan introduces the cast members in waves, from the veteran leads (Gemma Jones, Maureen Anderman) to the younger actors (Isaiah Johnson, Annabelle Scholey) dazzling at their high pedigree costars.

Managing The Desire To Help: Moral Conscience in Jesse Moss’ THE OVERNIGHTERS

2:55 PM 4/22/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
In anticipation of the San Francisco International Film Fest screening of The Overnighters (April 28) I spoke with director Jesse Moss about his film's fallible Pastor, the men who divided a town and how this messianic tale became Greek Tragedy. The Overnighters will reach theaters in fall via Drafthouse Films.

Heaven Ends With A Whodunnit: Docmakers Geller/Goldfine on Their Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

8:08 PM 3/28/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
“Why did everybody who intended to leave society take typewriters?” Daniel Geller asks. He and Dayna Goldfine stumbled on this question while they were reconstructing the story of the 1930’s Galapagos settlers for their documentary The Galapagos Affair . Couples and families fled their lives in the civilized world to live in paradise, but their story ends with the unsolved murder of a potentially fraudulent Baroness.

Review: Anita (A Phoenix From The Ashes)

7:46 PM 3/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
A portrait of a reluctant rights advocate and elegant exemplar, the documentary Anita checks in with Anita Hill two decades after her historic Supreme Court testimony indicting prospective Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Even in 1991, sexual harassment in the workplace was described—perhaps in the interest of courtroom neutrality—as one of a hundred un-pleasantries adults just have to suck up (no pun intended).

Review: 'The Unknown Known' Unravels Post-Vietnam Politics

10:13 AM 3/13/2014 by Jeff Giles
It wasn't so long ago that documentaries had a reputation for being dry and boring, and their relatively recent ascension to mainstream entertainment status has a lot to do with the lively -- and occasionally aggressive -- filmmaking techniques employed by directors like Errol Morris. Famed for turning up fascinating stories in places both unexpected (Gates of Heaven; Vernon, Florida) and difficult (The Thin Blue Line).

Review: 'Soap Life' Takes a Clean Look at a Troubled Medium

9:27 AM 3/12/2014 by Jeff Giles
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They've been derided for decades and hunted to the point of extinction by television network executives, even as their storytelling tropes have been absorbed into the primetime lexicon and their audience has remained as steadfastly loyal as ever. If there's a type of show that needs defending in TV's current "golden era," it's the daytime soap, and director Sako Brockmann gives it a pretty good shot with Soap Life.
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