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Documentarian Dan Krauss Suggests There Are No Heroes in THE KILL TEAM

5:46 PM 7/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
One can only assume Specialist Adam Winfield was hungry for action. Like the rest of his platoon he was extensively trained for a theater of war that offered him no exercise. He spent his time waiting, armored to the teeth in the desert swelter. Stationed in the Maywand District of Afghanistan in 2010, the squadron was among civilians but they were resourceful, and the group’s chain of command decided to harvest battle trophies from the farmers nearby.

Goodbye And Thank You: The Director of Hoop Dreams Talks About His New Roger Ebert Biography, LIFE ITSELF

7:38 PM 6/27/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Film Critic Roger Ebert ended the first paragraph of his review of Hoop Dreams saying that film “gives us the impression of having touched life itself.” There’s a poignant symmetry in the title of Steve James’ newest documentary, Life Itself, about the work of America’s most acclaimed film critic, Chicago Sun Times’ Roger Ebert.

Documentarian and True Crime Fan Joe Berlinger Makes a Man (Not a Myth) out of Whitey Bulger in WHITEY

5:09 PM 6/25/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
James “Whitey” Bulger is big crook. Al Capone big. John Gotte big. But bringing him up in the same context as those wise guys is dicey because his life as an untouchable was made possible by the long shadows of their Cosa Nostra. As Boston’s branch of the F.B.I. occupied themselves with the national case against the Italian Mafia, Bulger and his Winter Hill Mob (Boston’s Irish Mob) operated with near impunity.

Not So Pure: Andrew Rossi Investigates Cracks in The IVORY TOWER

2:42 PM 6/9/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Andrew Rossi’s newest documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at the state of higher education in America and sees a system in disrepair. Rossi says the subject at the heart of his work is “disruption. It’s what all my films are about. Whether it’s how technology has changed the New York Times (Page One) or how a family manages their restaurant during a changing economy (Table for One).

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.

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.

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.


Lost Steve Jobs interview headed to the big screen – Missing footage from an interview Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did almost 20 years for a landmark miniseries that ran on PBS in the United States and Channel 4 in Britain has resurfaced and is the basis for a new documentary that will be shown in Landmark Theatres around the country on Nov. 8 years 29 weeks ago via donnieyen
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