Articles Tagged Documentary

Sundance 2013: Memorable Characters

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Park City, UTAH—When you go to Sundance for the first time, after having written about it from afar for years, there’s an unavoidable collision of what you imagine or want the festival to be and what it is. As it is with the movies and me, some of the most telling and memorable moments came… Read more »

Sundance 2013: Documentaries Depict Life, Raw and Unplugged

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PARK CITY, Utah – It’s a safe bet that most documentaries won’t make the leap from the film-festival circuit to a multiplex near you. But if a powerful documentary has the right stuff—an intoxicating mixture of compelling subject matter, unique characters and enough luck to connect with festival programmers and audiences alike at the Sundance… Read more »

IDFA 2012: Documentary as an Event Born by Accident

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The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) celebrated its 25th edition with an unforgettable program. John Appel’s Wrong Time Wrong Place, a film about the finality of existence and the force of coincidence set against the backdrop of the Utoya Island tragedy in Norway, was screened on opening night and later in 25 different cinemas… Read more »

Arnon Goldfinger Opens the Door to Moral Dilemmas in "The Flat"

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Documentary filmmaking often means opening wounds. And that means wrestling with moral dilemmas. For documentary filmmakers, those issues can be the most unsettling. Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger recently spoke to a USC School of Cinematic Arts non-fiction theory class about ethical dilemmas in making his award-winning film The Flat. Goldfinger began with the idea of… Read more »

Julia Bacha on the Art of Non-Violent Filmmaking

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In a conversation via Skype over the summer, acclaimed writer/director Julia Bacha talked with The Independent’s Rebecca Reynolds about Bacha’s work at Just Vision, a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting the lives of Palestinian and Israeli civilians who are working to promote peace and freedom in the Middle East. Since 2006, she has directed or… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012

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It’s another year, and time to announce 10 filmmakers we at The Independent think you should keep your eye on. It’s a varied group, to be sure, but each filmmaker has a few key things in common: talent, drive, and the desire to innovate. The complete 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012 list is below,… Read more »

Saying Goodbye to My Steenbeck

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Editor’s Note: This year’s Mendocino Film Festival‘s annual Albert Maysles Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking Award has been given to Ralph Arlyck and his film Following Sean. The film will be screened in Mendocino, CA on June 2nd and at the Albert Maysles Cinema in Harlem, NY (at a fall date TBA) with Arlyck in attendance… Read more »

Motherhood and Moviemaking (Not Always in that Order)

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Sara Archambault has been thinking about how women in her life extend their roles as mothers into the way they think about social justice, fairness, and equality. As it happens, the women who came to mind are also making documentary films. Finding the time, money, and energy to keep all of their passions afloat is… Read more »

Wim Wenders’ 3D Learning Curve: Dancers Take Flight in "Pina"

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Wim Wenders’ films seduce viewers, leaving them punch drunk with his intoxicating imagery. Such is the case with Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary Pina, which blossoms as a cinematic poem of dancers in motion paying tribute to the filmmaker’s friend, the late choreographer Pina Bausch. But this unique project wasn’t easy to launch. In many ways, the… Read more »

Postcard from Salem, Mass

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In it’s fifth year, the Salem Film Fest (an all-doc festival) put cement at the base of the flag it planted many years ago. Strong programming, an active volunteer base, enthusiastic business support, and wild audience response made for a powerful week for filmmakers and film lovers alike. As I was only in town for… Read more »