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General Interest (everything I didn't put in another category)
1 Giant Leap (2002 - 155min) Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
Official Site: www.1giantleap.tv
Collections of little pieces, very cool. Lots of music. This is actually
kind of a part of a multimedia project, which includes a band of the same
name. There is a second DVD, What About Me?, (or 1 Giant Leap 2) but
its a bit harder to find. Seems to be available only in Europe in PAL format.
180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless (2010 - 87min) Chris Malloy
Official Site: www.180south.com
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003DNLLN6/
Amazon (DVD Deluxe Limited Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003QAFNO4/
2000 Years of Christianity (1999 - 572min)
13 episodes on 8 discs (or 6 discs), various directors.
39 Pounds of Love (2005 - 70min) Dani Menkin
Amazon (DVD 12/02/05 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LV6ME6/
Amazon (DVD 10/06/09 Priddy Brothers): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002HXVTAS/
The story of Ami Ankilewitz, who was born with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy).
He refused to let this keep him from living a full life, including creating
film animations, despite being able to use only one finger. He passed
away on 09/20/09 at age 41.
7th Street (2003 - 72min) Josh Pais
Official Site: www.7thstreetmovie.com
80 Blocks From Tiffany's (1979 - 67min) Gary Weiss
Director's Website: www.garyweiss.com
Looks at the South Bronx in the late 70's. Talks to members of the
Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads.
9000 Needles (2010 - 87min) Doug Dearth
Official Site: www.9000needles.com
A Brief History of Time (1991 - 80min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Amazon (DVD PAL Region 2 Dutch Import): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HKGXJU/
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MVVE16/
Amazon (VHS 11/10/93 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6302718805/
About physicist Stephen Hawking. DVD has been out of print for a while.
A Good Day to Die (2010 - 92min) David Mueller
Official Site: www.agooddaytodiefilm.com
Amazon (DVD 05/28/13 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009B6XJVQ/
Looks at Native American activist Dennis Banks and the founding of AIM
(American Indian Movement). Includes deleted scenes and a trailer.
A Lawyer Walks Into A Bar (2007 - 92min) Eric Chaikin
Official Site: www.alawyerwalksintoabar.com
Follows potential lawyers as they prepare for the California bar exam,
one of the hardest in the country. Some are young law students taking the
test for the first time, and some have been trying to pass the test for
a long time.
A Man Named Pearl (2006 - 78min) Scott Galloway, Brent Pierson
Official Site: www.amannamedpearl.com
Pearl's Website: www.fryartopiaries.com
Thorough look at Pearl Fryar, self-taught topiary artist in Bishopsville,
South Carolina. Using throw-away plants from local nurseries, and with no
prior instruction, he transformed his property into such a spectacular
display of sculpted plants that it became a tourist attraction.
A Map for Saturday (2008 - 90min) Brook Silva-Braga
Official Site: amapforsaturday.com
A People Uncounted (2011 - 99min) Aaron Yeger
Official Site: apeopleuncounted.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_people_uncounted/
A State of Vine (2007 - 60min) Don Scioli
Official Site: www.astateofvine.com
About the California wine industry. have not yet seen
A Summer in the Cage (2007 - 82min) Ben Selkow
Official Site: www.cagethemovie.com
A close look at a man's experiences with bipolar disorder.
A Tale of Two Cities: The Circuit City Story (2010 - 95min) Tom Wulf
Official Site: circuitcitystory.com
After Innocence (2005 - 95min) Jessica Sanders
Official Site: www.afterinnocence.net
Looks at the cases of 7 men who were exonerated by DNA evidence and released
from prison for rape or murder after years or decades. (DVD is out of print
Aging Out (2004 - 90min) Roger Weisberg, Vanessa Roth
Looks at 3 youths exiting foster care programs as they reach 18.
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003 - 89min) Nick Broomfield
Subtitled: The 2002 Interviews
Director's Website: www.nickbroomfield.com
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992 - 88min) Nick Broomfield
Subtitled: The 1992 Interviews
Director's Website: www.nickbroomfield.com
I put off seeing this for many years, knowing I would eventually watch it,
since it is a Nick Broomfield film. Finally got to it in 2010. Of course it
is unpredictably interesting as Nick goes digging around exploring this
crazy story. I knew that Aileen was supposed to be the "first female serial
killer", but I did not know about the Christian woman who adopted her just
after her arrest, seemingly scheming with Aileen's lawyer to make some money
off of the story, or the controversy over the police officers who were
discussing movie deals with Aileen's possible accomplice before her arrest.
Lots of interviews, lots of courtroom footage. See also Broomfield's later
film, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (above), and the
award-winning feature film Monster.
Alone in the Wilderness (2005 - 60min) Bob Swerer
Official Site: www.aloneinthewilderness.com
Official Site: www.dickproenneke.com
Wikipedia (Dick Proenneke): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Proenneke
Amazon (DVD 06/07/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009PUAFG
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010 - 102min) Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas
Official Site: www.americanthemovie.com
Official Bill Hicks website: www.billhicks.com
Amazon (DVD 06/07/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004UA8D2I
Amazon (BluRay 06/07/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004UA8D28
DVD is 2-disc set, packed with over 5 hours of extras.
See also Just a Ride.
American Boy (1978) Martin Scorsese
Scorsese interviews his friend Steven Prince. See also newer film
American Prince. American Boy is unavailable on DVD. You can
find a torrent, and maybe some or all of it on Youtube.
American Chain Gang (1998 - 56min) Xackery Irving
American Dream (1990 - 100min) Barbara Kopple
Director's Website: www.cabincreekfilms.com
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DZTKP
Looks at the struggle of union workers when they are asked to take a
significant pay cut at a Hormel meat plant in Austin, Minnesota.
Won Oscar for Best Documentary in 1991, among other awards.
See also Koppel's super-classic 1976 film, Harlan County, USA.
American Jesus (2013 - 67min) Aram Garriga
Official Site: americanjesusthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 05/13/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002DY9K48/
An exploration of Christianity in American life. Very interesting look at
lots of sub-subcultures - snake handlers, mega-churches, Christian musicians,
bikers, comedians, MMA fighters, cowboy churches, etc. Lots of interviews.
American Pimp (1999 - 87min) Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Amazing. Lots of interviews with real-life pimps (and some of the women who
work for them). See also Iceberg Slim.
American Prince (2008 - 104min) Tommy Pallotta
Official Site: www.americanprincemovie.com
Revisits the subject of American Boy (see above). So far (and maybe
forever) only available as a .MOV bittorrent, which was released by the
director. See blog comments at official site for more info.
The American Scream (2012 - 92min) Michael Stephenson
Official Site: theamericanscreammovie.com
An Alternative to Slitting Your Wrist (2009 - 82min) Owen Lowery
Official Site: analternativetoslittingyourwrist.com
And Everything is Going Fine (2010 - 89min) Steven Soderbergh
Amazon (DVD 06/19/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJRK
Amazon (BluRay 06/19/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJQ6
About Spalding Gray. Soderbergh composed this pretty much entirely from
clips of Spalding Gray. Special features include his early hour-long
monologue, Sex and Death to Age 14, and a making-of feature.
The Animal Communicator (2012 - 52min) Craig Foster, Swati Thiyagaragan
Official Site: www.animalspirit.org/content/animal-communicator-documentary-movie
Can purchase DVD from (South Africa): www.kalahari.com
About animal communicator Anna Breytenbach, who lives in South Africa.
Can be found to watch online.
Animals, Whores & Dialog (2010 - 91min) Wayne Ewing
Subtitled: Breakfast With Hunter Vol. 2
Official Site: www.hunterthompsonfilms.com
Review at Booze Movies: www.boozemovies.com/2010/08/review-animals-whores-and-dialog.html
Ape Genius (2008 - 56min)
Amazon (DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013XZ6GG
This is an episode of the TV show Nova, first broadcast FEB 19, 2008.
The Aristocrats (2005 - 89min) Penn Jillette, Paul Provenza
About 100 comedians tell and talk about "the world's dirtiest joke".
The film is unrated and of course is full of "vulgar and obscene" language.
DVD has over 2 hours of extra features.
The Armstrong Lie (2013 - 124min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.athletemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMV8DFU/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMV8CQU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_armstrong_lie_2013/
Athlete (2009 - 95min) David Lam
Official Site: www.athletemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 03/09/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030U1U7E
The Atomic Cafe (1982 - 88min) Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Collector's Edition 2008 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B1Q3FS
Amazon (DVD 20th Anniversary Edition 2002 New Video Group): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000060MW1
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/atomic_cafe/
Info on the Film: www.conelrad.com/atomic_cafe.html
Interview with Jayne Loader: www.conelrad.com/jayne_loader.html
Sometimes called a "nuclear Reefer Madness", this is a darkly humorous look
at the nuclear fear of the 50's and 60's as seen through clips from old
government films and newsreels.
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1998 - 143min) Michael Paxton
Official Site: www.aynrandasenseoflife.com
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002Q9VQ6
Ballplayer: Pelotero (2011 - 77min) Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley
Official Site: www.peloterothemovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008BKQZN2/
Looks at baseball players imported from the Dominican Republic. 20 percent
of US players are from the Dominican Republic. Follows a couple of guys
through the signing process. Mainly shows the problems and politics involved
in getting signed to Minor League Baseball in the US.
The Beat Generaton: An American Dream (1987 - 86min) Janet Forman
Narrated by Steve Allen. Lots of interviews. Has not made it to DVD.
Becoming Chaz (2011 - 80min) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Looks at the gender transition of Chastity Bono (Sonny and Cher's daughter)
into Chaz Bono.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009 - 90min) Jessica Oreck
Official site: www.beetlequeen.com
Distributor's website: www.factorytwentyfive.com/beetle-queen/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beetle_queen_conquers_tokyo/
Explores the place of insects in Japanese culture. The universe represented
in a tiny package, like Haiku. Insects as pets, insect supply stores, beetle
video games, silkworms, dragonflys, butterflys, crickets. Very special.
The Bellman Equation (2011 - 86min) Gabriel Leif Bellman
Official site: www.bellmanequation.com
Amazon (DVD 12/17/13 Shami Media): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C6WHRM4/
Beyond the Gates of Splendor (2005 - 96min) Jim Hanon
Official site: www.beyondthegatesthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 2005): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009XT8A6
(DVD is double-sided - reverse side has 40-min abridged version of film).
Beyond the Mat (2000 - 108min) Barry W. Blaustein
Amazon (DVD 03/23/04 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000189DZE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beyond_the_mat/
Very interesting close look at the world of pro wrestling by a long time
fan. Mainly looks at Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Terry Funk and Mick
"Mankind" Foley. Recommended.
Big Rig (2008 - 95min) Doug Pray
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/Documentaries/comments/1enmfo
About truckers in the US. Totally awesome, as expected of any Doug Pray film.
(see also Infamy, Scratch, Hype, Surfwise,
Art & Copy).
Big River Man (2009 - 100min) John Maringouin
Official Site: www.bigriverman.com
Official Site: www.amazonswim.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_river_man/
Wow! This is one of the most interesting films I have ever seen. About
Martin Strel, Slovenian endurance swimmer who swam the length of the Yantze,
Mississippi, and Amazon rivers. This covers the Amazon swim.
Highest recommendation. Sometimes I say this is tied for my #1 favorite
documentary with Surfwise and Project Nim.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008 - 107min) Christopher Bell
Subtitled: Is It Still Cheating If Everyone's Doing It?
Official site: www.biggerstrongerfastermovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bigger_stronger_faster_asterisk/
About steriod use among bodybuilders, wrestlers, and other athletes.
Not quite the expose you might be expecting. Very fun and interesting,
fast-paced, well-made film. Highly recommended.
Billabong Odyssey (2003 - 88min) Philip Boston
Billy the Kid (2007 - 85min) Jennifer Venditti
Black and Gold (2001 - 75min)
Subtitled: The Story of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation
Blindsight (2006 - 104min) Lucy Walker
Official Site: www.blindsightthemovie.com
Blind American mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer leads 6 blind Tibetan
teenagers on a climb of Lhakpa-Ri (right next to Mt. Everest).
Blood in the Face (1991 - 78min) Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, James Ridgeway
Amazon (DVD 05/04/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000QJLQEO
A close look at American white supremacist groups, including neo-nazis,
fascists, Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation. Lots of interviews and speeches.
The title comes from the belief that only white people can blush (and
therefore have a conscience). Very interesting film.
See also Revealing Hate.
Bloodline (2008 - 113min) Bruce Burgess
Official Site: www.bloodline-themovie.com
Investigates the ideas that Jesus may not have died on the cross, That his
body may have been taken to France, that he was married to Mary Magdelene,
that they had children together, that there is a living bloodline, that a
secret cave in France may contain the remains of Jesus, that all this
information has been guarded by an organization called the Priory of Scion,
and that the Vatican has gone to great lengths, including killing many
people, to keep this knowledge secret. Very interesting - perhaps
world-shatteringly important, perhaps purposeful disinformation, perhaps
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012 - 111min) Stacy Peralta
Official Site: bonesbrigade.com
From the director of Dogtown and Z-Boys.
A close look at the legendary Bones Brigade, the top skaterboarders of the
1980's. Featuring Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Tony Guerrero, Tony Hawk,
Steve Cabellero, Lance Mountain. Official site has Bluray, DVD, and various
Born to Be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre (2004 - 54min) Judy Kinberg
The Boys of 2nd Street Park (2003 - 91min) Dan Klores, Ron Berger
Amazon (DVD 03/16/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001906WW
Bra Boys (2007 - 84min) Macario De Souza, Sunny Abberton
Official Site: www.braboysfilm.com
Official Site: braboys.com.au
Covers the surfing scene in Maroubra beach, Australia. Follows the Abberton
brothers. Very interesting story.
Breakfast with Hunter (2003 - 91min) Wayne Ewing
Official Site: www.hunterthompsonfilms.com
See also Animals, Whores & Dialog, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride,
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson.
Brick City (2009 - 260min) Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin
A close look at efforts to improve Newark, New Jersey, lead by Mayor
Cory Booker. This is a 5-episode TV series. See also Street Fight.
The Bridge (2006 - 94min) Eric Steel
Looks at suicides on the Golden gate bridge.
Bright Leaves (2003 - 105min) Russ McElwee
Brother's Keeper (1992 - 104min) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Excellent film. Very strange story, a bit creepy. The directors later made
the Paradise Lost films.
Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (2010 - 80min) Chip Mabry
Amazon (DVD 02/22/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003EDNHWS/
Looks at Portland, Oregon's female roller derby team, The Rose City Rollers.
Buck (2011 - 88min) Cindy Meehl
Official Site: www.buckthefilm.com
Amazon (DVD 10/04/11 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005E7SEMU
Amazon (Bluray 10/04/11 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0064NLQMI
About horse trainer Buck Brannaman, "the real-life horse-whisperer".
Excellent film, highly recommended, especially for anyone interested in
horses. Very solid 5-star rating at Amazon with over 450 reviews.
Bulletproof Salesman (2008 - 70min) Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein
Bus 174 (2002 - 120min) Jose Padilha
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00022FW4U
About a bus hijacking that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2000.
The youth who tries to hijack the bus is caught in the act and the ensuing
standoff is carried live on Brazilian TV. Very interesting, goes off on
some tangents exploring crime and homelessness in Brazil. Recommended.
Buy the Ticket Take the Ride (2006 - 77min) Tom Thurman
About Hunter S. Thompson.
The California Reich (1975 - 55min) Keith Critchlow, Walter F. Parkes
Amazon (VHS 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/630021480X
As of April 2012, does not seem to have made it to DVD.
See also Blood in the Face.
Cane Toads (An Unnatural History) (1987 - 48min) Mark Lewis
Review from FilmVault
A very fun discovery, unusual story, well-made film, accomplishes a lot in
48 minutes. Very funny but also a scary story of another man-made ecological
disaster. Highly recommended.
Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010 - 85min) Mark Lewis
Official Site: www.canetoadstheconquest.com
Review at Sydney Morning Herald: www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/this-beast-isnt-going-anywhere-20110601-1fgdp.html
Wow - there's a sequel! Over 20 years later, of course, this problem has
not gone away. Said to be the first Australian 3D film. (have not yet seen)
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 - 107min) Andrew Jarecki
Finally got around to this one in 2010. Very surprising as I did not know
much about it. Close look at a family in which the father and one of the
sons are accused of pedophilia. Confusing story raises some questions.
DVD includes a bonus disc with lots of extras.
Catching Hell (2011 - 51min) Alex Gibney
Produced as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series of documentaries.
Catching Out - A Film About Trainhopping and Living Free (2002 - 79min) Sarah George
Official Site: www.catchingout.com
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011 - 89min) Werner Herzog
Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/cave-of-forgotten-dreams
Amazon (DVD 11/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HP2J66
Amazon (BluRay 11/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HP2JAM
Follows an expedition into the Chauvet Cave in France, to have a look at
30,000-year-old art. In 3-D.
The Central Park Five (2012 - 119min) Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZMFG48
Amazon (BluRay 04/23/13 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZMFIHS
A thorough look at New York City's 1989 Central Park jogger rape case
and the five black and latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted through
the use of coerced confessions. After serving prison terms, their
convictions were overturned when the actual rapist confessed. There was
plenty of evidence at the time to prove who did and did not commit the
crime. I think the term "wilding" arose from this event. Very well made
film, based on the book by Sarah Burns. Highly recommended. See also
the Paradise Lost trilogy and Murder on a Sunday Morning for
similar stories. And see also William Kunstler: Disturbing the
Chain Camera (2001 - 84min) Kirby Dick
Official Site: www.kirbydick.com/chaincamera.html
Amazon (DVD 07/26/05: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009I7O3Y
The Charcoal People (1999 - 65min) Nigel Noble
The Children of Golzow (1961-2007 - 43hours) Winfried Junge
Official Site: www.kinder-von-golzow.de
IMDB (Winfried Junge): www.imdb.com/name/nm0432623/
Amazon.de (18 DVDs in a metal box, PAL Region 0, English subtitles): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/3898480968/
Chronicle of a Summer (1961 - 91min) Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
French Title: Chronique d'un ete
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8QDIAA
Amazon (BluRay 02/26/13 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8QDI8C
Sociologist Morin and anthropologist Rouch interview French people on
various topics. Considered a key example of cinema verite.
The City (1939 - 43min) Ralph Steiner, Willard van Dyke
DVD contains 2 versions of the documentary, one with original score, and one
with rerecorded score by Aaron Copland. Narration written by Lewis Mumford.
Coal Country (2009 - 85min) Phylis Geller
Official Site: www.coalcountrythemovie.com
Commune (2006 - 78min) Jonathan Berman
Looks at the Black Bear Ranch, a commune founded in 1968 and still
thriving in northern California.
Confessions of a Superhero (2007 - 93min) Matt Ogens
Connections (1978 - 500min) BBC
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 2007 Ambrose): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NJVY3U
Connections2 (1994 - 600min) TLC
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 2003 Ambrose): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DIZSF
Connections3 (1997 - 520min) TLC
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 2003 Ambrose): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000DIZSJ
Cowboy del Amor (2005 - 87min) Michael Ohayon
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SAMMHO
Craigslist Joe (2012 - 90min) Joseph Garner
Official Site: www.craigslistjoe.com
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008 - 95min) Stacy Peralta
Official Site: www.cripsandbloodsmovie.com
A deep look at the gang violence problem in LA. Includes lots of background
history, including Watts riots of 1965 and 1992. Lots of interviews,
including lots of people working against the gang problem.
Excellent film, highly recommended. Peralta also did the awesome
Dogtown and Z-Boys. See also G-Dog.
Cropsey (2009 - 84min) Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman
Official Site: cropseylegend.com
Explores the urban legend of "Cropsey", specifically paying attention to
cases of missing children on Staten Island, which leads to the case of
Andre Rand. See also Unforgotten.
The Cruise (1998 - 76min - black and white) Bennett Miller
This is a documentary about a guy named Timothy "Speed" Levitch, filmed
while he was working as a tour guide in New York City. You'll learn a lot
about the history of the city watching this but it's mainly a close look
at Levitch, who is quite an unusual and interesting character. Also, the
director shot all of the footage by himself. This is one of my top favorites.
Resist the anti-cruise! See also Live From Shiva's Dance Floor
(DVD 2003), and Tim's book, Speedology (2002).
Levitch also appears in Waking Life and Scotland, PA.
Dancing Outlaw (1991 - 30min) Jacob Young
Director's Website: www.dancingoutlaw.com
This amazing cult-classic film looks at the hillbilly world of Jesco White,
"the dancing outlaw", who is following in his father's footsteps as a
tapdancer, or maybe he'll pursue Elvis impersonating. This is really a
treasure. DVD is $30 from director's website and includes both Dancing
Outlaw and Dancing Outlaw II. (See also Dancing Outlaw II,
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, The Wild World
of Hasil Adkins). Also see Talking Feet, which features
Jesco's dad, D Ray White.
Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood (1999 - 30min) Jacob Young
Director's Website: www.dancingoutlaw.com
Tom Arnold brings Jesco to Hollywoood to appear in a Roseanne episode.
Dark Days (2000 - 94min) Marc Singer
Official Site: www.DarkDays.com
JumpCut Review: www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc48.2006/DarkDays/
Amazing and award-winning documentary about homeless people living in train
tunnels underneath Penn Station in New York City. DVD includes documentary
about the making of the film. Music by DJ Shadow.
See also Voices In the Tunnels: In Search of the Mole People.
And there's also a couple of books on this subject:
The Mole People by Jennifer Toth (1993)
The Tunnel by Margaret Morton (1996)
Darwin's Nightmare (2004 - 107min) Hubert Sauper
The Day After Trinity (1981 - 88min) John Else
Subtitled: J Robert Oppenheimer & the Atomic Bomb
Dear Zachary (2008 - 93min) Kurt Kuenne
Subtitled: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Death: A Love Story (1999 - 64min) Michelle Lebrun
Official Site: www.harkenprods.com/death-a-love-story.html
Death By Design (1995 - 70min) Peter Friedman, Jean-Francois Brunet
About programmed cell death. DVD includes The Life and Times of Life and
Times, another film by the same directors.
Death as Life (2012 - 70min) Sofia Wellman
Official Site: www.infinitymultimediaproductions.com/
Deep Water (2006 - 92min) Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell
Amazon (DVD 12/18/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VKL6ZW/
Deliver Us From Evil (2006 - 101min) Amy Berg
Looks at the pedophilia scandals in the Catholic church.
Derrida (2002 - 84min) Kirby Dick
Detropia (2012 - 86min) Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Official Site: www.detropiathefilm.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009MBSWUS/
Very well-made film looks at the current state of the city of Detroit.
Highly recommended. DVD includes an additional 90 minutes of deleted scenes.
The directors (who are also the producers) also did the amazing
Jesus Camp. See also Requiem for Detroit?.
The Devil's Miner (2005 - 82min) Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani
Official Site: www.thedevilsminer.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EULK14/
Looks at child labor from the point of view of a 14-year-old boy working
in a silver mine in Bolivia.
Devil's Playground (2001 - 76min) Lucy Walker
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00007GVM0
Documents the Amish tradition of Rumspringa - when kids reach age 16, they
spend some time experiencing the outside world before making a decision as
to whether to remain with the Amish or leave. Looks to be out-of-print.
Disinformation (2001 - 240min) Richard Metzger, Craig Melville
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00013F2ZE/
Amazon (DVD 1-disc 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000DZ7XZ2/
Disinformation (also called Disinfo TV or Disinfo Nation) was a British
TV series that ran in 2000 and 2001. 16 30-minute episodes, later cut down
to 4 1-hour specials. Lots of odd stories, some of more interest than others.
Special segments for me: Joe Coleman, Kembra Pfahler, Marilyn Manson,
Douglas Rushkoff, Robert Anton Wilson. The second disc in the 2-disc set
includes footage from Disinfo.con, "a counter-cultural event" sponsored
by the Disinformation company 02/19/2000 in New York City.
Divine Horsemen - The Living Gods of Haiti (1985) Maya Deren
Voodoo dance rituals, shot in black and white between 1947 and 1952.
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001 - 91min) Stacy Peralta
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dogtown_and_zboys/
Super-cool documentary about the origins of skateboarding. It is a very lucky
thing that this scene was documented as it ocurred in the 70's. A group of
young surfers in the Venice, California area started a new way of skating
including riding low with bent knees and riding the walls of pools.
This predates the days of plywood half-pipes, which were later made to
simulate riding pools. These guys became the first super-stars of
skateboarding, in the era prior to Tony Hawk. Very well-done film with
lots of historical footage and cool music. Later made into feature film,
The Lords of Dogtown. Highly recommended, even you don't think you're
interested in skateboarding.
Dominick Dunne: After the Party (2008 - 85min) Kirsty de Garis, Timothy Jolley
Amazon (DVD 06/16/09 IndiePix): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0024LQR9G/
Amazon (DVD 12/15/09 2-disc IndiePix): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002RNO1BC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dominick_dunne_after_the_party/
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox (2007 - 80min) Sara Lamm
Official Site: www.magicsoapbox.com
Super-interesting docu about Dr. Bronner and his soap (which has been sold in
pretty much every health-food store for decades). The filmmaker was lucky
enough to gain access to footage from a previous unfinished documentary
on Dr. Bronner. Follows the history of the soap company to the present day,
still being run by Dr. Bronner's family. Highly recommended.
Dreadheads (2006 - 77min) Steve Hurlburt, Flournoy Holmes
Subtitled: Portrait of a Subculture
Official Site: www.dreadheads.com/
Fun and interesting look at the subculture of "dreadheads" - white people
with dreadlocked hair who are into "jam bands" (Grateful Dead, Phish,
Widespread Panic, etc), and not generally into Rastafarianism.
The Dust Bowl (2012 - 240min) Ken Burns
Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click. (2005 - 95min) Canaan Brumley
Director's Website: www.canaanbrumley.com
Documents 12 weeks of Marine Corps Boot Camp (basic training) at Camp
Pendleton. Uses "fly on the wall" perspective - no narration, no featured
characters. Doesn't seem to be available on DVD as of 2009 (I found a torrent).
Easy Street (2006 - 90min) Stephen Ashton
Eat the Sun (2011 - 82min) Peter Sorcher
Official Site: www.eatthesunmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004WJU46U
The Elephant in the Living Room (2011 - 96min) Michael Webber
Official Site: www.theelephantintheroom.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005XNHW0A
Amazon (BD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005XNHWFK
Looks at issues with the keeping of exotic dangerous animals as pets.
Very interesting. Recommended.
Emmanuel's Gift (2004 - 80min) Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
Encounters at the End of the World (2007 - 99min) Werner Herzog
Official Site: www.encountersfilm.com
Looks at people who live and work at Antarctica. Includes some underwater
footage from under the ice. Excellent as expected from Herzog.
DVD is 2-disc set with extra features.
The Endless Summer (1966 - 95min) Bruce Brown
The English Surgeon (2007 - 93min) Geoffrey Smith
Official Site: www.theenglishsurgeon.com
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002LC3M8W
Looks at British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh as he struggles with many
difficulties while working in the Ukraine.
Epicly Later'd: John Cardiel (2008 - 86min)
Official Site (for online series?): www.epiclylaterd.com/
About skateboarder John Cardiel. Epicly Later'd is an online video series.
Several issues were combined to make a DVD about Cardiel. Hard to find.
May have been distributed mainly as a free promo. Netflix has this.
Erasing David (2010 - 80min) David Bond, Melinda McDougall
Official Site: erasingdavid.com
Every F---ing Day of My Life (2007 - 70min) Tommy Davis
Official Site: www.oneminutetonine.com/
Also known as One Minute to Nine. Looks at the case of Wendy Maldano,
who killed her husband in 2005 after enduring 18 years of abuse.
Examined Life (2008 - 88min) Astra Taylor
The Exiles (1961 - 72min) Kent MacKenzie
Official Site: www.exilesfilm.com/
Milestone Films: www.milestonefilms.com/products/the-exiles
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 11/17/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002O34URU/
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000 - 79min) Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
About Tammy Faye Bakker, the "first lady of televangelism". Very entertaining.
She passed away in 2007.
The Eyes of Thailand (2012 - 62min) Windy Borman
Official Site: www.eyesofthailand.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AJ7ACB6
Looks at efforts to help elephants in Thailand, focussing on a woman who
runs an elephant hospital and her work in helping elephants who have been
injured stepping on land mines.
Fall From Grace (2007 - 71min) K. Ryan Jones
Official Site: www.fallfromgracemovie.net
Looks at Reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, famous for
travelling all over the place to preach hatred against homosexuality.
Fake it So Real (2012 - min) Robert Greene
Official Site: fakeitsoreal.com
The Farm: Angola, USA (1998 - 90min) Jonathan Stack, Liz Garbus, Wilbert Rideau
AKA: The Farm: Life Inside Angola
The Farm: 10 Down (2009 - 98min) Jonathan Stack, Nancy Novak
Director's Website: www.hcdmediagroup.com
Followup to The Farm: Angola, USA.
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (1997 - 83min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_cheap_and_out_of_control/
Maybe its a documentary, maybe its four documentaries in one, maybe its
an art film. Skips around between four different stories: an animal trainer,
a topiary gardener, a robot scientist, and a guy who studies mole rats.
Are these stories related? Connections between them seem to surface, some
perhaps intended, some probably not. I think the intended theme here is that
these are all people who are totally into what they do. Very interesting.
From the director of Gates of Heaven and The Fog of War.
Fastpitch (2000 - 86min) Jeremy Spear
Amazon (DVD 06/26/01 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005J75U/
Favela Rising (2005 - 82min) Jeff Zimbalist, Matt Mochary
Official Site: www.favelarising.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/favela_rising/
Very inspiring. Super-cool. Highest recommendation. Looks at violence in
the slums (favelas) of Rio De Janeiro. Follows Anderson Sa, who fights
against poverty and violence by starting a musical movement, Afro-Reggae,
teaching youngsters to play drums. DVD went out of print for awhile, but was
reissued in SEP 2009.
FEMA City (2007 - 70min) Jamin Griffiths
Official Site: www.femacity.net
Fightville (2011 - 85min) Petra Epperlein,
Official Site: www.femacity.net
Very interesting look at training in amatuer league MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)
fighting. Catches Dustin Poirier as he makes his way to the pro league.
DVD includes 21 minutes of deleted/extra scens, 8 minutes "behind the
scenes", and trailer.
Errol Morris' First Person (2000/2001 - 491min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
DVD Disc 1 - Season 1, Episodes 1-7 (2000 - 168min)
DVD Disc 2 - Season 1, Episodes 8-11 (2000 - 96min)
DVD Disc 3 - Season 2, Episodes 1-6 (2001 - 227min)
This is a TV series, available on a 3-disc DVD set, which includes all
17 episodes of the show. In each episode, Errol interviews "an exceptionally
interesting person". He uses a device he invented, called the Interrotron.
The interviewer and the subject are each facing a camera, each of which
projects the other's face onto the lens, so that the subject is looking
at a human face, rather than at a blank lens. The episodes in the first
season are about 24 minutes each. The episodes in the second season are
closer to 30 minutes, except for 4 and 5, which are almost an hour each
(these 2 were broadcast in 2 parts each).
The Episodes: (may not accurately reflect DVD order or broadcast date order)
01.01 "Stairway to Heaven" - Temple Grandin, autistic college professor
and expert on humane cattle slaughter techniques
01.02 "The Killer Inside Me" - Sondra London, serial killer groupie and writer
01.03 "I Dismember Mama" - Saul Kent, promoter of cryogenic immortality
01.04 "The Stalker" - Bill Kinsley, employer and victim of a disgruntled
01.05 "The Parrot" - Jane Gill, victim of a murder with a possible avian
01.06 "Eyeball to Eyeball" - Clyde Roper, authority on the giant squid
01.07 "Smiling in a Jar" - Gretchen Worden, director of the Mutter Museum
of medical oddities in Philadelphia
01.08 "In the Kingdom of the Unabomber" - Gary Greenberg, Unabomber pen pal
and would-be biographer
01.09 "Mr. Debt" - Andrew Capoccia, whiz lawyer for credit-card debtors
01.10 "You're Soaking In It" - Joan Dougherty, crime scene cleaner
01.11 "The Little Gray Man" - Antonio Mendez, retired CIA operative and
master of disguise
02.01 Harvesting Me" - Josh Harris, internet entrepreneur
(See documentary We Live in Public) and TV addict
02.02 "The Smartest Man in the World" - Chris Langan, bar bouncer with the
alleged world's highest IQ (this is my favorite - very interesting)
02.03 "The Only Truth" - Murray Richman, lawyer to New York mobsters
02.04 "One in a Million Trillion" - Rick Rosner, professional high school
student and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? contestant
02.05 "Leaving the Earth" - Denny Fitch, DC-10 pilot and hero
02.06 "Mr. Personality" - Dr. Michael Stone, forensic pathologist and
The First Saturday in May (2007 - 96min) Brad Hennegan, John Hennegan
Official Site: www.thefirstsaturdayinmay.com/
Follows the people behind six horses as they make their way through graded
stakes races leading up to the 2006 Kentucky Derby.
FLicKeR (2008 - 75min) Nik Sheehan
About Brion Gysin and his Dream Machine, a flickering light device that can
induce altered states of concsiousness. Interviews with Iggy Pop, Kenneth
Anger, Marianne Faithful, John Giorno, DJ Spooky and others. Yes, it is
Flight From Death - The Quest for Immortality (2003 - 90min) Patrick Shen
Official Site: www.flightfromdeath.com
Flyin' Cut Sleeves (1993 - 60min) Henry Chalfant, Rita Fecher
Director's Website: henrychalfant.com
Looks at gangs in the South Bronx late 60's, early 70's. Talks to members
of gangs such as Savage Kulls and Savage Nomads. Revisits some of them in
the 80's and early 90's.
Following Sean (2006 - 87min) Ralph Arlyck
Official Site: www.followingsean.com
Very interesting film - recommended.
Fractals - The Colors of Infinity
Can watch at google video.
DVD can be ordered from www.channel9store.com
Freakonomics (2010 - 93min) Alex Gibney, Heidi Ewing, Seth Gordeon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock
"Six rogue filmmakers explore the hidden side of everything."
Free for All: Inside the Public Library Dawn Logsdon
Official Site: www.freeforalldocumentary.com/
Began filming and fundraising in 2013, may be a couple of years.
Friends of God
From The Heart of the World - The Elder Brothers Warning (1991 - 88min) (DVD 2009 - 106min) Alan Ereira
Can Order DVD Here: www.linktv.org/globalspirit/DVDs
Or Here: www.cemproductions.com
Tairona Heritage Trust: tairona.myzen.co.uk
Amazon: (OOP VHS) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000F89F
This has been out of print for a long time. VHS copies are rare and expensive.
(The film was produced for the BBC, later distributed on VHS in the US by
Mystic Fire, and later by Fox-Lorber). As of 2009, DVD-R copies can be ordered
for a $35.00 donation from Link TV at the link above. This disc includes a
20-minute interview with the director made in 2009. Check out the info link above,
the director has been contacted by the Kogi (in 2009) -they want to make another film,
as they think there may still be hope for the planet.
This is a very special and interesting film for sure.
See also the Tairona Heritage Trust
website (set up by the director), for more
information on the film, the Kogi, and also the book by Alan Ereira.
Here is the text from the box cover of the VHS tape:
"This is the last civilization of pre-Columbian America that vanished
400 years ago. It did not die - it went into hiding. For centries the Kogi
have watched us from their mountain fastness. This film is their message,
and their warning...
Deep in the mountains of Columbia, the descendants of an ancient Tairona
preisthood still rule. In cities more than a thousand years old, the ascetic
Kogi tribe has preserved the culture and spirituality of an ancient
civilization wiped out by the conquistadors.
Situated close to the equator, only 26 miles from the beach, their mountain
region contains nearly every ecosystem found on Earth. Evidence of
environmental damage can be readily seen from their mountainous vantage point.
Global warming has melted snow, and what was once high tundra is now dust.
After centuries of deliberate isolation, the Kogi have decided that the time
has come to speak to us about these changes.
They call themselves the Elder Brothers of the human race, and they are
convinced that we, the Younger Brothers, will soon destory the balance of life
on Earth. They believe that the only hope is for us to change our ways, and
have set out to teach us what they know about the balance of mankind,
nature and the spiritual world. Through concentrated thought and meditation,
the Kogi enter an inner-plane world called aluna and act there. Aluna was
and is the Mother, whose law is harmony and balance. The whole of Kogi life
revolves around this life force that shapes the world and makes it flower."
F**K: A Documentary (2006 - 90min)
G-Dog (2012 - 92min) Freida Lee Mock
Official Site: www.gdogthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AM8ZP1Y
About a large gang intervention program in Los Angeles called Homeboy
Industries run by Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle. Highly recommended.
See also Crips and Bloods.
Ganges (2007 - 150min) Tom Hugh-Jones
Gates of Heaven (1978 - 85min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Hilarious and strangely sad documentary about pet cemetaries. Goes off on
a lot of tangents as it explores the people involved. Roger Ebert says its
in his top ten of all time. Mine, too. Everything by Errol Morris is top-class.
(Here is a link to the pet cemetary featured in the film:
General Orders No. 9 (2009 - 72min) Robert Persons
Official Site: www.generalordersno9.com/
Amazon (DVD 03/30/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QS9NVW/
Amazon (BluRay 03/30/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QS9O2U/
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/48666/
Interview with Director at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/interviews/39660/
Very interesting. Recommended.
Genesis (2004 - 80min) Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou
Ghosts of Cite Soleil (2006 - 85min) Asger Leth, Milos Loncarevic
Gangsters in Haiti.
The Giant Buddhas (2005 - 95min) Christian Frei
Official Site: www.giant-buddhas.com/
Looks at the destruction of the giant Buddhas statues in the Bamiyan Valley
in Afghanistan. Very interesting film.
Girlhood (2003 - 82min) Liz Garbus
The Gleaners and I (2000 - 82min) Agnes Varda
French film. Very special - one of my top favorites. Explores waste and
ways of utilizing it. DVD includes a followup film.
Roger Ebert says - "Profound, poetic and moving!"
See also The Beaches of Agnes (below in Movies and Moviemakers section).
Gobeklitepe: The World's First Temple (2010 - 80min) Ahmet Turgut Yazman
Official Site: www.worldsfirsttemple.com
As of JAN 2012, does not seem to be on DVD yet. This is about a 12,000
year old archaeological site in Turkey.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2007 - 120min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.huntersthompsonmovie.com
Narrated by Johnny Depp.
The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick (2001 - 79min) Mark Steensland
Gray's Anatomy (1996 - 80min) Steven Soderbergh
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 06/19/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJVQ
Amazon (BluRay 06/19/12 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007N5YJT8
Presents Spalding Gray's 1993 monologue of the same name.
See also And Everything is Going Fine.
Grey Gardens (1975) Albert Maysles, David Maysles
The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)
Director's Website: www.mayslesfilms.com
Grizzly Man (2005 - 103min) Werner Herzog
Using the video footage that Timothy Treadwell shot on his stays in Alaska
studying grizzly bears, master filmmaker Werner Herzog creates a very
special film. Timothy probably got closer to grizzlys than anyone has. He made
the news when he and his girlfriend were killed by a grizzly. DVD includes a
really cool and lengthy special feature on the making of the music, which
features Richard Thompson.
Gun Fight (2011) Barbara Kopple
Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005 - 180min)
Wikipedia (on the book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns,_Germs,_and_Steel
National Geographic presents the major ideas from Jared Diamond's book
of the same name in 3 one-hour episodes on 2 discs.
Hands on a Hardbody (1999 - 94min) S.R. Bindler
Documentary about a contest at a Longview, Texas dealership to win a
new truck by seeing who can keep their hands on it the longest. Very
interesting and fun. DVD is out of print and hard to find.
Harlan County USA (1976 - 104min) Barbara Kopple
Review by Peter Biskind: www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC14folder/HarlanCty.html
Director's Website: www.cabincreekfilms.com
Classic film documents 13-month struggle of coal miners' strike in Harlan
County, Kentucky in 1973. The film largely stays out of the way and lets the
story tell itself. One interesting aspect is the part played by women.
This is one of the most powerful, passionate and intense films I have seen.
It might shake you up a bit. Highly recommended.
The Harvest (2010 - 80min) U. Roberto Romano
Spanish Title: La Cosecha
Looks at child workers in American agriculture.
The Harvest (2011 - 98min) Gabriel Deloach
Official Site: www.theharvestmovie.com
Harvest of Shame (1960 - 55min) Fred W. Friendly
Head Games (2012 - 95min) Steve James
Official Site: www.headgamesthefilm.com/
Looks at the effects of sports-related concussions.
Hell House (2002 - 85min) George Ratliff
The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971 - 90min) Walon Green, Ed Spiegel
Amazon (DVD 01/10/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005ZSFY2Q
Amazon (BD 01/10/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005ZSFYNU
Won Academy Award for best documentary in 1972. Presents the idea that
eventually insects will take over the Earth. Not exactly a documentary,
the film uses actors to portray scientists and was sometimes billed as a
sci-fi thriller. Long out of print, finally issued on DVD and Bluray in
January of 2012. DVD has no special features. Chapter menu lists chapters:
1. Opening 2. Mysterious Creatures 3. Killer Plants 4. Ant Wars
5. Transformations 6. Termites 7. The Locusts 8. Sounds 9. Procreators
10. The Bees 11. Mayflies 12. Driver Ants 13. Credits. The film features
lots of close-ups of insects, using techniques which were cutting-edge at
the time. To take this a little further, see the 1996 documentary
Hemo the Magnificent (1957 - 55min) Frank Capra
This is one of a series of four educational science films for kids made by
Frank Capra for Bell Labs in the 50's. An indepth look at the human
circulatory system, featuring animated characters, a scientist explaining
everything, and lots of high-tech (for the time) footage of blood cells moving
through capillaries and such things. Like most of the reviewers at Amazon,
I saw this as a kid many times, and always enjoyed it. Although 50 years old,
this is still good enough that kids today and even medical students will
be fascinated and educated by it. Totally amazing, recommended for anyone.
I was very happy to find this out on DVD. The DVD pairs this with
Unchained Goddess, about weather. The other two films in the
series are available on another disc. These are all great, but Hemo is
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird (2010 - 78min) Mary Murphy
Official Site: firstrunfeatures.com/heyboo/
Amazon (DVD 07/19/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004VN7RO4
See also Fearful Symetry, a 130-minute documentary about the film
version of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is included in some DVD
editions of the film.
Hidden Colors (2011 - 110min) Tariq Nasheed
Subtitled: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent
Official Site: hiddencolorsfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 04/26/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004X4O988
Some very interesting "hidden history". Lots of surprising and radical ideas
and maybe some radical presentation. This could be seen as a brief
introduction to a vast area that needs a lot more research. See sequel
Hidden Colors 2, and also When the Moors Ruled in Europe.
Hidden Colors 2 (2012 - 150min) Tariq Nasheed
Subtitled: The Triumph of Melanin
Official Site: hiddencolorsfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AL6P4A4
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998 - 93min) Paul Jay
Covers the pro wrestling career of Bret Hart. 2-disc 10th Anniversary Edition
DVD includes another film by the same director: The Life and Death of
Owen Hart, about Bret's brother.
Home Movie (2001 - 66min) Chris Smith
Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County (2010 - 60min) Alexandra Pelosi
Hoop Dreams (1994 - 170min) Steve James
Follows 2 African-Amercian Chicago teens through their dreams of becoming
professional basketball players. Filmed over 5 years. Won many awards
including 2007 award for All-Time Greatest Documentary from
International Documentary Association.
Hoop Reality (2009 - 90min) Lee Davis
Followup look at the subjects of Hoop Dreams. Note - although
Hoop Dreams is considered one of the best documentaries ever made,
as of FEB 2010, I can find almost no info on this one. Listed at Amazon
but with no reviews, not listed at Wikipedia or Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic.
This is not by the same director.
The Hooping Life (2014 - 70min) Amy Goldstein
Official site: spanproductions.com
Its about hula hooping. As of 09/2013, have had this listed here for 4
years, the films appears to be done, but still no DVD.
The Horse Boy (2009 - 93min) Michel Orion Scott
A couple from Texas has an autistic son. After trying all kinds of therapies,
and discovering that their son likes horses, they decide to journey to
Mongolia to visit shamans there.
House of Numbers (2009 - 89min) Brent Leung
Subtitled: Anatomy of an Epidemic
Official site: www.houseofnumbers.com
Amazon (Regular Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y9GY2W
Amazon (Deluxe Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003YA5W4C
Controversial film explores alternative and mainstream theories about the
cause and treatment of AIDS. I was very excited about this when I first heard
of it and have had high expectations. And I can say after my first viewing
that the film totally delivers. This is a very well-made film, and has been
needed for a long time. Includes lots of interviews with scientists from
various points of view. The film does seem to lean towards the side of the
AIDS dissidents (such as Dr. Peter Duesberg), but then that seems to be
the point of the film - to reveal that there is a lot of
confusion and disagreement in the world of AIDS research and treatment.
The dissident views have been largely suppressed from the beginning.
I used to read a monthly column about AIDS in SPIN magazine in
the 80's, in which journalist Celia Farber presented the alternative
viewpoint. I think these writings
have been collected into a book, and Celia is featured in the film.
All of the major issues are discussed - HIV testing, history of AIDS,
discovery of HIV, drug treaments, African AIDS, etc. Rather than just
presenting a certain point of view, the film raises a lot of questions.
The world of AIDS is complicated and there may be no easy answers at
this time. If you are very
interested in this subject, I would recommend getting the Deluxe Edition,
which includes 2 more discs full of extended interviews. Very important
film, highly recommended. And I can imagine this one being banned or
becoming hard to find, so I hope people will buy this and get it into
personal collections and libraries. I also recommend Duesberg's book
Regular Edition is single DVD, Deluxe Edition
is 3 DVDs, with 2 discs full of extra features exploring the issue in more
depth. (NOTE - 3-disc Deluxe Edition is supplied in 2 DVD cases - one
is the film in its own case, the other case, labelled "Deluxe Edition",
contains the 2 extra DVDs).
How to Die in Oregon (2011 - 107min) Peter Richardson
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TZFZBU
How to Live Forever (2009 - 92min) Mark Wexler
Official Site: www.liveforevermovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 06/05/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0071BY2XC
Very interesting film looks at approaches to life-extension, talks to many
people of advanced age (there are over 100,000 people over age 100), and
explores ideas such as why someone would want to live a long time.
Recommended. See also The Immortalists
I Remember Me (2001 - 74min) Kim A. Snyder
About CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Ice People (2008 - 77min) Anne Aghion
Official site: www.icepeople.com
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (2012 - 90min) Jorge Hinojosa
Amazon (DVD 08/27/13 Phase 4 Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CPKZKX0/
The Immortalists (2014 - 78min) David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg
Amazon (DVD 12/01/15 Passion River Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B015ZMVLHI/
Looks at 2 of the top biologists investigating human life extension: Aubrey
de Grey and Bill Andrews. See also How to Live Forever.
In the Pit (2005 - 84min) Juan Carlos Rulfo
Mexican Title: En El Hoyo
Official site: www.enelhoyo.com.mx
Looks at the laborers working on a massive overhead highway in Mexico City
(the second level of the Periferico freeway).
No narration, lots of scenes of workers working and talking about their work.
The film ends with a long close helicopter shot of mile after mile of this
highway in various stages of completion. This is really a huge construction
project (I think it may have been finished in 2006). In Spanish, with
English subtitles. Very cool film.
In Search of the Great Beast 666: Aleister Crowley (2007 - 125min) Robert Garofalo
Official Site: www.aleister-crowley-666.com
Crowley's story is told by a narrator and by a series of "interviews" with
actors pretending to be Crowley and those in his life.
The Interrupters (2011 - 128min) Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz
Official Site: interrupters.kartemquin.com
Amazon (DVD 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006JN8748/
Amazon (Bluray 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006JN8716/
Looks at youth gang violence in Chicago and the efforts of organizations
such as the Violence Interrupters and Ceasefire. A lot of shootings in
Into the Abyss (2011 - 107min) Werner Herzog
Subtitled: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life
The Invisible War (2012 - 97min) Kirby Dick
Official Site: www.invisiblewarmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/23/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008MIYKLW/
Investigates the epidemic of sexual assault within the US military.
Excellent film as expected from Kirby Dick. Powerful, important, recommended.
Jam (2006 - 85min) Mark Woolen
Official Site: www.jamthemovie.com
Jane's Journey (2010 - 107min) Lorenz Knauer
Official Site: www.janesjourney.net
About chimp researcher and environmental activist Jane Goodall.
Jeff (2011 - 79min) Chris James Thompson
Official Site: jeffthemovie.com
About serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Jesus Camp (2006 - 84min) Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Official Site: www.jesuscampthemovie.com
Wow! I first watched this with a bunch of friends in jaw-dropping amazement.
It is scary, funny, and stranger than fiction. A must-see for sure.
The Jesus Guy (2007 - 66min) Sean Tracey
Official Site: www.thejesusguy.com
It's Just A Ride (1994 - 45min) Rupert Edwards
Official Bill Hicks website: www.billhicks.com
Sacred Cow: www.sacredcow.com
Documentary about the late Bill Hicks - some would say the greatest
comedian who ever lived.
This was pretty much unavailable for many years, released only as a British
PAL format VHS tape called Totally Bill Hicks which includes the
It's Just a Ride documentary plus a live performance. I didn't
know about Bill Hicks until I saw a bootleg copy of a copy of a copy.
Finally, in 2004, Rykodisc released a DVD containing 3 live performances
plus Just a Ride. The DVD is called Bill Hicks Live.
See also the newer documentary film (2011) American: The Bill Hicks
Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale (2000) David Shapiro, Laurie Shapiro
Wikipedia (book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_the_River_on_Your_Right
Documentary about Tobias Schneebaum, who spent a year in the Peruvian jungle
living with a tribe of cannibals. Explores other apsects of his interesting
Kevorkian (2010 - 92min) Matthew Galkin
Official Site: www.hbo.com/documentaries/kevorkian
Kevorkian: Right to Exit (2004 - 52min) Anna Terean
Kicking It (2007 - 99min) Susan Koch, Jeff Werner
International soccer competition for homeless people.
The Kids Grow Up (2009 - 87min) Doug Block
Official Site: www.thekidsgrowup.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0049D1TD6
Know Your Mushrooms (2008 - 73min) Ron Mann
Official Site: www.sphinxproductions.com/films/mushrooms/
Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans guide us through the world of mushrooms.
Knuckle (2011 - 97min) Ian Palmer
Official Site: www.knucklethemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00629MBCI
Koko - A Conversation with Koko (1999 - 60min) Nigel Cole
Amazon (DVD 2004 - Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000228E3Q
This is an episode of the TV show Nature, which first aired August 8, 1999
(Season 17, Episode 10).
Koko - A Talking Gorilla (1979 - 80min) Barbet Schroeder
About Koko: www.koko.org
See also Project Nim, Ape Genius.
Kon-Tiki (1956 - 77min) (Black and White) Thor Heyerdahl
Some DVD release include some color footage in the special features.
La Lucha (2005 - 72min) Duncan Macleod
Official Site: www.luchamovie.com
About Mexican wrestling in Los Angeles. Gets into a bit of history. I learned
about Santo, the most famous luchadore, who starred in quite a few wacky
The Last Cigarette (1999 - 82min) Kevin Rafferty, Frank Keraudren
A collection of smoking scenes from movies, TV shows, TV commercials,
educational films, etc, intercut with scenes from 1994 Congressional Hearings.
Fun and interesting.
Last Summer at Coney Island (2011 - 94min) J.L. Aronson
Official Site: www.lastsummeratconeyisland.com/
Laughology (2009 - 65min) Albert Neremberg
Official Site: www.laughology.info
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2004 - 93min) Christopher Browne
Official Site: www.bowlingmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E8N8MK
Looks at the world of professional bowling, which almost disappeared until
some former Microsoft executives brought it back to life. Features bowling
pros Walter Ray Williams, Jr, Pete Weber, Chris Barnes, Wayne Webb.
Legacy (2000 - 90min) Tod Lending
Lemonade (2009 - 36min) Marc Colucci
Official Site: www.lemonademovie.com
Looks at 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and what they
found to do instead.
Licensed to Kill (1997 - 76min) Arthur Dong
Director's Website: www.deepfocusproductions.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009PW3QU
Amazon - Arthur Dong Collection (DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009GX2FK
A chilling look at gay-bashing. Interviews several convicted killers.
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (2006 - 84min) Jerry Aronson
Official Site: www.allenginsbergmovie.com
2-disc DVD set is loaded with extra interviews.
The Life and Times of Life and Times (1998 - 59min) Peter Friedman, Jean-Francois Brunet
Explores the question of why we age. DVD includes Death By Design,
another film by the same directors, about programmed cell death.
Light at the Edge of the World (2008 - 186min) Andrew Gregg
Subtitled: In Search of the World's Lost Peoples
Wade Davis at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Davis
Anthropologist Wade Davis explores four different indigenous cultures.
Lightning Over Water (1980 - 91min) Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders
Limelight (2011 - 104min) Billy Corben
Amazon (DVD 01/24/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005X7HA9E
About Peter Gatien, king of the 1990's New York City club scene, owner of
clubs including The Limelight, Palladium and Tunnel.
From the director of Cocaine Cowboys and Square Grouper.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1998 - 80min) Werner Herzog
Live From Shiva's Dance Floor (2003 - 21min) Richard Linklater
First of all, if you haven't seen The Cruise, check it out
(its listed above) - its about Timothy "Speed" Levitch, a New York City
tourguide. Building on his legendary status from that film, here he gets to
muse about 9-11 and what should be built on "ground zero".
Lords of the Gourd (2000 - 60min) Mark Lewis
Amazon (DVD 2003 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UJBY88
From the director of Cane Toads and Rat.
The Loss of Nameless Things (2004 - 103min) Bill Rose
Official Site: www.thelossofnamelessthings.com
Amazon (DVD 2006 Cinequest): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000JLTSHQ
Amazon (DVD 2009 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001MYIPZK
Louder Than A Bomb (2010 - 99min) Jon Siskel, Greg Jacobs
Official Site: www.louderthanabombfilm.com
Looks at an annual poetry slam in Chicago, where teams of teenagers compete
by reading their poetry.
Louisiana Story (1948 - 78min) Robert J. Flaherty
Man Of Aran (1934 - 77min) Robert J. Flaherty
Man On Wire (2008 - 94min) James Marsh
Official Site: www.manonwire.com
I'll steal the blurb from the DVD box: "On August 7th, 1974, a young
Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between
the New York World Trade Center's twin towers. After dancing for nearly an
hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and
brought to jail before he was finally released. This extraordinary documentary
incorporates Petit's personal footage to show how he overcame seemingly
insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century."
Very interesting film for sure, shows the long process of planning, which
included trips across the ocean to check out the buildings as they were being
constructed. The director is now working on his next film, Project Nim,
about Nim Chimpsky. His previous film was Wisconsin Death Trip.
The Man Who Bought Mustique (2000 - 78min) Joseph Bullman
Amazon (DVD 03/19/02 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UW7X
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/man_who_bought_mustique/
The Man Who Souled The World (2007 - 87min)
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ZKQN24
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Y40EPI
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0023U3LM4
About skater Steve Rocco and the precedent he set by starting his own
company, inspiring others to do the same, and transforming the industry.
Mana: Beyond Belief (2004 - 92min) Peter Friedman, Roger Manley
Official Site: www.mana-the-movie.com
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002SAMMJM
Man's Right To Know (2002 - 30min) Kevin Hinchey
About Wilhelm Reich. Can download free or watch online at archive.org.
Also on youtube.
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
(2007 - 84min) Jason Kohn
Official Site: www.mandabala.com
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012OSGV8
Very special, unique, interesting film. Two different stories in Brazil
are presented, with the film switching back and forth between them.
One is the phenomenon of violent ransom kidnappings, which are widespread
and out of control in Brazil, especially in Sao Paulo, population 20 million.
In this story we hear from a victim who had her ears cut off (which happens
a lot in these kidnappings). We also meet a reconstructive plastic
surgeon, who has developed new techniques for makinig
replacement ears, using rib cartilage. This process is explored in detail.
We meet a kidnapper and we see actual footage from ransom videos.
Some grisly stuff. We meet Jamal, a detective in the Sao Paulo
anti-kidnapping division. He shows us his gun collection. And "Mr. M" tells
about the precautions he takes. He has 3 bullet-proof cars and is taking a
bullet-proof car driving course. The wealthiest in Sao Paulo stay above the
crime - with helicopters.
The other story is about high-level government corruption. Along with various
inteviews, we see a lot of frogs, as we learn about the frog farm scandal.
One story is the rich stealing from the poor, the other is the poor stealing
from the rich.
Lots of cool Brazilian music, providing an odd juxtaposition to the serious
subject matter. The film is banned in Brazil. Super-cool - highly recommended.
Noticing on 12/20/11 DVD appears to be out of print!
Manufactured Landscapes (2006 - 90min) Jennifer Baichwal
Explores work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, mainly looking at
recent work in China and Bangladesh, showing lots of scenes of
March of the Penguins (2004 - 80min) Luc Jacquet
Mardi Gras: Made in China (2004) David Redmon
A close inside look at the factories in China where plastic Mardi Gras
beads are made.
Mario's Story (2006 - 98min) Jeff Werner, Susan Koch
The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (1982 - 98min) Richard Patterson
Producer's Website: www.duckprods.com/projects/marxbrothers/
Maybe Logic (2003 - 82min) Lance Bauscher
Official Site: www.maybelogic.com
Covers the life of Robert Anton Wilson. Very cool. Lots of extended
interviews in the special features.
Megacities (1998 - 90min) Michael Glawogger
Director's Website: www.glawogger.com/
Amazon (DVD German Import PAL): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001PKZBDK
Amazon.co.uk (DVD PAL Region2 05/30/11 Artefact): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B004RACMAK
Amazon.de (DVD PAL Region0 11/17/06 Hoanzl Vertrieb): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/B000K15FJK
A megacity is a city with a population of over 10 million.
Looks at Mumbai, New York City, Moscow, Mexico City. This is the first film
in Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger's Globalization Trilogy, followed
by Workingman's Death (2005) and Whore's Glory (2011).
As of JAN 2013 there is no US DVD. British, German and Australian imports
are available. I bought a DVD-R version from amazon AUG 2014 and found it
to contain no subtitles. I contacted the supplier and they are sending
amazon an updated file. As of 09/02/14, the page for this disc has been
removed. I assume it will reappear as soon as the updated version is in
Megacities (2012 - 172min)
Amazon (DVD 09/21/12 Acorn): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0083HXKHM
BBC TV series in 3 parts: Living in the City, Cities on the Edge, Sustaining
the City. Presented by Andrew Marr. Looks at five megacities: London,
Dhaka, Tokyo, Mexico City, Shanghai.
Microcosmos (1996 - 80min) Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou
Awesome documentary about insects using lots of extreme closeups,
slow-motion, and time-lapse photography.
See also Hellstrom Chronicle.
Millions: A Lottery Story (2006 - 101min) Paul La Blanc
Amazon (DVD 06/10/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0015I2SJ2
Mississippi Chicken (2007 - 82min) John Fiege
Latin American immigrants living in a rural Mississippi poultry factory town.
Shot on Super 8mm.
Modern Warriors (2002 - 56min) Peter Spirer
Consists of brief interview and/or demo clips of several dozen different
mostly well-known martial arts fighters from a wide variety of styles.
We don't get too much time with any one person, but lots of interesting
ideas and amazing demonstrations of technique.
Monica & David (2010 - 67min) Alexandria Codina
Official Site: www.monicaanddavid.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/13/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005CXOG3C/
Looks at a young married couple with Down syndrome.
The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories (2007 - 100min) Andrey Paounov
Official Site: www.themosquitoproblem.com/
As of 04/12 doesn't seem to be available on DVD.
Motherland Afghanistan (2007 - 74min) Sedika Mojadidi
Mr. Death (2000 - 91min) Errol Morris
Subtitled: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Morris's films are always super-interesting. This one is about a
self-appointed expert on methods of capital punishment.
Murder on A Sunday Morning (2001 - 111min) Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
A 15-year-old black boy is wrongly accused of murder in Jacksonville,
Florida. He was acquitted when it was shown that his confession was beaten
out of him. Award winning film. More on the case at Wikipedia here:
(see also Paradise Lost)
My Father The Genius (2002 - 84min) Lucia Small
Official Site: www.smallangstfilms.com
My Name was Sabina Spielrein (2002 - 90min) Elisabeth Marton
The Mysterious Origins of Man (1996 - 343min) Bill Cote
Official Site: www.bcvideo.com
Special Edition 3-DVD set from UFO TV includes 3 films - The Mysterious
Origins of Man, The Mysterious Origins of Man Part 2, The Mysterious
Origins of Jurassic Art, plus 4 hours of interviews with Graham Hancock,
Robert Bauval, Michael Cremo, Dr. Richard Thompson, David Childress,
Nanook of the North (1922 - 79min) (black & white, silent) Robert J. Flaherty
Considered the first feature-length documentary film. Fascinating footage
of an Eskimo family living happily in very harsh conditions.
The Natural History of the Chicken (2000 - 55min) Mark Lewis
Amazon (DVD 2003 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000TPAR4
Lots of odd stories about chickens (and people). The strangest one has to
be the headless rooster. This is a true story from 1945. A farmer chops off
a chicken's head (Mike the rooster) and it doesn't die. So they fed him by
hand through his neck and kept him on the farm for awhile. Later they put
him in a travelling show. He lived for 18 months, apparently with brainstem
mostly intact. Here's his Wikipedia article:
From the director of Cane Toads and Rat.
The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific (1983 - 59min) Sanford Low
Director's Website: www.samlow.com
Available From: www.der.org/films/navigators.html
Needle Through Brick (2008 - 52min) Patrick Daly
Subtitled: The Vanishing Art of Traditional Kung Fu
Official Site: www.needlethroughbrick.com
New York: A Documentary Film (1999 - 1020min) Ric Burns
PBS (Episode 8): www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/newyork/
Amazon (8 DVD set): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITUF2
PBS American Experience TV series directed by Ric Burns (brother of Ken
Burns). Covers the 400-year history of New York City in 7 2-hour episodes
plus an 8th 3-hour episode, added later (after 9/11), documenting the
history and significance of the World Trade Center Towers. Fascinating from
start to finish. Could have been much longer, especially episode 7, which
covers 1945-1999 in just 2 hours. Highly recommended.
Episode 1: The Country and the City: 1609-1825
Episode 2: Order and Disorder: 1825-1865
Episode 3: Sunshine and Shadow: 1865-1898
Episode 4: The Power and the People: 1898-1918
Episode 5: Cosmopolis: 1919-1931
Episode 6: The City of Tomorrow: 1929-1941
Episode 7: The City and the World: 1945-1999
Episode 8: The Center of the World: 1946-2003
Nostalgia for the Light (2010 - 90min) Patricio Guzman
Award-winning film from the director of The Battle of Chile
juxtaposes the story of astronomers searching the skies against people
searching through the Atacama desert for the remains of their disappeared
relatives. There are many telescopes on mountaintops in Chile because
of the thin dry air, which also causes human remains to be preserved to
some extent. Interesting, philosophical, political. Recommended.
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie (2008 - 63min) Jay Delaney
Official Site: www.notyourtypicalbigfootmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/29/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002IREXBU
OC87 (2010 - 100min) Bud Clayman, Glenn Holsten, Scott Johnston
Subtitled: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asberger's Movie
Official Site: www.oc87.com
Amazon (DVD-R 2-disc 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009LRQUSO
The Odds of Recovery (2002 - 65min) Su Friedrich
Subtitled: The Films of Su Friedrich: Volume 5
Director's Website: www.suefriedrich.com
Of Time and the City (2008 - 74min) Terence Davies
Off the Chain (2004 - 60min) Bobby J. Brown
About pit bull terriers.
Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa (2007 - 64min) Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg
Official Rejection (2009) Paul Osborne
Official Site: www.officialrejectiondocumentary.com
Okie Noodling (2001 - 56min) Bradley Beesley
Official Site: www.okienoodling.com
This very special and unique film documents the practice of "noodling",
which is catching large catfish with your bare hands. Bradley travelled
around Oklahoma and hung out with some serious noodlers. He tries his hand
at it as well in the film. Since these guys had very little recognition for
their sport, Bradley later started the annual Okie Noodling Tournament,
in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma. This happens in July at Bob's Pig Shop. More info
on that is on the official site above.
(See also from Beesley - Okie Noodling II, The Creek Runs Red,
Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo)
Okie Noodling II (2008 - 68min) Bradley Beesley
Official Site: www.okienoodling.com
PBS wanted more, so this is a followup to Okie Noodling.
Only When I Dance (2009 - 78min) Beadie Finzi
Follows a couple of talented young ballet students from the slums of
Rio de Janiero as they attempt to move up in the dance world.
The Order of Myths (2008 - 77min) Margaret Brown
Looks at the segregated Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Alabama.
Things may not be as black and white as expected in this complicated story.
Osage Tribal Murders (2010 - 83min) Sherwood Ball
Paperback Dreams (2008 - 57min) Alex Beckstead
Looks at the struggles of independent bookstores, focussing on two stores
in San Francisco.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 - 150min) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Distributor's Website: www.docurama.com/docurama/paradise-lost-the-child-murders-at-robin-hood-hills/
Amazon (Collectors Edition - both films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CDEGWM
A real modern day "witch trial" in the USA! This film follows closely, from
the beginning, the case of the "West Memphis Three", three teenagers in
West Memphis, Arkansas accused of murdering three 8-year-old boys. Actually,
this film covers the first year, from the murders to the trials and
sentencing of the accused.
Very well-made award-winning film, produced for HBO. Includes lots of
footage from the trials. The film makes clear that there is no evidence
of any kind linking any of the accused to the crime. The boys seem to
have been convicted due to the belief in the community that the victims
were killed as part of a "satanic ritual". These guys wear black and listen
to Metallica, or at least one of them does,
so they must be in a Satanic cult, so it had to be them, case closed,
lock 'em up. After watching this film you will know the convicted are
innocent and there is some suspicion pointed at John Mark Byers.
A sequel (see below) was made in 2001. Big news - August 19, 2011, the
boys were released after entering "Alford pleas".
A third film will be released in 2012.
(See also Metallica - Some Kind of Monster and Brother's Keeper
by the same directors).
See this Wikipedia article for lots more info:
And these sites for more extensive and up to date info:
www.wm3.org Concerned with freeing the innocent accused.
www.jivepuppi.com Concerned with solving the case.
www.callahan.8k.com Massive document archive.
This is a very interesting document - lengthy transcript of 2009 deposition
of Terry Hobbs concerning his defamation lawsuit against Natalie Maines
Check this out, I think these guys have solved the case:
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2001 - 130min) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Distributor's Website: www.docurama.com/docurama/paradise-lost-2-revelations/
Sequel to Paradise Lost. Also made for HBO and just as engrossing
as the first film. New interviews with the accused show that
they have grown up quite a bit during the time of their incarceration.
And largely due to the original film a large nationwide support network
has developed, which includes many celebrities (Johny Depp, Dixie Chicks,
Henry Rollins, Metallica, many more). This one spends a lot of time looking
at John Mark Byers, stepfather of one of the victims, who sure seems like
he would be the prime suspect. But there are actually many other possible
suspects not mentioned in the films. Since the time of this film, it has
become clear that the prime suspect is Terry Wayne Hobbs, stepfather of
another of the victims. In 2007 DNA testing showed that a hair found in the
bindings of one of the victims could be a match for him. In 2009, Hobbs sued
Natalie Maines Pasdar of the Dixie Chicks for defamation. Her lawyers dug up
quite a bit on Hobbs, see the deposition transcript (linked above). That case
was dismissed and Hobbs was ordered to pay $17,590 in court costs.
On August 19, 2011, the Memphis Three were released from prison after
entering "Alford pleas". For more info, check out the
links in the listing for the first film, above. There are also lots of
interesting Youtube videos on this.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2012) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Official Site: paradiselost3themovie.com/
Won Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2012.
Paragraph 175 (2000 - 81min) Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein
Director's Website: www.tellingpictures.com
The story of Nazi persecution of homosexuals during WW2.
The Parking Lot Movie (2010 - 71min) Meghan Eckman
Official Site: www.theparkinglotmovie.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_parking_lot_movie/
Looks at a parking lot in college-town Charlottesville, Virginia, or
moreso at the interesting people who work there and their relationship to
the job. Lots of philosophical social commentary. Very special film - very
fun and entertaining, very interesting, highly recommended.
Pele Forever (2004 - 122min) Anibal Massaini Neto
Original Title: Pele Eterno
In Portuguese with subtitles in English, German, French, Greek, Italian,
The Philosopher Kings (2009 - 70min) Patrick Shen
Official Site: www.philosopherkingsmovie.com
Looks at janitors who work at universities. have not yet seen - looking
forward to getting this (02/05/13).
Photographic Memory (2011 - 87min) Ross McElwee
Official Site: www.photographicmemorythemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A3GFOIO
Phunny Business: A Black Comedy (2012 - 81min) John Davies
Official Site: www.phunnybusinessmovie.com
Looks at Chicago's All Jokes Aside, which was the preeminent Black
Comedy showcase club in America during the 1990's.
Phyllis and Harold (2008 - 85min) Cindy Kleine
Official Site: www.phyllisandharold.com
The Plutonium Circus (1995 - 73min) George Ratliff
Amazon (VHS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00000JW9Y
Documentary on PANTEX nuclear weapons plant. Actually more about various
interesting people in Amarillo, Texas. Very cool. Never made it to DVD!?!
VHS is out of print and hard to find. Can probably find on Youtube
or somewhere to watch online.
Prodigal Sons (2008 - 86min) Kimberly Reed
Official Site: www.prodigalsonsfilm.com
Project Nim (2011 - 93min) James Marsh
Official Site: www.project-nim.com
Amazon (DVD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006DBY6GE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/project_nim/
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/50937/project-nim/
Review by Chris Norris at Film Comment: www.filmcomment.com/article/project-nim
Amazon (Book - paperback): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0553382772
Amazon (Book - hardback): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0553803832
This film is based on the book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be
Human by Elizabeth Hess (see Amazon links above), which tells the story
of Nim Chimpsky, the famous chimpanzee who was chosen for an experiment to
see whether a chimp would learn language (sign language) as a human baby
would, if it was raised by humans as a human baby. (I read the book, and
recommend it). The story is complex, involving many humans, and we follow
Nim through his whole life, long after the experiment is over. The
director's previous film was Man on Wire, which won Academy Award
for Best Documentary in 2009. (And this film certainly should have won the
Academy Award in 2012).
I was lucky enough to see the film at the OKC Art Museum on 09/03/11.
Saw again at University of Oklahoma 11/18/11. Released in theatres
July, 2011, showed on HBO fall 2011, DVD released FEB 7, 2012.
DVD features: Bob's Journey - about Bob Ingersol (11mins), Making Nim
(30min), director's commentary, theatrical trailer, English and Spanish
subitles. Incredible film, very moving, lots to think about - most
Protagonist (2006 - 90min) Jessica Yu
Very interesting - the extreme lives of four guys are compared to Greek
tragedy. A martial arts student, a German terrorist, a bank robber, an ex-gay
Proteus (2004 - 60min) David Lebrun
Director's Website: www.nightfirefilms.org/proteus_home.html
About radiolarians and their discoverer, nineteenth century biologist
Ernst Haeckel. Radiolarians are
primitive one-celled animals living in the oceans. They create elaborate
silica exoskeletons which do not degrade in sea water, which means there
are lots of ancient skeletons on the bottom of the sea. Haeckel was an
artist as well as a scientist and painstakingly drew thousands of these
radiolaria. DVD includes a very interesting 45-minute making-of feature,
with the director explaining the 22-year making of this film.
Public Speaking (2011 - 82min) Martin Scorsese
HBO film about Fran Lebowitz. Funny and entertaining.
Pulling John (2009 - 72min) Vassiliki Khonsari, Sevan Matossian
Official Site: www.pullingjohn.com
Looks at the world of championship arm wrestling. Follows 40-year-old
John Brzenk, the undefeated world champion for 25 years. Also looks at
two of his close rivals, Alexey Voevoda and Travis Bagent.
Pumping Iron (1976 - 85min) George Butler, Robert Fiore
Close look at Arnold Schwarzenegger - the golden boy of the golden age
of bodybuiding - as he prepares to win his 6th world title in 1975.
Also features other top bodybuilders of the time - Mike Katz, Ken Waller,
Lou Ferrigno, Franco Columbo, Ed Corney, Robbie Robinson, Frank Zane,
Danny Padilla, Serge Nubret. Well-done film, very entertaining.
Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985 - 107min) George Butler
Mainly looks at Bev Francis and Rachel McLish.
Have not yet seen. DVD is out of print and goes for high dollar.
The Queen of Versailles (2012 - 100min) Lauren Greenfield
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_queen_of_versailles/
Amazon (DVD 11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008PZ69SE/
Amazon (BluRay 11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0097RU2LO/
Wow! This is one of the most incredible films I have seen. David Siegel
became a billionaire in the time-share business. He and his wife Jackie
and their 8 children live in a 26,000 square foot mansion in Florida. Not
content with this, they start to build a 90,000 sqft house, the largest in
America, loosely modelled after the palace of Versailles. Then the economy
crashes and they have to stop work on the house, let go of most of their
servants, and start to live on less. The children have always flown on
private jets, resulting in my favorite line from the film, when they have
to fly on a commercial plane: "Mommy, what are all these people doing on
our plane?" This is a tale of extreme excess. It could be quite disgusting,
but this is a very well-done and entertaining film. Most highly recommended.
Questions for Crazy Horse (2010 - 81min) Oliver Tuthill
Official Site: www.questionsforcrazyhorse.com
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004X9LNAU
Rabbit Fever (2010 - 85min) Amy Do
Official Site: www.rabbitfever.com
Looks at the National American Rabbit Convention of the American Rabbit
Racing Dreams (2010 - 93min) Marshall Curry
Official Site: www.racingdreamsfilm.com
Interesting and engaging film follows 3 kids (2 boys, 1 girl, ages 11,12,13)
as they compete in go-kart racing, which is a step on the way to NASCAR
Radiant City (2006 - 93min) Gary Burns, Jim Brown
Looks at modern suburbia.
Random Lunacy (2007 - 60min) Stephanie Silber, Victor Zimet
Subtitle: Videos From the Road Less Travelled
Official Site: www.poppaneutrino.com/
Looks at the life of William David Pearlman (1933-2011), who called himself
Poppa Neutrino. He was married several times and had 4 children and several
step-children and adopted children. He travelled with his family
(The Travelling Neutrinos),
sometimes as a band of musicians, sometimes working in a Mexican circus,
sometimes living on rafts built from recycled materials. He did not believe
in paying rent or working a regular job. Amazing story. Highly recommended.
There is a book about him: The Happiest Man in the World by
Alec Wilkinson. See also Surfwise.
Rat (1997 - 56min) Mark Lewis
Documentary about rats in NYC. Fun and interesting. Lewis also made the
excellent Cane Toads.
The Reality of the Virtual (2004 - 71min) Ben Wright
Documents a lecture by the philosopher Slavoj Zizek.
See also Zizek!.
Regeneration (2010 - 80min) Phil Montgomery
Official Site: www.regeneration-themovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 08/28/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0087ORRSE/
Examines apparent apathy and cynicism in current generation of young people.
Very interesting. Includes interviews with Kalle Lasn, Noam Chomsky,
Amy Goodman, Talib Kweli, Howard Zinn, members of STS9 and others.
Title also sometimes spelled as #Regeneration.
Religulous (2008 - 101min) Larry Charles
Even if you can't stand the smart-ass, rude, racist Bill Maher, this is
still very funny and interesting. From the director of Borat.
Requiem for Detroit? (2010 - 75min) Julien Temple
Wikipedia - Julien Temple: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julien_Temple
Very interesting look at Detroit done for BBC TV. Detroit is the first
major American city to largely collapse into ruins. Lots of footage of
the current state of the city. But probaby there is even more archival
footage showing the history of the city, which includes the history of
automobile manufacturing and lots of racial tension. A lot is packed into
this film. There is some discussion of the new movements to reclaim
the land for urban farming, etc. John Sinclair (featured in the documentary
20 to Life) is one of the guides showing us around the ruins.
Hopefully this will be available on DVD someday. There are places online that
you can find to watch this. (and there is a DIVX torrent around).
Also there are a number of books on this subject.
(Reimagining Detroit - John Gallagher, Detroit Disassembled
- Andrew Moore, Lost Detroit). Definitely one of the most interesting
films I have seen. Check this out. See also Detropia. And check
out this website:
The Return of Navajo Boy (2000 - 52min) Jeff Spitz
Official Site: www.navajoboy.com
Revealing Hate (2008 - 56min) Mariah Wilson
Official Site: www.revealinghate.com
See also Blood in the Face.
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping (2002 - 60min) Dietmar Post, Lucia Palacios
Amazon: (Go Kart Films 2006) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000GDIBS4
Amazon: (New Video Group 2008) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00197PP1C
Reverend Billy's Official Site: revbilly.com
About the anti-comsumerism activist Reverend Billy (Bill Talen), and his
Church of Stop Shopping. This German film may be a bit better than the
later What Would Jesus Buy?, also about Reverend Billy.
Riding Giants (2004 - 104min) Stacy Peralta
Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey (1987, 1996 - 331min) Lorne Blair, Lawrence Blair
Amazon (DVD Mystic Fire OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001I54S4
Five films on 2 DVDs. Disc 1 - Spice Island Saga, Dance of the
Warriors, East of Krakatoa, Disc 2 - Dream Wanderers of Borneo,
Beyond the Ring of Fire. The first 4 are each 55 minutes, written
by Lawrence Blair and directed by Lorne Blair in 1987. Produced by Lorne
and Lawrence Blair together with WBGH, Boston. The last film is 56 minutes,
written by Lawrence Blair and directed by David Fanning in 1996. Released
on DVD in 2003 by Mystic Fire. (Not to be confused with various documentaries
and feature films of the same name). Totally amazing adventurous explorations
into some of the last really wild places on the planet. The focus is on
the people who live there, some of the last indigenous peoples untouched
by "civilization". The fourth film could
be seen as the basis for Avatar. Very special and highly recommended.
DVD released in 2007, seems to be out of print in 2010.
Rio Breaks (2009 - 85min) Justin Mitchell
Rocks With Wings (2001 - 113min) Rick Derby
Official Site: rockswithwings.net
Lady Chieftans at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Chieftans
Tells the story of the Lady Chieftans, legendary Native-American girls
high school basketball team from Shiprock, New Mexico, and their
African-American coach. Very cool. Highly recommended. DVD has been unavailable
until recently - see official site above. Probably these are DVD-R copies
from the director. Probably still waiting for a distributor to pick this up.
Was once on a Spiritual Cinema Circle DVD (2005, VOL 8).
Running on the Sun (2000 - 100min) Mel Stuart
Running the Sahara (2008 - 102min) James Moll
Salesman (1968 - 85min) Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Director's Website: www.mayslesfilms.com
Classic documentary about door-to-door salesmen in 1960's America.
These guys are mainly selling bibles and encyclopedias.
The Saltmen of Tibet (1997 - 110min) Ulrike Koch
The Same River Twice (2003 - 78min) Robb Moss
Scrapped (2006 - 99min) Wes Thomsen
Official Site: www.scrappedmovie.com/
Looks at the hobby of scrapbooking.
Scrapper (2011 - 81min) Stephan Wassmann, Oliver Hermitant
Official Site: www.scrapperfilm.com/
Looks at people who salvage scrap metal from a live-fire military weapons
testing range in California.
Scrappers (2010 - 90min) Brian Ashby, Ben Kolak, Courtney Prokopas
Official Site: www.scrappersmovie.com/
Looks at a couple of guys finding and selling scrap metals in Chicago.
Scrappers (2010 - 82min) James J Kimble, Thomas R. Rondinella
Subtitle: How the Heartland Won WWII
Can Purchase Here: www.omahahistory.org/cart/videos.html
Selling God (2009 - 85min) Carl Christman
Official Site: www.breakingglasspictures.com
Amazon (DVD 04/26/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MA1K1C
Senna (2011 - 106min) Asif Kapadia
Official Site: www.sennamovie.co.uk
Amazon (DVD 03/06/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006JD48NM
Serving Life (2011 - 85min) Linda R. Cohen
Official Site: www.sennamovie.co.uk
Amazon (DVD 03/06/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0063HO5C8
Looks at inmates volunteering to staff a hospice in a maximum security
prison in Loiusiana. Narrated by Forest Whitaker.
Seven Up! (1964) Paul Almond
First in the "Up Series", followed by Seven Plus 7, 21 Up,
28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, 49 Up and 56 Up.
These classic documentaries follow a group of fourteen
British children, starting in 1964, when they were 7 years old, revisiting
them every 7 years. Michael Apted was a researcher on the first film, and
took over as director on the following films. I have not yet seen these,
hopefully will start on them soon.
The rest of the Up Series:
7 Plus Seven (1970) Michael Apted
Second of the Up series.
21 Up (1977) Michael Apted
Third in the Up series.
28 Up (1984) Michael Apted
Fourth in the Up series.
35 Up (1991) Michael Apted
Fifth in the Up series.
42 Up (1998) Michael Apted
Sixth in the Up series.
49 Up (2005) Michael Apted
Seventh in the Up series.
56 Up (2012) Michael Apted
Eighth in the Up series.
Shaolin Ulysses: Kung Fu Monks in America (2003 - 56min) Martha Burr, Mei-Juin Chen
Sherman's March (1986) Ross McElwee
Humorous autobiographical documentary about southern women.
Ship of Miracles (2011 - 52min) R.J. Mchatton
Official Site: www.shipofmiracles.com/
Show Cats (2006 - 60min) Mark Lewis
Amazon (DVD 2008 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F8OIUA
This is an episode of the PBS TV show, Standard of Perfection. Looks
behind the scenes at the International Cat Show in Houston, Texas.
Spends a lot of time with several owners of show cats in their homes.
From the director of Cane Toads, Rat, Natural History
of the Chicken. I like cats and I really like the film Cane Toads,
but somehow this didn't seem as special as I was expecting.
SICK (1997 - 89min) Kirby Dick
Subtitled: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
Amazon (DVD 09/23/03): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AKY42
Director's Website: www.kirbydick.com
Wikipedia (SICK): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SICK:_The_Life_&_Death_of_Bob_Flanagan,_Supermasochist
Wikipedia (Bob Flanagan): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Flanagan
One of my top favorites. Bob suffered from CS (cystic fibrosis), which kills
most of its victims by their 20's. He lived into his 40's, probably due to
how he approached his life. To deal with the pain of the disease, he immersed
himself into S&M, marrying a dominatrix. The film can be very painful to
watch, but is so interesting and inspirational that you will want to keep
watching. Quite different. Highly recommended, but definitely not for
Signs Out Of Time (2003 - 59min) Donna Read
Subtitled: The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas
Official Site: www.gimbutas.org
Gimbutas put forth the theory that there was a long period in pre-historic
Europe with no kings, no wars, no weapons. Some important ideas.
Skid Row (2007 - 95min)
Pras Michel of the Fugees goes undercover in on Skid Row in LA for 9 days
to see what the world of the homeless is like.
So Much So Fast (2006 - 87min) Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan
Official Site: www.somuchsofast.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/30/08 Passion River): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011G8ELY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/so_much_so_fast/
Follows Stephen Heywood and his family as he progresses into ALS (Lou
Gehrig's Disease). Stephen is determined to keep living his life, using
whatever technology is available, assisted by his brother Jamie, who becomes
obsessed with finding a cure, and starts a foundation to carry out research.
Great film, highly recommended.
So Wrong They're Right (1995 - 92min) Russ Forster
Official Site: www.othercinemadvd.com/swtr.html
Amazon (DVD 08/30/05 Other Cinema OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009ZE95I
Looks at people who collect 8-track tapes. Very fun and interesting.
Somewhere Between (2011 - 88min) Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Official Site: www.somewherebetweenmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009MBSWQW
Looks at four teenage girls living in the US, all adopted from China.
Soul in the Hole (1997 - 97min) Danielle Gardner
Looks at New York street basketball.
The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (2009 - 87min) Peter Liechti
Sputnik Mania (2007 - 87min)
From the History Channel. Very interesting film looks mainly at American
reaction to launching of Soviet Sputnik, the first object to put into Earth
orbit. Lots of archival footage. Bonus disc has an hours worth of old films.
Standing with Stones (2008 - 136min) Michael Bott
Subtitle: A Journey Through Megalithic Britain
Official Site: standingwithstones.net
Amazon (DVD 05/19/09 Disinformation): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001SGEUBK/
Host Rupert Soskin takes us around to look at over 100 of the thousands
of ancient stone monuments in Britain.
Starbucking (2006 - 73min) Bill Tangeman
Official Site: www.starbuckingmovie.com
Winter's Site: www.starbuckseverywhere.com
A guy who changed his name to Winter has been travelling around since 1997
working on his goal of visiting every Starbucks in the world. I wasn't
expecting much from this, so I was surprised to find it fun and interesting.
According to Winter's website, as of 12/09, he has visited over 99.7 percent
of the Starbuck's stores in North America and Canada (8528 with 17
The Staircase (2004 - 384min) Jean Xavier de Lestrade
French Title: Soupcons; AKA: Death on the Staircase
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TZFYWU
Step Into Liquid (2003 - 88min) Dana Brown
Official Site: www.stepintoliquid.com/
Stolen Seas (2012 - 90min) Thymaya Payne
Subtitle: Tales of Somali Piracy
Official Site: stolenseas.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13 Virgil Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ABCJR60/
Explores the Somali pirate phenomenon.
The Stone Reader (2002 - 127min) Mark Moskowitz
Official Site: www.stonereader.net/
Amazon (DVD 02/17/04 2-disc New Yorker): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00012YIE6
Amazon (DVD JetFilms): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000D9PFQ
Amazon (DVD 3-disc Special Limited Edition JetFilms): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000I3Z0VI
Stories We Tell (2012 - 108min) Sarah Polley
Official Site: www.storieswetellmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/03/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DEKKEPO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stories_we_tell/
Actress/director Sarah Polley explores her family's past with interviews
and home movie footage. Some of the home movie footage uses actors. She is
also exploring how people tell stories and how the same story may be told
differently by different people.
Stranded (2007 - 126min) Gonzalo Arijon
About the 1972 ordeal of the Uruguayan rugby team, whose plane crashed on
a remote glacier. 16 of the 45 survived the 72 days.
In Spanish, DVD (released April 2009) has optional English subtitles.
Street Fighting Man (2013) Andrew James
Official Site: www.streetfightingmanthemovie.com/
About Detroit. See also Requeim for Detroit?, Detropia.
Streetwise (1984 - 91min) Martin Bell
Well-respected film looks at street kids in Seattle. Recommended.
Strut! (2001 - 68min) Max L. Raab
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000K3EG8E
Looks at Philadelphia's Mummer's Parade, a New Year's Day tradition..
Stupidity (2003 - 60min) Albert Neremberg
Director's Website: www.elevatorfilms.com
Probably wasn't that hard of a film to make (stupidity is all around). Has
some interesting (if obvious) insights from various commentators, but not
a film that will be winning awards. I watched it, it was fun.
Summer Camp! (2007 - 91min) Bradley Beesley, Sarah Price
Official Site: www.summercampmovie.com
Can Purchase Here: www.cinematicapparel.com
Sunset Story (2003 - 73min) Laura Gabbert
Official Site: sunsetstory.com
Amazon (DVD 04/12/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007M01N2
Supermensch (2013 - 85min) Mike Meyers
About talent manager Shep Gordon.
Surfwise (2007 - 93min) Doug Pray
Official Site: www.surfwisefilm.com
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/surfwise/
Doc Paskowitz's Website: www.alohadoc.com
Paskowitz Surfcamp: www.paskowitz.com
I was very happy to discover a new one from Doug Pray (Infamy,
Scratch, Hype, Big Rig). I knew this was going to be
special, but I just sat there going "Wow" over and over as this incredible
and complex story unfolded. One of the most interesting films ever.
Dorian Paskowitz went to Stanford and became a doctor.
He was also a surfer back when that was a new thing. At some point he
had been married twice and was disillusioned with his life. He found a
new wife (by systematically "testing" a number of women),
had 8 sons and a daughter, and travelled
around with the whole family for over 20 years - living in a camper. The
kids never went to school and all became accomplished surfers before they
eventually left the camper and started their own lives. Mainly a pretty happy
and amazing story, but the film does look at "the dark side" of the family.
When they split up, they pretty much stayed apart for many years, until
the reunion, documented at the end of the film. Dorian is 84 at the
time of the filming. Features present-day interviews with the whole family,
lots of earlier footage, and lots of surfing. You want to see this one!
Sweetgrass (2009 - 104min) Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Official Site: www.sweetgrassthemovie.com
Follows a group of shepherders as they take their herd up into the mountains
of Montana for summer pasture. This was the last year that this ranch was in
operation, ending its over 100-year tradition. There is no narration, which
is one reason this might not be for everyone. Beautiful and interesting film.
Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (2009 - 90min) Bradley Beesley
Official Site: www.sweetheartsoftheprisonrodeo.com
Goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls as they prepare for
the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo.
Shown on HBO Cinemax SEP 2009, DVD released 10/26/10.
From the director of Okie Noodling.
Swimming to Cambodia (1987 - 85min) Jonathan Demme
Spalding Gray sits behind a desk in an auditorium and gives this monologue,
mainly recounting his experiences in Asia while he had a small part in
the film The Kiling Fields. Also gives some background pertaining
to the events in the films, such as the bombing of Cambodia, Pol Pot, and
the Khmer Rouge. He is a good storyteller. (DVD appears to be out of print).
Synthetic Pleasures (1996 - 83min) Iara Lee
Tabloid (2010 - 87min) Errol Morris
Wikipedia (Mormon "Sex in Chains" Case): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_sex_in_chains_case
Rotten Tomatoes: /www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tabloid_2010
New York Times (Review): www.nytimes.com/2011/07/15/movies/tabloid-errol-morriss-take-on-manacled-mormon-review.html
New York Times (Joyce McKinney Protests Film): www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/movies/joyce-mckinney-protests-errol-morriss-tabloid.html
Criterion Discussion Forum: criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=362934
Review by Amy Taubin at FilmComment: www.filmcomment.com/article/tabloid
Newest from Errol Morris, the king of true life is stranger than fiction.
Here, he looks at the "Mormon sex-in-chains" case, which was heavily
covered by British tabloids in 1977, when it ocurred. Incredible story,
very entertaining. Check it out.
Tales of the Rat Fink (2006 - 76min) Ron Mann
All about Big Daddy Roth.
Tesla: Master of Lightning (2000 - 90min) Robert Uth
Amazon (DVD 2007 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VWZ0LG
Thicker Than Water (2000 - 45min) Jack Johnson, Chris Malloy, Emmet Malloy
The Thin Blue Line (1988 - 103min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
This film helped to free Randall Dale Adams from prison in Texas, where he
was wrongly accused of killing a police officer. Excellent as expected from
This is Nowhere (2002 - 87min) Doug Hawes-Davis, John Lilburn
Looks at the subculture of older Americans who travel around the US in
RVs and like to stay in Wal*Mart parking lots.
Thrilla in Manila (2008 - 110min)
HBO special Covers the Muhammed Ali vs. Joe Frazier fight of October 1, 1975.
This Way of Life (2009 - 84min) Thomas Burstyn
Official Site: www.thiswayoflifemovie.com
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 - 90min) Rob Epstein
Official Site: www.thetimesofharveymilk.com
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001Y4LDW
Amazon (DVD Criterion 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004GFGUDQ
Amazon (BluRay Criterion 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004GFGUDG
Details Harvey Milk's political carreer as the first openly gay elected
official in the US (San Francisco city council and City Supervisor) and his
assassination. Issued as 2-disc DVD set in 2004. Was out of print for
a while and is reissued by Criterion in 2011. See also the
feature film Milk.
Timothy Leary's Dead (1997 - 80min) Paul Davids
Follows Leary's life up to the end. At first I was a bit confused at the
ending and later even more confused and upset as to why they did this.
It comes across as a pretty good serious documentary up until the end.
They talk about Leary wanting to have his head frozen, and then show
his head being sawed off. This was faked (as shown later, during the
closing credits). Obviously Leary (master prankster) was in on that,
so really its just a little prank. Really had me going there for awhile
(can they DO that in a documentary!?!?). Aside from that oddity (which
is supposed to be fun), a very interesting film about a very interesting
man. Looks to be out of print. (And mine is missing! Who has it?)
Timothy Leary's Last Trip (1996 - 56min) A. J. Catoline, O. B. Babbs
Titicut Follies (1967 - 84min, B&W) Frederick Wiseman
Director's Website: www.zipporah.com
Classic film depicting conditions in a Massachusetts institution for the
criminally insane. Withdrawn from circulation (banned) for many years due
to privacy issues.
To Age or Not to Age (2010) Robert Kane Pappas
Official Site: www.toageornottoage.com
About new discoveries in life extension. From the director of Orwell Rolls
in His Grave.
Tokyo Olympiad (1965 - 170min) Kon Ichikawa
Amazon (DVD 2002 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006673O/
Currently out of print (09/12).
Tongues Untied (1989 - 55min) Marlon Riggs
Addresses racism and homophobia experienced by gay black men.
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009 - 84min) LeAnne Pooley
Official Site: www.topptwins.co.nz
Amazon (DVD 11/08/11 Disinformaton): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005GP7F9I
Touching the Void (2003 - 106min) Kevin MacDonald
Amazon (DVD 06/15/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00020X94W
The Tradesmen (2011 - 88min) Richard Yeagley
Subtitled: Making an Art of Work
Official Site: thetradesmendocumentary.com
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/41065/
Train on the Brain (2008 - 50min) Alison Murray
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995 - 94min) Peter Kuran
Thorough history of development and testing of atomic bombs. Lots of restored
declassified archival footage. Very good film - highly recommended.
Truman Capote: The Tiny Terror (2005 - 43min)
A&E Biography Series. Tons of archival footage covering his whole life.
The Typewriter (In the 21st Century) (2012 - 58min) Christopher Lockett
Official Site: typewritermovie.com/
Tyson (2009 - 90min) James Toback
UltraMarathon Man (2009 - 115min) JB Benna
Subtitled: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days
Dean's Website: www.ultramarathonman.com
Follows Dean Karnazes as he runs 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days in 2006.
Undefeated (2012 - 113min) Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin
Official Site: www.undefeatedmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/19/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009YQJ2XW
Very powerful well-made film. Follows a high school football team, the
Manassas Tigers, in Memphis, Tennessee as they are led through an
unprecedented winning season by volunteer coach Bill Courtney. Highly
recommended, even if you have no interest in football.
Won 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
DVD includes commentary track with directors, English and Spanish subtitles,
Deleted Scenes (14min), The Making of Undefeated (8:30), Trailer
(in black and white).
Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005 - 213min) Ken Burns
Amazon (DVD 2-disc PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITURA
Disc 1 is part one of film (Rise - 111min) and special features. Disc 2 is
part 2 of film (Fall - 102min).
Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook (1996 - 57min) Jack Fisher
Official Site: www.unforgottendvd.com
Concerning the Willowbrook Institution on Staten Island, closed in 1987
after much controversy over the conditions under which mentally handicapped
patients were kept. See also Cropsey.
Up for Grabs (2004 - 88min) Michael Wranovics
Comedic docu about the fight over custody of a baseball.
Does not show up at Amazon, official site is gone. Netflix has this.
Utopia (2014 - 110min) John Pilger
Official Site: utopia.johnpilger.co.uk/
Amazon.co.uk (DVD 12/02/13 2-disc PAL Region2): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B00FQLK2II/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/utopia_2013/
Explores the treatment of indigenous Aborigines in Australia.
Venus and Serena (2012 - 99min) Maiken Baird, Michelle Major
Amazon (DVD 07/02/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CBFB8MG
Amazon (BluRay 07/02/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CBFB8US
An inside look at the lives and careers of tennis superstars Venus Williams
and Serena Williams. Very interesting film.
Vernon, Florida (1981 - 55min) Errol Morris
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Master documentary filmmaker Morris visits a small town in Florida and
meets quite a few interesting eccentric characters. Amazing, as expected of
anything he does.
Voices in the Tunnels: In Search of the Mole People (2000 - 56min) Vic David, Kenny Chery
Official Site: www.molepeoplemovie.com
Have not yet seen. See also Dark Days.
Waiting for Armageddon (2009 - 74min) Kate Davis, Franco Sacchi, David Heilbroner
Official Site: www.waitingforarmageddon.com
Looks at American evangelical Christians who are waiting for the rapture.
Examines the intersection of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in the city
of Jerusalem, where the Muslim's dome of the rock must be removed so the
Jewish temple can be rebuilt as one of the final signs to kick off the end
times. These Christians do not want peace, they eagerly await the final
battle. Also shows how this branch of Christianity has very powerful political
influence in America. Very interesting and important film.
See also Friends of God, With God on Our Side, Jesus Camp,
Warrior of Light (2001 - 91min) Monika Treut
Original German Title: Kriegerin des Lichts
Waste Land (2010 - 99min) Lucy Walker
Official Site: www.wastelandmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 03/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CJQVQC
Follows artist Vik Muniz as he creates art with the help of workers from
Jardim Gramacho, the largest landfill in the world, outside of Rio de
Janiero. The workers are pickers, who pick recyclable materials out of
fresh garbage. Muniz takes photos of some pickers, blows them up and uses
garbage to create a larger portrait, which is then photographed. The art
is used to raise money to help the pickers improve their living conditions.
The film spends a lot of time at the landfill with the pickers. Very
W.C. Fields Straight Up (1986 - 93min) Joseph Adamson
Producer's Website: www.duckprods.com/projects/wcfields/
Covers his whole career, many clips from films. Lots of info from WC's grandson
who is also his historian/biographer.
We Love You (2009) Jonathan Kalafer
Official Site: www.weloveyoufilm.com
About the Rainbow Gatherings.
We Were Here (2011 - 90min) David Weissman, Bill Weber
Official Site: www.wewereherefilm.com
Looks at the early years of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.
Excellent film, very well done.
The West (1996 - 707min) Stephen Ives
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITUFC/
A history of the American west in 8 90-minute episodes (over 12 hours).
Often called a Ken Burns film, he is the executive producer, not the
director. Mainly covers the period from 1800 to 1915.
West of Memphis (2012 - 147min) Amy Berg
Official Site: www.westofmemphisfilm.com
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AIBZKFG/
Amazon (Bluray 08/06/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AIBZKNS/
The story of the "West Memphis Three", three young boys wrongly accused
of murdering three younger boys in 1993, who spent 18 years in prison
before being released on Alford pleas in 2011. This film is co-produced by
Damien Echols and his wife Lorri Davis. Clearly points the finger at
Terry Hobbs as the prime suspect, still free.
See also Paradise Lost and its 2 sequels (listed above).
What Would Jesus Buy (2007 - 91min) Rob VanAlkemade
Reverend Billy's Official Site: revbilly.com
See also Reverend Billy (above).
When Standup Stood Out (2003 - 78min) Fran Solomita
Official Site: www.standupmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 07/27/06 Image/ThinkFilm): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F48D7I/
Looks at the explosion of standup comedy in Boston in the 70's and 80's.
When the Moors Ruled in Europe (2005 - 100min) Timothy Copestake
Amazon (DVD 06/10/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013XS87U
Presented by British historian Bettany Hughes.
The White Diamond (2004 - 88min) Werner Herzog
White Light/Black Rain (2007 - 85min) Steve Okazaki
Subtitled: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Interviews 14 Japanese survivors and 4 American military personnel.
Everyone should watch this. You might want to watch it alone.
Wide Awake (2006 - 79min) Alan Berliner
The filmmaker explores insomnia and creativity.
Wild China (2008 - 300min)
BBC, 6 50-minute episodes on 2 discs.
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2004 - 83min) Judy Irving
Official Site: www.wildparrotsfilm.com
Amazon (2-disc Special Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DXS4GA
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009 - 86min) Julien Nitzberg
Official Site: www.wildandwonderfulwhites.com
Slant Magazine Interview (very interesting): www.slantmagazine.com/film/feature/interview-julien-nitzberg/227
Slant Magazine Review: www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/the-wild-and-wonderful-whites-of-west-virginia/4199
I would recommend first seeing Dancing Outlaw, the documentary about
Jesco White, which might help to prepare you for this one. I actually had to
take a break halfway through this - it is intense. Where Dancing Outlaw
could be seen as charming, this one is scary. You might have some wild and
crazy redneck neighbors, but you haven't seen a family this wild. Lots of
special features including some footage of Jesco from before Dancing
Outlaw. Julien also made the 1993 film, The Wild World of Hasil
Adkins, which also looks at Boone County (listed below in the music
William Gibson - No Maps For These Territories (2000 - 88min) Mark Neale
A long and interesting conversation with sci-fi writer William Gibson
("father of cyberpunk", author of Neuromancer).
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009 - 85min) Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler
Official Site: disturbingtheuniverse.com/
Amazon (DVD 04/27/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002ZTQV98
Excellent and thorough film covers the life of high-profile civil-rights
attorney William Kunstler. Made by his two youngest daughters. Includes
close looks at all of his biggest cases - Chicago Seven, Attica prison riots,
Wounded Knee, etc.
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010 - 87min) Yony Leyser
Lots of interviews, lots of archival footage.
Winged Migration (2001 - 89min) Jacques Perrin
Winnebago Man (2010 - 85min) Ben Steinbauer
Official Site: winnebagoman.com
Wisconsin Death Trip (2000 - 76min) James Marsh
Workingman's Death (2005 - 122min) Michael Glowogger
Official Site: www.workingmansdeath.at
Amazon (DVD 09/02/08 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001B18752
The second in Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger's Globalization Trilogy,
after Megacities (1998) and before Whore's Glory (2011).
In four parts: Heroes looks at coal mining in the Ukraine, Ghosts looks at
sulfur mining on a volcano in Indonesia, Lions looks at an open-air butcher
market in Nigeria, and Brothers looks at scrapping ships in Pakistan.
The World of Buckminster Fuller (1971 - 85min) Robert Snyder
DVD Available From: www.mastersmasterworks.com
DVD Available From: www.microcinemadvd.com
Released on DVD MAY 2010. Excellent film about the genius saint, Buckminster
The World Within: C.G Jung in His Own Words (1990 - 62min) Suzanne Wagner
C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles: www.junginla.org
Amazon (DVD 2008 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001GOEY9M
DVD has extra interview footage: Sir Laurens Van Der Post (20min),
Gerhard Adler (30min), Lilianne Frey-Rohn (27min).
Zizek! (2005 - 71min) Astra Taylor
See also The Reality of the Virtual and The Pervert's Guide to
These films are more art films than they are documentaries, but they are
composed of "real" images.
Here is a website dedicated to NonVerbal films:
Anima Mundi (1991 - 30min) Godfrey Reggio
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/anima_mundi/
After being out of print for many years, this is included as a special
feature in the Criterion release of the Qatsi Trilogy (DEC 2012).
Baraka (1993 - 96min) Ron Fricke
Amazon: (2-disc special edition 2008) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CDLAT4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/baraka/
A Fan Site: www.spiritofbaraka.com
No dialog, but perhaps a message in this collection of sights from the
natural and the civilized worlds. Sequel, Samsara, released in 2011.
Bodysong (2003 - 77min) Simon Pummell
Amazon (DVD 07/12/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009CTUXW
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bodysong/
Chronos (1985 - 43min) Ron Fricke
Amazon (BluRay 09/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0089PZC1U
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronos/
(Not to be confused with Cronos, a feature film by Guillermo del Toro)
Nonverbal IMAX film using custom-built time-lapse cameras. Precursor to
Homo Sapiens (2016 - 94min) Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Official Site: www.homosapiens-film.at
Amazon (DVD 11/12/16 Kimstim): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01M15MR3N
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/homo_sapiens_2016/
A look at the ruins of the Industrial Age. No narration or music.
Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1982 - 86min) Godfrey Reggio
Official Site: www.koyaanisqatsi.org
Criterion (Qatsi Trilogy Box Set): www.criterion.com/boxsets/934
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/koyaanisqatsi_life_out_of_balance/
First of a trilogy, followed by Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi.
Leviathan (2012 - 87min) Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Amazon (DVD 10/22/13 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BFGRB1Y
Amazon (Bluray 10/22/13 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BFGRZNI
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/leviathan_2012/
Naqoyqatsi - Life as War (2002 - 89min) Godfrey Reggio
Official Site: www.koyaanisqatsi.org
Criterion (Qatsi Trilogy Box Set): www.criterion.com/boxsets/934
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/naqoyqatsi/
Third in the trilogy, after Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi.
Powaqqatsi - Life in Transformation - (1988) Godfrey Reggio
Official Site: www.koyaanisqatsi.org
Criterion (Qatsi Trilogy Box Set): www.criterion.com/boxsets/934
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/powaqqatsi/
Second in the trilogy, after Koyaanisqatsi and before Nagoyqatsi.
Samsara - (2011 - 99min) Ron Fricke
Official Site: www.barakasamsara.com
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 01/08/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008N9AASC
Amazon (BluRay 01/08/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008N9AAQ4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/samsara/
"Sequel" to Baraka. Shot in 70mm. Filmed over 5 years in 25 different
Visitors (2013 - 87min) Godfrey Reggio
Official Site: visitorsfilm.com
Amazon (DVD 06/10/14 New Video Group): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00IE6SWZC/
Amazon (Bluray/DVD 2-disc 06/10/14 New Video Group): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00IE6T0BC/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/visitors_2013/
Ballerina (2006 - 77min) Bertrand Norman
Ballet 422 (2014 - 75min) Jody Lee Lipes
Dancemaker (1998 - 98min) Matthew Diamond
Amazon (DVD 02/29/00 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767023447
The Dancer (1994 - 96min) Donya Feuer
Looks at ballet student Katja Bjorner during intensive study at the Royal
Swedish Ballet School. Also looks a bit a ballet shoes - including the
making of them.
Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (2001 - 100min)
In French with English subtitles.
First Position (2011 - 95min) Bess Kargman
Official site: www.balletdocumentary.com
Amazon (DVD 10/30/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008LC8RKE/
Follows seven young ballet dancers (3 boys, 4 girls) from around the world
as they prepare to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix. Excellent film.
The Freshest Kids - A History of the B-Boy (2002) Israel (director)
Official site: www.thefreshestkids.com
Interview with Director: www.evilmonito.com/013/kids/freshest.html
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006IUIP (totally stacked with 5-star reviews)
Super-cool film covers the history of breakdancing and features tons of
dance footage and interviews. I watched this film with amazement. The DVD
is PHAT with extras.
Margot (2005 - 163min) Tony Palmer
Official site: www.thefreshestkids.com
About British ballerina Margot Fonteyn.
Nureyev: Dancing Through Darkness (1997 - 51min)
Covers last years of the life of Rudolf Nureyev, after being diagnosed
Pina (2011 - 106min) Wim Wenders
Official Site: www.pina-film.de
Review at New York Times: movies.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/movies/pina-a-documentary-by-wim-wenders-review.html
Review at Wired Magazine: www.wired.com/underwire/2012/01/pina-wim-wenders-3-d/
Explores the work of dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch. She passed away as
filming began. Wenders cancelled the project and the dancers convinced him
to finish the film. Consists almost entirely of excerpts from dance pieces
peformed by Pina's troupe, along with some interviews with the dancers.
Filmed in 3D. Criterion will release this in 3D on DVD and Bluray 01/22/13.
Planet B-Boy (2008 - 95min) Benson Lee
Documents B-Boying (break-dancing) around the world, while looking at crews
in various countries preparing for an international competition.
Lots of spectacular stuff. (see also The Freshest Kids)
Rize (2004 - 86min) David LaChapelle
Crumpin' and Clownin' in LA. Super-cool. Also check out Favela Rising
(for another inspiring film about helping kids keep out of gangs with
music and dance), Bloods and Crips: Made in America (for another
look at South Central LA), and The Freshest Kids (for a comprehensive
look at break dancing).
Stepping: The Documentary (2008 - 75min) Marshall Blackwell, Norman Whiteburn
Review - BlackGrooves.org: blackgrooves.org/?p=684
Talking Feet (1987 - 87min) Mike Seeger
Subtitled: Solo Southern Dance: Flatfoot, Buck and Tap
Detailed Info: www.folkstreams.net/film,121
Demonstrations of various types of traditional Southern dancing, such as
tapdancing, buckdancing, flatfoot, hoedown, mostly accompanied by
traditional finger-picked string music, such as banjos and guitars. And
there's a washtub bass in here! Filmed in Virginia, West Virginia,
North Carolina and Kentucky. Lots of amazing footage. Last in the lineup
is D-Ray White, who you should know as Jesco's father.
(Check out Jesco: The Dancing Outlaw!) This is a treasure.
Twist (1992 - 78min) Ron Mann
Official Site: www.sphinxproductions.com/films/twist/
Wow - this was a cool find! The story of the Twist - yes, the "dance craze"
of the early sixties. And so as well the story of rock and roll and of how
America and the world went from the fifties to the sixties, "from square
to aware". This is not only a really fun film, but perhaps full of profound
insights. Before the twist, couples danced holding onto each other, followed
well-defined steps, and did not move their hips. The Twist introduced moving
the hips, dancing free-style (although there is a simple form to the twist),
and dancing apart (or even alone or in groups). There is a clip of Marshall
McLuhan on TV, explaining that the Twist is cold, not hot, and uses the
whole body, making it less sexual than earlier dances.
Ron learns that the song the dance was based on was not originally done
by Chubby Checker, so he finds the original artist, Hank Ballard, and
interviews him. Lots of other interviews, including American Bandstand
dancers explaining how they copied dances from black people and would never
admit it at the time. I watched this 3 times in 3 nights. A top favorite.
Ron Mann also made the excellent Grass and Know Your Mushrooms.
I rewatched this 11/23/13 - still finding it to be mind-blowing. Totally
loaded with clips from old TV shows and films. An important cultural
history. Highly recommended.
A Touch of Greatness (2004 - 53min) Robert Downey Sr.
Amazon (DVD 03/22/05 First Run Fetures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006Z2NL8
Wikipedia - Albert Cullum: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Cullum
Accidental Hero: Room 408 (2001 - 56min) Terri DeBono, Steve Rosen
American Teacher (2011 - 81min) Vanessa Roth, Brian McGinn
Official Site: www.americanteachermovie.com
At Berkeley (2013 - 244min) Frederick Wiseman
Official Site: www.zipporah.com
A four-hour look at the University of California at Berkeley in 2010.
Can order DVD from official site.
Brooklyn Castle (2012 - 101min) Katie Dellamaggiore
Official Site: www.brooklyncastle.com
Bully (2011 - 98min) Lee Hirsch
Official Site: www.bullyproject.com
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A4TMLKE
Looks at the problem of bullying in US public schools. Looks at several
specific cases, including a couple of kids who killed themselves.
Excellent film. Powerful, disturbing, highly recommended.
The Cartel (2009 - 90min) Bob Bowdon
Official Site: www.thecartelmovie.com/
Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk (2005 - 120min)
Official Site: www.decliningbydegrees.org/
Amazon (DVD 09/06/05 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ALM40S
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008 - 97min) Nathan Frankowski
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001BYLFFS
Critical Website: www.expelledexposed.com
Ben Stein investigates cases of scientists being ostracized for having
a belief in Intelligent Design.
The First Year (2001 - 80min) Davis Guggenheim
Flock of Dodos (2007 - 84min) Randy Olson
Subtitled: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus
Official Site: www.flockofdodosthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000PATZKQ
Hard Times at Douglas High (2008 - 113min) Alan Raymond, Susan Raymond
Subtitled: A No Child Left Behind Report Card
High School (1968 - 75min) Fred Wiseman
Official Site: www.zipporah.com
High School Boot Camp (2000 - 100min) Charles Braverman
I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1993 - 90min) Susan Raymond
Looks at an inner city school in Philadephia. Won Academy Award for Best
Documentary in 1993.
Ivory Tower (2014 - 90min) Andrew Rossi
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ivory_tower/
Looks at the cost of a college education.
The Lottery (2008 - 80min) Madeleine Sackler
Official Site: www.thelotteryfilm.com
Misunderstood Minds (2002 - 90min) Michael Kirk
Subtitled: Searching for Success in School
Nursery University (2008 - 85min) Marc H. Simon, Matthew Makar
Official Site: www.nurseryuniversitythemovie.com
Race to Nowhere (2010 - 85min) Vicki Abeles
Official Site: www.racetonowhere.com
Looks at underlying problems with America's public education system.
The Revisionaries (2012 - 92min) Scott Thurman
Official Site: www.therevisionariesmovie.com
The Rubber Room (2010 - 72min) Jeremy Garrett
Official Site: www.rubberroommovie.com
Should be very interesting. Its about a mysterious room in NYC where
schoolteachers involved in disputes are told to report. Sometimes they go
there every day for years not knowing why they are there or when anything
will be resolved. I have read that, probably as a result of this film,
NYC has closed the "rubber room".
I listed this here in 2009, after hearing about it on NPR. Has been a long
wait. As of June, 2012, still not released. Apparently, since the rubber
room has been closed, the filmmakers are working on a postscript.
Waiting for "Superman" (2010 - 111min) Davis Guggenheim
Official Site: www.waitingforsuperman.com
Critical Website: www.notwaitingforsuperman.org
Whatever It Takes (2009 - 54min) Christopher C.C. Wong
Official Site: www.whateverittakesdoc.com
Follows Edward Tom in his first year as principal of the Bronx Center
for Science and Mathematics.
Where Do the Children Play (2008 - 60min) Christopher Cook
Official Site: sites.google.com/site/wheredothechildrenplayproject/
University of Michigan: www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=360473
Michigan Television: michigantelevision.org/childrenplay/
Looks at the importance of play in the lives of developing children and how
kids have increasingly less access to outdoor play areas such as woods,
fields, vacant lots, parks, etc.
Whiz Kids (2009 - 82min) Tom Shepard
Offical Site: www.whizkidsmovie.com/
American Carny (2007 - 99min) Nick Basile
Official Site: www.americancarny.com
Todd Robbins: www.toddrobbins.com
Bizarre Rituals - Dances Sacred and Profane (1985) Dan Jury, Mark Jury
Can Order DVD Here: www.fakir.org
Fakir's Home Page: www.bodyplay.com
Documentary on Mardi Gras, tattoos, piercings, and mainly Fakir Musafar and
the Sun Dance ritual. Its actually about Charles Gatewood and his work on
those subjects. Rereleased on DVD in 2004 (as Dances Sacred and Profane
Redux) after being out of print for many years. Very special. Fakir is
the main man on piercing, body modification, etc. Check him out in the
Re/Search book Modern Primitives. Recommended.
Body Art (2000 - 50min) Kevin Bachar
Amazon (DVD 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y71T
Excellent film, made for TLC (The Learning Channel).
Circo (2011 - 75min) Aaron Schock
Official Site: www.circomexico.com
Amazon (DVD 09/20/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00551QQD4
About a small family circus in Mexico.
Circus (2010 - 360min) Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
Official Site: www.pbs.org/circus/
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 10/09/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003V6L8U6
A six-hour look at the Big Apple Circus.
Circus Rosaire (2007 - 93min) Robyn Bliley
Official Site: www.circusrosairemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002X86B78
Deceptive Practice (2012 - 88min) Molly Bernstein
Subtitled: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Official Site: www.rickyjaymovie.com
Ricky Jay's Official Site: www.rickyjay.com
Ricky Jay at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Jay
Amazon (DVD 11/05/13 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EO2I6O2
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/deceptive_practice_the_mysteries_and_mentors_of_ricky_jay/
About stage magician and actor Ricky Jay. Expert at sleight of hand, card
tricks and card throwing. Has appeared in about twenty films, including
Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Very interesting. Will make you
make to get out a deck of cards. Recommended.
Duffy's Irish Circus (2006 - 47min) Gabriel Leif Bellman
Amazon (DVD-R): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000JYW69K
Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World (2011 - 75min) Emiko Omori
Amazon (DVD 09/20/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004YDSNIU
Flesh & Blood (2008 - 83min) Larry Silverman
Official Site: www.fleshandbloodmovie.com
About American body modification artist Steve Haworth.
Freaky Circus Guy (2005 - 60min) Jane Burek
Official Site: www.sideshowmovie.com
Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic (1998 - 160min)
Amazon (DVD 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008975I
Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic - Part 2 (1998 - 178min)
Amazon (DVD 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000CGDQ7
1. The Blackstones - 43min, 2. The Maskelyne Dynesty - 43min, 3. The Royal
Dynesty 23min, 4. Daj Vernon - 23min, 5. Women Conjurers - 23min,
6. Mentalism - 23min.
Here's Looking at You: A Celebration of Body Art (2005 - 60min)
Amazon (DVD 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BKDO7U
Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry (2008 - 74min) Erich Weiss
Subtitled: The Life of Norman K. Collins
Official Site: www.horismokumoive.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hori_smoku_sailor_jerry/
Collins, who passed away in 1973, is widely considered to be the greatest
tattoo artist of all time. Interesting film.
Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery (2005 - 100min) Michael Meadows
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002OLT71G
Made for A&E's The History Channel.
The Jim Rose Circus Show (1993 - 35min) Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Amazon (DVD 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009V2KC
(was originally titled The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow when released on
VHS in 1993)
Jim Rose Twisted Tour: The Complete Series (2006 - 300min)
Amazon (DVD 2003): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CFX7BW
The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003 - 90min) Ann Marie Fleming
Official Site: www.longtacksam.com
National Film Board of Canada (can purchase DVD here): www.nfb.ca
Director's Website: www.sleepydogfilms.com
Make Believe (2011 - 91min) J. Clay Tweel
Official Site: www.makebelievefilm.com
Amazon (11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0094GMQEY
The Mark of Cain (2000 - 73min) Alix Lambert
Subtitled: On Russian Criminal Tattoos
Amazon (DVD 03/25/2008 Microcinema): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011UBDV8
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1193023-1193023-mark_of_cain/
Director's Website: www.pinkghettoproductions.com
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/2864/
Interview with Director at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/interviews/1168/
Article at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/features/1829/
Interview at Creosote Journal: creosotejournal.com/2011/08/i-would-talk-with-anyone/
Archive.org: (can watch online here) www.archive.org/details/AlixLambertsTheMarkOfCain
Wow, I just watched this (11/10/11) - incredible and amazing film. About
Russian prison tattoos. Served as a reference for Cronenberg's Eastern
Promises. This is definitely one of the most interesting films about
tattoos you will ever see. And as well it is probably as deep of a look at
Russian prisons as there is on film. Totally amazing, highly recommended.
Modern Tribalism (2001 - 76min) Mimi George, Rick Kent
Official Site: www.lowfifilmworks.com/production.html
Modify (2005 - 85min) Greg Jacobson, Jason Gary
Official Site: www.modifythemovie.com
BMEzine Encyclopedia: www.bmezine.com/index.php/MODIFY
Very interesting. Extensive look at the body modification subculture. Covers
all kinds of body modifications - tattoos, piercings, brandings, implants,
etc. Some parts might be hard for some people to watch. I had to cover
my eyes a couple of times. Very well-done, very cool film.
The New Sideshow (2002 - 49min) Tim Miller
Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour (2000 - 150min) Hugo Smith, Mick Grogan
Penn and Teller journey around to learn more about some of their favorite
magic tricks in this Canadian TV mini-series. Three 50-minute episodes,
one in China, one in Egypt, and one in India. Made in 2000, first aired on
CBC-TV in 2003, DVD released in 2005.
Sideshow: Alive on the Inside (2002 - 104min) Lynn Dougherty
Tattoo Nation (2013 - 86min) Eric Schwartz
Official Site: www.tattoonation.com
Amazon (11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CKXH3P0/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tattoo_nation_2012/
Women in Boxes (2008 - 82min) Phil Noyes, Harry Pallenberg
Official Site: www.womeninboxes.com
have not yet seen
The Ad and the Ego (1997 - 57min) Harold Boihem
Official Site: www.theadandtheego.com
Study Guide (34 page PDF): www.robwilliamsmedia.com/downloads/robwilliams_adego.pdf
Explores the impact of advertising through analysis of thousands of clips
from TV commercials. The DVD is $150 for libraries, and $295 for
universities. No option for home use. Might have to convince a local
library to order it. Or google around and you might some places on the
web where you can watch it online.
BBS: The Documentary (2005 - 262min) Jason Scott Sadofsky
Official Site: www.bbsdocumentary.com
Wired Review: www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2005/06/67776
A very thorough exploration of the history and culture
of the BBS (Bulletin Board System), which is how computers communicated
"online" before the Internet. One slow computer calls another one over the
slow phone line with a slow modem. I spent a lot of time on BBS's before
the web took off. This amazing film totally captures the BBS experience,
which I had long forgotten. The director did a lot of travelling to
interview many dozens of the main players in every aspect of the BBS scene.
This is a labor of love. I was way into BBS's back in the day, but not as
much as these people. This would have been amazing to see even back then,
to learn about who was behind everything. If you were into
computers back then (1980's, 1990's) or if you have an interest in the
history of computers or the Internet, this will be a great treat.
Totally worth buying for $30 from the official site. You can probably find
most of this online to watch for free but the DVD set is nice. This is a
low-budget film, but very well-done - its about the information, which
is presented in the form of interviews. Tons of interviews. 8 episodes
on 3 discs. Most episodes are 40 or 45 minutes, a couple are 20 minutes,
and each one can be considered a separate film. The DVD includes English
subtitles and director's commentary on all the episodes. There are also
many extra features, mainly additional interview footage.
The 8 episodes:
1. Baud - The Beginnings of the BBS (40min)
2. SYSOPS (System Operators) and Their Users (45min)
3. Make it Pay - The BBS Industry (47min) - (pretty much every creator of
BBS software is interviewed)
4. FidoNet (44min) - (the primitive pre-Internet pre-email mail message
5. Artscenes (43min) - (ANSI art - many artists are interviewed, including
members of iCE, ACiD and RoC. We see a lot of art - this is amazing!)
6. HPAC - Hacking, Phreaking, Anarchy, Cracking: The Underground BBS (39min)
7. No Carrier (22min) - (the end of the BBS as the Internet takes over)
8. Compression (21min) - (the PKWARE/SEA legal battle of the late 1980's).
Even having been there, and even though its what the film is about, it is
hard to keep in mind watching this that most of this took place BEFORE the
Internet and mostly before Windows. Many people would find this quite
boring - a bunch of computer nerds talking about obsolete technology.
But if this is sounding interesting to you, check it out - it is amazing.
Catfish (2010 - 87min) Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Official Site: www.iamrogue.com/catfish
(see also Talhotblond).
The Century of the Self (2002 - 240min) Adam Curtis
BBC TV 4-part series. Explores the history of public relations and its use
Citizen Hearst (2012 - 84min) Leslie Iwerks
Official Site: www.citizenhearst.com
Amazon (DVD 05/07/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BGLQHUO
Thorough history of the Hearst media empire. DVD includes a 45-minute TV
episode about the Hearst Castle. Also includes deleted scenes, including an
18-minute tour of the art displayed at the Hearst headquarters building.
Connected (2011 - 85min) Tiffany Shlain
Subtitled: An Autobiography About Love, Death, & Technology
Official Site: connectedthefilm.com
Wikipedia - Tiffany Shlain: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_Shlain
Amazon (DVD 03/12/13 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AALVHQU
I like this.
Copyright Criminals (2009 - 53min) Benjamin Franzen
Official Site: www.copyrightcriminals.com
Looks at issues involved with sampling. Special features on DVD include
extended interviews with Clyde Stubblefield (25min), Chuck D (35min),
and De La Soul (27min). Also 4 short features on the subject of Fair Use
produced by the Center for Social Media. Very interesting and recommended.
There is also a "Funky Drummer Box Set Edition" which includes a second
DVD and an LP.
Deep Web (2015 - 90min) Alex Winter
Official Site: deepwebthemovie.com
Free Ross: freeross.org
Wikipedia - Ross Ulbricht: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Ulbricht
Wikipedia - Silk Road: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road_(marketplace)
Wikipedia - Deep web: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_web
Amazon (DVD 11/01/16 Kino Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01LBIRFQQ
The inside story of the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, accused of creating
and operating the online black market Silk Road. Explores other aspects and
people involved in the Deep Web including cryptocurrency.
Essential Robots Collection ( - min)
Amazon (DVD 07/31/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002TC2GQI
This is a collection on one disc of 4 TV programs that have appeared on the
Discovery Channel. Each of these is an episode from a series.
I have not watched the last one, but found the other 3 to be quite
interesting and an excellent overview of where robots are at and where they
are going, even though dated.
1. 2057: The City (2007 - 43min)
2. Nextworld: Future Intelligence (2008 - 41min)
3. Extreme Machines: Incredible Robots (52min)
4. Junkyard Megawars: At the Movies (90min)
Good Copy, Bad Copy (2007 - 59min) Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, Henrik Moltke
Official Site: goodcopybadcopy.net
"About the current state of copyright and culture".
Excellent film - tons of ideas packed in here and well-presented.
Girl Talk, sampling, Bridgeport v. Dimension, de minimus, DangerMouse -
the Grey Album, Don Glickman (MPAA), Russian DVD piraters, Pirate Bay,
Pirate Party, copyright compensation, Nigerian film industry
(largest in the world, pioneers in digital filmmaking and direct to video
releasing, no copyright laws), downloading, Napster, global license,
Brazilian Tecno Braga scene.
Can watch online or download DIVX torrent through the official site
above. Hopefully a DVD will become available later. See also
Rip! A Remix Manifesto, Steal This Film.
Growing Up Online (2008 - 56min)
Amazon (DVD 03/18/08 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013MOLPY/
01/22/08 episode of PBS Frontline TV series. A bit dated, but interesting
to note that there are now generations who have not known a time when there
was no Internet. And rather than promoting fear about online dangers, the
show points out that most youngsters are aware enough not to fall for
obvious predaters, etc.
Hackers (1984 - 26min) Fabrice Florin
Subtitled: Wizards of the Electronic Age
See also Triumph of the Nerds.
Hackers are People Too (2008 - 43min) Ashely Schwartau
Official Site: www.hackersarepeopletoo.com
Subtitle: A Film About Political Hacking World Wide
Official Site: www.hackitat.com
raising funding as of 09/12.
Internet Rising (2011 - 53min) Andrew Kenneth Martin
Official Site: www.internetrising.net
A "digi-doc", consisting of lots of web-cam interviews with people involved
in the ongoing development of the Internet. Very interesting.
can watch at official site or youtube. can download in MP4 format at
archive.org. would be nice if a DVD was available or at least an image file
so DVD could be downloaded.
The Internet's Own Boy (2014 - 105min) Brian Knappenberger
Subtitle: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Official Site: aaronswartzthedocumentary.com
Amazon (DVD 01/20/15 AliveMind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00P0DMZGY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_internets_own_boy_the_story_of_aaron_swartz/
Excellent film. Highly recommended.
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016 - 98min) Werner Herzog
Official Site: www.loandbeholdfilm.com
Amazon (DVD 11/22/16 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01KZMQXI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lo_and_beheld_reveries_of_the_connected_world/
Macheads (2009 - 54min) Kobi Shely
Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media (1993 - 167min) Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick
Chomsky Archives: www.zmag.org/chomsky/
About Noam Chomsky. He is a professor of linguistics at M.I.T. and is
known as the father of modern linguistics. He has also been an outspoken
political activist for several decades. This film is both a general
introduction to Chomsky and a detailed look at some of his ideas about
the media and democracy.
McLuhan's Wake (2002 - 94min) Kevin McMahon
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/26670/mcluhans-wake/
McLuhan at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan
McLuhan's Official Site: www.marshallmcluhan.com
Basic overview of the life and ideas of Marshall McLuhan. Perhaps not
the best film you could imagine, but strangely enough, this seems to be
about all there is on McLuhan, one of the most important minds of the second
half of the 20th century. And since he is so interesting, this is
automatically a very interesting film.
Me@theZoo (2012 - 90min) Chris Moukarbel, Valerie Veatch
Official Site: meatthezoo.tv
About Chris Crocker, a well-known Youtube video blogger. The title of the
film is the title of the first video ever uploaded to Youtube (which was
by one of the founders). HBO bought early 2012, will probably show on
HBO this year before DVD comes out.
Militainment, Inc. - Militarism and Pop Culture (2007 - 124min) Roger Stahl
Filmmaker's Website: www.rogerstahl.info
Producer's Website: Media Education Foundation: www.mediaed.org
Excellent look at media and war. Highly recommended. Based on book of
same name. Put out by MEF, who for some reason keeps most of their excellent
stuff out of reach to everyone, unless you can afford to spend hundreds of
dollars. This one can be purchased "for home use" for $79.95, (regular price
is $225), its hard enough for most people to pay $20 for each DVD they want
to own or watch. No Netflix, no Amazon (but there is a torrent around).
Nerds 2.0.1 (1998 - 180min) Stephen Segaler
Subtitled: A Brief History of the Internet
Official Site: www.pbs.org/opb/nerds2.0.1/
Amazon (VHS 3-tape): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305128235/
Sequel to Triumph of the Nerds, also hosted by Robert Cringley.
As of 2012, has not been relased on DVD. Above Amazon link is for VHS.
have not seen.
The Net: The Unabomber, LSD and the Internet (2003 - 115min) Lutz Dammbeck
German Title: Das Netz
Official Site (in German): www.t-h-e-n-e-t.com
Otherzine Review: www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=14&article_id=22
Otherzine Interview with Director: www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=14&article_id=21
Very interesting. German film with English subtitles. Explores the
development of computers and the Internet along with the story of
Ted Kaczynski, the "Unabomber", who happened to be a test subject
in early LSD experiments. Interviews with John Brockman, Stewart Brand,
Robert Taylor, Norbert Weiner, David Gelernter. Special features on the DVD
include additional interview time with Stewart Brand and John Brockman,
and a very interesting interview with Paul Garrin, who is not otherwise
in the film. Highly recommended.
On Piracy (2007 - 104min) Julien McArdle
Subtitle: On Piracy and the Future of Media
Official Site: www.piracydocumentary.com
Can download DVD image free from offical site (as a torrent through Pirate
Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003 - 103min) Robert Kane Pappas
Official Site: www.orwellrollsinhisgrave.com
Reissued DVD has shorter runtime (84min) but includes extra footage.
OutFoxed (2004 - 78min) Robert Greenwald
Subtitled: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
Official Site: www.outfoxed.org
Amazon (Special Edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017LIDVO
The Fox Attacks Special Edition was released in 2008 and includes over
an hour of additional material. Check out the Newshounds
(www.newshounds.us), the group
featured in the film who watch Fox News everyday to keep track of what they
are up to.
Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011 - 90min) Andrew Rossi
Official Site: www.pageonemovie.com
Spends a year looking at the New York Times (2009-2010) as the newspaper
industry is faced with new challenges in the digital age. Spends a lot
of time with reporter David Carr.
Plug & Pray (2010 - 91min) Jens Schanze
Official Site: www.plugandpray-film.com/en/
Amazon.de (DVD 05/27/11 PAL Region 2): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/B004NCY47G
Looks at the promise, problems and ethics of robotics and artificial
intelligence. Talks to some of the top scientists in the world, mainly
Ray Kurzweil and Joseph Weizenbaum, whose contrasting views are explored.
I first ordered this from amazon.de in Germany (since it was cheaper), and
found that that version does not have English subtitles (it is PAL and
region 2). Then I ordered it from the official site - that version does have
English subtitles (it is region 0, and PAL). This is a German film, the
languages spoken are German, English, Japanese, and Italian.
The Power of Nightmares (2004 - 180min) Adam Curtis
Subtitled: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
BBC TV 3-part series.
Print the Legend (2014 - 100min) Luis Lopez, J. Clay Tweel
Official Site: www.printthefilm.com
Looks at 3D printing. Netflix exclusive. DVD released for Netflix rental
Programming the Nation (2009 - 105min) Jeff Warrick
Official Site: www.programmingthenation.com
Explores subliminal programming in American mass media.
Revolution OS (2002 - 86min) J.T.S. Moore
Official Site: www.revolution-os.com
About GNU, Linux, open-source and free software.
Rip! A Remix Manifesto (2009 - 88min) Brett Gaylor
Official site: www.ripremix.com
(You can download the film here for any price you want to pay)
Copyright vs. copyleft. Explores intellectual property rights, copyright
law, public domain, music sampling, remixing, mash-ups, baile funk, Walt
Disney. Features Girl Talk, Lawrence Lessig, Gilberto Gil, Cory Doctorow,
Dan O'Neil, Negativland. Don't miss the Stephen Colbert video at the end
of the credits. Very fun and interesting film, fast-paced and packed full
with tons of cool stuff. Highly recommended for sure.
See also Good Copy, Bad Copy.
The Singularity is Near (2010 - 79min) Anthony Waller
Subtitled: A True Story About the Future
Official Site: www.singularity.com/themovie/
Wikipedia (Ray Kurzweil): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kurzweil
Based on Raymond Kurtzweil's book of the same name. He is one of the
producers and a co-director of this film. Part drama, part documentary.
The DVD was released at the beginning of September, 2012. There is a 2-disc
edition which contains another 3 hours of extended interviews. The film
is mind-blowing, and does a good job of presenting many issues that we may
be dealing with soon. I tend to have a darker view of the future and of
technology itself, but it is good to see Ray's positive views. There is a
lot of criticism of Ray and his ideas (not in the film) and this is some
heavy stuff to think about - life extension/immortality, computers smarter
than humans, nanotechnology, legal rights of AI, accelerating pace of
information and technology, etc. To start getting a handle on all this I
would recommend check out the Wikipedia article on Ray (linked above).
And I very highly recommend this film. See also Transcendent Man,
Technocalyps, and How to Live Forever.
Contents of Disc 2: (Extended Interveiws)
Prof. Marvin Minsky, BA, PhD - 24min
Aubrey De Grey - 35min
Richard A. Clarke - 20min
K. Eric Drexler - 18min
Prof Alan M. Dershowitz - 15min
Robert A. Freitas Jr JD - 30min
Martine Rothblatt PhD, JD - 29min
Sonic Outlaws (1995 - 87min) Craig Baldwin
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sonic_outlaws/
Mainly looks at the case of Negativland and U2. Also expores issues of
digital copyright in general.
See also Rip! A Remix Manifesto, Good Copy, Bad Copy.
Starsuckers (2009 - 103min) Chris Atkins
Subtitled: An Expose of a Culture Obsessed by Celebrity
Official Site: www.starsuckers.com
As of 01/2012, this is available as a British PAL DVD.
Startup.com (2001 - 107min) Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim
Steal This Film Part One (2006 - 32min) The League of Noble Peers
Steal This Film II (2007 - 44min) The League of Noble Peers
Official Site: www.stealthisfilm.com
Very interesting films. The first one mainly discusses the 2006 raid on
Pirate Bay's servers in Sweden. The second one covers digital copyright
issues more broadly and interviews a wide range of people, even getting
into the history of the printing press. You can download ISO files from
the official site at no charge to burn your own DVDs. Language is mainly
English, some English subtitles are included where needed. According to
the official site, their next project will be called The Oil of the
21st Century (but its been awhile). Highly recommended.
Steve Jobs: Consciously Genius (2011 - 43min) Jason Boritz
Official Site: www.weinerworld.com/steve-jobs-consciously-genius.html
Amazon (DVD 05/22/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007EQQPDY
The DVD cover says "Unauthorized Documentary". Official site and Amazon say
70 minutes, no runtime given on cover. There is 1 title with 1 chapter on
the disc and it is 42 minutes and 42 seconds long. Low-budget but good
basic concise bio covering Jobs' life from birth to death.
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012 - 72min) Paul Sen
This is the full interview with Robert Cringely that was done for
Triumph of the Nerds in 1995. The DVD includes as an extra feature
a 69-minute 2005 interview with senior Mac programmer Andy Hertzfeld, now
Talhotblond (2009 - 75min) Barbara Schroeder
Official Site: www.talhotblond.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/talhotblond/
Very interesting story of a murder which came about as a result of chatting
in cyberspace. Amazing film, has some surprises. (see also Catfish).
Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013 - 79min) Cullen Hoback
Official Site: www.tacma.net
Looks at Intenet privacy.
TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (2013 - 82min) Simon Klose
Official Site: www.tpbafk.tv
Follows the three main guys behind the Pirate Bay, Gottfrid Svartholm,
Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, from 2008 up until 2012, mainly looking at their
trial over copyright violations. Since this film looks at the subjects "in
real life", the term "away from keyboard" is used, which is preferred over
"in real life", since they believe that "the Internet is real."
Very interesting film. This is a very important case in the battle over
digital copyright. Lots to think about. And we get a look inside the
Pionen White Mountains Data Centre in Stockholm, which looks like a scene
from a James Bond movie. As of the release date, Gottfrid is in jail, the
other 2 are wanted, and the Pirate Bay website is up and running.
Released 02/08/13 as a paid download on the official site and on youtube
and as freely available officially released torrents in many formats, with
DVD available later. Largely in Swedish, but includes English subtitles.
See also Steal This Film (above).
Technocalyps (2006 - 156min) Frank Theys
Official Site: www.technocalyps.com
Amazon (3rd party - PAL REG2): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002W5HZMC
"Three-part series on the notion of transhumanism". Very interesting, but to
me its more scary than hopeful. Looks at cutting edge technology in genetics,
artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, robots, etc. Part I - Transhuman,
Part II - Preparing for the Singularity, Part III - The Digital Messiah.
Dutch PAL region 2 DVD can be ordered from official site, amazon.com or
amazon.de. See also Transcendent Man and
The Singularity is Near.
Transcendent Man (2009 - 84min) Barry Ptolemy
Official Site: www.transcendentman.com
Amazon (DVD 05/24/2011 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MYOWYU
Thorough look at the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil. Very interesting.
See also The Singularity is Near and Technocalyps.
Triumph of the Nerds (1996 - 165min) Paul Sen
Subtitled: An Irreverent History of the PC Industry
Official Site: www.pbs.org/nerds/
TV Junkie (2006 - 107min) Michael Cain, Matt Radecki
Amazon (DVD Australian Region4): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002A6LKVU
Videocracy (2009 - 81min) Erik Gandini
Official Site: www.atmo.se/film-and-tv/videocracy/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/videocracy/
Looks at president Silvio Berlesconi's tight control of the Italian media,
apparently partly accomplished by providing lots of topless women on TV.
The War You Don't See (2010 - 97min) John Pilger
Director's Website: www.johnpilger.com
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012 - 93min) Brian Knappenberger
Official Site: wearelegionthedocumentary.com
Amazon (DVD Luminant Media): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009PCXGQY/
Amazon (Bluray Luminant Media): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009PDIFVY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_are_legion_the_story_of_the_hackivists/
A very interesting look at current hacker culture. Mainly looks at
Anonymous and 4 Chan. Highly recommended. Wired says it "goes deep...could
serve as a time capsule".
We Live in Public (2009 - 90min) Ondi Timoner
Official Site: www.weliveinpublicthemovie.com
Amazon (2-disc edition): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003VSL58O
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1217389-we_live_in_public/
Looks at Internet pioneer Josh Harris and some of his experiments.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013 - 131min) Alex Gibney
Amazon (DVD 09/10/13 Universal): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DENQEE6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_steal_secrets_the_story_of_wikileaks_2013/
Welcome to Macintosh (2008 - 73min) Robert Baca, Joshua Rizzo
Official Site: www.welcometomacintosh.com
A fun look at the history of Apple Computers.
WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (2004 - 98min) Danny Schechter
Official Site: www.wmdthefilm.com
Director's Website: www.newsdissector.com
A look at how the media covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Danny Schechter
is "the news dissector", he has been a journalist and a critic of journalism
for decades. Excellent film. See also Militainment for more on
this and Plunder, Schecter's latest film.
Mainly just some selected stuff of interest to me that I have come across.
(There's tons of music DVDs and I won't be attempting to list them all).
Over 200 films listed in this section as of 12/14.
Here is a large list of music docs at IMDB:
See It Loud: www.imdb.com/list/ls051443676/
20 Feet from Stardom (2013 - 90min) Morgan Neville
Official Site: www.twentyfeetfromstardom.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 Starz/Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E1LR284/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/20_feet_from_stardom/
Looks at background singers in Rock and Roll and R&B music.
Won Academy Award in 2014 for Best Documentary Feature.
5 Sides of a Coin (2003 - 70min) Paul Kell
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009KA8BC
Explores the five aspects of Hip Hop culture: "Writing, Breakin', Emcee,
Deejay, Beatboxin'". (also known as graffiti, breakdancing, rapping,
turntablism, and making noises with your mouth). Pretty good film, lots of
people in it.
A Band Called Death (2012 - 96min) Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino
Official Site: abandcalleddeath.com/
Amazon (DVD 08/13/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CPTUMO8
Agile, Mobile, Hostile (2010 - 86min) Tricia Todd, Eric Matthies
Subtitled: A Year With Andre Williams
Official Site: www.agilemobilehostile.com/
Ain't in it for My Health: A film About Levon Helm (2010 - 83min) Jacob Hatley
AKA Doc Pomus (2012 - 98min) William Hechter, Peter Miller
Official Site: akadocpomus.com
(this is a DVD-R)
All the Labor (2013 - 97min) Doug Hawes-Davis
Official Site: www.highplainsfulms.org/hpf/films/all_the_labor
About Austin-based band The Gourds.
All Ears (2013) Gus Sutherland
Subtitle: A Glimpse into the Los Angeles Beat Community
American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 - VOL 1 (2003 - 76min)
American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 - VOL 2 (2003 - 70min)
American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969 - VOL 3 (2003 - 66min)
American Folk Blues Festival The British Tours 1963-1966 (2007)
Lots of rare footage of bluesmen from the sixties, recorded live in
a TV studio in Germany. This was filmed during the annual European tour called
the American Folk Blues Festival. Each disc is a collection of songs by various
artists taken from various years. Lots of very special stuff. For me, the
most special treasure is the extra track on VOL 2 - Magic Sam - about 6
minutes - a brief interview, followed by 2 short songs.
American Hardcore (2006 - 100min) Paul Rachman
Thorough look at the American hardcore punk rock scene from 1980-1986.
Tons of interview segments with band members intercut with brief performance
segments. Lots on Bad Brains. Very cool film. Lots of special features on
Antone's: Home of the Blues (2004 - 90min) Dan Karlok
Official Site: www.antones-homeoftheblues.com/
Clifford's Official Site: www.cliffordantone.com/
Antone's Official Site: www.antones.net/
About Antone's, the legendary blues club in Austin, Texas, and its owner,
Clifford Antone, who passed away in 2006, after this film was made.
Antone's is known as "The Home of the Blues". This film
features quite a few top blues musicians, including BB King, Buddy Guy,
Albert Collins, Hubert Sumlin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sue Foley, Pinetop
Perkins, Jimmie Vaughn, Kim Wilson, Eddie Taylor, Jimmie Rogers.
Special features include brief but awesome interviews with Hubert Sumlin
(9min) and Pinetop Perkins (11min).
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2007 - 90min) Sacha Gervasi
Like maybe if Spinal Tap was a documentary, rather than a
mockumentary, or...rockumentary, if you will ...
Are We Not Men? (2014) Tony Pemberton
Official Site: devofilm.com/
Director's Webpage: www.montclair.edu/profilepages/view_profile.php?username=pembertona
Official docu about Devo.
As of DEC 2014, just starting to see some about this upcoming film.
Hopefully will see next year.
The Art of Rap: Something From Nothing (2012 - 106min) Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
Official Site: www.theartofrap.com/
FilmThreat Review: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/45437/
Artifact (2012 - 103min) Jarod Leto (as Bartholomew Cubbins)
Official Site: www.artifacttthefilm.com/
Athens, GA - Inside Out (1987 - 80min) Tony Gayton
Looks at the legendary alternative musical scene in Athens, Georgia in
the 80's. Features the B-52's, Flat Duo Jets, Love Tractor, Pylon, R.E.M
and lots more. Very special. A treasure for me just for the Love Tractor.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2011 - 70min) Marie Losier
Official Site: www.balladofgenesisandladyjaye.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/30/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008XNV52S
The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (2000 - 112min) Aiyana Elliot
Ramblin' Jack Elliot's daughter made this film about him. As well as
looking at his life, she attempts to find out why he was not a better father.
Be Here to Love Me (2004 - 99min) Margaret Brown
A thorough look at legendary singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
The Beatles Anthology (1995 - 600min)
Amazon (DVD 2003 5-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008GKEG
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016 - 106min) Ron Howard
Amazon (DVD 1-disc 11/18/16 Apple): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01NA7F5E2
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 11/18/16 Apple): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01LYU0DLZ
Amazon (BD 1-disc 11/18/16 Apple): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01LY1D3LP
Amazon (BD 2-disc 11/18/16 Apple): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01M13O81J
Note that this is available as a single DVD or Bluray and as a 2-disc DVD or
Bluray set, with special features on the second discs.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011 - 98min) Michael Rapaport
Amazon (DVD 10/18/11 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004Z29WWG
Amazon (BD 10/18/11 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004Z29WX0
Before the Music Dies (2006 - 93min) Andrew Shapter
Official Site: www.roadwingsentertainment.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0970369207
Amazon (DVD 12/12/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KGGP8U
Excellent film criticising the American music business. Recommended.
The DVD I have (there may be several editions) includes a good amount of
extended interviews and a live video of Doyle Bramhall II. (Note - there are
several listings for the DVD at Amazon, all appearing to be out of print,
and some at high prices. As of 06/12, the DVD
appears to be available from the official site for $17).
Benda Bilili! (2010 - 85min) Renaud Barret, Florent de la Tullaye
Amazon (DVD 04/03/12 National Geographic): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006US3ULW
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012 - 92min) Jay Bulger
Official Site: www.bewareofmrbaker.com/
Amazon (DVD 05/14/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BCMT0AQ
About Ginger Baker, best known as drummer of 60's supergoup Cream. This is
a mindblowing awesome film, covering an amazing life. You want to see this
if you are interested in Ginger Baker, drumming, rock and roll, jazz,
Africa, or cool documentaries. Highly recommended. See also the 1971 film
Ginger Baker in Africa.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012 - 113min) Drew DeNicola, Olivia Mori
Official Site: www.bigstarstory.com/
Amazon (DVD 11/26/13 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EL6ABAI/
Amazon (Bluray 11/26/13 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EL6ACRA/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_star_nothing_can_hurt_me/
Highly recommended for rock and roll fans.
Biggie & Tupac (2002 - 108min) Nick Broomfield
Subtitled: The Story Behind the Murder of Rap's Biggest Superstar
Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah (2011 - 74min) Kevin Triplett
Official Site: www.blazefoleymovie.com
(listed at Netflix as Inside Blaze Foley)
The Blues: A Musical Journey (2003 - 780min)
AKA: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues
Amazon (DVD 7-disc 10/14/03 Columbia/Legacy): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000CBHOI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/martin_scorsese_presents_the_blues/
This is actually 7 different films by 7 different directors, overseen by
Martin Scorsese. Broadcast on PBS in 2003, available as a 7-disc DVD set.
Disc 1 - Feel Like Going Home (79min) Martin Scorsese
Disc 2 - The Soul of a Man (99min) Wim Wenders
Disc 3 - The Road to Memphis (88min) Richard Pearce
Disc 4 - Warming by the Devil's Fire (89min) Charles Burnett
Disc 5 - Godfathers and Sons (96min) Marc Levin
Disc 6 - Red, White and Blues (93min) Mike Figgis
Disc 7 - Piano Blues (92min) Clint Eastwood
Brick and Mortar and Love (2012 - 70min) C. Scott Shuffitt
Official Site: brickandmortarandlove.com
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13 MVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BLXAURI/
Looks at independent record store Ear X-tacy in Louisville, Kentucky.
See also Last Shop Standing and I Need That Record.
Business as Usual: The Exploitation of Hip Hop (2011 - 61min) Jeff Dillard, Frank Pinnock
Official Site: www.businessasusualhiphop.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/11/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009H3LPF0
Circle Jerks: My Career as a Jerk (2012 - 96min) David Markey
Director's Website: www.wegotpowerfilms.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/11/12 MVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009ES41TK/
The Clash: Westway to the World (2000 - 80min) Don Letts
Clockwork Orange County (2011 - 74min) Jonathan W.C. Mills
Amazon (DVD-R): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0081L6NH4
Looks at a club called the Cuckoo's Nest in Costa Mesa, CA, which was
key in the punk rock scene from 1979-1982. Lots of interviews and lots
of live footage of bands at the club.
Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011 - 123min) Gorman Bechard
Amazon (DVD 11/20/12 2-disc What Were We Thinking): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0091JJ24Q/
Lots of people talking about the Replacements. There is no Replacements
music in the film.
The Concert for Bangladesh (1972 - 103min) Saul Swimmer
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2005 Rhino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AYQJ3I
Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust (2013 - 91min) Matt Weston
Amazon (DVD 11/05/13 MVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ERH12V8
About Australian punk-rock band Cosmic Psychos. I had not heard of them
before seeing this film, but they are sometimes considered the godfathers
of grunge. Very interesting film, covers their whole career.
Crossfire Hurricane (2012 - 111min) Brett Morgen
Amazon (DVD 05/21/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BQTLVWK
Mixes present-day audio interviews with members of the Rolling Stones with
archival footage. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band. The
director says he realized he could not cover 50 years in less than 2 hours
so he decided to tell a story. The story he covers here is how the Rolling
Stones were cast as the bad guys. The Beatles had taken the white hat, so
the black hat was available. And after the media painted them black, they
just fell into it. Excellent and very interesting film, recommended
especially for fans of the Rolling Stones, sociologists, and rock and roll
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981 - 100min) Penelope Spheeris
The Decline of Western Civilization: Part II - The Metal Years (1988 - 93min) Penelope Spheeris
The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III (1998 - 86min) Penelope Spheeris
Official Site: www.declinemovies.com
Interview with Spheeris from Onion AV Club: www.theavclub.com/feature/index.php?issue=3509&f=1
Amazon (4-disc DVD box set 06/30/15 Shout Factory): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00V02H564/
Amazon (4-disc Bluray box set 06/30/15 Shout Factory): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00V02H58W/
The first film is a very interesting classic documentary on punk rock in
L.A. I first saw this in Dale Hall at the University of Oklahoma, probably
right after it came out - it was quite an event, largely attended, and there
were many interesting-looking youngsters there from parts far and near. I
mean like from other states. This was a major deal! (way before Internet,
DVDs, etc) All three films were out of print for many years, finally
released on DVD and Bluray in 2015. I (and many others) have been greatly
anticipating DVD release of these films for a long time.
Deconstructing Dad (2010 - 98min) Stanley Warnow
Subtitled: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott
Official Site: scottdoc.com
Raymond Scott's Official Site: www.raymondscott.com
Deep Blues (1991 - 91min) Robert Mugge
Subtitled: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads
Director's Website: www.robertmugge.com
Classic film about delta blues, or more accurately for the most part, North
Mississippi Hill Country Blues. Robert Palmer (author of the book Deep
Blues) guides us along as we see performances by R.L. Burnside,
Junior Kimbrough, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes,
Big Jack Johnson, Jack Owens and Bud Spires, Booker T. Laury, and Lonnie
Pitchford. These are some of the top saints of the blues, largely overlooked,
especially before the Fat Possum record label brought Burnside and Kimbrough
to the attention of the world at large. See also my pages on
R.L. Burnside, Junior
Kimbrough and Jessie Mae Hemphill.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 - 110min) Jeff Feuerzeig
Devil Got My Woman (1966 - 60min) Alan Lomax
Subtitled: Blues at Newport 1966
Amazon (DVD 2002 Rounder): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000067NPL
The Devil's Box (2011 - 93min) Jason Hammond
Official Site: www.devilsboxmovie.com/
Looks at the history of fiddling in America. DVD is 3-disc set.
Devo: The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993 - 68min)
Amazon (DVD 2003 Rhino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000089QCI
This is a collection of Devo's music videos. Super cool. Apears to be
out of print. We should see a new documentary about Devo soon (2012).
DIG! (2004 - 107min) Ondi Timoner
Contrasts the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre and their
frontmen, Courtney Taylor and Anton Newcombe. One of the coolest and most
interesting of all rockumentaries. When I rewatched this in 2012, it sent
me into a long obsession with the BJM, obtaining and listening to their
records. They have a lot of records, all excellent and with some variety.
Dion - Heroes: Giants of Early Guitar Rock (2008 - 42min)
Amazon (CD/DVD 2-disc 09/30/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001DXF9N6/
This video accompanies Dion's CD of the same name, on which he covers 15
classic early rock and roll songs. Dion talks a bit about each artist and
he his buddy Bob "Crow" Richardson demonstrate some of the guitar techniques.
Doyle Bramhall II - Live from the Great Wall of China (2004 - 58min) Phil Chilvers
Cool set, less than an hour, intercut with interview footage.
Includes 49 minutes of extra interviews and performances.
Looks like this is out of print. Netflix has it.
Drums and Djembes of Burkina Faso (2003 - 26min) Patrick Kersale
The African nation of Burkina Faso was formerly called Upper Volta.
The film is just 26 minutes long, but the "Clips" section has an additional
43 minutes, which are actually the extended scenes that most of the film was
taken from. The four scenes on the 3rd menu screen of the clips section
features two complete performances from each of two djembe troupes - and
this is really some amazing footage.
Echotone (2010 - 90min) Nathan Christ
Official Site: www.echotonefilm.com
About Austin, Texas music culture. Looks at challenges faced by musicians
in a city pushing ahead with development which sometimes is not so compatible
with the way things used to be. The supposed "live music capital of the
world" seems to be lacking in infrastructure such as music venues and other
support for musicians. (see also The Unforseen, which deals with
development issues in Austin).
I was a bit surprised that (with one exception) all of the bands in the
film are "alternative"/"indie"/"college rock" bands, with no representation
of the roots music that Austin is known for. At least we get some time with
Black Joe Lewis including some live footage with the Honeybears
(including some dancers). He makes the comment - "there's no roots bands
anymore, its all indie rock now". We see him on his day job delivering fish.
I saw Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears when they played the Norman Music
Festival in 2011 and they blew the roof off the town. (Changed my life!)
I went out and got his CDs the next day. Have not been moved to do that for
a long time. So to me this film was worth it just for the time with him.
But lots of other bands and ideas in this film. And I think the producers
are planning to turn this into a series, looking at the same issues in
some other cities.
The "DVD" has been available from the official site since SEP 2011, but this
turns out to be a DVD-R - hopefully will be released on DVD. I had trouble
ordering the DVD from the official site (I think my computer is too old for
their complicated website) and trouble ordering from indiepixfilms.com
(I think they forgot my order) so I called
in Austin and got it from them. Which had an extra bonus - the guy on the
phone there told me that the current ruler of the Austin scene (not mentioned
in the film) is Gary Clark, Jr. His Wikipedia article does say
that he is considered by some to be the leader of the Austin music scene.
(also called "the Savior of the Blues" and "the next Stevie Ray Vaughn").
Check him out - his major label debut will be on Warner Brothers in 2012.
Anyway, this is a good film, and I recommend it, but just don't expect it to
cover the traditional roots-rock Austin scene, which is a subject worthy of
any number of full-length films yet to be made. (see above
Antone's: Home of the Blues for a start on that).
The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (2015 - 92min) Julien Temple
Official Site: www.ecstasyofwilkojohnson.com/
A meditation on life and death, looking at Wilko Johnson (singer of British
band Dr. Feelgood) as he deals with his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. See
also Oil City Confidential (below), a thorough look at Dr. Feelgood
by the same director.
Elvis: Return to Tupelo (2008 - 90min) Michael Rose
Official Site: www.returntotupelo.com/
Excellent film covers Elvis' life up until his first year or so of fame,
when he made a return visit to his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.
End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2005 - 110min) Jim Fields, Michael Gamaglia
Official Site: www.endofthecentury.com
Review (Filmthreat): www.filmthreat.com/reviews/6608/
Excellent and thorough documentary on one of the greatest bands ever. I
first saw this at the OKC Museum of Art - big crowd, fun time. Totally cool
film, highly recommended. See also Ramones Raw (below), and my
Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J (2005 - 97min) Steven Schible
Amazon (CD + DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000660UN0
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0006BGX2C
Escaped Maniacs - Iggy and the Stooges (2008 - 334min)
2-disc set includes a live show in Belgium with reunited Stooges and
interviews with Iggy (1hr), Ron Asheton (20min), and Scott Asheton (20min),
AND an hour-long documentary about Iggy Pop. Super-special. If you are a
fan, you want this! See also my Iggy Pop page.
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011 - 107min) Lev Anderson, Chris Metzler
Official Site: www.fishbonedocumentary.com
Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/22886/
Amazon (DVD 02/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QXT4S4
Fishbone's Official Site: www.fishbone.net
Excellent film. I got to see Fishbone once -
in Norman OK, at Rome 90, probably late 80's - a VERY intense and
Favela On Blast (2008 - 80min) Leandro HBL, Wesley Pentz
Official Site: www.favelaonblast.com
Not quite out yet as of 10/10. Should be super-cool. About baile funk, from
the favelas of Brazil. Also called funk carioca or favela funk. Check out this
Wikipedia article about the music: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funk_carioca
Filmage (2014 - 90min) Deedle Lacour, Matt Riggle
Subtitle: The Story of Descendents/All
Official Site: www.filmagemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD/Bluray 12/02/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00OBXD9FU/
Awesome rockumentary all about the Descendents and All.
The Filth and the Fury (2000 - 108min) Julien Temple
Footsteps in Africa: A Nomadic Journey (2007 - 67min) Kathi von Koerber
Official Site: www.footstepsafrica.com
Interview with Director: www.realitysandwich.com/footsteps_interview
For The Sake of The Song Bruce Bryant
Official Site: www.andersonfairthemovie.com
About legendary Houston music club Anderson Fair.
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2005 - 71min) Kevin Fitzgerald
Official Site: www.freestylethemovie.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freestyle:_The_ Art_of_Rhyme
From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale (2006 - 56min) Henry Chalfant
Director's Website: henrychalfant.com
Fugazi: Instrument (2001 - 115min)
Subtitled: Ten Years with the Band Fugazi
Fuzz: The Sound That Revolutionized the World (2007 - 91min) Clif Taylor
Official Site: www.fuzzthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 11/20/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BUFJ14/
Very interesting look at guitar effects pedals. Kind of a random series of
interviews with pedal-makers and musicians.
Genghis Blues (1999 - 88min) Roko Belic
Official Site: www.genghisblues.com
Its about blind bluesman Paul Pena and his journey into Tuvan throatsinging.
Very unusual. Really very interesting.
Ghost on the Highway (2006 - 96min) Kurt Voss
Subtitled: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club
Amazon (DVD 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UB3IC0
Biography of Jeffrey Lee Pierce, singer/guitarist of The Gun Club.
The film contains no Gun Club music.
Ghostride the Whip (2008 - 86min) DJ Vlad
Subtitled: The Hyphy Movement
Explores San Francisco bay area Hip-Hop culture. Lots of Mac Dre.
The title refers to the act of climbing outside of the drivers seat of a car
while it is coasting down the street and walking along side it, or maybe
dancing around or getting up on the hood or the roof. Yes, some wild stuff
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (2003 - 102min) AJ Schnack
This Might Be A Wiki: tmbw.net
Very fun film about the amazing duo They Might Be Giants - John Flansburgh
and John Linnel. Very inspiring, highly recommended.
Gimme Shelter (1970 - 91min) Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Classic film follows the Rolling Stones on the end of their 1969 US tour
which winds up with Altamont, where the film captures the violence that
some day signalled the end of the "Peace and Love 60's". See also
Ginger Baker in Africa (1971 - 54min) Tony Palmer
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000H7JCC8
Documents Ginger Baker's 1971 journey to Nigeria to set up a recording
studio. Lots of mind-blowing footage of African musicians.
See also Beware of Mr. Baker.
Girls Rock! (2008 - 89min) Shane King, Arne Johnson
About an annual week-long rock and roll summer camp for 100 girls ages 8-18.
The Gits (2008 - 80min) Kerri O'Kane
Official Site: www.thegitsmovie.com
Glastonbury Fayre (1972 - 87min) Nicolas Roeg
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009FHL9Y
I think this is the only documentary by Nicolas Roeg, who has had a long
career in movie-making (Performance, Walkabout,
The Man Who Fell to Earth). Looks at the Glastonbury Festival in
1971, which was its second year.
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014 - 116min) James Keach
Official Site: glencampbellmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 09/01/15 Virgil Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00Z0GES3E/
Excellent film, very highly rated. Takes a look at Campbell's entire
career, but focusses on his last tour in 2011-2012, after he has been
diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Features his family - his daughter
Ashley and two of his sons play in his band on the tour. Lots of musicians
talking about him.
Googoosh: Iran's Daughter (2000 - 158min) Farhad Zamani
Googoosh was Iran's most popular pop singer. She began performing at age
4 with her father, doing acrobatic tricks. She sang in 5 or 6 languages
and appeared in many feature films. After the Islamic revolution of 1979,
she was no longer allowed to perform. Instead of leaving the country to
continue her career, she remained in Iran and has been silent ever since.
Some oddities in the filmmaking style but very interesting content. Lots of
interviews, but Googoosh does not appear except in older footage. Could also
file this one under political - lots of info on the culture, history and
politics of Iran. I found this at Netflix.
Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation (2013 - 92min) Laure Archibald
Official Site: greenwichvillagedoc.com
Amazon (DVD 11/12/14 Fox Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EO2I6T2/
Very thorough look at 50's/60's NYC folk music scene. EVERYONE associated
with that scene is in this. Tons of interviews and performance clips.
Groupies (1970 - 92min) Ron Dorfman, Peter Nevard
AKA Groupies: The Movie (2006 DVD)
I'm not going to recommend this too highly. Includes a bit of Cynthia
Plaster Caster, who is better covered in the documentary of the same name
(listed on my Sex Films page). Includes
live musical performances by Ten Years After, Spooky Tooth, Dry Creek Road,
Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, and Terry Reid with Keith Webb and
Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends (2006 - 111min) Jasmine Dellal
Official Site: www.gypsycaravanmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/26/08 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017UOU30
Haack: The King of Techno (2004 - 70min) Philip Anagnos
Amazon (DVD 2005): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007L86HG
Came across a used copy of this, looked interesting, picked it up - wow -
what a cool surprise. I had never heard of Bruce Haack, he is a bit obscure.
He was making electronic music (and his own instruments) back in the
60's and 70's, including lots of music for children. He was influential on
some the people who knew about him, such as Beck and Money Mark (keyboards
for the Beastie Boys). He passed away in 1986. Very well-done film includes
lots of archival footage (including appearance on Mister Rogers) and lots
of interviews. Fun, interesting, recommended.
Half Japanese - The Band That Would Be King (1993 - 90min) Jeff Feuerzeig
I used to hear the name, I think Mooneyham played them on the radio here a
long time ago (back when there was still music on KGOU), but I never checked
into them. Someone recently turned me onto this film (thanks KH). Very
special. Jadd Fair, (along with his brother and his band) is certainly one
of the most important, influential, and unknown members of the American
independent music scene. They wanted to write songs and play rock and roll,
so they just did. They wanted to make records so they just did. Very
inspiring, very fun. Super special!
The Hand of Fatima (2009 - 75min) Augusta Palmer
Official Site: www.thehandoffatima.com
About late rock critic Robert Palmer and his friendship with the Master
Musicians of Jajouka. The director is Palmer's daughter.
DVD releases SEP 2011.
Hank Williams - Honky Tonk Blues (2004 - 82min) Morgan Neville
The Heart is a Drum Machine (2009 - 73min) Christopher Pomerenke
Some parts are a little fluffy, like the numerous brief clips of musicians
and actors answering the question What is Music, but some segments focus
on some very interesting people. The high point for me was near the end,
where we meet Professor Milford Graves. We need a full-length film just on
him. And I loved the old Saturday Night Live skit
they dug up, where Steve Martin, playing a character from the future,
reveals that we finally got a response from the Voyager space probes, a
4-word message - "Send more Chuck Berry". Tons to think about. Check it out.
Heartworn Highways (1975 - 92min) James Szalapski
Looks at the founders of the outlaw country movement in 1975/1976, including
Larry Jon Wilson, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe,
Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, Charlie Daniels.
This is a very magical film, very unpretentious, capturing these guys on
the road, in the studio, jamming on the porch, etc. Highly recommended,
especially if you like any of these guys. Many rave reviews at Amazon.
Highlights for me were Larry Jon Wilson in the studio recording
Ohoopi River Bottomland, Rodney Crowell singing Bluebird Wine
accompanied by some buddies on acoustic guitar, Steve Young singing
Alabama Highways. DVD appears to be out of print (10/2011).
VH1's Heavy - The Story of Metal
Excellent. Made for VH-1.
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007 - 84min) Suroosh Alvi, Eddie Moretti
Official Site: www.heavymetalinbaghdad.com
Henry Rollins Show - Season One (2006 - 600min)
3 discs (for the price of one), 10 hours. Not everyone will like everything,
but definitely includes some special stuff. (Such as...an interview with
Peaches, a performance by Slayer...) Complete contents listed in the
High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006 - 64min) Gary Bredow
Official Site: www.hightechsoul.com/
Distributor's Website: www.plexifilm.com/title.php?id=27
Looks at the birth of techo in Detroit. Focusses on Jaun Atkins, Derrick May,
and Kevin Saunderson (the "Originator", the "Innovator", and the "Elevator").
Also discusses history and culture of Detroit. Interesting film. DVD has
subtitles in English and German, and 17 minutes of extra interviews.
(see also Requiem for Detroit?)
Hip Hop Beyond Beats and Rhyme (2006 - 60min)
Producer's Website: Media Educaton Foundation: www.mediaed.org
Explores sexism, misogeny, homophobia, homoeroticism in Hip Hop.
Put out by MEF, who for some reason keeps most of their excellent stuff out of
reach to everyone, unless you can afford to spends hundreds of dollars.
This one can be purchased "for home use" for $19.95, (regular price $300).
(Also, there's a torrent around).
Hit So Hard (2011 - 103min) P. David Ebersole
Official Site: www.pattydoc.com
About Patty Schemel, drummer of Courtney Love's band Hole.
The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2007 - 87min) Paul Lovelace, Sam Wainwright Douglas
Official Site: www.boundtolose.com
Hoodoo Gurus - Tunnel Vision (2005 - 200min)
Disc 1 is a 2-hour collection of videos, disc 2 is an 80-minute
documentary called Be My Guru, which covers their history from before
they began in the early 80's up until 2004. (They put out a new record in
2010 called Purity of Essence). If you like the Gurus (or rock and
roll music in general), this is a very cool set. Focusses a lot on the
songwriting of Dave Faulkner.
The Howlin' Wolf Story (2003 - 87min) Don McGlynn
Subtitled: The Secret History of Rock & Roll
Hype! (1996 - 84min) Doug Pray
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Amazon (DVD 12/21/04 Republic OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000654YK6
Interview with Doug Pray: www.filmbuffonline.com/Features/Hype/DougPray'sHype.htm
About the Seattle grunge scene. Like pretty much ALL about it. Excellent
film, the first from Doug Pray. (See also Scratch, Infamy,
Big Rig, Surfwise).
I Am the Blues (2015 106min) Daniel Cross
Official Site: www.iamtheblues.com
A tour of juke joints and other venues of the Chitlin Circuit in the
Mississippi Delta. Features Bobby Rush, Barara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran,
Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal,
(not yet released on DVD as of May 2017)
I Dream of Wires (2014 - 102min) Robert Fantinatto
I Dream of Wires: Harcore Edition (2013 - 240min) Robert Fantinatto
Official Site: www.idreamofwires.org
Amazon - Hardcore Edition (DVD 11/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FVW2QEK/
Amazon - Hardcore Edition (Bluray): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00IIVIL3Q/
All about modular analog synthesizers. The focus may be on the resurgence
of analog synths, but this film actually covers the entire history. The
"hardcore edition" is a pre-release limited edition extended cut - 4 hours.
This is what I bought and watched. It is AWESOME. If you have an interest
in the subject you want the 4-hour version. This makes me wish all
documentaries were 4 hours long.
I Need That Record (2008 - 77min) Brendan Toller
Subtitled: The Death (Or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store
About independent record stores. Excellent and recommended.
I Want to Destroy America - The Atomic Music of Hisao Shinigawa (2006 - 66min) Peter I. Chang
Born in Japan 10 months after the atomic bombs were dropped, Hisao Shinigawa
has been trying to make it as folk singer in the US for a long time.
Interesting, odd, unique story.
I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney (2012 - 100min) Ryan Short, Adam Pease
Official Site: www.mudhoneymovie.com
Amazon (DVD 02/19/13 King of Hearts): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AMHFN3U/
In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (2012 - 58min) James Cullingham
Official Site: www.johnfaheyfilm.com
Amazon (DVD 11/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EOVF1EQ/
Intangible Asset No. 82 (2008 - 90min) Emma Franz
Official Site: www.intangibleasset82.com
Australian jazz drummer Simon Barker goes on a journey to meet South Korean
shaman and grandmaster musician Kim Seok-Chul. Along the way, his guide
takes him to meet several other amazing Korean musicians and singers.
Lots of traditional Korean music is featured as well as collaborations with
Simon on drumset. We meet a shaman singer who lived by a waterfall for 7
years, singing and shouting into the waterfall for 18 hours every day. When
Simon finally reaches Kim Seok-Chul, he has but days to live. Some amazing
footage of his drumming was captured in his last days.
This is a special and magical film, highly recommended, especially if
interested in drumming, music or shamanism.
It Might Get Loud (2008 - 98min) Davis Guggenheim
Jack White (the White Stripes), The Edge (U2), and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
get together to talk about playing guitar. Features each of them playing
music and also jamming together.
Its A Long Way... (2010 - 44min) Julie van Schooten, Kenneth van Schooten
Southern Culture on the Skids, Andre Williams, Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy,
Dirtbombs, talking about how hard it is to make it in the music business.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012 - 89min) Jesse Vile
Official Site: www.jasonbeckermovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/18/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009CSVQ7C
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960 - 84min) Bert Stern
Amazon (DVD 03/14/00 New Yorker): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00003OSU4
Amazon (DVD 01/01/09 Indie Europe/Zoom): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005NX0L
Covers the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.
Jeff Beck: Performing This Week - Live at Ronnie Scott's (2009 - 100min)
Excellent recording of a live show in 2007. Includes some interviews.
Jimi Hendrix (1973 - 102min) Joe Boyd, John Head, Gary Weis
Amazon (DVD 06/28/05 Deluxe Edition Warner): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009E3234/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jimi_hendrix/
This stood as the definitive documentary on Hendrix for 40 years, from 1973
until 2013, when Hear My Train A Comin' was released (see below).
Lots of performance footage, lots of interviews with friends, family and
peers. The DVD includes an extra hour of unused interview footage, titled
From the Ukelele to the Strat.
Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' (2013 - 117min) Bob Smeaton
AKA: American Masters: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'
Amazon (DVD 11/05/13 Sony Legacy): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F031WB8/
Amazon (Bluray 11/05/13 Sony Legacy): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F031XPS/
Premiered on PBS TV as part of the American Masters series NOV 5, 2013, the
same day the DVD was released. Probably replaces the 1973 film,
Jimi Hendrix, as the definitive Hendrix documentary, but you want to
see them both. The DVD includes over an hour of extra
features, live performance footage from: Miami Pop Festival, New York
Pop Festival, Love & Peace Festival, and Top of the Pops.
Jobriath A.D. (2012 - 102min) Kieran Turner
Amazon (DVD 12/11/15 Factory 25): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B015CVRQCQ/
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (2007 - 124min) Julien Temple
Official Site: www.joestrummerthemovie.com
Excellent award-winning film about Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash, who
died in 2002.
John Lee Hooker: Come and See About Me (2004 - 87min) Bob Sarles
Amazon (DVD 06/01/04 Eagle Rock): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001XAMH2
Juke (1997 - 27min)
Keith Richards: The Human Riff (2008 - 118min)
Amazon (DVD 05/17/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004IO4V70/
The Knights of Fuzz (2006 - 80min) Timothy Gassen
Subtitle: The Garage & Psychedelic Music Explosion 1980 to Now
Official Site: www.purple-cactus.tv/garage-nation/knightsoffuzz.html
Amazon (DVD 04/14/15 Purple Cactus): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JLYXPM6/
Garage rock / psychedelic revival. Fuzztones, Chesterfield Kings, etc.
Rather than a straight documentary, this is an expertly curated selection of
music videos representing the genres covered. Cool stuff, though to me there
is a lot of promise in this type of music which never quite seems to be
Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution (2008 - 180min)
Super-interesting film about the German electronic band Kraftwerk, led by
Ralf Hutter and Florian Schnieder. The first hour establishes some
perspective by giving an overview of early serious electronic music and then
detailing the "Krautrock" scene (Popol Vuh, Can, Amon Duol, Tangerine Dream,
etc). The next 2 hours cover the history of Kraftwerk, looking at their
first 7 records one at a time - Kraftwerk (1970), Kraftwerk 2 (1971),
Ralf and Florian (1973), Autobahn (1974), Radioactivity (1975), Trans-Europe
Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981). Lots of
interviews with musicologists and musicians. Although this is all about
Ralf and Florian, they are not interviewed, but we hear a lot from Karl
Bartos. Lots to think about here. Highly recommended.
(see also Moog, Ohm, Modulations).
Kurt and Courtney (1998 - 95min) Nick Broomfield
Director's Website: www.nickbroomfield.com
Uncut article: www.interlog.com/~jenj/Uncut9807.html
Uncut review: www.interlog.com/~jenj/Uncut9807r.html
Controversial and very interesting documentary about the death of Kurt
Cobain. Of course, Broomfield is always controversial (and interesting).
And yes, Courtney is the main suspect in this one.
The Land Where the Blues Began (1979 - 59min) Alan Lomax, Worth Long, John Bishop
Amazon (DVD 12/08/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030CNO62/
Official Alan Lomax website: www.culturalequity.org/
Classic film by the legendary musicologist Alan Lomax. Spends the most time
with Lonnie Pitchford (who shows us how to make and play a diddley-bo),
Napoleon Strickland (who shows how to make a flute from a piece of bamboo),
Jack Owens, Eugene Powell, and Sam Chatmon. Also looks at some preaching,
some gospel singing, and "toasting". My main man R.L. Burnside is shown
for about a minute during the opening credits playing Poor Boy. He also
gets 2 songs in the special features, sitting in a field with an amp
playing an electric guitar. My special new discovery in watching this for
the first time (May 2014) is Belton Sutherland, who plays a song in the
film and gets 2 songs in the special features.
Made with the support of Mississippi Authority for Educational Television
in 1978 and 1979, broadcast on PBS in 1980, re-edited with more narration
and less music, rebroadcast on PBS and released on VHS in 1990, DVD release
in 2009 is the original version and includes over 3hrs of extra features
(over 2 hours of that is full-song musical performances).
This DVD is a great treasure!
Last Days Here (2011 - 92min) Dan Argott, Demian Fenton
Amazon (DVD 07/31/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007QDUOP4
Looks at Bobby Liebling, singer of metal band Pentagram.
Last of the Mississippi Jukes (2003 - 86min) Robert Mugge
Director's Website: www.robertmugge.com
Director's Notes on the Film: www.robertmugge.com/jukes_notes.htm
Starts off at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero club in Clarksdale and talks a bit
about juke joints in general. Most of the film tells the story of the
Subway Lounge, which is in the basement of the Summers Hotel building in
Jackson , Mississippi. This is one of the last remaining juke joints and
was almost lost when the city decided the building needed to be demolished.
This led to an effort to renovate the building. Lots of blues music in this
film. Recommended to all blues music fans.
Last Shop Standing (2011 - 70min) Pip Piper
Subtitled: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Rcord Shop
Amazon (DVD 08/06/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BCJ0VJS/
See also Brick and Mortar and Love, I Need That Record,
Latcho Drom (1994 - 103min) Tony Gatlif
Review Edwin Jahiel: www.edwinjahiel.com/latcho.htm
Amazon (VHS 1998 New Yorker): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6304263198
Amazon (DVD 2006 Australia PAL Region 4 Madman): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KKNZ7U
This is a documentary about Gypsies making music. There is no dialog and
no story line. Just lots of Gypsies in different countries
singing and making music on all kinds of instruments. Very magical.
Released on VHS in 1996. Still hasn't made it to domestic (North American)
DVD. There have been DVD releases
in France (Region 2, PAL, 2001, out of print),
Japan (NTSC, Region 2, 2002, Japanese subtitles)
and Australia (PAL, Region 4, 2006). Most newer DVD players with play
PAL DVDs and most newer DVD players can have their region code limitations
removed. Since there is no dialog in the film, the language doesn't matter,
so it could be worth getting the Japanese DVD or whatever version you can
Lemmy (2010 - 116min) Greg Olliver, Wes Orshoski
Subtitle: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch (it says this on the DVD box, but not in the film)
Official Site: www.lemmymovie.com
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004FGA2NK
About Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. Wow - this is one of the most awesome
films about rock and roll ever, for sure. Totally amazing. DVD is 2 discs
with over 3 hours of extras, including lots of live footage and more
interviews. Get this! And make sure the volume is cranked up for the closing
Leo Kottke: Home and Away Revisited (1988 - 106min)
Leo's Home Page: www.leokottke.com
Leo at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Kottke
Leo Kottke is one of the most amazing guitar players ever. He plays acoustic
six and twelve-string guitars, with all five fingers. For years he used
picks on all his fingers. Later, after some hand problems, he relearned
to play without using picks. This docu is mainly lots of live performances
and some interview segments.
Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007 - 86min) John Paulson
Official Site: www.lespaulfilm.com
Let Me Be Your Band (2003 - 76min) Derek Emerson
have not seen, have not been able to track it down. about a favorite
subject - one man bands.
Let's Get Lost (1988 - 120min) Bruce Weber
Amazon (DVD 12/03/13 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EDR5MTK/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chet_baker_lets_get_lost/
About jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.
Let's Rock Again (2004 - 68min) Dick Rude
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F4TMH8
Spends time with Joe Strummer in the last 18 months before he died in 2002.
Lots of performance footage of his band, the Mescaleros, some old Clash
footage and lots of interesting discussion with Strummer.
Life After Death from Above 1979 (2014 - 83min) Eva Michon
Amazon (DVD 10/20/15 Passion River): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B013U8ENRY/
Excellent film about Canadian bass/drums punk rock duo Death From Above 1979.
The Life and Music of Robert Johnson (1997 - 77min) Peter Meyer
Subtitled: Can't You Hear the Wind Howl?
Hosted by Danny Glover.
Lightnin' Hopkins: Rare Performances 1960-1979 (1993 - 70min)
Amazon (DVD 2002): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000067NPO
Living in the Material World (2011 - 208min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (05/01/12 DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007JWKLMO
Amazon (05/01/12 BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007JWKLM6
Scorsese's awesome 3 1/2 hour film about George Harrison.
The London Rock and Roll Show (1973 - 80min) Peter Clifton
Amazon (01/05/04 DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000VLKWQ
Documents a "Rock and Roll Revival" show at London's Wembley Stadium in
August of 1972. Some incredible performances from Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee
Lewis, Bill Haley and his Comets, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. Also
includes a bit of Heinz (I'm pretty sure that is Wilco Johnson from Dr.
Feelgood on guitar) and Screaming Lord Such and the Savages. Mick Jagger
appears in the film giving some commentary and there are some brief
interview segments with some of the performers. There have been several DVD
releases, which may vary in length and quality. Not sure if the DVD link to
Amazon above is the same as the DVD I rented from Netflix (which was 80
minutes in length). And I repeat - there are some INCREDIBLE performances
here from some of the pioneers of rock and roll. Highly recommended.
Louie Bluie (1985 - 60min) Terry Zwigoff
Amazon (DVD 2010 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003N2CVQS
Zwigoff's first film (followed by Crumb), about Howard
Armstrong, an amazing 75-year old bluesman who seems younger than most
30-year-olds. Was out of print on VHS for many years, finally issued on
DVD by Criterion in August of 2010.
M for Mississippi (2008 - 60min) Jeff Konkel, Roger Stolle
Subtitled: A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues
Madonna: I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (2005 - 127min) Jonas Akerlund
Amazon (CD/DVD 06/20/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FA57RG/
Filmed during Madonna's 2004 Re-Invention World Tour.
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991 - 122min) Alex Keshishian
Amazon (DVD 04/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0075564A8/
Filmed during Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour.
Marley (2012 - 145min) Kevin MacDonald
Official Site: www.magpictures.com/marley
Amazon (DVD 08/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007PVHANM/
Amazon (BluRay 08/07/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007PVHAN2/
A very thorough look at the life of Bob Marley.
John Mayall: Godfather of British Blues (2003 - 59min) Peter Gibson
Amazon (DVD 06/29/04 Eagle Rock): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002CHIJ2/
MC5: A True Testimonial (2002 - 119min) David C. Thomas
Excellent and very highly rated film about the 60's/70's Detroit band MC5.
The film was tied up in lawsuits for many years and as of 2017, has still
not been released on DVD. You might find a torrent or a bootleg on eBay or
maybe can watch online.
Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie (2008 - 75min) Dianna Dilworth
Official Site: www.mellotronmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/19/10 Bazillion Points): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030FPNQ8/
Wikipedia (Mellotron): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellotron
Review from Planet Mellotron: www.planetmellotron.com/revdvd.htm
Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004 - 141min) Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Official Site: www.somekindofmonster.com
Same directors later made Paradise Lost.
Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue (2004 - 87min) Murray Lerner
Amazon (DVD 11/16/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00069FKN2
Modulations: Cinema for the Ear (1998 - 74min) Iara Lee
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000844LI
Good overview of the history of electronic pop music.
Monterey Pop (1968 - 78min) D. A. Pennebaker
Criterion (Complete Festival - 3 disc): www.criterion.com/boxsets/326
Amazon (DVD Criterion 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000E5LEWE
Amazon (DVD 3-disc Criterion 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006JU7P
Moog (2004 - 72min) Hans Fjellestad
Official Site: www.plexifilm.com/moog.html
Robert Moog's Company: www.moogmusic.com
Wikipedia - Robert Moog: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Moog
Wikipedia - Moog Film: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moog_(film)
Wikipedia - Moog Synthesizer: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moog_synthesizer
About Robert Moog (1934-2005), inventor of the Moog synthesizer.
This was made just a year or so before Moog's death, and features him looking
back on his life and talking with lots of the musicians who used Moog
synthesizers. I had the LP of Switched-On Bach when I was a kid. Quite
a sensation at the time. (Walter/Wendy Carlos is not in the film). The Moog
synthesizer, like the LP, was analog technology, back before we had computers
and DVDs. Highly recommended.
Muscle Shoals (2013 - 111min) Greg "Freddy" Camalier
Official Site: www.muscleshoalsthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 02/25/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H3JHH6Q
Amazon (Bluray 02/25/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H3JHE0K
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/muscle_shoals_2013/
The story of Fame Studios, Rick Hall, The Swampers, Muscle Shoals Sound
Studio. Very thorough, very interesting, well-made film. Highly recommended.
Music from the Big House (2010 - 88min) Bruce McDonald
Official Site: www.musicfromthebighouse.com
Amazon (DVD 01/08/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009DQ6SO4
Blues singer Rita Chiarelli travels to Angola prison in Louisiana and
performs with several groups of inmate musicians.
My Blue Star: The Life and Hunchin' Times of Hasil "Haze" Adkins (2007 - 75min) Ron Smith
Official Site: www.myspace.com/hasiladkinsmybluestar
Someone told me about this and I was very excited to look into it. So far
(MAY 2011) I have not been able to find any info except that there is a
Myspace page (Yikes!) which announces that the DVD will be released in 2008.
So no telling what's up with this.
Negativland: Our Favorite Things (2007 - 78min)
Official Site: www.negativland.com
This is a collection of music videos from Negativland, an experimental
alternative band. Negativland uses a lot of technology and a lot of found
sounds and they do a lot of mash-ups - remixing stuff from all over
the place. They have been sued a couple of times over copyright issues and
they are on the forefront of new ways of looking at copyright in the digital
age. I had heard of Negativland for many years but didn't really know
anything about them until I saw Rip! A Remix Manifesto (highly
recommended). There are 21 videos collected here. The bonus features (an
additional hour of videos) may not be all that great. Check out the BIO
which is accessed through the Bonus Menu, just some text screens, but gives
a thorough history of the band (also see the Wikipedia article). A lot of
this may be a bit "challenging" for many people. I was totally amazed
at most of this. For some reason I find the subject of Coke and Pepsi
very interesting so it was a great treat to find that seven of
these videos are about Coke and/or Pepsi. This is a very special and fun
treasure of coolness. See also Sonic Outlaws, Rip! A Remix
Manifesto, Good Copy, Bad Copy.
Neil Young Journeys (2011 - 87min) Jonathan Demme
Third Neil Young film from Jonathan Demme, following Trunk and
Heart of Gold.
New Orleans Music in Exile (2006 - 115min) Robert Mugge
Director's Website: www.robertmugge.com
New York Doll (2005 - 78min) Greg Whiteley
About the influential glam rock band, The New York Dolls, focussing on
bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane, who later recovered from drugs and drinking
and became a Mormon.
Nick Drake: Under Review (2007 - 90min)
A Review: rarerarefind.blogspot.com/2008/05/nick-drake-under-review.html
A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2000 - 48min) Jeroen Berkvens
Official site: www.nickdrakefilm.com
A Review: rarerarefind.blogspot.com/2008/05/skin-too-few.html
Shown on BBC TV. This is available on DVD as part of the 2007 re-release of
the Fruit Tree CD Box Set. Can be found to watch online.
A Stranger Among Us: Searching for Nick Drake (1999 - 39min) Tim Clements
Made for BBC TV.
The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008 - 74min) David Leaf
James Brown was scheduled to play a show in Boston on April 5, 1968, the
night after Martin Luther King was killed. Most major American cities were
up in flames and the mayor was considering cancelling the show. It was
decided to let the show go on and to televise it. This film tells the story
of that show and puts it in the perspective of the riots. Boston was quiet
for the evening. The TV station replayed the 2-hour show to make it a
4-hour broadcast. There is lots of archival news footage of the fires and
riots in other cities. Brown was summoned to Washington DC the next day to
help calm that city. Although James was not a pacifist, he thought it was
wrong that people would associate violence with someone who stood for
non-violence. There is some footage from the show, which has also been
released in its entirety on a separate DVD - Live at the Boston Garden:
1968. There is a very tricky moment when people rush the stage and
James asks the police to back off. The film also shows how James became an
influential leader in the Black community in following years.
North Mississippi Allstars: Keep On Marchin' (2007 - 113min)
Official Site: www.nmallstars.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Q9OD62
A 2-hour set (19 songs) recorded November 11, 2005 in Burlington, Vermont.
Includes a 10-minute interview with the band. Super cool.
Note by Note (2007 - 81min) Ben Niles
Subtitled: The Making of Steinway L1037
Official Site: www.notebynotethemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 09/15/09 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001P8M9FK
Review - Monsters and Critics: www.monstersandcritics.com/movies/reviews/article_1374232.php/
NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell (2007 - 87min) Henry Corra
This is an episode of VH1 Rock Docs. Not issued on DVD.
N.Y.H.C. (1999 - 87min) Frank Pavich
OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music (2005 - 150min)
This is kind of a collection of experimental music videos with a few
interviews. It is a companion to a 3-disc CD set of the same name. When
they say "early gurus of electronic music" they don't mean Kraftwerk.
Selections from John Cage, Morton Subotnik, Paul Lansky, Milton Babbit,
John Chowning, Robert Ashely, Alvin Lucier, Laurie Spiegel, David Behrman,
Holger Czukay, Jena-Claude Risset, Robert Moog, and others. Probably
mainly of interest to people who are really into this type of music (early
experimental electronic music). Some more accessible films in this area
would be Modulations, Moog, Theremin and of course
Kraftwork and the Electronic Revolution.
Oil City Confidential - The Dr. Feelgood Story (2010 - 104min) Julien Temple
Official site: www.oilcityconfidential.co.uk
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oil_city_confidential/
See my Fortune Tellers page. They totally hipped
me to this band and to this genre of super-cool rock and roll music,
the real stuff. There is another Dr. Feelgood DVD called
Going Back Home, which is a live performance from 1975.
OK - looking at the Facebook page on 06/04/11, I'm finding comments that
they have decided not to do a North American DVD release. So if you want to
see it you will have to get the PAL version from the UK (which is what is
being sold by 3rd party sellers at Amazon). Most newer DVD players will play
PAL DVDs (NTSC is the North American format). There may also be region code
issues, which can be gotten around also (most DVD players can be
reprogrammed to be region-free - just google your brand and model of DVD
player along with "region code"). Now after seeing this film a couple of
times, I'm going to say that this is one of the most awesome rock and roll
films ever made (along with End of the Century). This is one of the
coolest bands ever and this is their whole story. All of the members are
featured, but we get to spend most of the time with guitarist Wilko Johnson,
who is quite an interesting character. If you are into rock'n'roll and R&B,
check this out. (see also The Ecstasty of Wilko Johnson, 2015 film
by Julien Temple catching up with Wilko after dealing with pancreatic
The Old Grey Whistle Test - VOL 1 (2003 - 197min)
Official Site: www.warnervideo.com/ogwt1/
The Old Grey Whistle Test - VOL 2 (2006 - 146min)
Official Site: www.warnervideo.com/ogwt2/
The Old Grey Whistle Test - VOL 3 (2006 - 129min)
Official Site: www.warnervideo.com/ogwt3/
Tons of single-song appearances on BBC TV show from 1971-1987. These DVDs
are now out of print. And apparently the British PAL versions (also out of
print) include some performances that were left off of the American releases.
Loaded with treasure - lots of interesting stuff on these. Hopefully someday
more can be released - I assume each of these performers had a whole episode
full of music and interviews, plus there were many episodes not covered on
these DVDs. Song lists are on the Warner Video site linked above.
As of 05/10, Netflix still has these and used ones are on Amazon.
Pardon Us for Living, But the Graveyard is Full (2009 - 61min) Geoffrey Barbier
Amazon (CD/DVD Limited Edition 03/15/11 YepRoc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004K9HJB0/
This is a documentary about The Fleshtones, who have been together for over
30 years and released over 20 records. The DVD is packaged together with
the Deluxe Limited Edition of their 2011 CD, Brooklyn Sound Solution. Note
that there is also a regular edition which does not include the DVD. For
some confusing reason, the DVD is in a separate cardboard sleeve which has
the identical cover art as the CD, except for some small print on the back
indicating that it is the documentary. As far as I know, this is the only
way to get the DVD, but the CD is a good one, so it is well worth buying.
This CD happens to include Lenny Kaye on guitar. The film is great,
recommended for fans of the band and fans of rock and roll.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008) Steven Sebring
Official site: www.dreamoflifethemovie.com
A bit arty, as you might imagine, and very inspiring.
People Who Do Noise (2008 - 81min) Adam Cornelius
Official Site: www.peoplewhodonoise.com/
Wow - this was one of the most interesting music documentaries I have seen -
largely because I did not know anything about this genre of music. Now that
doesn't mean I liked the music - it was actually hard to take, and I don't
plan to explore much furthur in this area. It is noise - no rhythmic or
melodic elements. But its cool to see that it exists and very
interesting to have all these people explaining why they do this. I could
imagine watching this just for the interview dialog - skipping over the
music segments - but that wouldn't be fair. I could also see myself getting
to like some of this stuff. Lots of very interesting ideas and insights.
And I have to admit that although on one hand, I approached this with full
respect, on the other hand I would suggest that you could watch this with
comedic interest - it could almost be an episode of Portlandia.
(In fact the film is set in Portland and all of the 15 or 20 noise artists
in the film are in Portland - lotta noise up there). Here is a quote
from Soup Purse: "Its like Bladerunner music, its like what you could
expect....There is a nihilist stream in people who make this music. But
for me, there's no waking people up and causing the revolution. It's
fucked. And I'm fully comfortable with how fucked it is. And we might
as well just party."
Pete Seeger - The Power of Song (2007 - 93min) Jim Brown
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011 - 97min) Kenneth Bowser
Official Site: www.philochsthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 07/19/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004VN7RN0
Pianomania (2009 - 93min) Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck
Official Site: www.pianomania.co.uk
Amazon (DVD 02/14/12 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006A9XTOE
Looks at Stefan Knupfer, a virtuoso piano tuner.
The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story (2003 - 50min) John Edgington
Nice film about Syd Barrett and the early days of Pink Floyd. There are many
listings for this on Amazon, showing various covers, various manufacturers,
etc. The is also a 2-disc version with lots of extended interviews.
Amazon and IMDB show the runtime as 70min. The film is 50min and there are
5 extra features totalling 20 minutes - extended interviews with Roger
Waters and Dave Gilmour, Robyn Hitchcock performing It Is Obvious and
Dominoes and Grahan Coxen performing Love You.
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (2003 - 49min) Matthew Longfellow
This is from the Classic Albums, The Making Of series, although the film
does not identify itself as such. Lots of interviews, mainly with the guys
in the band. DVD includes 20 or 30 minutes of additional interviews.
Well-reviewed at Amazon.com.
Player Hating: A Love Story (2010 - 95min) Maggie Hadleigh-West
Official Site: www.playerhatingmovie.com/
Produced by George Martin (2012 - 86min) Francis Hanly
Official Site: www.eaglerockent.com/product/EV305259/
Profile of producer George Martin, covering his whole life. Lots of
interviews. 52 minutes of additional interviews in the special features.
Subtitles in English, Spanish and French.
This is also the title of a 6-disc set of CDs released in 2001.
The Punk Singer (2013 - 80min) Sini Anderson
Official Site: www.thepunksinger.com/
Amazon (DVD 03/25/14 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GS0927I/
About Kathleen Hanna, who started the band Bikini Kill and was a key figure
in the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990's.
Protesting the Dixie Chicks (2006 - 59min) Christopher Fleeger
Official Site: www.protestingthedixechicks.com
See also Shut Up and Sing.
Raga Unveiled: India's Voice (2009 - 260min) Gita Desai
Subtitled: The History and Essence of North Indian Classical Music
Official site: www.ragaunveiled.com
About Indian raga music. 4 hours and 20 minutes on 2 discs.
Have not yet seen. I expect this to be awesome.
From the makers of Yoga Unveiled.
Raisin' Cain: A History of Cain's Ballroom Tate Wittenberg
Official site: raisincainmovie.com
Upcoming film about the history of the legendary music venue,
Cain's Ballroom, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Ramones Raw (2004) John Caffiero
Ramones authorized film, featuring lots of live footage. Over 5 hours of
stuff. Very raw, as opposed to the more proper documentary,
End of the Century (see above).
Reformat the Planet (2007 - 72min) Paul Owens
Official Site: 2playerproductions.com/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0041ONFKI
About chiptune music (also called chip music), electronic music created
with old video game hardware.
Rhyme & Punishment (2009 - 99min) Peter Spirer
Looks at hiphop artists who have been in prison. Chapter titles: The First
Day, Marketing a Convict, Guns & Hip Hop, Proision Industrial Complex,
Prison Food, Race Relations, Recording From Prison, Calls, Letters, Visitors,
Knuckleheads, Parole Day. Very interesting.
Rhyme & Reason (1997 - 94min) Peter Spirer
About rap music and hip-hop culture.
Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubador (2006 - 57min) Max Shores
Official Site: www.maxshores.com/johnston/
Very cool film about Richard Johnston, who plays Mississippi Hill Country
blues as a one-man band, playing drums with his feet while singing and
playing guitar. Mainly plays on the street in Memphis. The film covers the
background of hill country blues - Mississippi Fred McDowell, Junior
Kimbrough, RL Burnside, etc. See also You See Me Laughin',
Robyn Hitchck: Sex, Food, Death...and Insects (2008 - 59min) John Edgington
Spends some time with Hitchcock in 2006 as he works on some new stuff
with Peter Buck, John Paul Jones and others. Lots of interesting comments
from Hitchcock, who has released over 20 records, starting with the
legendary Soft Boys in the late 70's.
Rock And Roll Heart (1998 - 73min) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
A thorough look at Lou Reed's musical career. As of 09/09 out of print,
can find used on Amazon, otherwise hard to find.
Rock My Religion (1984 - 55min) Dan Graham
Experimental, low-budget, art film. Presents some interesting ideas about
rock and roll music as religion. Hard to find, I don't think this ever
made it to DVD. You can find places on the web to watch this online
or download it. Try this:
Rock School (2005 - 93min) Dan Argott
Paul Green's School of Rock: www.schoolofrock.com
Looks at Paul Green's School of Rock in Philadelphia (which has since become
a national chain). Sort of the real-life version of School of Rock.
Very fun. Some younger and less talented kids work on Black Sabbath. The
more advanced ones work on Frank Zappa tunes and get to go to the Frank
Zappa festival in Germany. Very fun film.
Roots of Rhythm (1994 - 150min) Eugene Rosow, Howard Dratch, Les Blank
Originally produced in 1989 with the name Routes of Rhythm and
shown on PBS.
Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2007 - 240min) Peter Bogdanovich
Excellent. The 2-disc DVD set includes just the 4-hour documentary, the
4-disc set adds a disc of live performance (30th Anniversary Concert) and
a CD soundtrack.
The Sacred Triangle (2010 - 107min)
Subtitle: Bowie, Iggy & Lou 1971-1973
Amazon (CD/DVD 08/06/13 Chrome Dreams): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D9W7ZVI
Amazon.co.uk (DVD 10/18/10 Sexy Intellectual): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B003Z8ZC7K
Looks at the relationships between Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and David Bowie in the
years 1971-1973. Low-budget production but very interesting. This was
released in the US as a companion disc to a CD of audio interviews with
Iggy Pop. The 2-disc set is called "The Document" and this film is referred
to as "The Documentary DVD". The actual title does not appear anywhere on
the packaging, but is indicated at the beginning of the film.
Scratch (2001 - 92min) Doug Pray
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
About turntablists. Super-cool, as expected from Doug Pray. (See also
Hype!, Infamy, Big Rig, Surfwise).
The Search for Robert Johnson (1992 - 72min) Chris Hunt
Narrated by John Hammond.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 - 86min) Malik Bendjelloul
Rodriguez Official Site: www.sugarman.org/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/searching_for_sugar_man/
Amazon (DVD 01/22/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008JFUTT0
Amazon (BluRay 01/22/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008JFUTUY
Wow. This is a really amazing story and a very well made film. You might not
want to read too much about it before watching, since its kind of a detective
story. Highly recommended. Check it out. Note solid 5-star rating at amazon.
Won 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
DVD has trailer, English and French subtitles, no other features.
The Secret Disco Revolution (2012 - 85min) Jamie Kastner
Official Site: www.secretdiscorevolution.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/03/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DCRE30G
Shut Up and Sing (2006 - 91min) Barbara Kopple
Follows the controversy that erupted after Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks
stated at a concert on London that they were against the war and were ashamed
that the president was from Texas.
Song of the Dunes (2009 - 85min) Paula Fouce, William Hougse
Official Site: www.songofthedunes.com
Looks at some tribes of musicians and snake-charmers who have been trapped
in India's caste system, still in effect after being illegal for decades.
have not yet seen
Sonic Highways (2014 - 480min) Dave Grohl
Official HBO Site: www.hbo.com/foo-fighters-sonic-highways#
Amazon (DVD 4-disc 04/07/15 RCA): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00TL6QUV2/
Amazon (Bluray 3-disc 04/07/15 RCA): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00TL6QVSY/
Interesting concept with great results. Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters
visit 8 Amercian cities known for their music scenes and record a song in
each city at a specially selected recording studio. There are 8 one-hour
segments plus an additional disc of extra features. Most of each segment
explores the musical history of that city, talking with musicians,
producers, promoters, etc. Includes lots of archival footage. Mainly looks
at more recent scenes (last few decades, lots of punk rock) but some
segments reach back a bit farther (Chicago, Nashville). Each segment
includes some time in the studio as the song is recorded and ends with the
performance of the song. If you are a fan of the Foo Fighters you will love
this. If you are not a fan of the Foo Fighters but have any serious interest
in rock and roll, blues, etc., this is an essential film (and you can always
skip the Foo Fighters songs). And this is a really great deal - 4 loaded
discs for the price of one. The cities: Chicago, Washington DC, Nashville,
Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle, New York. Highly recommended.
Sound City (2013 - 108min) Dave Grohl
Official Site: www.soundcitymovie.com
Amazon (DVD 03/12/13 RCA): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2YH7D6/
Amazon (Bluray 03/12/13 RCA): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2YH7BS/
About the legendary recording studio in LA, which closed in 2011 after
operating for over 40 years. It featured a Neve console, which Dave Grohl
bought for his own studio. He brings together many musicians who recorded
their records there. Note solid 5-star rating at Amazon.
Sound of the Soul (2005 - 68min) Stephen Olsson
Subtitled: The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music
Official Site: www.cemproductions.org/sound.shtml
Soundbreaking (2016 - 425min)
Subtitled: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
Official Site: www.soundbreaking.com
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 11/29/16 Acorn Media): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01JPN6MYU/
Excellent 8-part PBS series explores the history of music recording.
Each episode is about 50 minutes long. Very interesting. Tons of interviews,
Episode 1: The Art of Recording
Episode 2: Painting with Sound
Episode 3: The Human Instrument
Episode 4: Going Electric
Episode 5: Four on the Floor
Episode 6: The World is Yours
Episode 7: Sound and Vision
Episode 8: I Am My Music
Speaking in Strings (1999 - 73min) Paola di Florio
About violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
Still Bill (2009 - 76min) Damani Baker, Alex Vlack
Official Site: www.stillbillthemovie.com/
Super special film about Bill Withers.
Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth (2004 - 40min) Philip Di Fiore
Such Hawks Such Hounds (2008 - 84min) Jessica Hundley, John Srebalus
Subtitle: Scenes from the American Hard Rock Underground
Amazon (DVD-R 02/19/09 Long Song Pictures): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001TK2A44/
Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan (2008 - 180min) Hannes Rossacher
Official Site: www.sunshinesupermanthemovie.com
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/35052/sunshine-superman/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005QKAZ
Donovan spends three hours telling his entire musical history, interspersed
with lots of archival clips. A second disc includes a couple more hours.
If you like Donovan (which I do), you will like this.
Synth Britannia (2009 - 88min) Ben Whalley
BBS TV Channel 4 docu about postpunk synth bands in the 70's and 80's.
I found on youtube. As far as I know, not on DVD. Very interesting.
Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014 - 87min) Reginald Harkema, Scot McFayden, Sam Dunn
Official Site: www.superduperalicecooper.com
Amazon (DVD 06/03/14 Eagle Vision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JPXAO5E/
Amazon (Bluray 06/03/14 Eagle Vision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JPXAOW2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/super_duper_alice_cooper/
Talking Heads Chronology (2011 - 109min)
Amazon (DVD 01/31/12 Eagle Rock Entertainment): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005JJSG4E/
Excellent compilation of rare video clips from the career of the band
Talking Heads. Mainly live stuff, includes early (1975/76) clips from before
Jerry Harrison joined. Includes a book which gives complete credits for
each clip. Special features include a 35 minute live show and a 10 minute
interview with David Byrne. Very special.
Teen A Go Go (2012 - 81min) Melissa Kirkendall
Amazon (DVD 03/13/12 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006RH3QNS/
An indepth look at the garage rock scene in Fort Worth, Texas in the mid
1960's. Lots of interviews with band members, lots of photos, video footage,
historical context. Awesome film for those interested in the subject.
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1995 - 83min) Steven M. Martin
Wikipedia (Theremin): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin
They Came to Play (2008 - 91min) Alex Rotaru
Official Site: www.theycametoplay.com/
Thoth (2002 - 40min) Sarah Kernochan
About the amazing street musician and performance artist S.K. Thoth. Very
special - check it out. DVD was once available separately, is now packaged
together as an extra feature with the DVD for Marjoe, an earlier
film from the same director.
Thunder Soul (2010 - 83min) Mark Landsman
Official Site: www.thundersoulmovie.com
Times Ain't Like They Used to Be (1985 - 69min)
Subtitle: Early American Rural & Popular Music - From Rare Original Film Masters (1928-35)
Official Site: www.yazoorecords.com/512.htm
Amazon (DVD 04/11/00 Yazoo): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305831327/
To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale (2005 - 88min) Jorg Bundschuh
Amazon (DVD 06/13/06 Time Life): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FBHCBY
Wikipedia - JJ Cale: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JJ_Cale
JJ Cale Official Site: www.jjcale.com/
German film released on DVD by Time/Life. DVD includes over an hour of
extras. Indepth coverage of the legendary mysterious master of laid-back,
"cool" electric guitar. This is a treasure.
Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003 - 89min) Mark Moormann
Official Site: www.thelanguageofmusic.com/
About the legendary producer.
Totally Wired (2009 - 79min) Niamh Guckian
Official Blog: totallywired.tumblr.com
About a synthesizer store in Berlin - Schneiders Buero.
Touch the Sound - A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie (2004 - 99min) Thomas Riedelsheimer
About the deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie. We'll give it an A for amazing.
Towncraft (2007 - 104min) Richard Matson
Official Site: www.towncraftmovie.com
Documents the independent punk rock scene in Little Rock, Arkansas over the
last 20 years. This scene, which arose in the late 80's was comprised
entirely of youngsters 14-18 years old, who made their own music, records,
shows, zines, everything. Definitive example of DIY (Do It Yourself). The
DVD package includes 3 discs - The DVD, and 2 CDs of music, plus a 60-page
Until the Light Takes Us (2009 - 93min) Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell
Official Site: www.blackmetalmovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003R9K08S
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003V6L92I
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003R9K08I
All about Norwegian black metal. Very interesting.
Urgh! A Music War (1981 - 116min) Derek Burbidge
Live performances of some 80's bands. Not as interesting as I had hoped,
but has some cool stuff.
Vinyl (2000 - 110min) Alan Zweig
Explores the world of record collectors, mainly looking at why people do
this. Interesting film, especially for record lovers. Looks like this has
not yet made it to DVD. VHS is out of print and rare. Can find places to
watch online (youtube and maybe a torrent).
Wasted Orient (2007 - 92min) Kevin Fritz
Official Site: www.wastedorient.com
A close look (maybe too close) at a punk-rock band called Joyside in
Wattstax (1973 - 103min) Mel Stuart
Official Site: www.wattstax.com
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000294U6E
Classic film looks at the Wattstax music festival, held at the Los Angeles
Coliseum on August 20, 1972. Organized by the Stax record label to
commemorate the 1965 Watts riots. Sometimes called the Black Woodstock.
Ticket price was one dollar. Performers include
The Staples Singers, The Barkays, Albert King, Johnny Taylor, Rufus Thomas,
and Isaac Hayes. Rather than a straight concert movie, the film spends most
of its time with interviews and other footage exploring the the black
experience in America. Includes several segments with Richard Pryor.
Definitely some awesome musical performances. Full of TREASURE.
Check this out.
We Call it Skweee (2009 - 60min) Iacopo Patierno, David Giese
Official Site: www.wecallitskwee.com
We Jam Econo (2005 - 91min) Tim Irwin
Subtitle: The Story of the Minutemen
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 06/27/06 Plexifilm): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FKO40W/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_jam_econo/
We Juke Up In Here! (2012 - 60min) Jeff Konkel, Roger Stolle
Official Site: www.wejukeupinhere.com
Amazon (DVD/CD 2-disc 05/15/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007JQY9G4
Wesley Willis - The Daddy of Rock'N'Roll (2003 - 110min) Daniel Bitton
A newer film, Wesley Willis's Joyrides, comes out soon (see below).
Wesley's song, "Rock and Roll McDonalds" was used in Supersize Me
Wesley Willis's Joy Rides (2009) Chris Bagley, Kimberly Shively
Official site: www.wesleywillissjoyrides.com
Art of Wesley Willis: www.artofwesleywillis.com
When You're Strange (2009 - 85min) Tom Dicilio
Official site: www.whenyourestrangemovie.com
Excellent docu on the Doors. Includes lots of interesting archival video.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everyone Talkin' About Him)? (2006 - 116min) John Scheinfeld
Official site: www.whoisharrynilsson.com
Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008 - 71min) Matt Wolf
Excellent film covers the life of avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter,
cellist, disco producer Arthur Russell.
The Wild World of Hasil Adkins (1993 - 29min) Julien Nitzberg
DVD Available from: www.appalshop.org
A look at "the Father of Psychobilly". Hasil Adkins made rockabilly
records in the 50's, Fat Possum recorded him in 1998 (What Was I
Thinking?), he passed away in 2005. This film was shot where Hasil lived,
in Boone County, West Virginia, also home to Jesco and the White Family (see
Dancing Outlaw and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West
Virginia). We get to see Hasil performing in a local bar
run by Mamie White (Jesco's sister).
As depicted and explained in the film, Hasil was a "one-man-band". He sang
and played guitar (and harmonica) while playing a drumset with his feet.
He would normally just use the bass drum and hi-hat pedals. He has inspired
quite a few modern rock and rollers, who mostly have modified this concept
a bit, usually using a pedal on the snare drum (so as to get a full beat,
bass and snare - BOOM BOOM POP). I got to see Hasil play in
1999, at the 66 Bowl in OKC. They said he got off the plane asking for vodka
and gravy. Check my Hasil Adkins page.
Woodstock (1970 - 184min) Michael Wadleigh
Amazon (Director's Cut DVD 1997): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0790729350
Amazon (Director's Cut DVD 2-disc 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NXDSLQ
Woody & His Guitar (2005 - 172min)
The Wrecking Crew (2008 - 95min) Danny Tedesco
Official site: www.wreckingcrewfilm.com
About the group of mostly uncredited LA session musicians who played on
dozens of hit rock and pop songs from the 60's and 70's.
Shown at festivals in 2008. Still no DVD!?! Hoping for DVD release in 2013.
Wu (2008 - 79min) Gerald K. Barclay
The story of the Wu Tang Clan.
X: The Unheard Music (1986 - 84min) W. T. Morgan
You See Me Laughin' (2002 - 77min) Mandy Stein
Subtitled: The Last of the Hill Country Bluesmen
Fat Possum Records: www.fatpossum.com
Looks at some of the major guys on the Fat Possum label, including
R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, and Cedell Davis.
Matthew Johnson's Fat Possum label started recording these guys just
in time to get them some attention before their days were done. Kimbrough
and Burnside have passed on, but not without making a stack of
ultra-cool records first. These guys are not exactly Delta blues, but
Northern Mississippi hill country, like Mississippi Fred McDowell.
A lot of the footage seen here was shot by Bradley Beasley (see
Okie Noodling, The Creek Runs red) for his first feature
documentary film, Hill Stomp Hollar, which showed a few times on
TV before Fat Possum bought the rights to it and used much of it to make
their own film. It would be cool if we got to see that one, but this
is a cool film anyway, how could it not be, with these guys?
For a while there you could just buy anything
on Fat Possum and trust that you were getting a record you would
be happy with. If you're into R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough,
T-Model Ford, or if you don't know about them, you want to see this film.
You're Gonna Miss Me: A Film About Roky Erikson (2005 - 94min) Kevin McAlester
Lots of films pertaining to the environment can be found here:
The 11th Hour (2007 - 95min) Nadia Conners, Leila Conners Peterson
Official Site: 11thhourfilm.com
Leonardo DiCaprio presents the global warming issue. This film is scary but
also hopeful, as it explores possible solutions.
Some interesting special features including an interview with Paul Stamets.
A Crude Awakening (2006 - 85min) Basil Gelpe, Ray McCormack, Reto Caduff
A Different Path (2010 - 80min) Montieth McCollum
Official Site: www.thirtymilesfromanywhere.com
Looks at some aspects of urban design, specifically sidewalks and
transportation. This sounds intriguing, but as of OCT 2012 there is no
indication of this being available. At some point the official site
disappeared. It did show at some festivals, and the director previously did
Hybrid, so maybe it will come out someday.
A Fierce Green Fire (2012 - 101min) Mark Kitchell
Official Site: www.afiercegreenfire.com
Amazon (DVD 10/01/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DGYF4RG/
Above All Else (2014 - 112min) John Fiege
Official Site: www.aboveallelsefilm.com
Looks at opposition to the Keystone XL pipleine in rural east Texas.
Addicted to Plastic (2008 - 85min) Ian Connacher
Director's website: www.crypticmoth.com
Very interesting look at plastic. What it is, health issues, pollution of the
oceans, alternatives. Serious stuff - recommended.
The Age of Stupid (2009 - 92min) Franny Armstrong
Official Site: www.ageofstupid.net
DVD is double-disc with many extras.
An Inconvenient Tooth (2012 - 170min) Guy Wagner
Official Site: www.aninconvenienttooth.org/
About water floridation. (I think there is a TV with the same name,
An Inconsistent Truth (2012 - 89min) Shayne Edwards
Official Site: www.aninconsistenttruth.com/
A response to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006 - 96min) Davis Guggenheim
Official Site: www.climatecrisis.net/
Al Gore gives his presentation on global warming.
Noted on 12/14/12 that the DVD is $4.00 at amazon.com and that there are
over 1,000 reviews there.
Bananas!* (2009 - 87min) Fredrik Gertten
Official Site: www.bananasthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 05/10/2011 Oscilloscope): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Z6YMFK
Covers the lawsuit against Dole involving the use of the banned pesticide
DBCP (dibromochloropropane, also called Nemagon, Fumagon and various other
trade names). The chemical is sprayed on bananas fields and causes
sterility in workers exposed to it.
Bhopali (2011 - 89min) Max Carlson
Official Site: www.bhopalithemovie.com
Beyond the Light Switch (2010 - 114) Ed Moore
Subtitle: What Will the Future of Energy Look Like?
Official Site: www.beyondthelightswitch.com
2-disc set, from Detroit Public Television.
Bidder 70 (2012 - 73min) Beth Gage, George Gage
Official Site: www.gageandgageproductions.com/bidder70
Wikipedia (Tim DeChristopher): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_DeChristopher
Tim's Official Site: www.bidder70.org/
Blind Spot (2008 - 86min) Adolfo Doring
Blood of the Amazon (2010)
Official Site: www.bloodoftheamazon.com
Blue Vinyl (2002 - 98min) Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand
Official Site: www.bluevinyl.org
Born to Be Wild (2011 - 40min) David Lickley
Official Site: www.imax.com/borntobewild/
Burning the Future: Coal in America (2008 - 89min) David Novak
Official Site: www.burningthefuture.org/
Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction (2010 - 80min) Monte Thompson
Official Site: www.calloflife.org
DVD includes 60min and 80min versions.
Carbon Nation (2010 - 86min) Peter Byck
Official Site: www.carbonnationmovie.com
The Chances of the World Changing (2006 - 99min) Eric Daniel Metzgar
Very sad. Looks at a guy who has dedicated himself to preserving various
species of turtles. Can't quite keep it going, and has to find homes for
hundreds of turtles, many endangered. There is a whole subculture of people
trying to preserve endangered species until a time when people might be sane
enough to restore the habitats that have been destroyed.
Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (2006 - 72min) Peter Richardson
Official Site: www.clearcutmovie.com
Cool It (2010 - 98min) Ondi Timoner
Official Site: www.coolit-themovie.com
Bjorn Lomborg at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjorn_Lomborg
Bjorn Lomborg's Website: www.lomborg.com
A thorough look at the ideas of Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical
Environmentalist and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's
Guide to Global Warming. Lomborg believes that man-made global warming
is a very real problem, but that everything so far proposed by governments
and politicians has been ineffective and a waste of large amounts of money.
He proposes radically different options and seeks to find the least
expensive ways to get the most effect. He exposes the corruption,
misinformation, politicalization, and fear-mongering in the global warming
arena. Very interesting and important film. Highly recommended.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014 - 85min) Kip Anderson, Keegan Kuhn
Official Site: cowspiracy.com
The Creek Runs Red (2005) Bradley Beasley, James Payne, Julianna Brannum
Official Site: www.thecreekrunsred.com
Can Purchase Here: www.cinematicapparel.com
Interview with Julianna Brannum: stillinmotion.typepad.com/still_in_motion/2007/12/interview-julia.html
About Picher, Oklahoma, one of the largest superfund cleanup sites, and
the people who live there. Showed on PBS Independent Lens in November, 2007.
See also Tar Creek, below.
Crude (2009 - 104min) Joe Berlinger
Official Site: www.crudethemovie.com
Examines the "Amazon Chernobyl", Exxon's dumping of billions of gallons of
toxic oil waste into the Amazon river.
Crude Impact (2006 - 97min) James Jandak Wood
Official Site: www.crudeimpact.com
Deep Green (2010 - 102min) Matt Briggs
Official Site: www.deepgreenmovie.com
The Disappearing Male (2008 - 60min) Marc de Guerre
Official Site: tvfinternational.com/programme/27/the-disappearing-male-
Amazon (DVD PAL): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007RNSM80
Looks at the effect of widely-used "hormone-mimicking" or
"endocrine-disrupting" chemicals on human health and reproductive ability.
Dive! (2010 - 40min) Jeremy Seifert
Official Site: www.divethefilm.com
About food waste and dumpster diving. Mainly looks at food waste in the Los
Angeles area by stores such as Trader Joe's and efforts to divert this food
to food banks.
Dreamland (2010 - 89min)
Official Site: www.dreamland.is
The Economics of Happiness (2011 - 67min) Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steve Gorelick, John Page
Official Site: www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org
The Electricity Fairy (2010 - 52min) Tom Hansell
Official Site: www.electricityfairy.org
The End of Suburbia (2004 - 78min) Gregory Greene
Subtitled: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Official Site: www.endofsuburbia.com
END:CIV Resist or Die (2011 - 75min) Franklin Lopez
Official Site: www.endciv.com
Director's Website: www.submedia.tv
Interview with Director: theartofdismantling.blogspot.com/p/interview-with-franklin-lopez.html
Derrick Jensen at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derrick_Jensen
Based on ideas from Derrick Jensen's book Endgame.
Energy Crossroads (2010 - 55min) Christophe Fauchere
Official Site: www.energyxroads.com
Escape From Suburbia (2007 - 95min) Gregory Greene
Subtitled: Beyond the American Dream
Official Site: www.escapefromsuburbia.com
Sequel to The End of Suburbia (see above).
First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture (2009 - 87min) David Sheen
Director's Website: www.davidsheen.com/firstearth
About houses made of earth, which are shown to be the most appropriate
house-building material for all places and situations. The director's next film
will be about how people should live in communities. Includes subtitles in
nine languages (English, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Hebrew, Slovak,
Polish, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese). See also Garbage
Warrior (below). Very interesting and important film.
Full Signal (2010 - 62min) Talal Jabari
Official Site: www.fullsignalmovie.com
More info/resources on EMF: www.lessemf.com/
Looks at the issue of cell phone towers. Very interesting and
important film. Although an excellent presentation, focussing on the subject
of cell phone towers, left me with many questions regarding the general
technology of what kinds of waves are being transmitted all around us.
See also Mobilize and Public Exposure.
Garbage Warrior (2006 - 88min) Oliver Hodge
Official Site: www.garbagewarrior.com
About Mike Reynolds, who has been building "Earthships" in New Mexico
for decades. Earthships are self-contained human houses, sometimes built with
waste materials, which need no water, sewer, gas, or electric lines. Rainwater
is caught on the roof and stored under the house. Passive solar design keeps
building warm in winter and cool in summer. At some point the state started
to harass him due to non-conformance with building codes. He fought for awhile,
then gave up and went to help tsunami victims in Indonesia, teaching them how
to build houses with coke bottles and mud. Then went to help with Katrina.
Then went back to fighting legal battle in New Mexico, finally succeeding in
getting law passed to allow state to issue permits for experimental buildings.
Very inspiring. Although many of his houses are shown and explained, this
is not really a how-to-build video. There are lots of books available with
details on how to build Earthships. Just search Amazon for Earthship or
Mike Reynolds. An important film for the future evolution of
civilization. Highly recommended. See also First Earth (above).
Gas Hole (2011 - 101min) Scott Roberts, Jeremy Wagener
Official Site: www.gasholethemovie.com
Gimme Green (2006 - 27min) Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg
Official Site: www.gimmegreen.com
From the DVD cover: "Lawns are undeniably an American Symbol. But what do they
really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green is
a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the
effects it has on our environment, our wallets, and our outlook on life.
From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest,
Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our
nation's largest irrigated crop - the lawn." (sold as DVD-R)
As a member of the lawncare and landscaping industry (and a human who
cares about the planet) I found this very interesting and entertaining.
Lots of information is packed into this little film.
Go Further (2003 - 80min) Ron Mann
Official Site: www.sphinxproductions.com/films/gofurther/
The Great Invisible (2014 - 92min) Margaret Brown
Looks at the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill.
The Great Squeeze (2009 - 67min) Christophe Fauchere
Subtitle: Surviving the Human Project
Official Site: www.thegreatsqueeze.com/
The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007 - 120min) Martin Durkin
Official Site: www.greatglobalwarmingswindle.com
There's two sides to this story. The "deniers" are not saying that there is
no climate change. They are saying that there may be global cooling, there
may be global warming, there may all kinds of climate change, maybe quite
catastrophic, but that it is not due to man-made CO2 emmissions (or at least
that that has not been proven). There has always been climate change,
there just has never before been a huge population
which is totally dependent upon industrial agriculture and other structures
which can be greatly affected by climate change. The sun is the major force
behind climate change, as measured by sunspot activity. In my opinion humans
are destroying the planet as quickly as possible in every way we can, and
this needs to change. But the man-made CO2 global-warming cap-and-trade
scheme that Al Gore has convinced so many to embrace is not what it seems
and will do nothing to help us. This film may have some flaws, but so do the
arguments on the other side. Probably you can find most or all of this film
available to watch online for free. The Wikipedia article on this film is
Greedy Lying Bastards (2012 - 90min) Craig Scott Rosebraugh
Official Site: www.greedylyingbastards.com
Released in theaters 03/08/13.
Hauling (2010 - 95min) Sean Walsh
Official Site: www.haulingdoc.com
Looks at a man named Claudines, who makes his living recycling in
Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Haynesville (2009 - 74min) Gregory Kallenberg
Official Site: www.haynesvillemovie.com
H2Oil (2009 - 76min) Shannon Walsh
Official Site: www.h2oildoc.com
Official Site: www.toxicfuels.com
Home (2009 - 118min) Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Official Site: www.homethemovie.org
Consists entirely of aerial footage of the Earth. Tells the story of how
life evolved, how life works and how humans are affecting the planet.
Narrated by Glenn Close.
Houston We Have A Problem (2009 - 82min) Nicole Torre
Official Site: www.houstonwehaveaproblemfilm.com
If A Tree Falls (2011 - 85min) Marshall Curry
Subtitled: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Official Site: www.ifatreefalls.com
This might be more accurately placed in the political category, but we'll
leave it here.
The Island President (2010 - 75min)
Official Site: theislandpresident.com
The Last Days of Shishmaref (2008 - 93min) Jan Louter
Official Site: www.thelastdaysofshishmaref.com
The Last Mountain (2011 - 95min) Bill Haney
Official Site: www.thelastmountainmovie.com
Libby, Montana (2004 - 116min) Drury Gunn Carr, Doug Hawes-Davis
Libby, Montana is the site for a large vermiculite mine run by the W.R.
Grace Company. The mining process stirs up a very toxic form of asbestos
dust which has affected all of the over 2000 residents. Shown on PBS in 2007.
Lord of the Ants (2008 - 54min) David Dugan
Looks at the life of biologist E.O. Wilson. This is an episode of the PBS
TV show, Nova.
Metanoia - A New Vision of Nature (2007 - 64min) Simon G. Powell
Director's Site: www.psychoactive-media.com
Wow - this was a mind-blowing experience to watch. Highly recommended.
The film totally explains the obvious missing point of view in the debate about
evolution between science and religion.
Puts forth the idea that orthodox science and religion both miss the concept of
natural intelligence. Science sees evolution (including life itself) as random
chance, while religion puts the intelligence outside of nature. Suggests
replacing "survival of the fittest" with "survival of what makes sense".
Uses the example of computer generated evolution to show that the intelligence
in the process of evolution depends on the intelligence in the software
and the hardware. Although a low-budget, do-it-yourself film, this is very
well made and contains some state-of-the-art animation. Can order from Amazon,
I ordered it from home site, it was about $21 and showed up in the mail from
Switzerland in about a week. (Supplied as a DVD-R).
Mine Your Own Business (2006 - 66min) Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney
Subtitled: The Dark Side of Environmentalism
Official Site: www.mineyourownbusiness.org
Mobilize: A Film About Cellphone Radiation (2013 - 90min) Kevin Kunze
Official Site: www.mobilizemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/14/14 Entertainment One): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00M58FRQM
Explores possible health effects from cellphone radiation, including
brain tumors and infertility. (Original working title was Disconnect).
See also Full Signal and Public Exposure.
Mother (2012 - 60min) Christophe Fauchere
Subtitle: Caring for 7 Billion
Official Site: www.motherthefilm.com
Addresses population growth.
Mountain Top Removal (2007 - 74min) Michael Cusack O'Connell
Official Site: www.hawriverfilms.com/id11.html
The Natural State of America (2011 - 76min) Terrell Case, Timothy Lucas Wistrand, Matthew Corey Gattin
Official Site: www.naturalstateofamerica.com
No Impact Man (2009 - 93min) Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein
Official Site: www.noimpactdoc.com
Not Evil Just Wrong (2009 - 90min) Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney
Subtitled: The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria
Official Site: www.noteviljustwrong.com
Mother Jones: motherjones.com/politics/2009/11/tea-partiers-next-target-climate-bill
Oil, Smoke and Mirrors (2007 - 50min) Ronan Doyle
Official Site: www.oilsmokeandmirrors.net
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8677389869548020370
The Passive House Revolution (2013 - 45min) Faith Morgan, Eugene "Pat" Murphy
Official Site: www.communitysolution.org
Wikipedia article on the concept: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house
Petroapocalypse Now? (2008 - 48min) Andrew Evans
Official Site: www.petroapocalypsenow.com
Petropolis (2010 - 45min) Peter Mettler
Subtitled: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Official Site: www.petropolis-film.com
Official Site: www.toxicfuels.com
The Planet (2006 - 110min) Johan Soderberg, Michael Stenberg, Linus Torell
Plastic Planet (2010 - 95min) Werner Boot
Official Site: www.firstrunfeatures.com/plasticplanet/
Amazon (DVD 04/12/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004IY3G32
Public Exposure: DNA, Democracy and the Wireless Revolution (2000 - 58min) James Heddle
Watch on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJbCa-MZwXM
Resonance: Beings of Frequency (2013 - 88min) James Russell
Amazon (DVD 03/16/16 Janson Media): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D6QUIJ8
As of 11/17, appears to be watchable on Vimeo and Youtube.
Explores possible health effects from cellphone radiation.
See also Full Signal, Mobilize and Public Exposure.
Revenge of the Electric Car (2011 - 90min) Chris Paine
Official Site: www.revengeoftheelectriccar.com
Amazon (DVD 01/24/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005TZFZK6
Sequel to Who Killed the Electric Car? (see below)
This is a very interesting, very well-made film. Follows 4 different
entrepreneurs in the world of electric cars: Bob Lutz of General Motors
(he has been the force behind the Volt), Elon Musk (founder of Tesla Motors),
Carlos Ghosn of Nissan (relentlessly pushing the Leaf), and Greg Abbot
(an independent car converter in California, who goes by "Gadget").
The film covers the years 2007 through 2010. Each of these guys have
very interesting stories as they go from moving forward with great ideas
and lots of optimism and promising successes, and then into great
difficulties and then eventually succeeding with their visions. This
documents what will be a very important chapter in history, as electric
cars finally begin to be developed. Very inspiring and hopeful.
Running on Climate (2015)
Official Site: icycle.ca/runningonclimate
Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011 - 75min) Rachel Libert, Tony Hardmon
Official Site: semperfialwaysfaithful.com
Amazon (DVD 10/09/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008IGP8ZA
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/semper_fi_always_faithful/
About water contamination at Camp Lejune (US Marine base in North Carolina).
The Soil Solution (2012 - 53min) Jill Cloutier, Carol Hirashima
Official Site: sustainableworldmedia.com/
Song of the Canary (1978 - 58min) Josh Hanig
Distributor (VHS): www.newday.com/films/Song_of_the_Canary.html
Info on the filmmaker: www.newday.com/filmmakers/Josh_Hanig.html
Looks at workplace exposure to DBCP (see also Bananas!*) and at
conditions in textile factories in the American south. Needs to be
issued on DVD.
Soundtracker (2010 - 82min) Nicholas Sherman
Official Site: www.soundtrackerthemovie.com/
About "acoustic ecologist" Gordon Hempton.
Speciesism: The Movie (2013 - 94min) Mark Devries
Official Site: speciesismthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 09/18/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GWSKWH0
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/speciesism_the_movie/
Submission (2010 - 87min) Stefan Jarl
Subtitle: In Defence of the Unborn
Swedish Title: Underkastelsen
Official Site: www.underkastelsen.se
Director's Website: www.stefanjarl.se
Explores the effects on humans of the hundreds of chemicals that we are all
exposed to on a daily basis. An international version with English narration
has been produced, so hopefully this will be available on DVD before too long.
From the director's website:
"April 20, 2010 SUBMISSION - In Defence of the Unborn
A documentary by Stefan Jarl featuring Eva Rose and 23 professors.
Thirty years ago I began shooting a documentary, which came to be called
Natures Revenge (Naturens Hamnd). It was about how humans manipulate nature
and how nature strikes back. Since that day I have been continuously collecting
material for a new film on the same theme; however, much more than a
Natures Revenge, part 2. Submission is a documentary about the chemical society,
the society we have been building since the Second World War. Back then, humans
used 1 million tons of chemicals per year; the figure today is 500 million
tons. The chemical industry is the fastest-growing industry in the world.
The film is about the 100,000 chemicals we use every day, what they're used for
and what they do to us and our health. And I don't mean food additives.
I'm talking about chemicals we are exposed to in our daily environments:
softeners (phthalates), flame retardants (PBDE), surfactants (PFOS, PFOA)
and so on. Professor Ake Bergman at Stockholm University is my guide
throughout the film, analysing the chemicals in my blood and explaining what
they are. It turns out I'm carrying several hundred foreign chemicals.
I can't hide my shock. After discovering the huge number of chemicals in my
blood, I turn to my friend Eva Rose and ask if she would like to test her
blood as well. Shes 35 years younger than me; surely she couldn't have picked
up as many chemicals as I have? Eva is pregnant at the time and has her baby
while the film is being made. Consulting a wide range of scientists from
the United States, the UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Finland,
Denmark and Sweden, I seek answers: What problems can these chemicals cause?
These are some of the worlds foremost experts, and they explain what we
currently know about effects and risks, the cocktail effect, hormone
disruptors and the vulnerability of unborn children. As I considered the
format for my film, I thought of Claude Lanzmann's documentary Shoah, which
is based solely on interviews. I decided to put my faith in the close-up,
the candid testimony of the human face. Rather than travelling to developing
nations and bringing home terrifying images, I chose a different path.
But why the title, Submission? Over the years I have grown to realise how
willing we humans are to submit to others terms. Its a holdover from our
earliest childhood. And commercial interests in society are quick to make
use of it. This interests me from a philosophical viewpoint. Just as Natures
Revenge showed that Mother Nature doesnt take kindly to manipulation and
strikes back at us, I now understand that humankind is prepared to submit
to whatever consequences our manipulations of nature throw our way.
The American musician Adam Wiltzie from the band Stars of the Lid made the
music. He calls the film a horror movie for the 21st century. I am aware
that this popular science essay film asks a lot of the audience, but
Like most of my other documentaries, Submission is, at the core, about
what kind of society we want to live in. This is the most important film
I've ever made. Ever. Stefan Jarl"
Surviving Progress (2011 - 86min) Matthieu Roy, Harold Crooks
Official Site: www.survivingprogress.com/
Taken for a Ride (1996 - 55min) Jim Klein
Official Site: www.newday.com/films/Taken_for_a_Ride.html
About the "Great American Streetcar Scandal", also known as the
"General Motors Streetcar Conspiracy". See extensive Wikipedia article
Tar Creek (2009 - 95min) Matt Myers
Official Site: www.tarcreekfilm.com
Tar Creek, in Picher, Oklahoma is one of the largest superfund cleanup sites,
still not cleaned up. See also The Creek Runs Red, above.
They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008 - 94min) Daniel Junge, Henry Ansbacher
Official Site: www.theykilledsisterdorothy.com
Trashed (2007 - 77min) Bill Kirkos
Official Site: www.trashedmovie.com
DVD-R. Very interesting. Interviews lots of people on many aspects of the
issue of waste management. Highly recommended.
Tree-Sit: The Art of Resistance (2005 - 100min) James Ficklin
Official Site: www.earthfilms.org
Very intense and interesting film about a scene that most people have
never even heard of. There is quite a subculture of folks trying to save
what little we have left of old-growth forest. Very moving film, everyone
needs to see. (original version on VHS was 120min, released maybe 2001,
current version is supplied as a DVD-R)
Unacceptable Levels (2013 - 76min) Edward Brown
Official Site: www.unacceptablelevels.com
The Unforseen (2007 - 93min) Laura Dunn
Explores issues of suburban development. Focuses on Austin, Texas.
Visions of Utopia - Part One (2002 - 94min) Geoph Kozeny
Visions of Utopia - Part Two (2009 - 124min) Geoph Kozeny
Subtitled: Experiments in Sustainable Culture
Official Site: Fellowship for Intentional Community: fic.ic.org/video
Available for $30 each or both for $50 from above site.
Explains and profiles intentional communities. Have not yet seen.
(no Amazon or Netflix).
What A Way To Go: Life At The End of Empire (2007 - 123min) Timothy S. Bennett
Official Site: www.whatawaytogomovie.com
Highly recommended. Includes interviews with Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen,
Where Did The Horny Toad Go? (2012 - 74min) Stefanie Leland
Official Site: www.jarofgrasshoppers.com
Wikipedia - Horned Lizard: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horned_lizard
Wikipedia - Texas Horned Lizard: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Horned_Lizard
Looking forward to this one. I played with horny toads (Texas Horned
Lizards) as a kid in Oklahoma all the time (in the '60's and '70's).
The babies were especially cute. Have not seen one for decades.
I bought a book a few years ago called Landscaping For Wildlife
(Jeremey D. Garret - University of Oklahoma Press 2003). It has a page on
the horny toad. It says that they have been threatened mainly by the
loss of their food source - red ants - due to pesticides. It is now illegal
to kill or capture them in Oklahoma, Texas or New Mexico, where they are
classified as a "species of concern".
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006 - 93min) Chris Paine
Official Site: www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com
There have been electric cars since there have been cars. Many successful
designs have been demonstrated. Why is it taking so long to see electric
cars on the road? Many angles are investigated in this excellent film.
Recommended. Followed by sequel in 2011 - Revenge of the Electric Car.
Windfall (2010 - 83min) Laura Israel
Official Site: www.windfallthemovie.com
Looks at the downside of wind turbines.
An anti-wind website: www.wind-watch.org
You've Been Trumped (2011 - 100min) Anthony Baxter
Official Site: www.youvebeentrumped.com
Amazon (DVD 03/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A6Y9EZW
An Introduction to Keeping Bees (2010 - 72min)
Official Site: www.secondsightproductions.co.uk/countryside/country-life/an-introduction-to-keeping-bees
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0968506461
Backyard Hive DVD (2011 - 85min) Corwin Bell
Subtitled: Alternative Beekeeping Using Top Bar Hive and the Bee Guardian Methods
Official Site: www.backyardhive.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0058OVSW2
Bees: Tales From the Hive (2000 - 54min) Wolfgang Thaler, Herbert Habersack
Amazon (DVD 04/24/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MZGN4K
PBS NOVA episode, originally broadcast JAN 4, 2000. This was made before
Colony Collapse Disorder appeared (2006), so it does not address that.
City of Bees: A Children's Guide to Bees (30min) Laila Hodell
Amazon (DVD 08/21/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000V1Z0OO
Colony: The Endangered World of Bees (2009 - 88min) Carter Gunn, Ross McDonnell
Official Site: www.colonymovie.com
Amazon (DVD 03/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CJQVN0
Looks at CCD - Colony Collapse Disorder. Recommended.
The Last Beekeeper (2009 - 66min) Jeremy Simmons
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_last_beekeeper/
Looks at 3 commercial beekeepers in South Carolina, Montana and Washington.
As of 10/12 does not seem to be on DVD. Netflix has listed for Saved Queue.
I think this can be watched online such as at youtube.
More Than Honey (2012 - 95min) Markus Imhoof
Official Site: www.morethanhoneyfilm.com
Nicotine Bees (2010 - 54min) Kevin Hansen
Official Site: www.pierreterre.com
Another one on current problems with bees. Have not yet seen.
Organic Beekeeping 101 Paul Martin
Official Site: organicbeekeeping101.com
Randy Sue's website: www.thanknature.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004BORPGI
Featuring beekeeper Randy Sue Collins.
Queen of the Sun (2011 - 83min) Taggart Siegel
Subtitle: What are the Bees Telling Us?
Official Site: www.queenofthesun.com
Amazon (DVD 01/24/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005ZMBDJK
All about bees and the current problems with them. This is a totally
amazing film. Covers a lot in 83 minutes. There are several good films on
the same subject, but this one has to be the best, and one of the best
documentaries ever on any subject. The director also made The Real Dirt
on Farmer John, which is also highly recommended. Lots of very
interesting interviews with beekeepers all over the world. Lots of
very colorful shots of flowers and bees. Important film. Good for kids.
Silence of the Bees (2007 - 51min) Doug Shultz
Amazon (DVD 05/20/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017M9ZJM
PBS Nature episode, originally broadcast OCT 28, 2007.
DVD includes an additional film: Parrots in the Land of Oz
Vanishing of the Bees (2009 - 87min) George Langworthy, Maryam Henein
Official Site: www.vanishingbees.com
Amazon (DVD 06/14/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004SO26RE
Looks at CCD - Colony Collapse Disorder. Narrated by Ellen Page.
Environment: Water / Oceans
A Life Among Whales (2005 - 57min) Bill Haney
Looks at whale biologist Dr. Roger Payne and issues with whales.
About Water: People and Yellow Cans (2007 - 83min) Udo Maurer
German Title: Uber Wasser: Menschen und Gelbe Kanister
Lotus Film: www.lotus-film.at/film/39/
Amazon.de (DVD German PAL): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/B001L5LY5I/
DVD has English subtitles.
The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry? (2008 - min) Jim Thebaut
AKA: Running Dry in the American Southwest
Official Site: www.runningdry.org
At the Edge of the World (2008 - 90min) Dan Stone
Looks at the Sea Shepard campaign against Japanese whaling ships.
The Big Fix (2011 - 89min) Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Official Site: www.thebigfixmovie.com
Looks at the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its
Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez (2008 - 99min) Robert Cornellier
Official Site: www.blackwavethefilm.com
Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2009 - 90min) Sam Bozzo
Official Site: www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com
The Cove (2009 - 92min) Louie Psihoyos
Official Site: www.thecovemovie.com
Won 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The End of the Line (2008 - 85min) Rupert Murray
Official Site: www.endoftheline.com
Looks at the problem of over-fishing in the oceans.
Flow - For Love of Water (2007 - 84min) Irena Salina
Official Site: www.flowthefilm.com
FrackNation (2013 - 76min) Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney
Official Site: www.fracknation.com
A response to Gasland.
Gasland (2010 - 107min) Josh Fox
Official Site: www.gaslandthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 12/14/10 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0042EJD8A/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gasland/
Looks at the process of "fracking" (hydraulic fracturing), used in natural
gas drilling, which can result in drinking water being contaminated to the
point of being flamable. This is a very well-made, thorough and moving film.
Gasland - Part II (2013 - 125min) Josh Fox
Official Site: www.gaslandthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FGVS0DM/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/771356005/
Last Call at the Oasis (2011 - 105min) Jessica Yu
Official Site: www.lastcallattheoasis.com/
Inspired bythe book, The Ripple Effect by Alex Prudhomme.
Minds in the Water (2011 - 90min) Justin Krumb
Official Site: www.mindsinthewwater.com/
Oceans (2009 - 104min) Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
Amazon (DVD 2010 Disney): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003QF1N7K/
Patagonia Rising (2010 - 85min) Brian Lilla
Official Site: www.patagoniarising.com
Poisoned Waters (2009 - 120min) Rick Young
Running Dry (2005 - 81min) Jim Thebaut
Official Site: www.runningdry.org
Looks at the water crisis all over the world.
Sharkwater (2007 - 89min) Rob Stewart
From some reason I wasn't excited about watching this, thinking it wouldn't
be all that interesting. But this turns out to be a really great film. The
director has been passionately interested in sharks since he was a little
kid and started swimming with them as a kid. He became a diver, an
underwater photographer and a biologist, which positions him as one of the
top experts on sharks. The film starts off with lots of very nice colorful
underwater scenes. He explains that sharks are actually not so dangerous
to humans and are usually afraid of humans. Then he goes on to show that
sharks are unprotected and are being quickly fished to extinction mainly
for their fins, which are used in sharkfin soup. As the top-level
predators in the ocean, sharks are greatly responsible for maintaining the
balance of the oceanic ecosystem, and have guided evolution in the ocean.
Also points out that the ocean makes
most of our oxygen. He teams up with Paul Watson and the
Sea Shepherds to try to enforce fishing laws in South America. There he
discovers that the Taiwanese mafia runs a huge secret sharkfin operation
out of Costa Rica. This is a very interesting film and a labor of love.
This film will certainly change anyone's perceptions about sharks as
dangerous useless creatures. Highly recommended.
Sushi: The Global Catch (2011 - 75min) Mark Hall
Official Site: www.sushitheglobalcatch.com
Tapped (2009 - 76min) Stephanie Soechtig
Official Site: www.tappedthemovie.com
About the bottled water industry. See also Addicted to Plastic.
Truthland (2012 - 34min)
Official Site: www.truthlandmovie.com
Another response to Gasland. Produced by the Independent Petroleum
Association of America. See also Fracknation.
Water - The Great Mystery (2008 - 87min) Julia Perkul, Anastaysia Popova
Looks at the work of Masaru Emoto and others. Emoto was in
What the Bleep and puts forth the idea that thoughts directed at
water will affect how the crystals are shaped when that water is frozen.
I'm a bit skeptical on this - see the link to the review above.
But - who knows?
Watermark (2013 - 90min) Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Official Site: burtynsky-water.com
Amazon (DVD 07/08/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00K2OBRVU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/watermark_2013/
Whales: An Unforgettable Journey (1997 - 60min) David Clark, Al Goodings, Roger Payne
Official Site: www.whalesfilm.com
The Whale Warrior: Pirate for the Sea (2008 - 100min) Ron Colby
Official Site: www.pirateforthesea.com
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002V19MAU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whale_warrior_the_pirate_for_the_sea/
About Paul Watson.
Whale Wars (2008 - 2011)
Reality TV show on the Discovery Channel's Animal Planet covering
Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds as they fight to protect whales from
See also my Depleted Uranium page and my
3.11: Surviving Japan (2012 - 90min) Chris Noland
Official Site: survivingjapanmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 04/16/14 Three Eleven Productions): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JPPKBBE/
A close look at the Fukushima disaster.
Dark Circle (1983 - 82min) Judy Irving, Chris Beaver
Director's Website: www.pelicanmedia.org
Important film about the nuclear industry. Follows the trail of
plutonium from Rocky Flats to Diablo Canyon to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Helen's War (2006 - 84min) Anna Broinowski
Helen Caldicott's Official Site: www.helencaldicott.com
Helen Caldicott has been one of the top nuclear activists on the planet
for over 40 years.
Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown (2012 - 60min) Dan Edge
Amazon (DVD 05/08/12 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0077PBPR8/
PBS TV Frontline episode.
Into Eternity (2010 - 75min) Michael Madsen
Official Site: www.intoeternitythemovie.com
Amazon (DVD UK REG 2 PAL): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004M7MJHE
Looks at the construction of an underground nuclear waste disposal facility
Nuclear Aftershocks (2012 - 60min) John Palfreman
Amazon (DVD 03/27/12 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006WDE6EA/
PBS TV Frontline episode.
Nuclear Nation (2013 - 96min) Atsushi Funahashi
Japanese name: Futaba kara tooku hanarete
Official Site: nuclearnation.jp/en/
Amazon (DVD 10/21/14 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00MBPX6CQ/
Pandora's Promise (2013 - 87min) Robert Stone
Official Site: pandoraspromise.com/
Amazon (DVD 06/24/14 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00JAGF988/
Radio Bikini (1988 - 56min) Robert Stone
Amazon (DVD 12/30/03 New Video Group OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000TPAMO/
Food and Health - Gardening, Farming, Permaculture, Herbs
A River Of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms (2009 - 92min) Don McCorkell
Official site: www.ariverofwaste.com
American Meat (2010) Graham Meriwether
Official site: www.americanmeatfilm.com
Back to Eden (2011 - 103min) Dana Richardson, Sara Zentz
Official site: www.backtoedenfilm.com
Very important, mind-blowing, world-changing film. In a nutshell, this is
about "wood-chip gardening". This film tells the story of Paul Gautschi,
who has developed this technique of extreme mulching to the extent that
he has great yields of healthy food crops using no irrigation, no
fertilization, no pest control. He says that this technique will work
anywhere and even in drought conditions. He is a Christian and there are
a lot of Bible verses included in the film, but as the filmmakers explain,
they handled this aspect of his story in a way that should not be offensive
to anyone who is not religious. These ideas can be applied at any scale,
including large farms. Highest recommendation.
The Botany of Desire (2009 - 116min) Michael W. Schwarz
Amazon (DVD 2009 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002GXG59Y
Amazon (BluRay 2009 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002KLPAYS
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-botany-of-desire/
The "movie version" of Michael Pollan's best-selling book of the same name.
Michael travels around to explain the natural history of apples, tulips,
marijuana, and potatoes, the four plants covered in the book. He explores
the idea that these (and other) plants may be manipulating humans as much
as the humans are manipulating the plants, each for their own purposes.
Broken Limbs (2004 - 57min) Jamie Howell, Guy Evans
Subtitled: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer
Official Site: www.brokenlimbs.org
About small farms and sustainable agriculture. have not yet seen
Dirt! The Movie (2009 - 80min) Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow
Official Site: www.dirtthemovie.org
Super-duper, very cool, very important film. This is a big subject for me,
as I dig in the dirt every day. I probably would have enjoyed this even if
it was a low-budget production. But this is a very well-made film and should
be interesting to almost anyone.
Earthlings (2005 - 95min) Shaun Monson
Official Site: www.earthlings.com
Edible City (2012 - 70min) Andrew Hasse, Carl Grether
Official Site: ediblecitythemovie.com
Can watch for free at official site or purchase DVD by donation.
Farmageddon (2011 - 86min) Kristin Canty
Subtitled: The Unseen War on American Family Farms
Official Site: www.farmageddonmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00744WZ8U/
Fat Head (2008 - 104min) Tom Naughton
Official site: fatheadmovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fat-head/
This film counters arguments about obesity and fast food made in Morgan
Spurlock's film, Supersize Me. Very interesting. Now I don't feel
so scared eating butter.
Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead (2010 - 97min) Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr
Official site: fatsickandnearlydead.com
Amazon (DVD 10/01/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004O63TX6
At 100 pounds overweight, Joe Cross goes on a juice-fasting road trip to
learn how to heal. Tons of five-star reviews at Amazon.
Fed Up (2014 - 92min) Stephanie Soechtig
Official site: fedupmovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fed_up_2014/
Fed Up! (2006 - 58min) Angelo Sacerdote
Official site: wholesomegoodness.org
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fed_up/
Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution (2008 - 112min) Jean-Paul Jaud
French Title: Nos Enfants Nous Accuserant, AKA: That Should Not Be: Our Children Will Accuse Us
Official Site (in French): www.nosenfantsnousaccuserant-lefilm.com
Food, Inc. (2009 - 93min) Robert Kenner
Official Site: foodincmovie.com
Food Matters (2008 - 80min) James Colquhoun, Laurentine ten Bosch
Official Site: www.foodmatters.tv
Food Patriots (2013)
Official Site: groundswellfilms.org/food-patriots
Forks Over Knives (2011 - 96min) Lee Fulkerson
Official Site: www.forksoverknives.com
Very well-made film presents the case for a plant-based diet.
Looks at animal foods as the cause of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and
other conditions. Features Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
Fridays at the Farm (2006 - 19min) Richard Power Hoffman
Official Site: coyopa.com
The Future of Food (2004 - 88min) Deborah Koons Garcia
Official Site: www.thefutureoffood.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/future_of_food/
Very important film. Highly recommended.
The Garden (2009 - 80min) Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Official Site: www.thegardenmovie.com
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers Les Blank (1980 - 51min)
Director's website: www.lesblank.com
Rich and warm, as Les Blank's films always are, with lots of food and music.
If you like garlic, you will like this film. Title comes from old saying
"garlic is as good as ten mothers for keeping the girls away". Blank's stuff
is hard to find, you may need to order it from him directly. Last I checked,
he was selling burned DVD-R's, even though his website says DVDs (But that's
OK, just so you know. Buy all the movies you can from Les!)
Genetic Chile (2010 - 60min) Chris Dudley
Official Site: www.genetic-chile.com
Amazon (DVD 07/24/12 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007ZC31IY/
Genetic Roulette (2012 - 85min) Jeffrey M. Smith
Subtitle: The Gamble of Our Lives
Official Site: www.geneticroulettethemovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0096DP4CG/
Got the Facts on Milk? The Milk Documentary (2011 - 88min) Shira Lane
Official Site: www.milkdocumentary.com
The Greenhorns (2011 - 50min) Severine Von Tscharner Fleming
Official Site: www.thegreenhorns.net
Greens Can Save Your Life Victoria Boutenko
Hungry for Change (2012 - 89min)
Official Site: www.hungryforchange.tv
Hybrid (2000 - 92min) Monteith McCollum
Official Site: www.pbs.org/pov/hybrid/
About Milford Beeghly, a guy who spent his life working on corn.
Maybe more of an art film than the usual documentary style.
In Organic We Trust (2012 - 82min) Kip Pastor
Official Site: www.inorganicwetrust.org
Amazon (DVD 06/11/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BSYSKWM/
Ingredients (2009 - 73min) Robert Bates
Official Site: www.ingredientsfilm.com
"A seasonal exploration of the local food movement".
Juliette of the Herbs (1998) Tish Streeten
Official Site: JulietteoftheHerbs.com
Juliette passed away on May 28, 2009, at the age of 96.
Killer At Large (2009 - 105min) Steven Greenstreet
Subtitled: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat
Official site: www.killeratlarge.com
Interesting film with lots of information. Interviews some experts on
food and health. Footage of young girl having liposuction was not easy to
watch. DVD includes 48 minute abridged educational version.
King Corn (2007 - 90min) Aaron Woolf
Official site: www.kingcorn.net
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10008698-king_corn/
A couple of guys decide to grow some corn and follow it through the
May I Be Frank? (2010 - 90min) Gregg Marks, Ryland Engelhart, Cary Mosier, Connor Gaffney
Official site: www.mayibefrankmovie.com
Frank Ferrante's Website: www.mayibefrankferrante.com
Milk in the Land: Ballad of an American Drink (2008 - 75min) Monteith McColuum, Ariana Gerstein
Icarus (performance rights DVD $348): icarusfilms.com/new2008/milk.html
have not yet seen. doesn't seem to be on DVD yet (10/12).
Million Calorie March (2008 - 98min) Gary Marino, Jimmy Jay Friedan
Official site: www.millioncaloriemarch.com
My Father's Garden (1995 - 56min) Miranda Smith
Official Site: www.mirandaproductions.com/garden/
Numen: The Healing Power of Plants (2013 - 75min) Terence Youk
Official Site: www.numenfilm.com/
One Man, One Cow, One Planet (56min - 2008) Thomas Burstyn, Barbara Burstyn
Official site: www.onemanonecow.com
Looks at Peter Proctor, guru of Biodynamic agriculture, and his efforts
to educate farmers on how to restore soil health. He is from New Zealand,
but now lives in India, where he does most of his work. Very inspiring.
Our Daily Bread (2005 - 92min) Nikolaus Geyrhalter
German Title: Unser Taglich Brot
Official Site: www.ourdailybread.at
Scenes of industrial food production, filmed in fields, farms, factories,
slaughterhouses, greenhouses, labs, etc. No dialog.
Planeat (2010 - 87min) Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi
Official Site: www.planeat.tv
Features Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (also featured
in Forks Over Knives.
Processed People (2009 - 40min)
Official Site: www.processedpeople.com
DVD includes over 2 hours of extended interviews.
The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005 - 82min) Taggart Siegel
Super-cool. Very interesting story. Highly recommended.
Seeds of Time (2013 - 77min) Sandy McLeod
Official Site: www.seedsoftimemovie.com
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (2009 - 88min)
Official Site: www.rawfor30days.com
Soul Food Junkies (2012 - 63min) Byron Hurt
Director's Website: www.bhurt.com/
Supersize Me (2004 - 96min) Morgan Spurlock
Official Site: www.supersizeme.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/super_size_me/
Morgan eats 3 meals a day at McDonalds for 30 days! Very entertaining film
explores the obesity epidemic in America, school lunch programs, and corporate
responsibility. A deleted scene included on the DVD reveals that his 30 days
at McDonalds generated 13 bags of garbage and that the amount of garbage
generated by the 30,000 McDonalds each day is enough to fill the Empire
State building - every day! I love this film and have watched in many times,
but I recommend also watching Fathead (see above), which presents
Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World (2004 - 90min) Cori Brackett, J.T. Waldron
Official Site: www.soundandfury.tv
About aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal). It is poison - don't drink diet sodas!
(See my aspartame page)
To Your Health (2011 - 52min) Jesse Pomeroy
Official Site: www.goingveg.net
Vegucated (2010 - 76min) Marisa Miller Wolfson
Official site: www.getvegucated.com
The Weight of the Nation (2012 - 400min) Kevin Kindle
Official Site: theweightofthenation.hbo.com
Amazon (DVD 3-disc HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0081TYVFM/
What's On Your Plate (2009) Catherine Gund
Official Site: www.whatsonyourplateproject.org
Kids, food, and politics.
The World According to Monsanto (2008 - 108min) Marie-Monique Robin
French title: Le Monde Selon Monsanto
I think this can be found all over the web to watch free.
Healthcare in the USA
Code Black (2013 - 78min) Ryan McGarry
Official Site: codeblackmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 02/24/15 Musci Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00P05SOT4/
Starts with a close look at "C-Booth", the center of the emergency
department at the old Los Angeles County Hospital, where more people have
died, and more people's lives have been saved, than any other space of that
size in the world. Then we follow the ER doctors to the new LA County
Hospital, built due to earthquake regulations. Now the doctors are
overwhelmed with rules and paperwork, part of the new culture of healthcare
in America. The doctors persevere through difficulties and work to improve
conditions in the hospital. A look at "ground zero" in US healthcare.
Very interesting, moving and well-made film.
Doctored (2012 - 100min) Bobby Sheehan
Subtitled: The Film the AMA Does Not Want You to See
Official Site: www.doctoredthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BOZQ54K
Escape Fire (2012 - 104min) Susan Fromke, Matthew Heinemann
Subtitled: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
Official Site: www.escapefiremovie.com
Amazon (DVD 02/26/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AJLHU80
Excellent film proposes the radical idea that perhaps we should pay some
attention to disease prevention. In other words "health care" rather than
"disease care". This is a very well-done and very important film, one of
those that ideally "everyone should see". Andrew Weill is heavily featured.
Head Games (2012 - 95min) Steve James
Official Site: headgamesthefilm.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A8OIFXC
About sports concussions.
Money and Medicine (2012 - 85min) Roger Weisberg
Official Site: www.pppdocs.com/moneyandmedicine.html
Amazon (DVD 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008TYGCWY/
Money-Driven Medicine (2009 - 86min) Andrew Fredericks
Official Site: www.moneydrivenmedicine.org
Amazon (DVD 08/12/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002LAS7O8/
Can order from official site above.
Sick Around America (2009 - 60min) T.R. Reid
Amazon (DVD 06/09/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001UW59L2/
PBS TV Frontline episode.
Sicko (2007 - 123min) Michael Moore
Official Site: www.sickothemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 11/06/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UNYJXQ/
About health care in America.
Vitality (2012 - 96min) Pedram Shojai
Official Site: well.org/vitality
Amazon (DVD 10/29/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00EQ30QJ2/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/vitality/
The Waiting Room (2012 - 81min) Peter Nicks
Official Site: www.whatruwaitingfor.com
Amazon (DVD 10/22/12 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DT55O1I/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_waiting_room_2012/
Looks at America's healthcare system from the point of view of the crowded
waiting room at the ER department of Oakland's Highland Hospital. This is
a public hospital, and the ER is the only access to healthcare for the
uninsured. Excellent film, very well done. Lots of scenes with patients,
doctors and staff, including some intense trauma scenes in the emergency
room. Highly recommended.
Cancer / Alternative Healing / Medicine
A Day in the Budwig Diet (2010 - 50min) Ursula Escher
Official site: www.budwigdvds.com
Amazon (DVD - English): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003IP3F06/
More info: www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Budwig.html
More info: www.budwigcenter.com
Alternatives to Dentists (2011 - 80min) Jonathan Slade
Official site: www.alternativestodentists.com
Doug Simons. Marjory Wildcraft. Rooster's Crow Productions. DVD is $27.00.
The Beautiful Truth (2008 - 92min) Steve Kroschel
Official site: www.thebeautifultruthmovie.com
About the Gerson therapy, which consists of eating fresh raw organic foods and
juices, along with coffee enemas (which are supposed to help detoxify liver).
The film spends a lot of time on mercury
fillings, flouridation, MSG, aspartame. Interviews with many doctors and
patients, and with Charlotte Gerson, Max Gerson's daughter. Same filmmaker
has two other films about the Gerson therapy. See below -
Dying to Have Known, and The Gerson Miracle.
All three are very interesting.
Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness and Healing (2009 - 317min) Nina Montee Karp
Official site: www.breastcancerdvd.org
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002P9NOI4/
Have not yet seen. Not sure to what extent this one supports alternative
Burzynski: The Movie (2010 - 108min) Eric Merola
Official Site: www.burzynskimovie.com
Very intersting film. This is the story of Dr. Stanislaw Burnzinkski,
who has discovered a well-documented and proven cure for many
difficult types of cancer. He has been harrassed by the FDA and other
government agencies for decades. His cure involves antineoplastons,
proteins which he discovered were abundant in healthy people but lacking
in the blood of people with cancer. One thing that is missing in this film
is any discussion of how and why these chemicals are produced in healthy
people and why they are not produced in cancer patients. Burzinski's approach
is simply to administer the antineoplastons to cancer patients.
Cancer: The Forbidden Cures (2009 - 93min) Massimo Mazzucco
Official Site: www.usfilms.ea29.com
Very good presentation. Important and interesting film. Highly recommended.
Chapter titles: 1. Part One: Official Medicine 2. The Official Theory
3. The Holy Trinity (chemotherapy, surgery, radiation) 4. The War of Doctors
(allopaths against empiricals) 5. Big Pharma 6. Part Two: Natural Medicine
7. Essiac (Rene Caisse) 8. Hoxsey 9. Gerson 10. Hamer 11. Laetrile
12. Shark Cartilage 13. Mistletoe (Iscador) 14. Other Historical Cases
15. Simincini (uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to defeat
candida albicans fungus).
Cancer and Diet (36min) Cosmos Corbin
Subtitled: Using Food to Eliminate Cancer and Promote Recovery
have not seen.
Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Anymore
Official site: www.drday.com
Dr. Lorraine Day claims to have cured herself of cancer. Recommends diet and
other alternative means. She also brings a strong Christian angle into
Cancer is Curable Now (2011 - 114min) Marcus Freudenmann
Official Site: www.canceriscurablenow.tv
Very good. highly recommended.
Cancer, Nutrition and Healing - A Personal Odyssey (2005 - 85min) Jerry Brunetti
Acres USA: www.acresusa.com
Cancer survivor explains basic info on cancer, conventional treatments, and
details his personal program of raw foods, juices, and supplements.
Crazy Sexy Cancer (2007 - 90min) Kris Carr
Official site: kriscarr.com
Young woman living in New York City is diagnosed with rare incurable cancer
in 2003. Decides to make a documentary film detailing her experiences with
cancer and with conventional and alternative treatments. Excellent film,
highly recommended. DVD has some good special features. Kris also
has a book of the same name. (And I think she is doing fine 10 years later).
Cut Poison Burn (2011 - 88min) Wayne Chesler
Subtitle: In the War on Cancer, the Disease is Only Half the Battle
Official Site: cutpoisonburn.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0073IZS3G
Dying to Have Known (2006 - 80min) Steve Kroschel
About the Gerson Therapy.
Essiac and Cancer (1977 - 28min) John R. Newton
Can watch on youtube. Lots of footage from this is seen in Cancer: The
Forbidden Cures (above).
Everything Bad is Good (2009 - 60min) Len Richmond
Subtitled: Healing Yourself in a World of Medicine Gone Mad
Official Site: www.lenrichmondfilms.com
Fight for Your Life (2003 - 120min) David Hoffman
Dr. Siegel's website: www.berniesiegelmd.com
Dr. Bernie Siegel presents stories of four cancer survivors.
The Gerson Miracle (2004 - 91min) Steve Kroschel
Tells the story of Max Gerson and gives details of the therapy.
The Gerson Therapy: Healing "Incurable Illness"
VOL 1: Overview and Patient Testimonials
VOL 2: The Gerson Therapy at Home
VOL 3: Gerson Therapy Food Preparation
Gerson Institute: www.gerson.org/
3- disc set from the Gerson Institute. I have not yet seen these. They
are low-budget productions from the 1980's, perhaps on VHS at one time and
converted to DVD. Charlotte Gerson presents the information.
There are 3 other films listed here on the Gerson therapy and there are
books which may be useful as well.
Healing Cancer From the Inside Out (2008 - 127min) Mike Anderson
Director's website: www.ravediet.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00132XZFQ/
This is mind-blowing awesome. A very well done film. Takes a comprehensive
look at cancer, what causes it and how to heal it. And lots of information
on the history of cancer and modern medicine. Suggests that cancer
can be caused by diet and healed by diet. Recommends plant-based
diet. Suggests that animal protein is the major factor in cancer.
This is a serious presentation
of plain common sense and yet it is an extremely radical film.
In OCT 2012 I finally got around to seeing this. I also rewatched
Cancer is Curable Now and Cancer:Forbidden Cures. Both are
excellent and recommended but this is the one film on cancer that I would
recommend above any other.
Netflix has this. Second edition is the same but with added subtitles in
Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and English.
Hoxsey - How Healing Becomes a Crime (1987 - 83min) Ken Ausubel
This may be the same film as:
Hoxsey - The Quack (?) Who Cured Cancer
Interesting story of an alternative healer who cured cancer.
Netflix has this.
Living Downstream (2010 - 85min) Chanda Chevannes
Official Site: www.livingdownstream.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CPQ81HQ/
Sandra Steingraber's website: steingraber.com
Looks at ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber and her efforts
to bring attention to the health effects of allowing toxic chemicals into
the environment. Based on her book of the same name.
The Living Matrix (2009 - 83min) Greg Baker, Harry Massey
Subtitled: A Film on the New Science of Healing
Official Site: www.thelivingmatrixmovie.com
Features Lynne McTaggart, Peter Fraser, Bruce Lipton, Eric Pearl,
Edgar Mitchell, James Oschman, Marilyn Mandala Schlitz,
Rollin McCraty, Rupert Sheldrake, Arielle Essex, Dean Radin,
Herman Koning, Folker Meissner, Dietmar Cimbal, Howard Martin,
Deborah Rozman, Fritz-Albert Popp, Adam Dreamhealer. New Biology, quantum
biology, bodyfield, epigenetics, bioenergy, bioinformation, etc...
Very interesting, inspirational, highly recommended.
The New Medicine (2006 - 114min) Muffie Meyer
Official Site: www.thenewmedicine.org
Amazon (DVD 2006): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000EULK2I/
This is from much more of a mainstream point of view than I was expecting.
One More Girl (2012)
Official Site: www.onemoregirlfilm.com
Gardasil Info: www.truthaboutgardasil.org
Looks at the other side of Merck's campaign for Gardasil HPV vaccine.
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011 - 97min) Lea Pool
Official Site: www.nfb.ca/playlist/pink_ribbons_inc/
Amazon (DVD 09/25/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00768M7XC/
Looks at breast cancer industry, particularly at the money-raising efforts
of the pink ribbon campaign, which may be more about money than about
healing. Points out that the big business interests behind cancer are
more interested in maintaining expensive therapies and drugs than in
actually researching how to prevent and cure cancer.
Rethinking Cancer (2009 - 56min) Richard Wormser
Official Site: www.rethinkingcancer.org
Serpent and the Sun (2009 - 92min) Shaahin Cheyene
Subtitled: Tales of an Aztec Apprentice
Official Site: www.serpentandthesun.com
The Science and Politics of Cancer: A Discourse by G. Edward Griffin (75min)
Official Site: www.realityzone.com
Under Our Skin (2008 - 104min) Andy Abrahams Wilson
Official Site: www.underourskin.com
About Lyme disease.
Vaccine Nation (2008 - 140min) Gary Null
Official Site: www.vaccinenation.net
Wikipedia (Gary Null): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Null
World Without Cancer: The Story of Laetrile (1974 - 58min) G. Edward Griffin
Official Site: www.realityzone.com
Based on Griffin's book of the same name. Amygdalin is sometimes called
Vitamin B17 or Laetrile.
Food / Beverages / Restaurants
A Matter of Taste (2011 - 69min) Sally Rowe
Subtitled: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt
Official Site: www.amouthfullthefilm.com
Amazon (DVD 06/09/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007IK1RT8
Follows chef Paul Liebrandt from 2001 - 2009.
All In This Tea (2007 - 70min) Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht
Official Site: www.allinthistea.com
Barbecue: A Texas Love Story (2004 - 46min) Chris Elley
Official Site: www.bbqfilm.com/
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/5727/
Barista (2015 - 103min) Rock Baijnauth
Official Site: www.bbqfilm.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/barista
Follows 5 top baristas as they prepare for the US National Barista
Championship. Very fun and interesting. Highly recommended for anyone
interested in coffee. Great film.
Beer Wars (2009 - 89min) Anat Baron
Official site: www.beerwarsmovie.com
Very fun and interesting film looks at the beer industry in America.
Anheiser-Busch has about half of the market, Miller and Coors have
significant smaller chunks. The film is mainly looking at the growth of
small independent brewers, who have a hard time getting shelf space in
stores, and now have to contend with the big three introducing products to
compete with them.
Black Coffee (2005 - 174min) Irene Angelico
Interesting and very thorough look at the history, politics and economics of
coffee. Made for Canadian TV. DVD is 3-disc set. Each disc is a 58-minute
episode. I learned a lot in each episode and was quite surprised at how much
there is know about coffee (this could have been much longer).
Highly recommended. (See also Black Gold, on the same subject, and
The Cola Conquest, by the same director)
Episode 1 - The Irresistible Bean
Looks at the history of coffee.
Narration begins "In this hour we see how coffee spreads from the ancient
world, becoming the dark medium through which social, sexual, economic and
political life evolves, fostering much of what is good and bad about our
civilization." States that people drink over 500 billion cups of coffee a
year. Coffee is originally from Ethiopia, where it still grows wild.
Coffee made its way to the Arab world, and then to Europe, becoming
very popular in Vienna, France, Italy, Holland, Germany and England in the
1600's. The first coffee house in Europe opened in London in 1652. By 1700
there were over 2000 coffee houses in London. Some interview clips with
Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds, and Bennett Weinberg, author
of The World of Caffeine.
Episode 2 - Gold in Your Cup
Looks at the history of the coffee trade, mainly at Ameirca as a consumer and
at the various South and Central American countries where coffee is produced.
Forests were cut down in Brazil long ago and over a million slaves were
imported from Africa to work the coffee plantations. The Boston Tea Party
caused Americans to switch from tea to coffee. Looks at the beginnings
of Folger, Maxwell House and other brands, who grew the worst coffee
(robusta beans) in the worst ways and processed and packaged it
in the worst ways (and still do). All coffee in cans must be "pre-staled"
so it won't explode (that's why you see the little pressure valves on
bags of high-quality coffee).
Episode 3 - The Perfect Cup
Looks at the beginings of coffee houses in the US during the Vietnam War,
when people used these places to socialize and communicate and how the
interest in where the coffee came from led to the demand for better coffee.
Some fun and interesting clips from old TV ads show how Americans were
convinced to drink the stale, bitter, over-brewed coffee that most
Americans still drink. As people began to see that coffee could be an
enjoyable drink, the specialty coffee industry gave rise to the Free Trade
movement as well as organic and shade-grown coffee. This episode looks
a lot at the Starbucks chain.
Black Gold (2006 - 78min) Marc Francis, Nick Francis
Official Site: www.blackgoldmovie.com
About the international coffee trade.
The Cola Conquest (1998 - 153min) Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Official Site (can purchase DVD): www.dliproductions.ca/the-cola-conquest/
Review at DVD Beaver: www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreview2/colaconquest.htm
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/10159/cola-conquest-the/
Explores the history of the Coca Cola company in 3 50-minute episodes.
Excellent film, very interesting, highly recommended.
The director's next project was Black Coffee (see above).
Connected by Coffee (2014 - 70min) Aaron Dennis
Official Site: connectedbycoffee.com/
Cooking from A to Zest (2010 - 493min) Jon Manning
Amazon (DVD 4-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003F3B4HC
Comprehensive basic cooking lessons with Kierstin Buchner.
Eat This New York (2004 - 78min) Andrew Rossi, Kate Novak
Official Site: www.eatthisnewyork.com
Close look at the restaraunt business in New York City. Follows a couple of
guys as they start a small restaurant. Talks to lots of key people in the
New York City restaurant scene. Special features on the DVD are a trailer
(1:46) and 2 hours worth of extended interviews, with Sirio Maccioni (10:16),
Keith McNally (10:58), Daniel Boulud (22:11), Tim and Nina Zagat (12:40),
Drew Nieporent (22:08), Danny Meyer (20:05), and Rocco Dispirito (20:48).
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2011 - 113min) Gereon Wetzel
Official Site: www.elbullimovie.com
Official Site (Alive Mind): elbulli.alivemindcinema.com
Official Site (German): www.elbulli-themovie.de
Amazon (DVD 03/27/12 AliveMind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006P5KECI
Looks at the development of new dishes for El Bulli, Spanish chef
Ferran Adria's avante-garde restaurant, considered the best in the world.
Before its closing, in 2010, El Bulli was open for six months each year,
taking reservations one day only for the following season. Each night would
accomodate fifty guests, who will spend three hours on a meal consisting
of up to 30 small dishes. The restaurant is closed for half of the year
so that Ferran can develop a new menu. At first Ferran and three of his
top chefs relocate to Barcelona, to his private food lab, to do some
research. Development continues as they move back to El Bulli and start
training the staff for the season. There is no drama in this film. These
are some serious people. May seem a bit slow, but picks up the intensity
a bit as more people are involved. Closes with spectacular color photos
of the amazing culinary creations seen in development.
German film, in Spanish, with English subtitles.
El Bulli: Historia de un Sueno 1963-2009 (2010 - 709min) David Pujol
Amazon (DVD 4-disc PAL): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004W8A984
A thorough look at the El Bulli restaurant in Spain. A 2.5 hour version has
been shown in theatres. This DVD set is 10 55-minute episodes on 4 discs.
How Beer Saved the World (2011 - 60min)
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HIU9GU
Made for Discovery Channel.
I Like Killing Flies (2004 - 79min) Matt Mahurin
Official site: ilikekillingflies.com
Shopsin's Official site: www.shopsins.com
Entertaining and well-made documentary about Kenny Shopsin and his New York
City restaurant, Shopsin's, which has over 900 items on the menu, all made
to order from scratch. A must-see food movie, there's a lot of food in this,
but it is more about Shopsin himself. The film luckily catches (in 2002) the
last days of the legendary original location (for over 30 years), which
had to move due to losing lease. Follows the process of moving and opening
up the new location, just a few blocks away. Lots of philosophy,
lots of kitchen scenes, interviews with family (his wife and five
kids all work there), interviews with customers. Shopsin is a sharp
and outspoken character, who isn't necessarily serving whoever shows up.
Definitely could be the inspiration for the Seinfeld "soup nazi" character.
Highly recommended. (One of my top 3 food movies, along with the feature
films Big Night and Tampopo.) Also, he has a book,
published in 2008,
Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin
Inventing Cuisine: Alain Passard (2010 - 62min) Sophie Bensadoun
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003INBNSE
Inventing Cuisine: Pascal Bardot
Inventing Cuisine: Michel Bras
Inventing Cuisine: Michel Troisgros
Inventing Cuisine: Michel Gurard
Inventing Cuisine: Pierre Gagnaire
Inventing Cuisine: Olivier Roellinger
Inventing Cuisine: Gerald Passedat
Inventing Cuisine: Nadia Santini
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 - 82min) David Gelb
Official Site: www.jiromovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jiro_dreams_of_sushi/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007UW9WOQ
Amazon (BluRay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007UW9VWO
About master sushi chef Jiro Ono. Awesome film, a great work of art.
Most highly recommended.
Kings of Pastry (2009 - 84min) Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Official Site: www.kingsofpastry.com
Amazon (DVD 02/22/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004CSBW7G
Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven (2007 - 74min) Andrew Rossi
Official Site: www.atableinheaven.com
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HE8D2G
The Lord of Darjeeling (2006 - 56min) Xavier de Lauzanne
So far I can only find this available as included with the book The Rajah
of Darjeeling Organic Tea, $75.00 from Amazon.com, see link above.
The Meaning of Tea (2008 - 74min) Scott Hoyt
Official Site: www.themeaningoftea.com
The Mind of a Chef
Amazon (Season 1) (03/12/13 2-disc PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AK51NYW/
Amazon (Season 2) (12/03/13 2-disc PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00F1BFLMA/
PBS TV series. In Season 1, Anthony Bourdain explores chef David Chang in
16 30-minute episodes. In Season 2, Bourdain explores chefs Sean Brock and
April Bloomfield (8 episodes each).
The Renaissance of Tea (49min) F. Lit Yu
The Restaurateur (2010 - 57min) Roger Sherman
DVDTalk Review: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews//47252/restaurateur-the/
Somm (2013 - 94min) Jason Wise
Official Site: www.somm-film.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/somm/
Amazon (DVD 09/03/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D7HBV10
Follows four young men working towards earning the title of Master Sommelier.
Spinning Plates (2012 - 93min) Joseph Levy
Official Site: www.spinningplatesmovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spinning_plates/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Inception Media Group): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMH49VQ/
Step Up to the Plate (2012 - 86min) Paul Lacoste
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/entre_les_bras/
Amazon (DVD 03/26/13 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2A1YWU/
Looks at chef Michel Bras and the process of handing down his Michelin
3-star restaurant to his son, Sebastien Bras.
Three Stars (2010 - 94min) Lutz Hachmeister
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/three_stars/
Amazon (DVD 01/15/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009OHY64Q/
Looks at 9 different Michelin 3-star chefs.
A thorough filmography on the Vietnam War:
A Film Unfinished (2010 - 88min) Yael Hersonski
Official Site: www.afilmunfinished.com
A Grin Without A Cat (1977 - 240min/original, 180min/1993) Chris Marker
Icarus Films: www.icarusfilms.com/new2001/grin.html
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s2891grin.html
Review at Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/2824/
A Time for Burning (1966 - 58min) Bill Jersey, Barbara Connell
Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (2006 - 81min) Patty Kim, Chris Sheridan
Official Site: www.abductionfilm.com
North Korea has been kidnapping Japanese children.
About Baghdad (2004 - 90min) Sinan Antoon
Official Site: www.aboutbaghdad.com
The Act of Killing (2012 - 115min/159min) Joshua Oppenheimer
Official Site: actofkilling.com
The Agronomist (2003 - 91min) Jonathan Demme
Tells the story of Haitian national hero, journalist, and freedom fighter
Jean Dominique. As the owner of Haiti's only free radio station, Dominique
spent a lot of time in exile in NYC, where Demme filmed him during the 80's
and 90's. He was assassinated in 2000. Excellent, as we would expect from
this master filmmaker.
Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq (2007 - 66min) Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Amazon (DVD 10/23/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UPGQIA/
American Jihadist (2010 - 68min) Mark Claywell
Official Site: www.americanjihadist.com
The American Ruling Class (2005 - 89min) John Kirby
Official Site: www.theamericanrulingclass.org
A "dramatic documentary musical" (don't worry there's only 3 or 4 musical
numbers and they're not that bad). Lewis Lapham takes a couple of fictional
Yale graduates around to meet various people as they decide whether they
want to try to join the ruling class or work to change the world. Lots of
food for thought. Many interesting people are in this film. I was most
happy and surprised to see Barbara Ehrenreich (author of
Nickel and Dimed) and Peter Seeger, who appears at the end of the
film. We also meet with a lot of members of the Council on Foreign Relations.
An Anarchist's Story (2006 - 78min) Mark Littlewood
Official Site: www.spanishcivilwarfilm.com/
Revieiw Infoshop News: news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20091118164203665
Tells the story of Ethel MacDonald, Scottish anarchist activist, and her
part in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1937).
The Anderson Platoon (1966 - 60min) (Black and White) Peter Schoendorffer
Award-winning French documentary about a platoon of 33 Americans early
in the Viet Nam war. Intense and very real footage from the frontline.
Anita (2013 - 77min) Freida Lee Mock
Subtitled: Speaking Truth to Power
Official Site: www.anitahill-film.com/
Amazon (DVD 06/24/14 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00K0PA9ME/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/anita_2013/
Apocalypse Africa: Made in America (2008 - 72min) Del Walters
Argentina: Hope in Hard Times (2004 - 74min) Mark Dworkin, Melissa Young
have not seen. very hard to find.
Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005 - 82min) Nicolas Rossier
Armadillo (2010 - 105min) Janus Metz Pederson
Official Site: www.armadillothemovie.com
The Battle of Chile (1975,1976,1979 - 262min) Patricio Guzman
Available as a 4-disc set:
Disc 1 - The Battle of Chile Part 1 - The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie - 1975 - 96min
Disc 2 - The Battle of Chile Part 2 - The Coup d'Etat - 1976 - 88min
Disc 3 - The Battle of Chile Part 3 - The Power of the People - 1979 - 79min
Disc 4 - Chile, Obstinate Memory - 1997 - 58min
Better This World (2011 - 98min) Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega
Official Site: www.betterthisworld.com
Amazon (DVD 07/24/12 Passion River): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00827OWWU/
Looks at the case of two young guys from Texas charged with domestic
terrorism at the 2008 RNC. Explores the use of FBI informants. See also
Informant which takes a closer look at Brandon Darby.
Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas (2008 - 104min) Michael Fox, Silvia Leindecker
Official Site: www.beyondelections.com/
The Big One (1998 - 95min) Michael Moore
Official Site: www.dogeatdogfilms.com/tbo.html
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/big_one/
Humorous yet serious documentary about corporate downsizing in America. From
the director of Roger and Me, based on the book Downsize This!
Bhutto (2010 - 111min) Duane Baughman, Johnny O'Hara
Official Site: www.bhuttothefilm.com
Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2002 - 87min) Andre Heller
German Title: Im toten Winkel
Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I (2006 - 112min) Marty Callaghan
Official Site: www.bloodandoil.com
Bowling for Columbine (2002 - 119min) Michael Moore
Official site: BowlingForColumbine.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bowling_for_columbine/
Michael Moore's Home Page: www.michaelmoore.com
Though I'm not as much of a Michael Moore fan as I once was, I still
recommend this as a really cool film about guns and fear in America.
Won Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2002. The title comes from the fact
that the two students who did the shooting at Columbine supposedly went to
their bowling class earlier that morning. The 2-hour film covers a lot of
territory and the Columbine shootings are really just a jumping off point.
There is actually quite a bit to the Columbine story which is not covered
in this film. (For more info on Columbine, see
signofthetimes.yuku.com - CRTF Forum).
As in Moore's previous docu's (Roger and Me, The Big One),
serious subject matter is presented in a humorous and entertaining way.
Though things get a bit heavy with the security cam footage from the
shooting and with the story of a 6-year-old shooting another 6-year-old
in Flint, Michigan. Tons of cool stuff is woven into the film, including
a hilarious bit from Chris Rock ("We don't need no gun control, we need
BULLET control!") and an interesting interview with Marilyn Manson.
I thought he was a bit unfair in his treatment of James Nichols (who in
fact sued Moore over this). I doubt
that Moore has looked deeply into the story of the OKC bombing (check
Lots of very interesting insights about the culture of fear in America.
He interviews Barry Glassner, author of
Culture of Fear.
Broken Rainbow (1985 - 70min) Victoria Mudd
About the government-enforced relocation of Navaho from their land in
Arizona, starting in the 1970's. Won Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country (2009 - 84min) Anders Ostergaard
Official Site: www.burmavjmovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/burma-vj/
Details the September 2007 uprising against the Burmese military regime.
Some dramtic re-enactments are used. Mainly we see video footage that has
been smuggled out of the country by activists who risk imprisonment for
being caught with a camera. Very intense, rivetting film, highly recommended.
Bush Family Fortunes (2004 - 62min) Steve Grandison
Greg Palast investigates George W. Bush.
Bush's Brain (2004 - 80min) Jaques Vroom
About Karl Rove.
The Canary Effect (2006 - 65min) Robin Davey, Yellow Thunder Woman
Official Site: www.thecanaryeffectmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD-R 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0039NNFWK
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010 - 118min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.casinojackmovie.com
About Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the corruption of the U.S.
government. Not to be confused with the 2010 feature film Casino Jack
on the same subject.
China: A Century of Revolution (2000 - 360min) Sue Williams
Amazon (3-DVD set 2007 Zeitgeist): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Q7ZOLC/
Director's Website: www.ambrica.com
This is actually 3 different films:
DISC 1: China in Revolution: 1911-1949 (1989)
DISC 2: The Mao Years: 1949-1976 (1994)
DISC 3: Born Under the Red Flag: 1976-1997 (1997)
Also from the same director: China in the Red,
Young and Restless in China
China: The Rebirth of an Empire (2010 - 86min) Jeremy Veverka, Jesse Veverka
Official Site: www.chinarebirth.com
Citizen Koch (2013 - 90min) Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
Official Site: www.citizenkoch.com/
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns (1990 - 680min) Ken Burns
Official Site: www.pbs.org/civilwar/
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010 - 117min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.client9themovie.com
Collapse (2010 - 81min) Chris Smith
Official Site: www.collapsemovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10011949-collapse/
Not sure what to think about this one. Good to be a bit skeptical of the
"conspiracy guys". Sometimes they have the real story, sometimes they may be
spinning something for a reason that is not easy to see. I don't totally
trust ex-LA-cop Ruppert. Good, even treatment here - the filmmaker just sits
down with Ruppert and lets him talk. Ruppert says he can see a collapse
coming and that is currently his main preoccupation. (Chris Smith also did
American Movie and The Yes Men).
Cointelpro 101 (2010 - 56min)
Official Site: www.freedomarchives.org/Cointelpro.html
Constantine's Sword (2007 - 96min) Oren Jacoby
Official Site: constantinessword.com
Control Room (2004 - 86min) Jehane Noujaim
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/control_room/
Looks at Al Jazeera (newly started middle-eastern TV network) right at the
beginning of the Iraq war (2003). Very cool film. Highly recommended.
Countdown to Zero (2010 - 89min) Lucy Walker
Official Site: www.takepart.com/countdowntozero
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/countdown_to_zero/
Crossing the Line (2006 - 91min) Daniel Gordon, Nicholas Bonner
Official Site: www.takepart.com/countdowntozero
Amazon (DVD 01/08/08 Kino): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000XJD3HU/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10007908-crossing_the_line/
Darfur Now (2007 - 98min) Ted Braun
Declassified: Human Experimentation (1999 - 45min)
This is an episode of the TV show History Undercover from the History
Channel. Barely touches this vast subject, but does go into some detail
on a few examples. Looks at plutonium injections given to hospital patients
in the 40's, 200,000 soldiers exposed to radiation in tests done throughout
the 50's, and simulated biological attacks by the army, including
San Francisco, Minneapolis and the New York subway system. Minneapolis
was sprayed with an assumed harmless chemical to track its movement
through the air. The unique chemical zinc-cadmium-sulfide (unknown in
nature) was sprayed from trucks and rooftops from 8am until midnight for
3 months in 1952. An elementary school was a specific target. I think all
of these particular incidents have been publicized (they're "declassified").
There is even a clip of president Clinton publicly apologizing.
Dirty Wars (2013 - 87min) Richard Rowley
Official Site: dirtywars.org
Amazon (DVD 10/15/13 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DPUB5LK
Based on the book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, by investigative
reporter Jeremy Scahill. The film follows Scahill through several countries
as he gradually learns about the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC),
a US military group who carry out secret missions. Excellent film.
Disarm (2005 - 67min) Brian Liu, Mary Wareham
Official Site: www.disarmfilm.org
Doctors of the Dark Side (2011 - 73min) Martha Davis
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2TU38C
Looks at the role of doctors and psychologists in the torture of post-911
American military detainees.
(see also Ghosts of Abu Graib, Standard Operating Procedure
and Taxi to the Dark Side).
Dreams From My Real Father (2012 - 95min) Joel Gilbert
Subtitled: A Story of Reds and Deception
Official Site: www.obamasrealfather.com
This is the controversial "documentary" that purports to tell the real
origins of president Barack Obama. Now there is probably a lot of truth in
this film and probably it well demonstrates the main point, which is that
Obama's actual birth father is the communist writer and activist Frank
Marshall Davis. But there are some problems with the film. The first
problem is the general angle of the film - the communists are taking over.
Even if Obama has some socialist background, this doesn't mean that there
is a communist takeover of the country. In other words the film kind of
plays into the fears of many patriotic Republicans to show how evil
Obama and the democrats are. It would be a better film if it were more
impartial. Another problem is the background of the director. Two of his
previous films are Elvis is Alive! and Paul McCartney is Really
Dead. These are both marketed as humorous mockumentaries, but still...
Another problem is that the film is set up as a story narrated by Barack
Obama. Of course the narrator is an actor so every word is made up. A
disclaimer at the beginning of the film states that it is based on
actual facts, photos, videos, etc as well as speculation to fill in the
story. So it might be hard to tell which statements are facts and which
are speculation. And there is no documentation provided as to the sources
of anything in the film. With these issues in mind, the film is still quite
interesting and revealing. I would say that it at least solves the mystery
of why there was so much fuss about Obama's birth certificate. And it may
be seen as politically important, as the Republicans are supposedly mailing
out up to 3 million copies of this DVD to voters in swing states. Probably
there are places online where this can be watched.
The Empire in Africa (2006 - 87min) Philippe Diaz
En Route to Baghdad (2005 - 56min) Simone Duarte
About Sergio Vieiro De Mello.
The End of America (2008 - 74min) Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
Naomi Wolf's website:naomiwolf.org
Naomi Wolf parallels the loss of liberty in other countries that slid into
fascism with what is happening in America.
2-disc DVD includes over 2 hours of extra interviews.
The End of Poverty? (2010 - 104min) Philippe Diaz
Excellent film. Makes the case that the massive poverty experienced by
third world nations is caused by the theft of their resources by the
developed nations. Traces globablization back to 1492, when Spain and
Portugal began to exploit the new world. Explains how colonization,
military conquest and slavery have been used to build and maintain the
system of capitalism. Interviews with historians, economists, and
sociologists. Highly recommended.
Far From Vietnam (1967 - 115min) Jean-Luc Goddar, Alain Resnais, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker
Amazon (DVD 12/10/13 Icarus): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FZWYA18/
Review - New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/movies/the-filmfar-from-vietnam-returns-after-decades.html
A collaborative film made by French filmmmakers protesting the Vietnam war.
The Fog of War (2004 - 95min) Errol Morris
Subtitled: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Director's Website: www.errolmorris.com
Morris interviews Robert McNamara about the Vietnam War.
Won Academy Award in 2003 for best documentary feature.
The Forgotten Bomb (2012 - 94min) Stuart Overbey
Subtitled: The True Story of Nuclear Weapons
Official Site: www.forgottenbomb.com
The Fourth World War (2003 - 78min) Rick Rowley
Freedom's Fury (2006 - 90min) Colin K. Gray, Megan Raney
Official Site: www.freedomsfury.net
About 1956 Summer Olympics water polo match between Hungary and the USSR
and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
Gerrymandering (2010 - 81min) Jeff Reichert
Official Site: www.gerrymanderingmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/23/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008OW1RY4
Ghosts of Abu Graib (2007 - 78min) Rory Kennedy
Looks at the 2004 Abu Graib torture and prisoner abuse scandal.
(see also Standard Operating Procedure and Taxi to the Dark Side).
Gitmo - The New Rules of War (2005 - 76min) Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh
The Goebbels Experiment (2004 - 107min) Lutz Hachmeister, Michael Kloft
The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It (2000 - 57min) Judith Ehrlich, Rick Tejada-Flores
Official Site: www.pbs.org/itvs/thegoodwar
Amazon (DVD 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004G7X5UK
Hearts and Minds (1974 - 112min) Peter Davis
Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2001 - 63min) Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
Official Site: www.hiddenwars.com
All about the first gulf war, including how the US tricked Saddam into
Homo Sapiens 1900 (1998 - 88min) Peter Cohen
Looks at the history of eugenics.
Hot Coffee (2011 - 88min) Susan Saladoff
Official Site: hotcoffeethemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 11/01/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00595W3MO
Looks at issues of "tort reform" using the McDonalds coffee case as one of
several examples. An interesting clip of G.W. Bush appears at 24:36 with
this quote: "In my line of work you gotta keep repeating things over and
over and over again. For the truth to sink in. To kinda catapult the
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010 - 124min) Brigitte Berman
Official site: www.hughhefnerplayboyactivistrebel.com
Excellent indepth film looks at Hefner's whole life. It was surprising to me
how much of a political activist he has been, especially on civil rights. He
was publicly opposing racial discrimination in the '50's and '60's. He also
fought for freedom of speech and against archaic sex laws. Covers the
history of Playboy magazine and how Hefner used it as a tool to help
change society. Looks at Playboy clubs. Lots of music. Spends a bit more
time on the "playboy" aspect of his life towards the end of the film.
Very interesting. Highly recommended.
In the Year of the Pig (1969 - 103min) Emille de Antonio
Amazon (DVD 09/20/05 Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A88ES2
Amazon (DVD 07/08/08 4-disc Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001675YPM/
Highly regarded, classic and controversial film produced during the height
of the Vietnam War. Seeks to understand the origins of the war. Mainly
consisting of news footage and interviews.
This film is included in the 4-disc DVD set Emile de Antonio: Films of
the Radical Saint, as well as being available on DVD separately.
Incident at Oglala - The Leonard Peltier Story (1992 - 89min) Michael Apted
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001FVDI2
Indoctrinate U (2007 - 89min) Evan Coyne Maloney
Official Site: www.indoctrinate-u.com
Amazon (DVD-R 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0017OGOIA
Informant (2012 - 81min) Jamie Meltzer
Official Site: www.informantdoc.com
Amazon (DVD 11/19/13 Music Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ER0QHPG/
A close look at radical activist turned FBI informer Brandon Darby.
See also Better This World
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006 - 75min) Robert Greenwald
Official Site: www.iraqforsale.org
Iraq in Fragments (2005 - 94min) James Longley
Italian Fascism in Color (2007 - 100min)
Janeane from Des Moines (2012 - 78min) Grace Lee
Official Site: www.janeanefromdesmoines.com
Kimjongilia (2009 - 75min) N.C. Heikin
Official Site: www.kimjongiliathemovie.com
Khodorkovsky (2011 - 111min) Cyril Tuschi
Official Site: www.khodorkovsky-movie.com/
Koch Brothers Exposed (2012 - 55min) Robert Greenwald
Official Site: www.kochbrothersexposed.com/
Larry Flynt - The Right to Be Left Alone (2007 - 74min) Joan Brooker-Marks
Highly recommended. Wide-ranging film covers Flynt's life, mainly spent
fighting for first amendment rights in American courts and publishing
Hustler magazine. There is really a lot packed into this film. I had seen
The People vs. Larry Flynt a couple of times, so I knew that Flynt
was an interesting character and that he had fought some major court battles,
but I did not realize the extent to which he has been a tireless freedom
fighter. Amazing character, very interesting film.
Lessons of Darkness (1992 - 54min) Werner Herzog
German Title: Lektionen in Finsternis
Looks at the aftermath of the first Gulf War. Lots of images of the burning
Kuwaiti oilfields set to classical music. Sparsely narrated by Werner in
English (or you can select German). 1995 2-disc DVD release is packaged with
additional DVD of Herzog's 1971 film Fata Morgana.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy (2010 - 53min) Cosima Dannoritzer
Also Known As: Pyramids of Waste
Subtitled: The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence
Official Site: www.facebook.com/TheLightBulbConspiracy
not yet on DVD (06/11) but can be watched online at many sites.
Lumumba (2000 - 115min) Raoul Peck
This is actually not a documentary (so I might move it to my feature films
page), but the special edition DVD does include excerpts from the documentary
on Lumumba by the same director (Lumumba, Death of a Prophet).
The Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony - Noam Chomsky (2010 - 140min)
Subtitled: The Middle East, Empire and Activism
Milhouse: A White Comedy (1971 - 92min) Emile de Antonio
Amazon (DVD 07/08/08 4-disc Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001675YPM/
An irreverent portrait of president Richard M. Nixon. This film is included
in the 4-disc DVD set Emile de Antonio: Films of the Radical Saint.
The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009 - 94min) Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Subtitled: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00329PYGQ/
Motherland Afghanistan (2007 - 74min) Sedika Mojadidi
Mr. Hoover and I (1989 - 86min) Emile de Antonio
Amazon (DVD 07/08/08 4-disc Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001675YPM/
The last film from Antonio de Emile, and his most personal. Looks at his
own life and the life of Edgar J. Hoover, who maintained a large file on
Antonio. This film is included in the 4-disc DVD set
Emile de Antonio: Films of the Radical Saint.
Mugabe and the White African (2009 - 94min) Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson
The Murder of JFK: A Revisionist History (1999 - 140min) Matthew White
Amazon (DVD 02/28/06 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BT96PK/
My Country, My Country (2005 - 90min) Laura Poitras
No End in Sight (2007 - 102min) Charles Ferguson
Subtitled: Iraq's Descent Into Chaos
Thorough look at the results of the Iraq invasion.
Not For Ourselves Alone (1999 - 210min) Ken Burns, Paul Barnes
Subtitled: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Canton and Susun B. Anthony
Official Site: www.pbs.org/stantonanthony/
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BITUIO/
Nullification: The Rightful Remedy (2012 - 72min) Jason Rink
Official Site: nullificationmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008BVYV4G/
The Oath (2010 - 96min) Laura Poitras
Official Site: www.theoathmovie.com
The Oil Factor (2004 - 93min) Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
Our Brand is Crisis (2005 - 87min) Rachel Boyton
The Panama Deception (1992 - 91min) Barbara Trent
Amazon (DVD 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000KJU1K0
Examines the 1989 invasion of Panama by the US. Won Academy Award for Best
Documentary Feature in 1992.
Patriocracy (2011 - 90min) Brian Malone
Official Site: www.patriocracymovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 07/17/12 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007YHULGA
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space (2010 - 85min) Denis Delestrac
Official Site: www.pax-americana.com/
Director's Website: www.delestrac.com/
A thorough look at the militarization of space. Very interesting. Important.
Point of Order! (1964 - 97min) Emile de Antonio
Amazon (DVD 11/15/05 New Yorker OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A59PO2/
Looks at the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013 - 92min) Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GHH9HAO/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pussy_riot_a_punk_prayer/
Putin's Kiss (2012 - 85min) Lise Berk Pedersen
Official Site: www.putinskissmovie.com/
Questions for Crazy Horse (2010 - 81min) O.W.Tuthill
Official Site: www.questionsforcrazyhorse.com
Red, White, Black and Blue (2006 - 86min) Tom Putnam
Official Site: www.alaskainvasion.com
Looks at the bloody battle for the island of Attu (off of Alaska), invaded
by Japan during World War II.
The Reichsorchester: The Berlin Philharmonic and the Third Reich (2007 - 90min) Enrique Sanchez Lansch
Remnants of a War (2010 - 75min) Jawad Metni
Official Site: www.remnantsfilm.com
Looks at deminers clearing unexploded cluster bombs leftover from 2006
war between Israel and Hezbollah.
Restrepo (2010 - 93min) Sebastion Junger, Tim Hetherington
Official Site: www.restrepothemovie.com
A close look at a platoon of US soldiers fighting in the very dangerous
Korengal Valley of Afghanistan over a one-year period.
Rethink Afghanistan (2009 - 75min) Robert Greenwald
RFK Must Die (2007 - 140min) Shane O'Sullivan
Subtitle: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy
Official Site: www.rfkmustdie.com/
Amazon (DVD 11/20/07 Dokument Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UX6TH0/
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2009 - 77min)
In this lecture/interview, Naomi Klein explains the ideas and research
behind her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.
The Road to Guantanamo (2006 - 95min) Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
Roger and Me (1989 - 91min) Michael Moore
Official Site: www.dogeatdogfilms.com/rogerme.html
Awesome documentary about Flint, Michigan - very funny and very sad.
Moore's first film. I liked him a lot back then, don't always trust him so
much anymore, but still have to admit this is an amazing and very
Rush to War (2004 - 86min) Robert Taicher
Official Site: www.rushtowar.com
Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara? (2001 - 60min) Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh
The Secret Trial 5 (2014) Amar Wala
Official Site: secrettrial5.com/
Seoul Train (2005 - 54min) Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky, Lisa Sleeth
Official Site: www.seoultrain.com
A close look at the problem of North Koreans trying to cross the
Chinese border to escape starvation and to find freedom. The Chinese policy
is to arrest the refugees and return them, where they will be severely
punished or killed. A lot is packed into this short film, including footage
of refugees and activists in the underground railroad, which attempts to
help refugees find their way across the Chinese border, across China, and
into Mongolia. The DVD I rented from Netflix had no special features,
other than a chapter menu, which had an Independent Lens logo on it, and
no subtitles. The credits indicate that a DVD purchased at the official
site has 2 1/2 hours of extra material and subtitles in 16 languages.
Excellent film. Recommended.
Sergio (2010 - 94min) Greg Barker
About Sergio Vieiro De Mello.
Severe Clear (2009 - 93min) Kristian Fraga
Official Site: www.severeclearthemovie.com
Shadow Company (2006 - 86min) Nick Bicanic, Jason Bourque
Official Site: www.shadowcompanythemovie.com
Looks at the world of mercenary soldiers.
The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez (2006 - 89min) Heidi Specogna
Official Site: www.theshortlife-film.com/
Jose was the first US soldier killed in the Iraq war. Jose had made his way
to the US to escape the hopelessness of his life in Guatamala and joined
the army to help pay for college. See also When the Mountains Tremble
for some background on Guatemala.
Sir! No Sir! (2005 - 84min) David Zeiger
Subtitled: The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement to End the War in Vietnam
Official site: www.sirnosir.com
Excellent documentary about the Viet-Nam war protest movement WITHIN the US
military. A very interesting and little-known story. Lots of important
archival footage. Highly recommended.
For more detail on this, see the book, Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance
During the Vietnam War by David Cortwright and Howard Zinn.
And there is an excellent article online here:
...So Goes the Nation (2006 - 90min) Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Official Site: www.sogoesthenationmovie.com
Soldiers of Conscience (2007 - 86min) Catherine Ryan, Gary Weimberg
Official Site: www.soldiers_themovie.com
The Soprano State - Part One (2010) Bob Ingle, Sandy McClure
Subtitled: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption
Official Site: www.thesopranostate.com
South of the Border (2010 - 78min) Oliver Stone
Official Site: www.southoftheborderdoc.com
Stone has a look at the revolution taking place in the 21st century across
South America as one country after another has democratically elected a
reformist president and
worked to shake off US and IMF domination. The US media continues to paint
these new leaders as evil communist dictators (who might even need to
be overthrown). Stone talks to Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia),
Lula De Silva (Brazil), Christina and Nestor Kirchner (Argentina),
Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castor (Cuba).
Standard Operating Procedure (2008 - 116min) Errol Morris
Abu Graib, etc. (see also Taxi to the Dark Side and
Ghosts of Abu Graib).
State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism (2005 - 94min) Pamela Yates
Director's Website: skylightpictures.com
Looks at the "war on terror" between the Peruvian Miilitary and the Shining
Path, which eventually left 70,000 people dead.
Strange Culture (2006 - 75min) Lynn Hershman Leeson
Official Site: www.strangeculture.net
Otherzine Review: www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=17&article_id=44
Street Fight (2005 - 81min) Marshall Curry
Official Site: www.streetfightfilm.com
See also Brick City.
Superpower (2008 - 119min) Barbara-Anne Steegmuller
Official Site: www.superpowerthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 01/29/13 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A0O44BM
Taking Liberties (2007 - 101min) Chris Atkins
Official Site: www.noliberties.com
Amazon (DVD - British PAL Region 2): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000S6UZRO
Amazon.co.uk (DVD - British PAL Region 2): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B000S6UZRO
Covers erosion of civil liberties and increasing surveilance in the UK under
Tony Blair's government.
Taxi To the Dark Side (2007 - 106min) Alex Gibney
Abu Graib, etc. (see also Standard Operating Procedure and
Ghosts of Abu Graib). Won 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
They Call it Mayanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012 - 84min) Robert H. Lieberman
Official Site: www.theycallitmayanmar.com/
Amazon (DVD 11/13/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008NNYA16
This Divided State (2004 - 88min) Steven Greenstreet
Official Site: www.thisdividedstate.com
Quite a storm erupts when Michael Moore is invited to speak at Utah
Valley State College.
The Tillman Story (2010 - 94min) Amir Bar-Lev
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002 - 80min) Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki
Official Site: www.thetrialsofhenrykissinger.com
The Triumph of the Will (1935 - 120min) Leni Riefenstahl
German Title: Triumph des Willens
Masterpiece propaganda film documents Sixth Nazi Party Congress at Nuremberg
in 1934. Commissioned and executive-produced by Adolph Hitler.
Trudell (2005 - 78min) Heather Rae
Official Site: www.trudellthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 2007 Passion River): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000LV6OBM
About Native American activist John Trudell.
There is also a Red Envelope (Netfilx) DVD with a 54 minute version of the
film, as shown on PBS Independent Lens (no special features).
Unconstitutional (2004 - 66min) Nonny de la Pena
Subtitled: The War on Our Civil Liberties
Uncovered (2004 - 87min) Robert Greenwald
Subtitled: The War on Iraq
This is an extended version of Robert Greenwald's 2003 film,
Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War (which is 56 minutes
long). Mainly covers the selling of the war.
Underground (1976 - 87min) Emile de Antonio, Haskell Wexler, Mary Lampson
Amazon (DVD 07/08/08 4-disc Homevision): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001675YPM/
Looks at the Weather Undrground. This film is included
in the 4-disc DVD set Emile de Antonio: Films of the Radical Saint.
See also The Weather Underground (below).
The Unknown Known (2013 - 105min) Errol Morris
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_unknown_known/
About Donald Rumsfeld.
Unmanned: America's Drone Wars (2013 - 63min) Robert Greenwald
Official Site: unmanned.warcosts.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 Disinformation): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GOLX9BQ/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/unmanned_americas_drone_wars_2013/
A thorough look at US drone strikes in Pakistan, which have been ongoing
for a decade, since 2004. Well-done, important, revealing, powerful film.
Until When (2004 - 90min) Dahna Abourahme
The US vs. John Lennon (2006 - 99min) David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War (1980 - 600min)
Amazon (DVD 4-disc 04/02/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00ARWXJ54
Written by Associated Press reporter (later CNN) Peter Arnett. Narrated by
Richard Basehart. Originally produced by CBC for Canadian TV. Time-Life
reissued this on DVD in 2013.
Vietnam War with Walter Cronkite (1985 - 720min)
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009KU95
12 hours worth of CBS news reporting on the war.
Vulcans, Victors & Cuba (69min) Christopher Purcell
Looks at the development of Britain's V-Force, the bombers which
provided nuclear deterrent until that task was handed over to submarines
in 1969. Starts out coving the developent of 3 bombers, the Vickers Valiant,
the Avro Vulcan, and the Handley-Page Victor. Britain followed the US and
the USSR into the H-bomb club in 1958. Covers the Cuban missile crisis of
1962, including the role that would have been played by Britain's
bombers (dropping a bunch of h-bombs on Russian cities).
Waco: A New Revelation (1999 - 110min) Jason Van Vleet
Based on further research into some of the findings of Waco: The Rules of
Engagement (below). Does not seem to be available on DVD. Official site
Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997 - 136min) William Gazecki
Official Site: www.waco93.com
Director's Website: www.williamgazecki.com
Thorough and disturbing look at the Waco seige. As of FEB 2010, the DVD
is out of print and hard to find. Recommended. (Netflix has this).
Waiting for Fidel (1974 - 58min) Micheal Rubbo
Said to be the inspriation for Michael Moore's Roger and Me. Against
standard convention, the filmmaker puts himself into the film as one of
the three main characters, along with Newfoundland media mogul Geoff Stirling
and former premier of Newfoundland Joey Smallwood. The film mostly consists
of interesting and vigorous discussions between Smallwood, a socialist,
Stirling, a wealthy capitalist, and the filmmaker as they await an interview
with Fidel Castro, which never happens. They are given a very nice place to
stay in Cuba and are taken around to see various sites, such as factories and
schools. This is a classic film, produced by the Film Board of Canada.
The 2004 Facets DVD includes interviews with Stirling and Rubbo 30 years
later. Interesting and recommended.
Wal-Mart - the High Cost of Low Price (2005 - 97min) Robert Greenwald
Official Site: www.walmartmovie.com
The War at Home (1979 - 100min) Glenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown
War Feels Like War (2004 - 59min) Esteban Uyarra
not on DVD as of 07/11, have not yet seen
War Made Easy (2007 - 73min) Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp
Subtitled: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death
Narrated by Sean Penn.
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013 - 66min) Robert Greenwald
Official Site: www.waronwhistleblowers.com/
Amazon (DVD 07/30/13 Brave New Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00COGQUOI/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/war_on_whistleblowers_free_press_and_the_national_security_state/
Can request free DVD from official site.
Watermarks (2004 - 77min) Yaron Zilberman
Subtitled: The Jewish Swimming Champions Who Defied Hitler
The Weather Underground (2003 - 92min) Sam Green II, Bill Siegel
Official Site: www.theweatherunderground.info
What's the Matter with Kansas? (2009 - 90min) Joe Winston
Director's Website: www.whatsthematterwithkansas.com
Based on the 2004 book What's the Matter wtih Kansas? How Conservatives
Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank.
When the Mountains Tremble (1983 - 83min) Newton Thomas Sigel, Pamela Yates
Director's Website: skylightpictures.com
Why We Fight (2005 - 98min) Eugene Jarecki
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/whywefight/
Excellent film, highly recommended.
Win In China (2011) Ole Schell
Official Site: www.wininchinamovie.com
Winter Soldier (1972 - 96min)
A group of over 100 young Vietnam war vets gathered at a hotel in Detroit in
January of 1971 to testify about the atrocities they had seen and committed
in the war. 18 filmmakers collaborated to make the film, which is mainly
black and white footage of the men telling their stories. A classic.
With All Deliberate Speed (2004 - 111min) Peter Gilbert
Explores Brown vs. Board of Education, 1954 US Supreme Court case which
ordered public schools to integrate "with all deliberate speed", (which
meant take all the time you need). I attended public junior high and high
school in Biloxi, Mississippi around 1970-1974. At that time they were just
beginning to integrate (with some nudging from the courts). They
accomplshed this by bussing all the military dependent kids from Keesler AFB
to the all-black high school, effectively keeping their own kids segregated
well into the 1970's. See also Eyes on the Prize (above).
With God on Our Side (2004 - 101min)
Subtitled: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America
The Yes Men (2003 - 83min) Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, Sarah Price
Official Site: www.theyesmen.org
The Yes Men Fix the World (2008 - 87min) Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno
Official Site: www.theyesmen.org
Sequel to The Yes Men.
Zapatista (1998 - 56min) Benjamin Eichert, Rick Rowley, Staale Sandberg
Official Site: www.bignoisefilms.org
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008 - 240min) Adrian Pennink
Official Site: www.pbs.org/wnet/ascentofmoney/
Amazon (DVD - 2009 - 4hrs): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002DKGWXO
Amazon (DVD - 2009 - 2hrs): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001Q7JM2S
Niall Ferguson presents the ideas from his book of the same name. Note that
there is a 2-hour abbreviated version called The Ascent of Money: Boom
Bailout (2012) Sean Patrick Fahey
Official Site: usabailout.com/
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 - 127min) Michael Moore
Moore makes a case against capitalism and for democracy. Lots of food
Chasing Madoff (2011 - 91min) Jeff Prosserman
Amazon (DVD 04/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006Z7Z3WM
Commanding Heights (2002 - 360min)
Subtitled: The Battle for the World Economy
6-hour PBS documentary on macroeconomics based on David Yergin's book
of the same name.
The Corporation (2004 - 145min) Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Joel Bakan
Official site: TheCorporation.com
Very important and interesting film. What are corporations, how did they
get to be so large, powerful and destructive, and what should be done about
them? The DVD includes an extra disc with over 5 hours of additional
interview footage. Highly recommended.
Debtocracy (2011 - 75min) Aris Hatzistefanou, Katerina Kitidi
Official Site: www.debtocracy.gr/indexen.html
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 - 109min) Alex Gibney
Fiat Empire (2006 - 60min) James Jaeger
Subitled: Why the Federal Reserve Violates the US Constitution
Official Site: www.fiatempire.org
Features Ted Baehr, G. Edward Griffin, Ron Paul, Edwin Vieira.
Four Horsemen (2012 - 97min) Ross Ashcroft
Official Site: www.fourhorsemenfilm.com
The Flaw (2010 - 82min) David Sington
Official Site: www.theflawmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0054DPLQQ/
Investigates cause of 2007 economic crash.
Heist (2011 - 75min) Donald Goldmacher, Frances Causey
Subtitled: Who Stole the American Dream?
Official Site: heist-themovie.com
In Debt We Trust (2006 - 98min) Danny Schecter
Inside Job (2010 - 120min) Charles Ferguson
Official Site: www.insidejob.com
Investigates the world financial crisis, resulting in collapse of the econmy
in 2008. Won 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Released on DVD
March 08, 2011.
I.O.U.S.A. (2008 - 80min) Patrick Creadon
Official Site: www.iousathemovie.com
Life + Debt (2001 - 86min) Stephanie Black
Official Site: www.lifeanddebt.org
Shows how Jamaica was crippled by 25 years of "help" from the IMF and
World Bank. Excellent and recommended.
Maxed Out (2006 - 87min) James Scurlock
Subtitled: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders
Official Site: www.maxedoutmovie.com
Official Fan Site: www.maxedoutbuzz.com
Amazon (DVD 06/05/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OU081M
Money As Debt (2006 - 47min) Paul Grignon
(revised in 2009 and packaged as a 2-disc set with Money as Debt II)
Official site: www.moneyasdebt.net
Filmmakers Website: www.paulgrignon.com
Can order from: www.themoneymasters.com
Animated. Explains a lot about money, banking, and current economic problems.
Recommended to watch The Money Masters (below) first.
Money As Debt II: Promises Unleashed (2009 - 77min) Paul Grignon
(packaged as a 2-disc set with Money as Debt, revised edition)
Official site: www.moneyasdebt.net
Filmmakers Website: www.paulgrignon.com
Can order from: www.themoneymasters.com
Animated. Explains a lot about money, banking, and current economic problems.
Recommended to watch The Money Masters (below) first.
Money As Debt III: Evolution Beyond Money (2011 - 138min) Paul Grignon
Official site: www.moneyasdebt.net
Filmmakers Website: www.paulgrignon.com
Can order from: www.themoneymasters.com
Animated. This film is 138 minutes in 4 parts on 2 discs. Also included are
2 short features The Essence of Money (7:30) and Introduction to Digital
Coin (8:30). Recommended to watch The Money Masters (below) first.
Here is the text from the back of the DVD cover:
This third and final movie in the Money as Debt trilogy presents a
comprehensive picture of how "money" could work in the future. It is a
blueprint full of surprising specifics for creating a whole new system
applied with technologies that exist right now. Money as Debt III
demonstrates in simple terms why our primitive concept of money as a
"single uniform commodity" is the ROOT cause of money system dysfunction.
There is now, and there has long been, an alternative way to do "money".
Money as Debt III, Evolution Beyond Money illustrates in extensive and
entertaining detail, how a fundamental change in our long-held concept
of money, paired with recent breakthroughs in technolgy opens the door
to a self-generating, self-balancing and sustainable global "money" backed
by REAL VALUE and OPEN to ALL."
The Money Fix (2009 - 79min) Alan Rosenblith
Official site: www.themoneyfix.org
The Money Masters (1996 - 210min) William T. Still
Subtitled: How International Bankers Gained Control of America
Official site: www.themoneymasters.com
If you really want to know the whole indepth true story about money and
banking, here it is - three and a half hours worth. Explains the background
of current and past economic problems. Highly recommended. See also
Money as Debt, Money As Debt II, Money as Debt III
and The Secret of Oz.
Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream (2012 - 70min) Alex Gibney
Official Site: www.itvs.org/films/park-avenue
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time (2009 - 101min) Danny Schecter
Official Site: www.plunderthecrimeofourtime.com
Director's Website: www.newsdissector.com
Danny Schechter at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Schechter
Explains the collapse of the US economy as a set of criminal actions, chiefly
three interlocking processes - tons of bad mortgage loans in the real estate
arena, the repackaging and reselling of this debt by banks, and hedge funds.
The Price of Sugar (2007 - 90min) Bill Haney
Official Site: www.thepriceofsugar.com
The Secret of Oz (2009 - 117min) William T. Still
Subtitled: Solutions for a Broken Economy
Official site: www.secretofoz.com
Official site: www.themoneymasters.com
Highly recommended. Note the 5-star rating at Amazon. This would be my
top recommendation to get an understanding of the problems with our
economy today. Could be seen as an updated version of the much longer
The Money Masters, updated with new information, shorted to 2hrs
and set in the context of explaining the symbology of the Wonderful
Wizard of Oz. The main points here are that governments can and should
issue their own money, which
would be debt-free, as opposed to letting private banks issue money
(such as the system in the US, where the money is lent to the govenment
at interest from the private Federal Reserve bank), and that banks should
be fully leveraged (they should only be able to lend as much money as they
have instead of the current system which allows them to loan ten times
the amount of deposits). Covers a lot of the history of banking and money,
especially in the US. Includes info on the Bank of North Dakota, and
the situation in Iceland. Was originally 101 minutes, appears to have been
revised in 2011 and is now 117 minutes long.
See also The Money Masters, Money as Debt,
Money As Debt II and Money as Debt III.
Symbionomics Alan Rosenblith
Official Site: www.symbionomics.com/
Still in development as of 10/12. From the director of The Money Fix.
The Take (2004 - 87min)
The Untouchables (2013)
PBS Frontline episode first broadcast JAN 22, 2013.
Waging A Living (2005 - 85min) Roger Weisberg
We're Not Broke (2012) Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes
Official Site: www.werenotbrokemovie.com
Where is the World Going, Mr. Stiglitz? (2007 - 380min) Jacques Sarasin
Official Site: stiglitzfilm.com
Nobel Prize winning economist explains the world economy and globalization.
Over 6 hours, on 2 DVDs.
Vote Fraud in the USA
American Blackout (2005 - 86min) Ian Inaba
Looks at the political career of Cynthia McKinney and at irregularities in
2000 and 2004 US presidential elections.
The Big Fix 2000: Who Runs the Show? (2004 - 58min) Daniel Hopsicker
Director's Website: www.madcowprod.com
From Hopsicker's Conspiracy Secret History series. Looks like UFOTV has
bought the distribution rights to his films. This looks at Diebold.
Counting on Democracy (2001 - 60min) Danny Schechter
Subtitled: The 2000 Electoral Fiasco in Florida
Distributor's Website: www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/cod.html
Director's Website: www.newsdissector.com
Note: This appears to be the same film as Recount Democracy (see
Electile Dysfunction (2008 - 88min) Joe Barber, Mary Patel
Subtitled: Inside the Business of American Campaigns
Focusses on 2006 US Senate race between Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and
Republican Rick Santorum.
Electile Dysfunction (2005 - 58min) Penny Little
Focusses on irregularities in Ohio and Florida in 2004 presidential election.
Hacking Democracy (2006 - 82min) Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels
Official Site: www.hackingdemocracy.com
Bev Harris' website: BlackBoxVoting.org
(includes lots of online video clips)
Black Box Voting Book by Bev Harris -
Murder, Spies, and Voting Lies (2008 - 68min) Patty Sharaf
Subtitled: The Clint Curtis Story
Official Site: www.votinglies.com
Recount Democracy (2002 - 71min) Danny Schechter
Director's Website: www.newsdissector.com
Note: This appears to be the same film as Counting on Democracy (see
above). Covers 2000 election problems in Florida.
Stealing America: Vote By Vote (2007 - 90min) Dorothy Fadiman
Official Site: www.stealingamericathemovie.org
Can view at official site.
Uncounted (2008 - 81min) David Earnhardt
Subtitled: The New Math of American Presidential Elections
Unprecedented (2004 - 90min) Richard R. Perez, Joan Sekler
Subtitled: The 2000 Presidential Election
Official Site: www.unprecedented.org
Votescam: The Stealing of America's Elections (60min)
home of the classic book, Votescam: The Stealing of America, by James and Kenneth Collier.
Amazon (Book): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0963416308
Wikipedia (Book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Votescam
This is an interview with James Collier from a 1996 episode of the cable TV
show Liberty News Network with Walter Reddy and Jill St. James. The VHS was
once available from Votescam.org and has been out of print for awhile.
Can watch at Youtube link above.
We Will Not Be Silenced Gigi Gaston
Official Site: www.wewillnotbesilenced2008.com
Upcoming film concerning vote fraud in the 2008 Democratic primary election.
Civil Rights in the USA
4 Little Girls (1997 - 102min) Spike Lee
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011 - 96min) Goran Olsson
Official Site: www.blackpowermixtape.com
Brother Minister (1994 - 115min) Jack Baxter
Subtitled: The Assassination of Malcolm X
seems to be out of print
Brother Outsider (2003 - 83min) Nancy D. Kates, Bennett Singer
Subtitled: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Official Site: rustin.org
Amazon (DVD 07/06/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003LR5BBC
One of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement,
largely forgotten and unknown, perhaps because he was openly gay.
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 (1987 - 360min) Henry Hampton
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 04/06/2010 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0031WNYHK
Producer's Website: www.blacksidemedia.com
Thorough look at civil rights movement in the US. Lots of crucial and
shocking archival footage and more recent interviews with key people. This
is part 1, consisting of 6 one-hour episodes, first broadcast on PBS in
1987. Super-classic, important film, highly recommended. This is the
essential document on the subject. Narrated by Julian Bond. The whole series
has been out of print much of the time since its release, supposedly due
to rights clearance issues. Part 1 was finally issued on DVD in April, 2010
(see above Amazon link). The entire series has been available on DVD for
educational use from PBS for $400 since 2006. Title for entire series
(parts 1 and 2) is Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement
1954-1985. Part 2 is listed below.
Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965-1985 (1990 - 480min) Henry Hampton
Part 2, consisting of 8 one-hour episodes, first broadcast on PBS in 1990.
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012 - 102min) Shola Lynch
Official Site: freeangelafilm.com
Amazon (DVD 08/20/13 Lions Gate): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D3LA7HA/
Freedom Riders (2010 - 120min) Stanley Nelson
Gideon's Army (2013 - 96min) Dawn Porter
Official Site: www.gideonsarmythefilm.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gideons_army_2013/
In Prison My Whole Life (2007 - 90min) Marc Evans
Official Site: www.inprisonmywholelife.com
not yet on DVD as of 10/2010 (except UK PAL version).
See also Justice on Trial (above) and Mumia: Case for a Reasonable
Justice on Trial - The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal (2010) Kouross Esmaeli
Official Site: www.bignoisefilms.org
not yet on DVD as of 10/2010.
See also Mumia: A Case for a Reasonable Doubt? (below).
Mumia: A Case for a Reasonable Doubt? (1996 - 74min) John Edgington
See also Justice on Trial (above).
Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2012 - 120min) Stephen Vittoria
Official Site: www.mumia-themovie.com
Amazon (DVD 06/11/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BT0NBKW/
Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (2000 - 58min) Eric Paul Fournier
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000 - 84min) Barak Goodman, Daniel Anker
Official Site: www.pbs.org/wbgh/amex/scottsboro/
Covers the 1931 Alabama case credited with starting the American civil rights
movement. Two white women accused nine black teenagers of raping them on a
train. They all went to prison, eventually being released.
Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009 - 82min) Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Official Site: www.soundtrackforarevolutionfilm.com/
DVD Talk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/44279/soundtrack-for-a-revolution/
Spies of Mississippi (2014 - 60min) Dawn Porter
Official Site: www.spiesofmississippithefilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/11/14 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GMM19M8/
The Tulsa Lynching of 1921 - A Hidden Story (1999 - 76min) Michael Wilkerson
Can order DVD here: www.blackpowerproductions.com/
Looks at the "Tulsa Race Riot" of 1921, in which the black section of Tulsa
was looted and burned and over 300 black people were killed, over 3000
displaced. This is a TV movie made for Cinemax, but does not seem to have
ever been issued on DVD (its a hidden story). The DVD linked above is quite
blurry, looks like a bad transfer from VHS, but watchable (a must-watch,
in fact). Incredible story.
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005 - 70min) Keith Beauchamp
Official site: www.emmetttillstory.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/28/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000DZ95MQ
Up From Slavery (2011 - 315min) Kevin R. Hershberger
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2011): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0058KHGX6/
39 films listed as of 03/29/13
Wikipedia has a list of documentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
CAMERA.org provides some detailed lists of documentaries on the subject of
5 Broken Cameras (2011 - 94min) Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Official Site: www.kinolorber.com/5brokencameras/
5 Days (2005 - 94min) Yoav Shamir
not yet on DVD?
The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs (1998 - 300min) Dai Richards, David Ash
Amazon (DVD 11/21/00 2-disc PBS OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00004TX2W
WGBH/BBC production. Out of print. Netflix has this (03/13). Might find
to watch online.
9 Star Hotel (2007 - 78min) Ido Haar
Original Hebrew Title: Malon 9 Kochavim
Amazon (DVD 02/05/08): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000Z27H68
Looks at a couple of Palestinian men who cross the border into Israel
every day to look for work.
American Radical (2010 - 89min) David Ridgen, Nicolas Rossier
Subtitled: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein
Official Site: www.americanradicalthefilm.com
Blood and Tears: The Arab Israeli Conflict (2007 - 74min) Isadore Rosmarin
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000P29GJY
Blues by the Beach (2004 - 77min) Joshua Faudem
Official Site: www.bluesbythebeachfilm.com
Amazon (2-disc DVD-R): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001OW5MHE
Budrus (2009 - 80min) Julia Bacha
Official Site: www.justvision.org/budrus
Checkpoint (2003 - 80min) Yoav Shamir
Hebrew Title: Machsommim
The Color of Olives (2006 - 97min) Carolina Rivas
Official Site: www.thecolorofolives.com
Death in Gaza (2004 - 80min) James Miller
Demafation (2009 - 91min) Yoav Shamir
Hebrew Title: Hashmatsa
Official Site: www.defamation-thefilm.com
Diameter of the Bomb (2005 - 82min) Steven Silver, Andrew Quigley
Encounter Point (2006 - 85min) Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha
Official Site: www.encounterpoint.com
The Flat (2011 - 98min) Arnon Goldfinger
Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-flat
Amazon (DVD 03/12/13 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AADAEH6
Flipping Out (2008 - 84min) Yoav Shamir
National Film Board of Canada: films.nfb.ca/flipping-out/
Explores the phenomena of Israeli ex-soldiers, who, having completed their
compulsory 3-year military service, move to India and dive into heavy drug
use, with some developing mental problems. As of 06/2010, I don't think this
has made it to DVD. Has been shown on Sundance Channel and BBC. From the
director of Checkpoint and Defamation.
The Forsaken Promise (2007 - 120min)
Official Site: www.hatikvah.co.uk/
Amazon (DVD 03/22/07): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OQDRJG/
In 2 1-hour parts. DVD also includes 45-minute abridged version.
The Gatekeepers (2012 - 101min) Dror Moreh
Official Site: www.thegatekeepersfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 07/09/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZMFM3I
Amazon (BluRay 07/09/13 Sony): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AZMFM9C
The history of Israel's secret internal security service, the Shin Bet, as
recounted by six of its former heads. Very interesting. Highly recommended
for anyone interested in understanding Israel and the middle east.
Interviews are in Hebrew with English subtitles.
Gaza Strip (2002 - 74min) James Longley
Wikipedia (film): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Strip_(film)
Wikipedia (Second Intifada): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Intifada
Documents events taking place in 2001 in Gaza Strip during Second Intifada.
Spends a lot of time with kids. Shows effects of poison gas attacks.
Recommended. out of print - Netflix has this
The Great Book Robbery
Official Site: www.thegreatbookrobbery.org
This film will tell the story of the theft of 60,000 books from Palestinians
in 1948 as part of the new state of Israel's attempt to erase Palestinian
culture. in development as of 11/2010
Heritage: Civilization and the Jews (1984 - 540min)
Amazon (DVD 4-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00006IUI4
In 9 one-hour parts. Narrated by former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban.
In Search of Peace: Part 1: 1948-1967 (2001 - 112min) Richard Trank
Amazon (DVD OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AOV6P
(as of 2013, there is no part 2). Narrated by Michael Douglas.
Israel: A Nation is Born (1992 - 360min)
Amazon (DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008UAMZ
Amazon (DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1576180549
In 6 one-hour parts. Narrated by former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban.
Israel: Birth of a Nation (1996 - 100min)
Amazon (DVD 09/27/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AABL58
A&E History Channel.
Israel vs. Israel (2010 - 58min) Terje Carlsson
Official Site: www.israelvsisrael.com
About Jewish peace activists in Israel.
Israel's War History (120min) Sharon Schaveet
Jenin, Jenin (2002 - 54min) Mohamed Bakri
The Law in These Parts (2011 - 98min) Raaanan Alexandrowicz
Official Site: www.thelawfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 06/04/13 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00C4WL3ZI/
Occupation 101 (2007 - 90min) Sufyan Omeish, Abdallah Omeish
Official Site: www.occupation101.com
Occupied Minds (2005 - 58min) Jamal Dajani, David Michaelis
One Day in September (1999 - 94min) Kevin Macdonald
Covers the incident at the 1972 Munich Olympics where 8 Palestinians
took 11 Israeli atheletes hostage. Won Academy Award for best documentary
Palestine Blues (2005 - 72min) Nida Sinnokrot
Palestine is Still the Issue (2002 - 53min) John Pilger
Official Site: www.johnpilger.com/videos/palestine-is-still-the-issue
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004GYKNEO/
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004 - 80min) Sut Jhally, Bathsheba Ratzkoff
Subtitled: US Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Official Site: www.mediaed.org
Promises (2001 - 106min) Carlos Bolado, Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg
Rachel (2009 - 100min) Simone Bitton
About Rachel Corrie, 23-year-old American activist run over by an Israeli
military bulldozer in Gaza.
Roadmap to Apartheid (2011 - 95min) Eron Davidson, Ana Nogueira
Official Site: www.roadmaptoapartheid.com
Six Days in June (2007 - 100min) Ilan Ziv
Subtitled: The War That Redfined the Middle East
Official Site: www.sixdaysmovie.com
Suicide Killers (2006 - 81min) Pierre Rehov
Official Site: www.suicidekillers.com
Amazon (DVD 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NVHWIE
Amazon (DVD-R): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00375LBJY
To Die in Jerusalem (2007 - 76min) Hilda Medalia
Official Site: www.todieinjerusalem.com
A close look at a suicide bombing involving a 17-year-old female Palestinian
bomber and a 17-year-old female Israeli victim.
To Shoot an Elephant (2009 - 112min) Alberto Arce, Mohammed Rujallah
Official Site: www.toshootanelephant.com
Looks at Operation Cast Lead, Israel's attack on Gaza in DEC 2008/JAN 2009.
Can purchase DVD or download free DIVX version at official site.
Until When (2004 - 76min) Dahna Abourahme
Wall (2004 - 97min) Simone Bitton
Official Site: www.wallthemovie.com
Documents the giant concrete wall (I think still being erected) that separates
Palestinian territories from Israel. Most people don't even know about this
huge wall, which is just one reason why everyone needs to see this amazing,
powerful, award-winning film. Highly recommended.
Read about the wall at this lengthy Wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_West_Bank_barrier
Waltz With Bashir (2008 - 90min) Ari Folman
Official Site: www.waltzwithbashir.com
The director visits with former Israeli army colleagues to try to revive
his lost memories of the Sabra and Shatila massacre during the 1982 Lebanon
war. Unusual new style for a documentary, uses lots of animation.
Well-repected film - won many awards. Highly recommended.
Immigration in the US
The 800 Mile Wall (2010 - 90min) John Carlos Frey
Official Site: www.800milewall.org
Cochise County USA (2005 - 69min) Mercedes Maharis
Crossing Arizona (2006 - 75min) Joseph Mathew, Dan DeVivo
Official Site: www.crossingaz.com
Farmingville (2004 - 78min) Catherine Tambini, Carlos Sandoval III
Looks at the issue of illegal immigrants in Farmingville, New York.
H-2 Worker (1990 - 70min) Stephanie Black
Official Site: www.lifeanddebt.org/h2worker
Amazon (04/28/09 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001N4K6L0
The Least of These (2009 - 62min) Clark Lyda, Jesse Lyda
Official Site: www.theleastofthese-film.com
Looks at a privately run detention center for families in Texas.
Mojados: Through the Night (2004 - 65min) Tommy Davis
Official Site: www.mojadosmovie.com
Follows four Mexican men as they make their journey across the Texas border
The Other Side of Immigration (2009 - 55min) Roy Germano
Official Site: www.theothersideofimmigration.com
Sentenced Home (2006 - 76min) David Grabias, Nicole Newnham
Wetback (2004 - 91min) Arturo Perez Torres
Subtitled: The Undocumented Documentary
Official Site: www.opencityworks.com/wetback/
A thorough look at the issue of immigration through the southern US border,
including Central American immigrants travelling through Mexico.
Which Way Home (2009 - 90min) Rebecca Cammisa
Official Site: www.whichwayhome.net
Looks at children immigrating to the US from south of the border by hopping
trains. DVD released JAN 25, 2011.
A Bridge Life: Finding Our Way Home (2009 - 57min) Joshua Grossberg
Official Site: www.abridgelife.com
The Axe In The Attic (2007 - 110min) Ed Pincus, Lucia Small
Official site: www.theaxeintheattic.com
Big Easy to Big Empty (2006 - 30min) Greg Palast
Subtitled: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans
Director's Website: www.gregpalast.com
Some alternate views on hurricane Katrina from investigative journalist
The Big Uneasy (2010 - 98min) Harry Shearer
Official Site: www.thebiguneasy.com
Burn on the Bayou (2008 - 56min) Matt Leonard
Official Site: www.burnonthebayou.com
Burners Without Borders: www.burnswithoutborders.org
The Church on Dauphine Street (2009 - 83min) Anne Hendreen, Rustin Thompson
Dark Water Rising (2006 - 73min) Mike Shiley
Official Site: www.darkwaterrising.com
About efforts to rescue pets left behind in Katrina. This is more of an "indy"
project than the related film Mine (see below), and mainly looks at
some of the various rescue groups. Spends a lot of time with the "renegade"
Winn-Dixie group, who banded together outside of the bureaucracy of the
more official groups. Some wild characters there, including a guy who we
could call the "gonzo dog whisperer". Lots of pit bulls. Very interesting
Desert Bayou (2007 - 71min) Alex Lemay
Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008 - 67min) Dawn Logsdon, Lolis Eric Elie
Official Site: www.tremedoc.com
Hurricane Katrina Five Years Later (2010 - 99min) Alfonzo Walker, Jr.
Hurricane on the Bayou (2006 - 42min) Greg MacGillivray
Official Site: www.hurricaneonthebayou.com
Made for IMAX theatres. Narrated by Merl Streep, Tab Benoit, Allen Toussaint.
Features music by Tab Benoit, Chubby Carrier, Allen Toussaint, Martha Wright.
Hurricane Strip (2007 - 85min) Michael J. Butler, Brian Daniel Boyd
Distributor's Website: www.singahe.com/hurricanestrip.html
have not yet seen
If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (2010 - 240min) Spike Lee
Amazon (DVD 04/19/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004JA99XG
Amazon (BluRay 04/19/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Y5HWPO
Followup to When the Levees Broke. Made for HBO, first shown on TV
AUG 23/24, 2010 in 2 2-hr episodes.
Independent America: Rising From Ruins (2009 - 70min) Hanson Hosien
Official Site: www.risingfromruins.com
Inside Hurricane Katrina (2005 - 94min)
For National Geographic TV.
Kamp Katrina (2007 - 74min) David Redmon, Ashely Sabin
Katrina Cop in the Superdome (2010 - 82min) Paul Lisy
Official Site: www.katrinacop.com
have not yet seen, not yet on DVD as of 12/2010 (still not as of 12/2011)
Katrina Diary (2006 - 80min) J. Justin Pearce
Katrina's Children (2008 - 83min) Laura Belsey
Official Site: www.katrinaschildren.com
Land of Opportunity (2010 - 96min) Louisa Dantas
Official Site: www.landofopportunityfilm.com
Left Behind Without A Choice (2007 - 80min) Kim Walsh Borgan
Official Site: www.leftbehindkatrinamovie.com
Another film about pet rescue efforts. have not yet seen
Mine (2009 - 80min) Geralyn Pezanoski
Very interesting film about the efforts to rescue pets left behind in
Katrina. Lots of issues are expored here. Mainly focusses on five or six
specific cases where dogs were found, and in most of these cases the new
owners did not want to return them. Recommended.
See also Dark Water Rising.
Mission to Mississippi (2007 - 46min) Lewis Stiefel
Distributor's Website: www.singahe.com/mitomi.html
Mississippi Son (2008 - 93min) Don Wilson
Official Site: www.mississippison.com
Though the hurricane missed New Orleans (that city was devastated by the
breach of the levee after the hurricane had moved through) and made a direct
hit on the coast of Mississippi, almost all the media attention was on
New Orleans. This film documents the devastation to the Gulf Coast of
Mississippi - Bay Saint Louis, Pass Christian, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach,
Ocean Springs. Much of this area experienced water over 30 feet high.
Talks to a lot of musicians and artists.
Points out the lack of help from the government. As a nice touch, all
of the soundtrack music is by gulf coast musicians.
National Geographic - Inside Hurricane Katrina (2005 - 92min)
Nova - Hurricane Katrina: The Storm That Drowned a City (2006 - 56min)
Prisoners of Katrina (2006 - 59min) Nick Read
This is an episode of the BBC TV series This World, investigating the story
of 7000 inmates left to die in Orleans Parish Prison during Hurricane Katrina.
Can watch free online (check Google video). There is a book of the same name.
Race (2010 - 59min) Katherine Cecil
Saints Rising (2010 - 45min) Hailima Yates
Official Site: www.anonamissproductions.com/saints_rising.html
Trouble the Water (2008 - 96min) Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
Wade in the Water Children (2007 - 75min) Elizabeth Wood, Gabriel Nussbaum
Official Site: www.wadeinthewaterdoc.com
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006 - 256min) Spike Lee
Spike Lee's epic film is the essential document of this massive tragedy.
He got right down there and captured a lot of this pretty quickly. Very
powerful and important film. I watched this when it first came out on DVD,
and rewatched in 2010. Awesome and highly recommended. The main film is in
four "Acts" of about an hour each. And then there is a fifth part, about
2 hours long, shot a bit later that consists only of interviews. This is
a 3-disc set. The first 4 parts include director's commentary and Spanish
and French subtitles. Check this out! Spike followed this up in 2010
with If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise.
Art / Architecture / Design
Art is not a major subject for me, but these are some really cool films
I have found.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 - 91min) Alison Klayman
Official Site: aiweiweineversorry.com
Amazon (DVD 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009B8YZ8U
Amazon (BluRay 12/04/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009B8YZ8A
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ai_wei_wei_never_sorry_2012/
Allen Jones - Women and Men (2007 - 58min) Jake Auerbach
Amazon (UK): www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B000XJLQOW
Wikipedia (Allen Jones): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Jones_(sculptor)
Wikipedia (Jake Auerbach): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_Auerbach
Extensive look at the work of Allen Jones, controversial due to depictions
of women as objects (such as tables, chairs, coatracks). He explains many
ideas, including his techniques as an artist. Very interesting.
Hard to find. PAL region 0 DVD is available from Amazon UK (above link)
and sometimes eBay. (might find some places to watch online).
Andy Warhol (1988 - 76min) Kim Evans, Lana Jokel
Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006 - 240min) Ric Burns
This 4-hour PBS program is a thorough coverage of Warhol's life and work.
Antonio Gaudi (1984 - 72min) Hiroshi Teshigahara
Amazon (Criterion 2-disc 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0011U3OAG
The Architecture of Doom (1989 - 119min) Peter Cohen
German Title: Undergangens Arkitektur
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/architecture_of_doom/
All about Hitler and art. Covers Nazi censorship of art, theft of art in
Europe during the war, Hitler's plans for massive art galleries. Amazing
film, highly recommended. See also The Rape of Europa (below).
Art & Copy (2009 - 88min) Doug Pray
Subtitled: Inside Advertising's Creative Revolution
Official Site: www.artandcopyfilm.com
Amazon (DVD 05/04/10 PBS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003AWEZ74
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1216754-art_and_copy/
Another awesome film from Doug Pray. This one is about advertising design
artists and covers some major ad campaigns such as "Got Milk?", "Just Do It",
"Where's the Beef", "I Want My MTV".
Explores the impact of advertising on society a little bit.
(see also from Doug Pray - Surfwise, Big Rig,
Infamy, Scratch, Hype).
The Art of the Steal (2009 - 101min) Don Argott
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003JHXS1E
Looks at the controversial move of the Barnes collection of art to downtown
Artmind - The Healing Power of Sacred Art with Alex Grey - (2004 - 79min) Jay Weidner
Alex Grey's website: www.alexgrey.com
See also COSM (below).
Beautiful Losers (2008 - 90min) Aaron Rose
Official Site: www.beautifullosers.com
Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story (2012 - 88min) Neil Berkeley
Official Site: www.beautyisembarrassing.com
Wikipedia (Wayne White): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_White_(artist)
Wayne White's Official Site: waynewhiteart.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beauty_is_embarrassing/
Wayne worked on Peewee's Playhouse and various other TV and music video
stuff before deciding he didn't like working in Hollywood. He went back to
painting and became known for his "word paintings", where he painted words
over the top of thrift-store landscape paintings. This is a very fun and
interesting film covering his life, family, and ideas about art.
Between the Folds (2008 - 56min) Vanessa Gould
Official Site: www.greenfusefilms.com
Looks at the cutting edge of the ancient Japanese art of paper folding
(origami). You wouldn't believe what some people can do with a piece of
paper. This film will not be what you are expecting. Totally amazing and
COSM: The Movie - Alex Grey Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (2006 - 80min) Nick Krasnic
Alex Grey's website: www.alexgrey.com
See also Artmind (above).
Crumb (1995 - 119min) Terry Zwigoff
Official Site: www.spe.sony.com/classics/crumb/crumb.html
Amazon: (DVD 08/10/10 Criterion Collection) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003N2CVPE
Amazon: (DVD 04/25/06 Sony Special Edition) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000ELL1RG
Amazon: (DVD 03/09/99 Sony Original DVD Release) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767821505
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/crumb/
Rich documentary about counter-culture comic artist Robert Crumb.
This wide-ranging biography covers his whole life, including bizarre
upbringing. His two interesting brothers are featured as part of the
story. Includes tons of his art. One of the coolest and most interesting
documentaries ever, for sure. Zwigoff's first docu (1985) was
Louie Bluie. He later made the feature films Ghostworld and
Art School Confidential. There are 3 editions of the Crumb
DVD available - the original release from 1999 (with white cover),
the "Special Edition", released in 2006 (with red cover), and the Criterion
Edition, released AUG 2010. The special
edition does not say special edition on the DVD cover. I am assuming that
what is different about it is the Special Features listed on the cover -
digitally remastered, commentary by Zwigoff and Roger Ebert, and a preview
from Art School Confidential (plus the newer "special edition" is
$13 cheaper). The Criterion Edition adds some more features, including a new
commentary by Zwigoff. You want to see this film!
Cutie and the Boxer (2013 - 82min) Zachary Heinzerling
Official Site: www.cutieandtheboxer.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/04/14 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GDQ0QWC/
Amazon (Bluray 02/04/14 Anchor Bay): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GFSJORG/
Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes (2011 - 90min) M. Slinger
Official Site: www.degenerateartfilm.com/
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009Q8E67U
See also: Operation Pipeworks.
The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010 - 80min) Tchavdar Georgiev, Amanda Pope
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004V1TTSE
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-desert-of-forbidden-art/
Eames: The Architect and the Painter (2011 - 83min) Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey
See also: The Films of Charles and Ray Eames.
El Cerrito (2006 - 60min) Juan Andres Bello
Amazon (DVD 04/23/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BXHDZTM
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 - 87min) Banksy
Official Site: www.banksyfilm.com
Wikipedia (film): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exit_Through_the_Gift_Shop
Wikipedia (Banksy): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksy
Wikipedia (Thierry Guetta): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Guetta
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/exit_through_the_gift_shop/
Banksy makes a documentary about a guy who is making a documentary about
street art. After Banksy suggests he should become a street artist himself,
suddenly he produces a huge amount of art and has a show in LA. There is
speculation that the film is a put-on, and that the art attributed to
Mr. Brainwash is actually made by Bansky and Sheppard Fairey, who is also
featured in the film. It's fun.
F For Fake (1973 - 87min) Orson Welles
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 04/26/05 Criterion): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007M2234
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/f-for-fake/
The Fantastic World of M.C. Escher (1980 - 50min) Michelle Emmer
Thorough look at Escher's artwork. Physicist/mathemetician Prof. Roger
Penrose talks about impossible objects. Mathemetician Prof. H.S.M. Coxeter
explains some hyperbolic geometry and a bit about tetrahedrons and
octohedrons. There are a couple of interesting lengthy reviews of this at
the above Amazon link.
Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2012 - 98min) Brad Bernstein
Official Site: www.faroutthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/22/13 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E9B9P34/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/far_out_isnt_far_enough_the_tomi_ungerer_story/
Ungerer's Official Site: www.tomiungerer.com/
Wikipedia (Ungerer): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomi_Ungerer
About artist/author/illustrator Tomi Ungerer, known for his children's books
and for his controversial erotic adult books.
The Films of Charles and Ray Eames (6-discs 337 minutes) Charles Eames
Finding Lee Mullican (2008 - 75min) John Mullican
Official Site: www.findingleemullican.com
A look at the late artist's life by his son. Would like to have seen a
bit more of his art (though we do see major works), which is abstract,
visionary, and ahead of its time. (supplied as a DVD-R)
Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003 - 93min) Lance Laspina
Amazon(DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00064ALNG
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2009): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001NOQ8TY
About fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. There is a single disc DVD version and
a 2-disc DVD version, which includes art galleries. The film is also
included in the 2-disc DVD set of Ralph Bakshi's Fire and Ice.
The Genius of Design (242min)
Official Site: www.athenalearning.com/programs/genius-design/description-and-videos
Gerhard Richter Painting (2011 - 97min) Corinna Belz
Amazon (DVD 09/25/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008BWFP18
Amazon (BluRay 09/25/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008E0O4G4
Gerhard Richter Official Site: gerhard-richter.com
Gerhard Richter at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Richter
Looks at Gerhard Richter painting in his studio.
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000 - 90min) Craig Laurence Rice
Amazon (DVD 2006 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BNXD4G/
Amazon (DVD 2012 HBO): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007AFBY1C/
About African-American filmmaker, novelist, journalist, photographer, poet,
musician, activist Gordon Parks.
Helmut Newton - Frames From the Edge (1989 - 95min) Andrain Maben
"The photographer of women". The 2002 DVD is out of print and hard to find.
Helvetica (2007 - 80min) Gary Hustwit
Official Site: www.helveticafilm.com
Yes, its a movie about a typefont. In looking at the ubiquitous Helvetica
font, the film explores typography, graphic design, urban visual space, etc.
Interviews with many top designers. Released to coincide with 50th
anniversary of the introduction of Helvetica in 1957. Very interesting film.
Highly recommended. This is the first of Hustwit's "Design Trilogy" -
followed by Objectified (2009) and Urbanized (2011).
Herb & Dorothy (2008 - 87min) Megumi Sasaki
Official Site: www.herbanddorothy.com
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010 - 78min) Carlos Carcas, Norberto Lopez Amado
Official Site: www.mrfostermovie.com
Wikipedia (Norman Foster): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Foster,_Baron_Foster_of_Thames_Bank
Looks at British architect Norman Foster.
I Build the Tower (2006 - 87min) Edward Landler, Brad Byer
Official Site: www.ibuildthetower.com
Official Site of Watts Towers Art Center: www.wattstowers.org
About Sam Rodia and the Watts Towers of South Central LA. DVD can be
purchased from official site. DVD includes a 40-minute interview with
Buckminster Fuller. (have not yet seen - looking forward to it 02/05/13)
In a Dream (2008 - 78min) Jeremiah Zagar
Official Site: www.inadreammovie.com
A close look at the life and work of Philadelphia mosaic artist Isaiah
Zagar, by his son. Gets way into the psychology of the artist and his
family. Very interesting, with lots art, consisting of whole buildings
covered inside and out with stuccoed mosaics. Recommended.
In the Realms of the Unreal: the Mystery of Henry Darger (2004 - 81min) Jessica Yu
Amazon (DVD 05/29/12 Pathfinder): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007MJH9WE
Amazon (DVD 06/21/05 Fox Lorber): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00094ARX2
DVD was out of print for awhile, but has been reissued.
Let Fury Have the Hour (2012 - 100min) Antonio D'Ambrosio
Official Site: www.letfuryhavethehour.com/
Levitated Mass (2013 - 88min) Doug Pray
Subtitled: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture
Director's Website: www.dougpray.com/theboulder.html
Amazon (DVD 12/16/14 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00NLJJHMO/
The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1994 - 30min) Les Blank
Les Blank's Website: www.lesblank.com
Maestro at Les Blank's Website: www.lesblank.com/more/maestro.html
The Maestro's Website: www.maestrogaxiola.com
Very special and very fun documentary about a guy who quit his job to make
art - lots of art. Since he does not sell his art, he has been completely
neglected by the art world. Very inspirational film. Highly recommended,
especially for anyone interested in making art. DVD includes a more recent
revisit with the Maestro. Oh, and its a Les Blank film!
Magical Universe (2014 - 77min) Jeremy Workman
Official Site: magicaluniversefilm.com
Amazon (DVD 05/12/15 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00TQGGK80/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/magical_universe_2013/
Maria Abramovich: The Artist is Present (2012 - 106min) Matthew Akers
Official Site: marinafilm.com
Amazon (DVD 10/16/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0087HDEGA
Very interesting look at Marina Abramovic, sometimes called the queen of
performance art. Focusses on her 2010 retrospective show at New York MOMA.
Marwencol (2010 - 83min) Jeff Malmberg
Official Site: www.marwencol.com
Totally amazing from start to finish. Highly recomended.
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994 - 105min) Freida Lee Mock
Amazon (DVD 05/27/03 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008PHD1/
Won 1994 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. About Chinese-American
artist Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
The Mayor of Strawberry Fields (2010 - 38min) Torre Catalano
The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2003 - 78min) DeZ Vylenz
Official Site: www.themindscapeofalanmoore.com
Shadowsnake Films: www.shadowsnake.com
Looks at the life, work, and ideas of Alan Moore, author of the graphic
novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Mainly consists of Moore speaking to
the camera. Very interesting. DVD, released in 2008, is 2 discs with
over 3 hours of extra material. Includes subtitles in English, French,
Spanish, and Portuguese.
A quote: " Quitting my day job and starting my life as a writer was a
tremendous risk, it was a fool's leap, a shot in the dark. But anything
of any value in our lives, whether that be a career, a work of art, or
a relationship, will always start with such a leap. And in order to be able
to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of
succeeding. You have to do these things completely purely, without fear,
without desire. Because those things that we do without lust of result
are the purest actions we shall ever take."
My Architect: A Son's Journey (2003 - 116min) Nathaniel Kahn
A film about the life and work of architect Louis Kahn, by his son.
Features lots of Kahn's amazing architecture.
Objectified (2009 - 75min) Gary Hustwit
Official Site: www.objectifiedfilm.com
Review by Roy Behrens: www.bobolinkbooks.com/BALLAST/Objectified.html
Super-interesting film, loaded with ideas and insights. Lots of top
industrial designers talking about the design of manufactured objects.
DVD includes about an hour of additional segments with the designers in
the film. A shorter (53min) version was shown on PBS Independent Lens.
This is the second of Hustwit's "design trilogy", following Helvetica
(2007) and preceeding Urbanized (2011). Highly recommended.
One Bad Cat (2008 - 85min) Thomas Miller
Subtitled: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story
A thorough exploration of the life and works of
self-taught/folk-artist/outsider-artist Albert Wagner of Cleveland, Ohio.
Very interesting film.
Operation Pipeworks: Inside the Counterculture Glass World (2004 - 70min) David Tweed
Official Site: operationpipeworks.blogspot.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/03/05): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000MD1JAA
DVD Verdict Review: www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/operationpipeworks.php
See also: Degenerate Art.
Our City Dreams (2008 - 85min) Chiara Clemente
Official Site: www.ourcitydreams.com
Looks at five female artists in New York City - Nancy Spero,
Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Ghada Amer, Swoon.
Over Your Cities, Grass Will Grow (2010 - 105min) Sophie Fiennes
Official Site: www.overyourcities.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B5EC9BI
Looks at German "industrial artist" Anselm Kiefer and the massive
installation he has been working on in France since 1993.
Painters Painting (1972 - 116min) - Emile de Antonio
Subitled: The New York Art Scene 1940 - 1970
Very interesting film by master documentarian Emile de Antonio is 2 hours
of nonstop interviews with many top American painters and some critics.
Popaganda - The Art and Crimes of Ron English (2006 - 78min) - Pedro Carvajal
Ron English's website: www.popaganda.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/popaganda_the_art_and_crimes_of_ron_english/
Super-cool. Ron did the McDonald's art featured in Super-Size Me.
This film covers that, but mainly details his work as a guerilla artist
illegally putting up giant pieces of subversive art on billboards.
Fun film, highly recommended.
The Quiltmakers of Gees's Bend (2004 - 57min) Celia Carey
Alabama Public Television (can order DVD here): www.aptv.org/as/GeesBend/.
Tells the amazing story of the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, who have been
making quilts in their own style for 150 years, while living in total
poverty. Since these unique quilts were discovered, they have been the
subject of gallery exhibits and art books. Worth seeking out, especially
if interested in quilts. You can see some of the quilts here:
The Rape of Europa (2007 - 117min) Joan Allen
Official Site: www.rapeofeuropa.com
Covers Nazi theft of art treasures in Europe during WW2. See also
Architecture of Doom (above).
R.I.P - Rest In Pieces - A Portrait of Joe Coleman (1997 - 89min) Robert-Adrian Pejo
Artist's Website: www.joecoleman.com
Very interesting look at a unique artist. He is a deep guy who tends
to explore the dark side of things (which means this film might not be for
everyone). We get a close look at Joe's paintings, which include tiny details
that he paints using single hairs of paintbrushes. We hear some of his
rantings. We see footage from some of his performance art. He clowns around
with Jim Jarmusch and Hasil Adkins. We see some of the things he collects.
We hear from Joe's ex-girlfriend and his ex-wife. (his current wife is
in one of the special features, but not in the film). Super-cool film, but I
repeat - not for everyone. Also, there is a segment done more recently
about Joe Coleman on the Disinformation TV DVD.
Rivers and Tides (2001 - 90min) Thomas Riedelsheimer
Official Site: riversandtides.co.uk
About British artist Andy Goldsworthy.
Rothko's Rooms (2008 - 60min) David Thompson
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001CK7OM4
Shelter Island (2011 - 77min) Mike Canzoniero
Official Site: www.shelterislandmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 05/13/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00H5NY7GI/
The story of outsider artist Harald Olson and the gas-station owner
Jimmy Olinkiewicz, who started buying and displaying Harald's art.
Shut Up and Love Me (2004) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Karen Finley's Official Site: www.karenfinley.com
Director's Website: www.greenfield-sanders.com
Interview at ArtInterviews.com www.artinterviews.com/Karen.html
Karen Finley at Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Finley
DVD is available (for $42) through Karen's site above. Not available from
Amazon or Netflix. No torrent around as of 09/09. May also be known as
"Karen Finley Live", which is how the listing at IMDB is titled.
(have not yet seen)
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005 - 86min) Sidney Pollack
About the architect Frank Gehry.
Smash His Camera (2010 - 90min) Leon Gast
About celebrity photographer Ron Galella.
Stolen (2005 - 85min) Rebecca Dreyfus
This is Berlin, Not New York (2008 - 70min) Ethan H. Minsker
The Universe of Keith Haring (2008 - 90min) Christina Clausen
Urbanized (2011 - 85min) Gary Hustwit
Official Site: www.urbanizedfilm.com
Review - New York Times: movies.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/movies/gary_hustwits_urbanized_review.html
Review - Co.Design: www.fastcodesign.com/1665339/
Amazon (DVD 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005YFGJ8S/
Amazon (BD 02/14/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006J752TY/
This is the third film in Hustwit's "design trilogy", after
Helvetica(2007) and Objectified(2009). All highly recommended.
What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (2005 - 80min) Steven Cantor
Amazon (DVD 2008): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0013UQUQE
Who Does She Think She Is? (2008 - 83min) Pamela Tanner Boll
Official Site: www.whodoesshethinksheis.net
Looks at five female artists dealing with the problem of balancing their
work with their family lives. Explores many issues, lots of other people
are interviewed. Special features include brief updates with each of the
main women featured in the film and with the director.
Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? (2006 - 74min) Harry Moses
Official Site: www.whodoesshethinksheis.net
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NVIOEY/
!Women Art Revolution (2010 - 83min) Lynn Hershman Leeson
Official Site: www.womenartrevolution.com
Amazon (DVD 03/20/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006LL3X74/
The Woodmans (2010 - 82min) Scott Willis
Official Site: www.thewoodmansmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 06/05/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007IHH4H0/
I'm not going for a complete listing here - there are TONS of films about
graffiti art. Just some of the really cool ones I have found....
Bomb It (2008 - 93min) Jonathan Reiss
Looks at graffiti culture around the world.
Graffiti Verite (1995 - 45min) Bob Bryan
Amazon (DVD 2005): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0007RDR7O
Official Site: www.graffitiverite.com
Talks to 24 graffiti artists in Los Angeles. This is the first in a series
of DVDs called Graffiti Verite, which explore various aspects of
graffiti and hip hop culture.
Infamy (2005 - 91min) Doug Pray
Director's website: www.dougpray.com
Really interesting documentary about grafitti artists. Looks closely at
six artists from around the US - Saber, Toomer, Jace, Claw, Earsnot, Enem -
and Joe Connolly, the grafitti remover. Like all of Doug Pray's films,
this one is super interesting and highly recommended. (see also
Surfwise, Big Rig, Hype!, Scratch).
Inside Outside (2005 - 120min) Andreas Johnsen
Next: A Primer on Urban Painting (2005 - 95min) Pablo Aravena
Amazon (DVD 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00366BBR6
Looks at graffiti art and culture around the world.
Piece by Piece (2005 - 78min) Nicholas Hill
Covers grafitti artists in San Francisco. already out of print
Style Wars (1983 - 70min) Tony Silver
Official Site: www.stylewars.com
Classic film documents subway graffiti scene in NYC in 70's, early 80's.
Drugs / War on Drugs / Psychedelics / Addiction
(checked all links in this section 02/05/2011)
(100 films listed as of MAR 2014)
20 to Life: The Life and Times of John Sinclair (2007 - 86min)
Official Site: www.20tolife.com
John Sinclairs's Website: www.johnsinclair.us
Cultural/political activist, poet, musician, crusader for marijuana law
reform for decades, Sinclair finally decided in 2003 that "America was
just too set on being America" and moved to Amsterdam. Excellent
film - recommended.
2012: Time For Change Presents Vol. 1 Psychedelic Science (2010 - 178min) Joao Amorim
Official Site: www.2012timeforchange.com
Daniel Pinchbeck interviews: Sting (24min), Ralph Metzner (34min),
Amanda Fielding (20min), Stanislav Grof (30min), Sasha Shulgin (20min),
Kathi Von Koerber (28min), Joe Rogan (21min).
8 Murders a Day (2011 - 90min) Charlie Minn
Official Site: www.8murdersaday.com/
Looks at drug-related violence in Mexico. See also Murder Capital of
the World by the same director.
Addiction (2007 - 90min)
The center of this collection is a 90-minute documentary in 9 segments, each
produced by different well-known documentary filmmakers. The 4-disc DVD set
includes 13 additional features, including extended interviews with experts,
totalling over 5 hours.
AKA Tommy Chong (2005 - 80min) Josh Gilbert
Official Site: www.akatommychong.com
Tells the story of Tommy Chong's arrest and imprisonment for his association
with a company that sold bongs on the Internet. Very interesting and
American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2008 - 118min) Kevin Booth
Official Site: www.americandrugwar.com
Cool film. Kevin followed this one up right away with
How Weed Won the West. And then the sequel - see below.
American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny (2013 - 90min) Kevin Booth
Official Site: www.americandrugwar2.com
Amazon (DVD 09/25/13 Sacred Cow): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DPKQA2O
Kevin Booth's followup to American Drug War and
How Weed Won the West. This one focusses a bit more on medical
marijuana. Follows the case of a young boy with brain cancer and the
family's efforts to access hash oil, which seems to be the only thing
that helps. A lot is packed in to this film. Recommended.
The Anonymous People (2013) Greg D. Williams
Official Site: manyfaces1voice.org
About the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from drug
and/or alcohol addiction. DVD due out in 2014.
AYA Awakenings (2013 - 101min) Timothy Parish, Rak Razam
Official Site: www.aya-awakenings.com
Bill W. (2012 - 104min) Dan Carracino, Kevin Hanlon
Official Site: www.page124.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CQMADIO/
Biography of AA co-founder Bill Wilson.
Billion Dollar Crop (1996 - 55min) Barbara Ann Chobocky
Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street (1999 - 75min) Steven Okazaki
Official Site: farfilm.com/films/black-tar-heroin.html
Looks at heroin addicts in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. First shown
on HBO in 1999.
Bob and the Monster (2011 - 86min) Keirda Bahruth
Official Site: bobandthemonster.com
Amazon (DVD 10/01/13 Shaker Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E4V0JAW/
Amazon (Bluray 10/01/13 Shaker Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00E4V0IRG/
Looks at the life of Bob Forrest, singer of 80's LA punk-rock band
Thelonious Monster, who became a drug and alchol counselor after battling
his own addictions and seeing many friends die from drugs. Excellent film.
Breaking the Taboo (2011 - 58min) Cosmo Feilding Mellen, Fernando Grostein Andrade
Official Site: www.breakingthetaboo.info
Brazilian film about failed world-wide war on drugs. Can watch online at
Youtube through official site.
Cartel Land (2015 - 100min) Matthew Heineman
Amazon (DVD 03/29/16 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B01275D16A/
Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis (2011 - 60min) Anna Rau
Montana PBS: www.montanapbs.org/ClearingTheSmoke/
Amazon (DVD 02/28/11 KUFM TV): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005FQH7A0/
The City Addicted to Crystal Meth (2009 - 56min)
BBC TV show, Louis Theroux visits meth addicts in Fresno, CA.
Cocaine Cowboys (2006 - 118min) Billy Corben
Official Site: www.rakontur.com
Cocaine Cowboys II - Hustlin' with the Godmother (2008 - 100min) Billy Corben
Official Site: www.rakontur.com
Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded (2014 - 152min) Billy Corben
Amazon (DVD 04/08/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HYRYNFK/
Amazon (Bluray 04/08/14 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00HYRYNZ0/
The Culture High (2014 - 111min) Brett Harvey
Official Site: www.theculturehigh.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/13/15 Peace Arch Trinity): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00OZOIEVY/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_culture_high/
From the director of The Union.
Detox or Die (2004 - 45min) David Graham Scott
Can Watch Here: www.cultureunplugged.com/play/3692/Detox-or-Die
The filmmaker undergoes Ibogaine treatment to overcome heroin addiction.
Dirty Pictures (2010 - 90min) Etienne Sauret
Official Site: www.dirtypicturesthefilm.com
Amazon (DVD 11/22/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005JZBPNW
A Review: www.brooklynrail.org/2010/07/film/psychadelic-maturity
About the life and work of Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin. Excellent, interesting,
Drug Wars (2005 - 186min)
Subtitled: The Rise and Fall of the World's Largest Cartels
Drug Wars - Silver or Lead Gary "Rusty" Fleming
Official Site: www.drugwarsthemovie.com
Drunk in Public (2012 - 80min) David J. Sperling
Official Site: www.defiantlove.com
Looks at an alcoholic who has been arrested over 500 times.
Ecstasy Rising (2004)
ABC TV Peter Jennings.
Edge: Perspectives on a Drug-free Culture (2009 - 82min) Michael Kirchner, Marc Pierschel
Official Site: blog.edgesyndicate.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003M79EGE/
Looks at the "straight-edge" movement, which arose in the Washington DC
area punk rock scene in the 1980's and involved abstinance from drugs and
alcohol. DVD can be ordered from official site.
El Velador (2011 - 72min) Natalia Almada
Official Site: www.altamurafilms.com/el_velador.html
Emperor of Hemp (1999 - 59min) Jeff Jones
Official Site: www.emperorofhemp.com
Jack's Website: www.jackherer.com
All about hemp/medical marijuana activist Jack Herer, author of
The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Narrated by Peter Coyote.
Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within (2007 - 79min) Rod Mann, Nikos Katsaounis, Kevin Kohley
Official Site: www.entheogen.tv
Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (2013 - 86min) Riley Morton
Official Site: www.evergreendocumentary.com
Amazon (DVD 09/06/14 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00L4EGIPW/
Looks at Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana in the state of
The Exile Nation Project (2011 - 130min) Charles Shaw
Subtitled: An Oral History of the War on Drugs & The American Criminal Justice System
Official Site: www.exilenation.org
I recommend reading Charles Shaw's book Exile Nation, which is being
published online at www.RealitySandwich.com
As far as I can tell, this film has not been released on DVD. Can be watched
(or downloaded) at vimeo.com.
Exile Nation: Plastic People (2014 - 75min) Charles Shaw
Official Site: www.exilenation.org
As far as I can tell, this film has not been released on DVD. Can be watched
(or downloaded) at vimeo.com.
Facing the Habit (2008 - 50min) Magnolia Martin
Follows a heroin addict as he goes through the Ibogaine cure.
Freeway: Crack in the System (2014 - 103min) Marc Levin
Official Site: crackinthesystem.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/freeway_crack_in_the_system_2014/
Generation RX (2008 - 81min) Kevin P. Miller
Official Site: www.generationrxfilm.com
Thorough look at the practice and history of the prescription drugging of
children in America. Lots of info on Ritalin. Excellent film. Very disturbing.
Highly recommended. (Note that there is an earlier A&E TV program of the same
name on the same subject).
Grass (1999 - 80min) Ron Mann
Narrated by Woody Harrelson. Mainly covers history of US war on marijuana.
The Green Rush (2009 - 55min) Jason S. Edwards
Official Site: www.greenrushmovie.com
Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom (2011 - 99min) Michael W. Dean
Official Site: www.gunsandweed.com
Hashish (2002 - 80min) Daniel Grabner
Original German title: Haschisch
Official Site: www.haschisch-film.de
Looks at the manufacture of hashish in rural Morocco.
Hemp and the Rule of Law (2004 - 55min) Kevin Balling
Official Site: www.tinroofvideo.com
Looks at the effect of drug war laws on keeping industrial hemp production
illegal in the US.
Hemp for Victory (1942 - 16min) Raymond Evans
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=117344919147932597#
Hemp Hemp Hooray (1999 - 59min) LB Johnson
Subtitled: The Growing Industrial Hemp Market
Amazon (VHS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0967411408
Amazon (UFOTV - 5-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000BYMI9Q
This film is included in UFOTV's 5-disc set Conspiracy Behind Closed Doors.
(If interested in purchasing - I found on 01/09/11 that the price is $40 at
UFOTV.com vs. $70 at Amazon). Can watch online at Youtube (includes
The Hemp Revolution (1996 - 75min) Anthony Clarke
Official Site: www.thehemprevolution.com.au
Excellent documentary covers many aspects of hemp and marijuana. Looks at
hemp for use as fuel, paper, food, oil, medicine, textiles and "inspiration".
Recommended. (NOTE - Amazon says 1998, the DVD cover says 1998 in 2 places,
IMDB says 1995, it says 1996 onscreen at the very end of the credits, and the
official site says the film was first released in theatres in 1995).
The Hemp Solution (below) is updated 2010 version.
The Hemp Solution (2010 - 93min) Anthony Clarke
Official Site: www.thehemprevolution.com.au
Updated version of the excellent Hemp Revolution (see above).
have not yet seen.
Hemplands (2006 - 160min)
Have not yet seen. DVD includes 2 films - Hemplands and
The Hempire Strikes Back
Hempsters: Plant the Seed (2009 - 78min) Michael Henning
Official Site: www.hempstersthemovie.com
High - The True Tale of American Marijuana (2008 - 90min) John Holowach
Official Site: www.truehigh.com
High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell (1995 - 60min) Maryann DeLeo, Richard Farrell
Amazon (DVD 04/27/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004R1Q7YQ
Hoffman's Potion - The Pioneers of LSD (2002 - 56min) Connie Littlefield
Official Site: www.alivemindmedia.com
The House I Live In (2012 - 110min) Eugene Jarecki
Official Site: www.thehouseilivein.org
Amazon (DVD 07/02/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00CEJVNEM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_house_i_live_in/
This is the definitive documentary film on the subject of the failed US War
on Drugs. Highly recommended. (Jarecki also did Why We Fight)
How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012 - 96min) Matthew Cooke
Official Site: www.howtomakemoneysellingdrugs.com
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DT55OA4/
An indepth look at the high-stakes world of drug-dealing and drug
How Weed Won the West (2010 - 103min) Kevin Booth
Official Site: www.howweedwonthewest.com
See also American Drug War and American Drug War 2, also
by Kevin Booth.
Ibogaine: Rite of Passage (2004 - 50min) Ben De Loenen
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=564658062434233044
I'm Dangerous With Love (2009 - 85min) Michel Negroponte
Official Site: www.michelnegroponte.com/imdangerouswithlove.html
Interview at Reality Sandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/iboga_conversation_mugianis
Amazon (DVD 04/12/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004IY3G2I
About Iboga activist/therapist/shaman Dimitri Mugianis. Very interesting.
In Pot We Trust (2007 - 88min) Star Price
About efforts to legalize marijuana in the US.
Inside LSD (2009 - 50min) Pamela Caragol Wells
Official Site: channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/4094/Overview
Amazon (DVD-R 12/08/10 National Geographic): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004FN26CI
National Geographic Explorer TV show episode. Mainly looks at the history of
scientific/psychiatric research, which stopped in the late 1960's and is
slowly restarting over 40 years later. DVD has no extra features.
(NOTE - This is supplied as a DVD-R, rather than a DVD. My DVD player played
it OK, my computer could no read it).
King of Kings (2005 - 118min) Kevin Glover
About the Fuertado brothers, major drug dealers in the 80's and 90's.
have not yet seen.
Leaves of Green (2006 - 60min)
Let Our People Grow
LSD: Problem Child and Wonder Drug (2009 - 60min) Michael McAteer
Documents the 2006 International LSD Symposium in Basil, Switzerland in
celebration of Albert Hoffman's 100th birthday.
Magic Trip (2011 - 90min) Alex Gibney, Allison Elwood
Subtitled: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place
Official Site: www.magictripmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 11/01/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005HI4LLO
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/magic_trip_2011/
Compiled from the massive amounts of film footage taken during the
cross-country bus trip by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in 1964.
Interesting and important historical document. Looks at how LSD was
introduced into modern culture. Recommended. Also this scene was documented
in Tom Wolfe's classic book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,
which is not mentioned in the film. (and I think this book is now being
made into a feature film).
The Magic Weed (1995 - 48min) Martin Baker
French Title: Le cannabis: Une plante entre le bien et le mal (Cannabis: A Plant Between Good and Evil)
Amazon (DVD 2005 UFOTV OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00070Q8G8
Interesting look at the history of hemp and cannabis around the world.
Apparently made for French TV. The version on the UFOTV DVD is narrated in
Manifesting the Mind (2009 - 100min) Andrew Rutajit
Subtitled: Footprints of the Shaman - Part 1 of 3
Official Site: www.manifestingthemind.com
Marijuana: A Chronic History (2010 - 88min)
History Channel TV program.
Marijuana Inc. - Inside America's Pot Industry (2009 - 44min) Trish Regan
Official Site: www.cnbc.com/id/28281668
Made for TV. I think you can watch this on the CNBC site (above).
Can also get DVD from there.
Marijuana Nation (2008 - 50min)
This is an episode of the National Geographic Explorer TV program.
Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health (2011 - 47min) Lindsey Ward
Official Site: www.marijuanamovie.org
Features Dr. Donald I. Abrams M.D, Dr. Donald Tashkin M.D.,
Dr. David Bearman M.D. can watch at youtube, etc.
The Medicine: Science and Psychedelics (2013)
Official Site: www.themedicinescienceandpsychedelics.com
Metamorphosis (2009 - 95min) Keith Aronowitz
Official Site: www.metamorphosisfilm.com
Upcoming film about ayahuasca.
Meth Storm (2017 - 96min) Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud
HBO film looks at meth addiction in the rural US. Shows that cheap and
potent meth is now coming into the US from Mexico.
Methadonia (2005 - 88min) Michel Negroponte
Official Site: www.michelnegroponte.com/methadonia.html
Money Talks (50min) Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau
Subtitled: Profits Before Patient Safety
Mr. Untouchable (2007 - 92min) Marc Levin
About powerful New York druglord Nicky Barnes, known as "the Black
Godfather", who was behind a lot of the heroin in NYC in the 60's and 70's.
Murder Capital of the World (2012) Charlie Minn
Official Site: www.murdercapitalfilm.com/
Looks at drug-related violence in Juarez, Mexico.
See also director's previous film, 8 Murders a Day.
The Naked Queen (2007 - 85min) Daryl Verville
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5453256896455373998#
Neurons to Nirvana (2013 - 85min) Oliver Hockenhull
Official Site: neuronstonirvana.com/
Looks at the history, science and medicinal properties of LSD, psilocybin,
MDMA, ayahuasca and cannabis.
Off Label (2012 - 80min) Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
Official Site: offlabelfilm.com/
Orange Sunshine (2016 - 105min) William A. Kirkley
Official Site: orangesunshinemovie.com/
As of December, 2016, this is not yet listed on Amazon as a DVD (can stream
there). I ordered the DVD from their Facebook page. Very interesting film.
Other Worlds (2004 - 73min) Jan Kounen
Subtitled: A Journey into the Heart of Shipibo Shamanism
French Title: D'autres Mondes
Official Site: otherworlds.jankounen.com
French Amazon (PAL DVD 2-disc 2007): www.amazon.fr/o/ASIN/B000M2EHRS
2-disc DVD includes 5 hours of extra features. (about $25 euros, which is
about $33.00, plus shipping)
Oxyana (2012 - 78min) Sean Dunne
Official Site: oxyana.com/
Looks at prescription painkiller Oxycontin addiction in Oceana, West
Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey (2008 - 90min) Peter von Puttkamer
Wikipedia - Richard Evans Schultes: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Evans_Schultes
Wikipedia - Wade Davis: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Davis
From the History Channel. Looks at the life and work of ethnobotanist
Richard Evans Schultes. Hosted by Wade Davis, his longtime student, who
also kind of retraces his journey of discoveries. This is also a pretty
thorough look at the history of the modern scientific discovery of
psychedelics. Shultes first studied peyote, sometimes together with
Weston La Barre, and the film spends a lot of time on the modern history
of peyote (James Mooney, Quanah Parker, the Native American Church).
Then he studied magic mushrooms (psilocybin), sometimes with Robert
Gordon Wasson. And then ololiuqui (morning glory seeds, which
contain a chemical very similar to LSD - ergine or LSA), just before
Albert Hoffman discovered LSD in the lab. For a while his job was to
find out where the deadly poison curare came from, so he spent a lot of
time with the Cofan tribe. During WWII he was assigned to find
latex-bearing trees in South America. He spent some of that time researching
ayahuasca. Along the way we hear from Martin Lee (author of Acid Dreams),
Bob Weir, Andrew Weil, John Halpern, Jonathan Ott, Albert Hoffman
(at age 100), Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Ken Kesey.
Points out that after decades of prohibition, there is starting to
be renewed scientific interest in researching psychedelics as modern
medicine. Excellent presentation. Recommended. (I did spot a little
error - the narration says that Schultes was cured of his beri-beri by
a shot of vitamin B-12 - this would actually be vitamin B-1 or thiamine).
Plan Columbia: Cashing In On the Drug War Failure (2003 - 57min) Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
Pleasure Unwoven: (2010 - 70min) Kevin McCauley
Subtitled: An Explanation of the Brain Disease of Addiction
Official Site: www.instituteforaddictionstudy.com
The Pharmacratic Inquisition (2007 - 111min) Andrew Rutajit, Jan Irwin
Subitled: Astro-Theology and Shamanism
Official Site: www.pharmacratic-inquisition.com
Can watch entire film free or order from official site above.
Explores work of John Allegro, who studied the Amanita Muscaria mushroom
and its relation to early Christianity. Allegro was one of the original
translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the author of The Sacred
Mushroom and the Cross. See also Manifesting the Mind (above).
Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery (2007 - 52min) Nicholas Wilson
The Principle of Pot (2010 - 258min) Paul McKeever
Director's Website: www.paulmckeever.com
Cannabis Culture: www.cannabisculture.com/v2/node/25371
Indepth 4-hour 2-part documentary about cannabis activist Marc Emery.
Prohibition (2011 - 360min) Ken Burns, Lynn Novak
Ken Burns' website: www.florentinefilms.com
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 10/04/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004NJC0R0
PBS TV series first aired OCT 2011, about the 18th ammendment (making
alchohol illegal) and the era in which it had effect.
Rolling Papers (2015 - 79min) Mitch Dickman
Looks at the new phenomenon of mainstream "pot journalism" as The Denver
Post becomes the first mainstream newspaper to feature regular reporting
on the newly legalized marijuana scene.
Run From the Cure: The Rick Simpson Story (2008 - 58min) Christian Laurette
Official Site: www.phoenixtears.ca
The story of a guy in Canada who helps people cure cancer by using
The Sacred Science (2011 - 77min) Nick Polizzi
Official Site: www.thesacredscience.com
The Scientist: Are We Missing Something? (2015 - 62min) Zach Klein
Official Site: mechoulamthescientist.com
The story of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the Israeli pharmacologist who first
isolated THC in the cannabis plant in 1964. Does not look like a DVD is
available, but the film can be watched on Youtube through the official site.
The Shaman and Ayahuasca (2010 - 73min) Michael Wiese
Subtitled: Journeys to Sacred Realms
Director's Website: www.mwp.com
Shamans of the Amazon (2008 - 52min) Dean Jefferys
Official Site: www.shamansoftheamazon.com
Amazon (DVD 3-disc 2008 UFOTV): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0012OX79E
Sick Birds Die Easy (2013 - 86min) Nicholas Fackler
Official Site: sickbirdsdieeasy.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/18/14 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GO55RAI/
Review at FilmThreat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/75153/
Review at RealitySandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/217415/
Review at IbogaLife: www.ibogalife.com/sick-birds-die-easy.html
Checking out iboga in Africa. This is kind of a crazy one, mainly of
interest to those who want to see all kinds of odd documentaries or those
who want to see everything about iboga. Not highly recommended otherwise.
Sister Helen (2002 - 90min) Rebecca Cammisa, Rob Fruchtman
Amazon (DVD 2004): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00061QJKI
About a tough nun who runs a rehab house in NYC.
The Spirit Molecule (2010 - 75min) Mitch Shultz
Official Site: www.thespiritmolecule.com
Super-cool film. Thorough exploration of an important subject - DMT and its
effects on human consciousness. Based on research of Rick Strassman, author
of DMT - The Spirit
Molecule (www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0892819278). Many interviews with
psychedelic researchers. Highly recommended.
Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (2011 - 101min) Billy Corben, Alfred Spellman
Official Site: www.squaregroupermovie.com
Looks at the pot smuggling scene in Florida in the 1960's and 1970's.
Indepth looks at three different smuggling operations - the Ethiopian
Zion Coptic Church (this segment is very interesting), the Black Tuna Gang,
and Everglades City. (from the director of Cocaine Cowboys).
Stepping Into The Fire (2011 - 84min) Rob Velez, Ross Evison
Official Site: www.steppingintothefire.com
about ayahuasca. as of 04/2012, not yet on DVD
Stoned in Suburbia (2005 - 43min) Christopher Martin
Google Video: video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1525840262709944892#
Interviews with cannabis users in the UK.
The Substance: Albert Hoffman's LSD (2011 - 90min) Martin Witz
Official Site: www.thesubstance-themovie.com
The Sunshine Makers (2015) Cosmo Feilding-Mellen
Review at Hollywood Reporter 11/20/15: www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/sunshine-makers-film-review-84236
Super High Me (2007 - 89min) Michael Blieden
Official Site: www.superhighmemovie.com
Comedian Doug Benson smokes pot every day for 30 days. Its funny.
Totally Baked (2007 - 82min) Lee Abbot
Official Site: www.totallybakedmovie.com
I rented this thinking it was a sequel to the stupid-funny Half-Baked.
But it turned out to be a fun "pot-umentary". Only partly a documentary,
features lots of comedians, mixes bits of standup routines, vignettes, a
loose "plot", with lots of marijuana factoids sprinkled throughout.
The True History of Marijuana (2011 - 80min) Massimo Mazzucco
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0054SNNWK/
Official Site: www.usfilms.ea29.com
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007 - 104min) Brett Harvey
Official Site: www.theunionmovie.com
Thorough look at marijuana use, focussing on growing operations in British
Columbia. Very interesting. Recommended.
Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca (2010 - 52min) Richard Meech
Official Site: www.vineofthesoul.com
Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine and the Law (2005 - 74min) Jed Riffe
Official Site: www.waitingtoinhale.org
Weed the People (2014)
Official Site: www.weedpeoplemovie.com
About medical cannabis.
What If Cannabis Cured Cancer? (2010 - 49min) Len Richmond
Official Site: www.lenrichmondfilms.com
Review at Cannabis Culture: www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/2011/01/27/Chemo-or-Cannabis-How-Would-You-Treat-Your-Cancer
See also: www.projectcbd.org
See also: www.kurogroves.com
Very well-made new film, narrated by Peter Coyote. Looks at the healing
properties of cannabis. Lots of new research, although points out that
cannabis research is in its infancy since it has been banned for so long.
Goes into the endocannabinoid systems in humans and some of the types of
cannabinoids in cannabis. Lots of interviews, some nice graphics. Would be
nice if everyone in congress and the justice department could see this.
Even though this has to chronicle the sad history of government repression
it is actually kind of hopeful since it also shows the progress being made
in saner directions. Very inspirational to see so many great documentaries
continuing to come out on this. Highly recommended.
Why Don't They Just Quit? (2007 - 90min) Bob Saraduke
Subtitled: DVD Roundtable Discussion - What Families and Friends Need to Know About Addiction and Recovery
Official Site: www.whydonttheyjustquit.com
Yarindin: Healing the Warriors (2012?) Mark Schwartz
Official Site: www.yarindin.com/
Burning Man Festival
Lots of interesting aspects to Burning Man, but I definitely have no
plans to attend.
Beyond Belief: Honeymoon at Burning Man (2009 - 105min) Aurora Matahari Raiment, Geoffrey Bennett Ulrich
Official Site: www.honeymoonatburningman.com
Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock (2004 - 105min) Damon Brown
Official Site: www.beyondblackrock.com
Covers 2003 Burning Man. This is the first film on Burning Man I watched,
and stil the best I've seen so far. Pretty good film, covers history and
main characters. Focusses on art projects, which is largely what the
festival is about.
Burning Man: The Burning Sensation (2001 - 75min) Alex Nohe
Mainly covers 1999 Burning Man.
The Burning Man Festival Joe Winston
Burning Man: Just Add Couches Joe Winston
This is included as an extra on the DVD for The Burning Man Festival.
Burning Man: Voyage in Utopia (2008 - 90min) Laurent Le Gall
French filmmaker has been travelling to Burning Man for 10 years.
Burning Man: Where's the Fire? (2000) Fernando Joel Valezquez
Covers 1997 Burning Man.
Confessions of a Burning Man (2003 - 83min) Paul Barnett, Unsu Lee
Dust Devils (2003 - 83min)
Irish film covers 2001, 2002, 2003 festivals.
Folding Time and Space 2 at Buring Man
Official Site: www.panmagic.com
Collection of short films mainly from 2003, 2004 Burning Man.
Gifting It (2002 - 74min) Renea Roberts
Subtitled: A Burning Embrace of Gift Economy
Official Site: www.giftingit.com
Looks at the concept of "the gift economy" as practiced widely at the
Burning Man festivals. Shot during 2000 and 2001 festivals.
A nice film.
Journey to the Flames - 8 Years of Burning Man (2006 - 90min) Doug Jacobson
Official Site: www.journeytotheflames.com
A pretty good look around at Burning Man over several years. Did not so much
enjoy the segments with the filmmaker and his friends, but I guess its good
to have the personal touch. Lots of crazy people out there.
DVD reissued as Journey to the Flames - 10 Years of Burning Man.
Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man (1998 - 54min) David Vaisbord
Official Site: www.juicydangermeetsburningman.com
Long March to Burning Man (2016 - 70min) Uli Gaulke
65 people from Mainland China create the first Chinese camp at Burning Man
On the Bus (2002 - 95min) Dustin Lance Black
Six gay guys on a road-trip to Burning Man.
Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013 - 112min) Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter
Official Site: www.sparkpictures.com
2012 - Science or Superstition (2008 - 78min) Nimrod Erez
Official Site: www.2012dvd.com
Best info on the subject overall that I have seen yet. Interviews Graham
Hancock, John Major Jenkins, Alberto Villoldo, Daniel Pinchbeck, Lawrence E.
Joseph, Anthony F. Aveni, Robert Bauval, Jim Marrs, Walter Cruttenden,
Douglas Rushkoff, John Anthony West, Benito Vegas Duran. Made by The
Disinformation Company, at times has a sensationalist slant. A wide variety
of ideas are covered.
2012: Time For Change (2010 - 85min) Joao Amorim
Official Site: www.2012timeforchange.com
"Projects a radical alternative to gloom and doom." Features Daniel Pinchbeck,
Sting, Ellen Page, Gilberto Gil, Barbara Marx Hubbard, John Todd, Bernard
Lietaer, Buckminster Fuller, Dennis McKenna, Paul Stamets, Ganga White,
Shiva Rea, Penny Livingston-Stark, Dean Radin, Maude Barlow, Richard Register,
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Terence McKenna and others. Limited Edition DVD
includes over 2 hours of bonus material. See also Beyond 2012 (below),
and 2012 Time for Change Presents: VOL 1 - Psychedelic Science (in
the Drugs section above), both by the same director, featuring many of the
same people. Also stay tuned to this website for continuous visionary
Beyond 2012: Evolving Perspectives on the Next Age (2010 - 196min) Joao Amorim
Subtitled: Evolving Perspectives on the Next Age
2012 - The Odyssey (2006 - 99min) Sharron Rose
Official Site: www.2012theodyssey.com
Timewave 2013 - The Future is Now - The Odyssey II (2008 - 88min) Sharron Rose
Official Site: www.timewave2013.com
Nostradamus 2012 (2009 - 94min)
From The History Channel. A bit scary, but presents lots of info not found
elsewhere. Goes into "planet X" a bit.
2012: Mayan Prophecy and the Shift of the Ages (2009 - 77min) Geoff Stray, Philip Gardiner
2012: An Awakening (2009 - 60min) David Morris
Talks to John Major Jenkins, Gregg Braden, Geoff Stray, Annabel Burton,
Patrick Geryl, Adrian Gilbert, David Icke.
2012: Is It The End Of The World? (2009 - 60min)
British talk show The Edge talks to Geoff Stray and Michael Tsarion. (DVD-R)
The Great Year (2004 - 46min) Robert Ballo
Official Site: www.thegreatyear.com
The Pyramid Code (2009 - 225min) Carmen Boulter
Official Site: www.pyramidcode.com
In five parts of 45 minutes each, on 2 discs. Since the last part does get
into 2012, I'll put this here for now. (also discusses The Great Year - see
above). Lots of alternative Egyptologists discussing new findings, ideas
and speculations about the pyramids of Egypt. Very interesting.
Breaking the Maya Code (2008 - 116min) David Lebrun
Director's Website: www.nightfirefilms.org/breakingthemayacode
Note that there is also a one-hour version of this film, which is a
NOVA episode, called Cracking the Maya Code. Lebrun also
Revelations of the Maya: 2012 and Beyond (2012)
Articles: www.thewrap.com/movies/articles/revelations of the mayans 2012 and beyond
Emergence: Beyond 2012? (2010 - 90min) David Alexander English
Official Site: www.daenglish.com/emergencemovie.htm
Have not seen. From checking out the website, does not seem to actually have
anything to do with 2012.
Stargate 2012 (2005 - 177min) William Henry
Director's Website: www.williamhenry.net
This one perhaps goes off to the wacky edge of the subject. Perhaps
something fishy about this.
(Check out williamhenry.net,
or not...) Not recommended.
Spirituality, Consciousness, Etc.
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006 - 85min)
Amongst White Clouds (2005 - 86min) Edward A. Burger
Subtitled: Buddhist Hermit Masters of China's Zhongnan Mountains
Official Site: www.amongstclouds.com
Being in Heaven (2009 - 93min) Michael Domeyko Rowland
Official Site: www.beinginheaven.com
Black Whole (2011 - 93min) Janice Jensen
Explores the work of physicist Nassim Haramein.
DVD released March 29, 2011.
Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Choice Point (2012)
Official Site: www.choicepointmovie.com
The Compass (2009 - 90min) Marlowe Greenlee, Josh Stone
Official Site: www.thecompass.tv
Fitness and wellness expert John Spencer Ellis interviews 24 successful people
to find out why they are successful.
Consciousness (2005 - 540min) Gregory Alsbury
Subtitled: 20 Scientists, 9 Hours, 5 DVDs
Netflix has this.
Crazy Wisdom (2011 - 86min) Johanna Demetrakas
Subtitled: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Official Site: www.crazywisdomthemovie.com
Amazon (DVD 04/30/13 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00B2MJAXS
Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again (2009 - 75min)
Official Site: www.wesnisker.com
Can Purchase DVD Here: www.filmbaby.com/films/3727
This is a standup comedy routine by Wes Nisker, Buddist meditation teacher
and publisher of Inquiring Mind.
have not seen
Crossing the Event Horizon
Subtitled: Rise to the Equation
Official Site: www.theresonanceproject.org
4-DVD set is a workshop presntation with Nassim Haramein.
($84.00 + shipping from official site).
See also Black Whole)
Cultivating Loving Awareness (2012) David Silver
Official Site: www.ramdass.org
Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Mirabai Bush.
Dalai Lama Renaissance (2009 - 82min) Khashyar Darvich
Official Site: www.dalailamafilm.com
Darshan - The Embrace (2005 - 106min) Jan Kounen
Amma's Official Site: www.amma.org
About Amma, "the hugging saint".
The Dhamma Brothers (2007 - 76min) Jenny Phillips, Andrew Kukura, Anne Marie Stein
Official Site: www.dhammabrothers.com
Looks at the attempt to introduce Vipassana meditation to Donaldson Correction
Facility in Alabama in 2002.
See also Doing Time Doing Vipassana (below).
Doing Time Doing Vipassana (1997 - 52min) Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi
Can Purchase DVD Here: www.pariyatti.org
Filmmakers' Website: www.karunafilms.com
Shows how this meditation technique was introduced into prisons in India.
Vipassana is normally taught in the context of a 10-day silent retreat.
See also The Dhamma Brothers (above).
Evolve Your Brain (2009 - 122min)
Official Site: evolveyourbrain.com.au
Excellent 2-hour presentation by Dr. Joe Dispenza, who appeared in
What the Bleep. Highly recommended.
Fierce Light (2009 - 95min) Velcrow Ripper
Official Site: www.fiercelight.org
"Where spirit meets action". (see also Velcrow's previous film,
Finding Joe (2011 - 80min) Patrick Takaya Soloman
Official Site: www.findingjoethemovie.com
Looks at the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell and his effect on society.
Forgiveness (2016) Elizabeth Stopford
Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate (2011 - 168min) Helen Whitney
Director's Website: www.helenwhitney.com
The Four Noble Truths (1997 - 353min) David Cherniack
Director's Website: www.allinonefilms.com
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2002 Mystic Fire OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UO7Q
A six-hour lecture on Buddhism by the Dalai Lama, London 1996.
Out of print. Netflix has this.
Happy (2011 - 75min) Roko Belic
Official Site: www.thehappymovie.com
The Human Experience (2008 - 90min) Charles Kinnane
Official Site: www.grassrootsfilms.com/thehumanexperience
I Am (2011 - 78min) Tom Shadyac
Official Site: www.iamthedoc.com
Amazon (DVD 01/03/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005U0ZP46
(not to be confused with 2010 drama feature film of same name)
From the director of Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty,
Liar, Liar and other hit comedy films. He made this after recovering
from a life-changing bicycle accident. He speaks with spiritual and
intellectual leaders about the condition of the world and what we can do to
change it. Some of the interviewed: Noam Chomsky, Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn,
Lynne McTaggart, David Suzuki, Thom Hartmann, Elisabet Sahtouris.
Infinity (2009 - 95min) Jay Weidner
Subtitled: The Ultimate Trip - Journey Beyond Death
Official Site: store.sacredmysteriesmarketplace.com/dvds/infinity-the-ultimate-trip-dvd.html
Accounts of near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, and past life
experiences from Gregg Braden, Dannion Brinkley, Renate Dollinger, Stanislav
Grof, John Holland, Dzogchen Ponlop, Robert Thurman, Alberto Villoldo,
Neale Donald Walsch, and Brian Weiss.
Inspired: the Movie (2012) Steve Yu
Official Site: www.inspiredthemovie.com
Into Great Silence (2005 - 162min) Phillip Groning
Official Site: www.diegrossestille.de/english/
Amazon (DVD 2-disc 2007): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000OYNVOY
A close look at the everyday lives of the Carthusian monks of the Grande
Chartreuse in the French Alps. have not yet watched.
Journey from Zanskar (2010 - 90min) Frederick Marx
Amazon (DVD 12/20/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006JPT3AS
The Language of Spirituality (2001 - 62min) Anthony Della Flora
Official Site: www.thelanguageofspirituality.com
Laughology (2009 - 65min) Albert Nerenberg
Official Site: www.laughology.info
All about human laughter and why it is good for us. Recommended.
The Lazarus Phenomenon (2006 - 88min) Regardt van den Bergh
Leap! Chad Cameron, Isaac Allen
Official Site: www.avaiya.com
seems to be 2 or 3 versions of this, with Leap! Finale being the last.
have not yet seen
Living Without Money (2010 - 52min) Line Halvorsen
Official Site: www.livingwithoutmoney.org
Looks at the life of Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made the
decision to try to live her life without money.
Meditate and Destroy (2007 - 81min) Sarah Fisher
Profiles Noah Levine, former punk rocker and juvenile delinquent,
author of Dharma Punx, now a teacher of Buddhism and meditation.
Merton: A Film Biography (1984 - 57min) Paul Wilkes
Amazon (DVD 08/24/04): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002B55JS
Mystical Brain (2006 - 52min) Isabelle Raynauld
Official Site: www.nfb.ca/film/mystical_brain/
Released on DVD by AliveMind January 2010. Can watch entire film online for
free at official site (above).
Mythic Journeys (2008 - 90min) Steve Boe, Whitney Boe
Official Site: www.mythmovie.net
2-disc set. Released on DVD by AliveMind April 20, 2010.
The Nature of Existence (2010 - 94min) Roger Nygard
Official Site: www.thenatureofexistence.com
One Life at a Time (2004 - 50min) Michael Drumm
Amazon (CD/DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002O06PI/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000CBVAVU/
About Kirtan singer Krishna Das. Supplied with the CD Greatest Hits of
the Kali Yuga and also available separately with bonus features.
See also One Track Heart (below).
One Peace At A Time (2009 - 83min) Turk Pipkin
One Track Heart (2012 - 72min) Jeremy Frindel
Official Site: www.onetrackheartmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 09/24/13 Zeitgeist): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DF3EXY8/
About Kirtan singer Krishna Das.
See also One Life at a Time (above).
The Opus (2009)
Subtitled: From Vision to Plan to Performance
Official Site: www.theopusdvd.com
Follows up on ideas from The Secret, featuring many of the same people.
The Quantum Activist (2009 - 77min) Ri Stewart, Renee Slade
Official Site: www.quantumactivist.com
Amit Goswami: www.amitgoswami.org
Amit Goswami, Ph.D. explains his ideas about quantum physics and human
consciousness. Very interesting - highly recommended.
The Quantum Revelation (75min) Chad Cameron, Isaac Allen
Originally Titled: A Quantum Leap!
Subtitled: Unleashing the Power of Your True Nature
Official Site: www.avaiya.com
have not yet seen
Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2002 - 94min) Mickey Lemle
Ram Dass' Website:www.ramdasstapes.org
Wide-ranging documentary about Ram Dass, covering early years with
Timothy Leary up until recent time following stroke (1997). Deals alot
with issues surrounding his stroke (disability, aging, letting go).
Very cool film.
Raw Faith (2010 - 94min) William Peter Weidensmith
Saint Misbehavin' - The Wavy Gravy Movie (2009 - 87min) Michelle Esrick
Official Site: www.wavygravymovie.com
Wavy Gravy's Website: www.wavygravy.net
Amazon (DVD 11/15/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005CW5E2A
Wow - this is way special. Few people have packed as much into their lives
as Hugh Romney, AKA Wavy Gravy. He read his poetry in Greenwich Village back
in the day, ventured to California and hooked up with the Merry Pranksters,
started a commune called The Hog Farm (still going today), MC'ed Woodstock,
journeyed to Bangladesh to feed flood victims, protested the Vietnam War,
endured many police beatings, started a summer camp for kids (still
operating 20 years later), partnered with Ram Dass and Larry Brilliant
to start the Seva Foundation, which has given free cataract operations to
millions of poor people around the world. And that's just some
of his more visible accomplishments. DVD has another hour of extra scenes.
Most highly recommended. Check this out!
Scared Sacred (2004 - 105min) Velcrow Ripper
Official Site: www.scaredsacred.org
Very special. The filmmaker travels to various "ground zeroes" of the world
to see how people have dealt with great tragedy. Highly recommended.
The Secret (2006 - 92min) Drew Herriot
Official Site: www.thesecret.tv
This quickly became one of the most popular films ever made, but so many
people seem to have problems with it. Maybe its too popular, maybe it seems
too slick, maybe they are turned off because they think its all about money,
maybe they think these people are scamming everyone and getting rich off of
it. Yeah, it might seem cheesy, and there may be a few sketchy individuals
in it, but this is a life-changing and world-changing film. The point of
this film, which is detailed by stories from many teachers, is that you
create your own reality. And to be very clear about this, they are not
saying that you CAN create your reality, but that you ARE creating it - all
the time, for better or worse, whether you know it or not. And therefore it
would be wise to learn how to create a reality that you want or that is
good for you. Its all about the "law of attraction". And its about feeling.
One way to sum it up - "Thoughts become things." Lots of good stuff in here.
Serotonin Rising (2010 - 60min) Tony Perri
Official Site: www.serotoninrising.com
Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What (2009 - 105min) Camera Renee Scheltema
Official Site: www.somethingunknown.com
Explores psychic phenomena. Lots of interviews with researchers. Very good.
Sophia Returning: The Pathway to Planetary Tantra (2009 - 61min) Jay Weidner
Official Site: store.sacredmysteriesmarketplace.com/dvds/sophia-returning-the-path-to-planetary-tantra.html
Author and mythologist John Lamb Lash presents some of his ideas about
Gnosticism. very interesting. see his website for more info:
Spirit Space (2008 - 81min) Braden Barty
have not yet seen
Spiritual Revolution (2008 - 123min) Alan Swyer
Thoughts Become Things (2010 - 77min) Mike Dooley, Katharine Leis, Phil Tripoli
Official Site: www.thoughtsbecomethings.com
Thrive (2011 - 132min) Steve Gagne, Kimberly Carter Gamble
Official Site: www.thrivemovement.com
Critical Review at Randi.org: www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1538-thriving.html
Article by Charles Eisenstein and Discussion at Reality Sandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/thrive_story_wrong_spirit_right
Foster Gamble's Response to Critique at Reality Sandwich: www.realitysandwich.com/gambles_response_eisensteins_critique_thirve
A Critical Review (with many responses): sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/2011/11/thrive-movie-is-not-about-thriving-at.html
Hard to categorize this one. Could also file under Political or
Environment. Foster Gamble presents his ideas about how to save the world.
Lots of discussion about the torus as the fundamental shape in
the universe, which may have important clues for the development of
alternative energy. Lots of info on the Flower of Life and other
sacred geometry. Looks at problems in the world, including banking system,
which is used by an elite to control the population. Looks at methods of
control and who is at the top of the pyramid. Lots of this might be
considered conspiracy theory (and they address that consideration).
Presents ideas for solutions to problems. Very interesting and unique film.
Still may be a bit creepy and I would suggest reading some of the critical
reviews and discussions linked above.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead (1994 - 90min) Barrie Angus McLean, Yukari Hayashi
Amazon (DVD 2004 Wellspring): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000YTOZS
Amazon (DVD 2009 Alive Mind): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001T46TCO
Two 45-minute parts, The Way of Life and The Great Liberation. Includes
Ram Dass and the Dalai Lama. Narrated by Leonard Cohen.
Unmistaken Child (2008 - 102min) Nati Baratz
Official Site: www.unmistakenchild.com
Wake Up (2010 - 97min) Jonas Elrod, Chloe Crespi
Official Site: www.wakeupthefilm.com
Walking Between the Worlds (2006 - 234min) (reisssued by Gaiam 2009)
Subtitled: Understanding the Technology of Emotion
Official Site: www.greggbraden.com
Way of the Heart (2010 - 61min) Mischa Scorer
Subtitled: The Life and Legacy of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Official Site: www.sufiorder.org/way-of-heart/
(available from official site for $30)
What The Bleep Do We Know!? (2004 - 108min) Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, William Arntz
What The Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole (2006 - 154min) Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, William Arntz
What The Bleep!? Ultra Extended Quantum Rabbit Hole (2006 - 310min) Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, William Arntz
Official Site: www.whatthebleep.com
Amazon: (Quantum Edition) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000FKO3JO
Blockbuster new age documentary/feature hybrid. Fourteen scientists,
scholars, and mystics are interviewed, Marlee Matlin stars in the dramatic
segments, also has some animated segments. The Down the Rabbit Hole -
Quantum Edition is on 3 double-sided discs, and includes the director's
cut version of the film (154min), a 5-hour version that can be programmed in
various ways, and about 6 hours of extended interviews. I first saw this
when it came out at the OKC Museum of Art and was impressed. I later learned
that there was some association with JZ Knight (channeller of Ramtha) and
judged it as a cult production (all three directors are followers). Later
watched a couple more times - my interest was renewed after seeing
The Quantum Activist with Amit Goswami. I now think this is a very
special and important film, exporing ideas of quantum physics, brain
chemistry, consciousness, etc. Kind of a predecessor to The Secret,
putting the idea that you create your reality into mainstream consciousness.
I'm still skeptical of Ramtha/JZ and channelling in general, but then what
the bleep do I know?
Details on Quantum Edition 3-disc (6 sides) set:
Disc 1, Side 1: What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole - Director's Cut - 154 minutes
English and Spanish subtitles, trailer for Broken Saints
Disc 1, Side 2: Interviews Part 1
David Albert Ph.D - 21:16
Joseph Dispenza D.C. - 23:45
Dr. Masaru Emoto - 5:14
Amit Goswami Ph.D. - 19:57
Joseph Hagelin Ph.D - 18:12
Stuart Hameroff M.D. - 23:07
Disc 2, Side 1: Quantum Edition Part 1 - 155min
Disc 2, Side 2: Interviews Part 2
J.Z. Knight - 19:40
Miceal Ledwith Ph.D - 19:11
Marlee Matlin - 11:34
Lynn McTaggart - 17:48
Daniel Monti M.D - 20:28
Andrew Newberg M.D. - 14:49
Candace Pert Ph.D - 14:09
Disc 3, Side 1: Quantum Edition Part 2 - 155min
Disc 3, Side 2: Interviews Part 3
Dean Radin Ph.D - 22:01
Ramtha - 20:24
Jeffrey Santinover M.D 12:07
Fred Alan Wolf Ph.D. - 14:39
William Tiller Ph.D - 18:44
Khempo Yurmed Tinly - 31:11
Filmmakers' Q&A - 30:04
Wheel of Time (2003 - 80min) Werner Herzog
Looks at Kalachakra initiation at Bodh Gaya, India in 2002.
Wisdom of Changes: Richard Wilhelm and the I Ching (2011 - 87min) Bettina Wilhelm
Official Site: www.wisdom-of-changes-i-ching-the-movie.com
Amazon.de (German PAL DVD 09/03/12): www.amazon.de/o/ASIN/B007ZY7QLK
As of 12/12 not yet released outside of Europe. Probably a good chance
someone will issue this here soon.
With One Voice (2009 - 78min) Eric Temple
Official Site: www.withonevoicedocumentary.org
You Can Heal Your Life (2007) Michael Goorjian
Based on the best-selling self-help motivational book of the same name by
Louise Hay. Very good film. If you like Louise Hay or need some motivation,
check this out. Expanded edition DVD is on 2 discs with lots of extra
A Man's Story (2010 - 98min) Varon Bonicos
Official Site: www.amansstory.com/
Amazon (DVD 11/06/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0091V6T36
About menswear designer Ozwald Boateng.
About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012 - 75min) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Advanced Style (2013) Lina Plioplyte, Ari Seth Cohen
Official Site: www.advancedstyle.blogspot.com
America the Beautiful (2007 - 105min) Darryl Roberts
Official Site: www.americathebeautifuldoc.com
Amazon (DVD 07/13/10): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003H3D1BW
Looks at the modelling industry, obsession with beauty, obsession with
thinness. Follows Gerren, a girl who started modelling at 12 years old.
Beautopia: The Model Movie (1998 - 104min) Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Amazon (DVD 03/15/06): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F0UQZ4
Bill Cunningham New York (2010 - 84min) Richard Press
Official Site: www.billcunninghamnewyork.com
Call it a Balance in the Unbalance (2011 - 74min) Regine Lettner
About designer Miguel Androver.
Catwalk (1996 - 95min) Robert Leacock
Follows Christy Turlington through some fashion shows.
As of 12/12, this has not made it to DVD. Can get used VHS at Amazon
for high dollar. have not seen.
Chasing Beauty (2012 - 90min) Brent Huff
Official Site: www.chasingbeautyfilm.com/
Christian Dior: The Man Behind the Myth (2005 - 52min) Phillipe Lanfranchi
French Title: Christian Dior: le couturier et son double
Amazon (DVD 09/20/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005OCJMFI
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011 - 86min) Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Brent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frederic Tcheng
Official Site: www.dianavreeland-film.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00AFQSZ0G
This was way more interesting than I was expecting, looking at Vreeland's
entire life, which was mainly spent as the editor of Harper's Bazaar, and
later of Vogue. She was very influential in the world of fashion, especially
in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Recommended. DVD includes 45 minutes of
Dior and I (2014 - 90min) Frederic Tcheng
Amazon (DVD 09/01/15 Paramount): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B010LY9FUK/
Dressed (2011 - 79min) David John Swajeski
Official Site: www.dressed-themovie.com/
Looks at Laos-American designer Nary Manivong.
Eleven Minutes (2008 - 103min) Michael Selditch, Robert Tate
Official Site: www.jaymccarrolldocumentary.com/
Looks at Jay McCarroll, the first winner of the TV show Project Runway.
Fashion in Film (2008 - 56min)
Fashion Victim (2001 - 77min) James Kent
Subtitled: The Killing of Giani Versace
Girl Model (2011 - 77min) David Redmon, Ashely Sabin
Official Site: www.girlmodelthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A3DRV2Y
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/Documentaries/comments/1bk0k2
Good Hair (2009 - 96min) Jeff Stilson
Chris rock investigates African-American hair. Very fun, entertaining
In and Out of Fashion (1998 - 88min) William Klein
Just for Kicks (2005 - 81min) Thibaut de Longeville, Lisa Leone
Amazon (DVD 06/06/06 Image): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000F4TMFK/
"A documentary about sneakers, Hip-Hop & the corporate game." Way more
interesting than I was expecting. Amazing film, highly recommended.
Lagerfeld Confidential (2006 - 89min) Rodolphe Marconi
About designer Karl Lagerfeld.
L'amour Fou (2010 - 98min) Pierre Thoretton
About the relationshsip between designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his
lover Pierre Berge.
The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002 - 83min) Charles Atlas
Mansome (2012 - 82min) Morgan Spurlock
Official Site: www.mansomethemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 12/11/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009BBYZ7Q
A fun look at male grooming and male identity.
Marc Jacobs and Loius Vuitton (2007 - 75min) Loic Prigent
Material Success (2012 - 83min) Jesse Mann
Official Site: www.materialsuccess.ca/
McQueen and I (2011 - 71min)
British designer Alexander McQueen.
No Sweat (2006 - 54min) Amie Williams
Amazon (DVD 02/23/10 IndiePix): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0030UNWRU
Picture Me: A Model's Diary (2010 - 82min) Ole Schell, Sara Ziff
Model Sara Ziff and her boyfriend document her experiences as a fashion
model, showing that the job is not always so easy or fun. Looks at issues
such as the demand for fresh new young girls, pressure to stay thin,
drug use, long work hours, and sexual harassment.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2012) Matthew Miele
Scratch the Surface (1997 - 75min) Tara Fitzpatrick
In black and white. DVD includes 10 minute interview with director.
She says she made the film (over 5 years) to help resolve the ambivalence
she feels about the modeling industry. ("there's a good side and a bad side").
Chopped up interviews with her peers and others from the industry in the
1980's. If the subject is of interest, many ideas are discussed.
Seamless (2005 - 75min) Douglas Keeve
The Secret World of Haute Coutre (2007 - 60min) Margy Kinmonth
The September Issue (2009 - 88min) R.J. Cutler
Official Site: www.theseptemberissue.com
Covers the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine, which
weighed 5 pounds and was the largest magazine ever published. Focusses
on editor Anna Wintour.
The Tents (2012 - 80min) James Belzer
Official Site: www.thetentsmovie.com/
About New York Fashion Week.
Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010 - 89min) Whitney Sudler-Smith
Official Site: www.halstonmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 05/29/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QVRV1I
Unzipped (1995 - 73min) Douglas Keeve
About designer Isaac Mizrahi.
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008 - 96min) Matt Tyrnauer
About designer Valentino Garavani.
Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012 - 91min) Deborah Riley Draper
Official Site: www.versailles73movie.com/
Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2010 - 93min) Craig Teper
Official Site: www.vidalsassoonthemovie.com/
Viktor and Rolf: Because We're Worth It (2006 - 60min) Femke Wolting
Yves Saint Laurent - His Life and Times (2002 - 77min) David Teboul
Yves Saint Laurent - 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002 - 85min) David Teboul
Two documentaries about Yves Saint Larent on one DVD. The first film looks
at his early years, the second details the creation of the 2001 spring/summer
couture collection, his last.
Movies, Moviemakers, Moviestars
108 films listed in this category as of 02/2014
$ellebrity (2012 - 89min) Kevin Mazur
A Decade Under the Influence (2003 - 138min) Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000AKY7F
Looks at the 1970's as a period of innovation in American filmmaking.
Interviews many directors.
American Grindhouse (2010 - 80min) Elijah Drenner
Official Site: www.americangrindhouse.com
American Movie (1999 - 107min) Chris Smith
Official Site: www.americanmovie.com
Mark's Northwest Productions: www.northwestproductions.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_movie/
This is a documentary about filmmaker Mark Borchardt and the making of his
movies, Coven and Northwestern. It is totally hilarious and
very heartwarming. Mark is as determined as anyone can be. He forges ahead
through never-ending obstacles. His dream is to make a movie called
Northwestern, but to get the money he decides he first has to finish
his 35-minute black and white horror film, Coven, which he has been
trying to finish for years. There is more than a little irony in the fact
that the makers of American Movie achieved great success with their
film about Mark who has been trying so hard for so long to get any success
at all. But of course, he (and his buddy Mike) are now quite famous. Good
luck to Mark!
An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002 - 225min) J.M. Kenny
Documents some fun Q&A sessions at colleges with director Kevin Smith.
Followed by 4 additional DVD releases.
Arirang (2011 - 100min) Ki-duk Kim
The Beaches of Agnes (2009 - 110min) Agnes Varda
81-year-old filmmaker Agnes Varda gives us an autobiography. She made
The Gleaners and I, which is one of my top favorite documentaries.
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998 - 127min) David Comtois, Kevin Burns
Amazon (2-disc DVD 2001): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005KH32
Best Worst Movie (2009 - 93min) Michael Stephenson
Official Site: bestworstmovie.com/
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003X3BYHE
About 1990 American horror movie Troll 2.
Burden of Dreams (1982 - 95min) Les Blank
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/burden_of_dreams/
Info from Les Blank's website: www.lesblank.com/more/burden.html
About the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo in the Amazon jungle.
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010 - 86min) Craig McCall
Official Site: www.jackcardiff.com
Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2008 - 90min) Pepita Ferrari
Official Site: films.nfb.ca/capturing-reality
Casting By (2012 - 89min) Tom Donahue
Official Site: www.creativechaosvmg.com/casting-by/
Amazon (DVD 09/16/14 First Run Features): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00LD0BVIQ/
Looks at the role of the casting director in movie making. Focusses on
pioneer Marion Dougherty. Tons of interviews.
Charlotte Rampling: The Look (2011 - 94min) Angelina Maccarone
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995 - 384min) Kenneth Brownlow, David Gill
Amazon (DVD 05/30/00 Image OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305837171
Thorough look at the silent film era in Europe.
Shown on BBC in 1995, TCM in 1996, released on DVD in 2000, has been out of
print for awhile.
See also Hollywood
Cinemania (2002 - 80min) Angela Christlieb, Stephen Kijak
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cinemania/
Looks at five very dedicated film-goers in New York City. And I mean totally
dedicated, like several films a day, every day. We're talking about films
projected onto a screen. You could only do this in New York. Luckily, we
have DVDs now, so we can see whatever we want anywhere, anytime. Very fun
film (actually its shot on video!), some interesting insights about movies
Cinematographer Style (2006 - 86min) John Fauer
Talks to 110 cinematographers about making movies.
Classified X (1998 - 53min) Mark Daniels
Melvin Van Peebles explores the depiction of African-Americans in movies.
Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2001 - 87min) Bruce Ricker
Cleanflix (2009 - 93min) Andrew James, Joshua Ligairi
Official Site: www.cleanflixthemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 06/12/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B007PSY30S
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cleanflix/
Looks at the practice of "editing" films to remove "offensive" content.
I had not heard of this, but there has been a lot going on with this in
the Mormon community in Utah, with various stores selling edited DVDs,
various companies providing the edited versions, and ongoing lawsuits with
Hollywood. This is a mind-blowing film which covers the subject thoroughly
and presents a lot to think about. Also some interesting human elements.
Special features include full-length commentary with both directors and
16 minutes of deleted scenes. Highly recommended.
Comrades in Dreams (2007 - 97min) Uli Gaulke
Amazon (DVD 03/27/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0035RAS4I/
Looks at independent cineman operators in four countries - Wyoming, USA,
North Korea, India and Burkina Faso.
Corman's World (2011 - 95min) Alex Stapleton
Subtitled: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
Amazon (DVD 03/27/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QS9MKE
Amazon (BluRay 03/27/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006QS9OES
Very thorough look at the career of Roger Corman. Interviews with many
directors and actors who got their starts working for him, including Jack
Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Pam Grier, Peter Fonda, William Shatner,
Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese. Very interesting film.
The Cutting Edge (2004 - 98min) Wendy Apple
Subtitled: The Magic of Movie Editing
Amazon (DVD 09/06/05 Warner OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009PVZEG
Checking amazon 04/12/15, this DVD appears to be out of print. Netflix has.
The Definitive Document of the Dead (2012 - 102min) Roy Frumkes
Re-edited, remastered reissue of 1985 documentary The Document of
the Dead, which is a look at director George Romero largely shot during
the making the the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead.
Directors: Life Behind the Camera (2006 - 211min)
Official Site: firstrunfeatures.com/directorsdvd.html
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003S6KGNY
Interviews with 33 directors.
Divine Trash (1998 - 96min) Steve Yeager
About filmmaker John Waters. See also This Filthy World.
Double Dare (2004 - 81min) Amanda Mitchell
Official Site: www.doubledarethemovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/double-dare/
Fun film about female stunt doubles. Mainly looks at Jeannie Epper,
who doubled for Linda Carter as Wonder Woman (70's TV show), and is still
working in her 60's, and 20-something Zoe Bell, who got her start in New
Zealand doubling for Lucy Lawless as Xena: Warrior Princess (90's TV show).
With help from Jeannie, Zoe lands a job as Uma's stunt double
in Kill Bill. Since the time of this film, Zoe has crossed the
line from stuntwoman to feature film star, appearing in Death Proof
and Angel of Death.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (2003 - 119min) Kenneth Bowser
Subtitled: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Wikipedia (Book): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Riders,_Raging_Bulls:_How_the_Sex,_Drugs_and_Rock_'N'_Roll_Generation_Saved_Hollywood
Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002 - 105min) Damian Pettigrew
The Five Obstructions (2003 - 103min) Lars von Trier
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002KPI3C
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/five_obstructions/
For the Love of Movies (2009 - 81min) Gerald Peary
Subtitled: The Story of American Film Criticism
Official Site: www.fortheloveofmovies.net
Girl 27 (2007 - 84min) David Stenn
Amazon (DVD 01/29/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001R23G7E/
Tells the story of Patricia Douglas who was raped by an MGM executive at
a party in Hollywood in 1937 when she was a young movie extra. She decided
to fight and press charges. Nothing ever came of it and her story was
forgotten until the director uncovered it while researching a book about
Jean Harlow. Interesting film, looks at the power of the movie industry
and explores some similar cases. DVD includes a 10-minute 1935 black and
white short, Hollywood Extra Girl.
Great Directors (2009 - 87min) Angela Ismailos
Interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, Liliana Cavani,
Stephen Frears, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Ken Loach, David Lynch,
John Sayles, Agnes Varda. Bonus disc contains additional interview time
with all of the above.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 - 90min) Morgan Spurlock
AKA: POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Looks at product placement, marketing, and advertising in movies and TV
Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002 - 56min) Darlene Johnson
Amazon (The Tracker) (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000A7Q2KA/
About Australian Aboringinal actor David Gulpilil (Walkabout, The Tracker).
Included on the DVD release of The Tracker.
The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1928 - 90min) Leslie Iwerks
Amazon (VHS): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005NZEK
Amazon (Oswald DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000VE4UCO
This is available on DVD as an extra feature on The Adventures
of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 - 96min) Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hearts_of_darkness_a_filmmakers_apocalypse/
Documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. Narrated by Coppola's
wife, Eleanor Coppola. Uses footage that she shot during the making of
Hidden Cinema (2013 - 4hrs) Rob Ager
A History of Israeli Cinema (2009 - 208min) Raphael Nadjari
Wikipedia (Raphael Nadjari): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Nadjari
Hollywood (1980 - 650min) Kenneth Brownlow, David Gill
AKA: Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film
Amazon (VHS 10/01/01 HBO OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6302597609/
13 50-minute episodes detailing the silent film era in American cinema
(1900's, 1910's, 1920's).
Very highly rated, very thorough, the definitive film on the subject.
Based on Kenneth Brownlow's 1968 book, The Parade's Gone By. Made in the
late 1970's, first released on British TV in 1980, has been shown on various
TV channels in different countries and has been available on VHS.
As of November 2015, has never been issued
on DVD, supposedly due to clearance issues. I have not seen this and have
not yet been too interested in silent film. If I turn my attention there, I
would want to watch this, and I hope that it will someday be made available.
(Can be found on Youtube).
See also Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood.
I Knew it was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2010 - 40min) Richard Shepard
Amazon (DVD 11/09/10 Oscilloscope): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003Z1OHGE/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i-knew-it-was-you-rediscovering-john-cazale/
Looks at the career of actor John Cazale, who appeared in only five films
before dying of lung cancer at age 42. He was in The Godfather and
The Godfather II (as Fredo), The Conversation,
The Deer Hunter, and Dog Day Afternoon. Lots of interviews,
including Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola, Merle Streep, Steve Buscemi.
Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution (2007 - 98min) Nader Takmil Homayoun
The Jodorowsky Constellation (86min) Louis Mouchet
AKA La Constellation, AKA Constellation Jodorowsky
Amazon: (The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000NY1E9E/
Amazon: (Fando Y Lis) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005Y7WW
May be available separately, but this documentary is included as an extra
feature on the Fando Y Lis DVD, which is available on one disc or
as a part of the Films of Alejandro Jodorwosky box set
(as per Amazon links above).
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 - 90min) Frank Pavich
Official Site: jodorowskysdune.com/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/jodorowsky's_dune/
Looks at Alejandro Jodorowsky's late-70's failed attempt to film an
adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune.
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002 - 93min) Nannete Burstein, Brett Morgen
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/kid_stays_in_the_picture/
Movie mogul Robert Evans tells all about his life in the business.
Kubrick Decoded - Volume One (76min) Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Two (103min) Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Three (113min) Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Four (110min) Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Five Rob Ager
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Six Rob Ager
Official Site: www.collativelearning.com
This is a collection of videos in which Rob Ager presents his analyses of
Stanley Kubrick's Films. You can find some of these videos to watch on
his website, along with additional written material. He also has other
videos pertaining to other films. The easiest way to order them is
probably through eBay. Sent form the UK. They are DVD-R's, and about $12
each (in 2014). I recommend get them all if you are interested in
Kubrick. You will be amazed and want to watch all of Kubrick's films again.
Here is a bit of detail on the contents:
Kubrick Decoded - Volume One:
The Shining - Mazes of Deception and Denial - 28min
Eyes Wide Shut - Unseen Reflections - 24min
A Clockwork Orange - Analysis/Review - 24min
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Two:
2001: A Space Odyssey - The Meaning of the Monolith Revealed - 47min
Full Metal Jacket - The Hidden Hand - 55min
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Three:
The Shining - Kubrick's Gold Story - 72min
The Shining - Spatial Anomalies in the Overlook Hotel - 20min
Sex and Power in the Films of Stanley Kubrick - 13min
2001: A Space Odyssey - HAL=IBM - 8min
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Four:
2001: A Space Odyssey - Kubrick's Cover Story - 53min
2001: A Space Odyssey - The Eye of Enlightenment - 9min
A Clockwork Orange - Statues & Mannequins - 8min
A Clockwork Orange - The Ludovico Lie - 24min
A Clockwork Orange - Alex & Beethoven - 6min
A Clockwork Orange - Good Loving Parents - 10min
Kubrick Decoded - Volume Five (2013 - 2hrs):
See also Kubrick's Odyssey and Room 237.
Kubrick's Odyssey Part One: Kubrick and Apollo (2011 - 70min) Jay Weidner
Subtitled: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
Official Site: www.jayweidner.com
Wikipedia (Scotchlite): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotchlite
Wikipedia (Front Projection Effect): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_projection_effect
Puts forth the idea that Kubrick was hired by the US government to make
fake films of the Apollo moon landings (which were done over the same
period of time that he filmed 2001: A Space Odyssey). Does not
say that the moon landings were fake, just that the films we saw were
faked. The main evidence for this is the presence of anomalies in
the videos and photos which indicate the use of 3M Scotchlite screens used
to project background images. Further goes on to show that
Kubrick's film The Shining contains many clues about this,
apparently revealing the Apollo film faking in a very careful coded way.
Kubrick's Odyssey II: Beyond the Infinite (2012 - 61min) Jay Weidner
Subtitled: Secrets Hidden in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
Official Site: www.jayweidner.com
Weidner presents his idea that Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey
is an encoded version of "The Great Work" of Alchemy.
The Last Mogul (2005 - 110min) Barry Avrich
Subtitled: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman
Life Itself (2014 - 121min) Steve James
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life_itself/
Light Keeps Me Company (2001 - 78min) Carl-Gustav Nykvist
Little Joe (2009 - 87min) Nicole Haeusser
Official Site: www.littlejoeproductions.com/
About Joe Dallesandro, who began his career by starring in several
Andy Warhol / Paul Morrissey films (Trash, Flesh, Heat,
Andy Warhol's Dracula, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein).
Thats his abs on the cover of the first Smiths record. (singer Morrissey
named himself after Paul Morrissey).
(as of 05/2012 doesn't seem to be on DVD yet).
Loop Dreams: The Making of a Low-Budget Movie (2001 - 87min) Harvey Hubbell V
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003 - 169min) Thom Anderson
Amazon (DVD 10/21/14 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00LOFYBP0/
Amazon (Bluray 10/21/14 Cinema Guild): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00LOMGG06/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/los_angeles_plays_itself/
DVD at ModCinema: www.modcinema.com/categories/5-bestsellers/647-los-angeles-plays-itself-2-disc-2003-dvd
Review at OpenCulture: www.openculture.com/2012/04/los_angeles_plays_itself.html
Complete Voiceover Text: www.filmkritik.antville.org/stories/1071484/
Video essay looks at the depiction of Los Angeles in the movies. Consists
entirely of clips from many films (like over 200) with narration by director
Thom Anderson. Until 2014, this was not officially released on DVD, perhaps
due to "rights issues" (which I don't understand, since I would assume that
all of these brief film clips would be "fair use"). A very blurry "bootleg"
2-disc DVD-R was (and still is?) available from modcinema.com. Cinema Guild
officially reissued this on DVD and Bluray in October of 2014. (you want
this one, skip the blurry bootleg). Interesting enough to be worth buying.
Can also watch online, including at Youtube.
Lost in La Mancha (2002 - 93min) Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Amazon (DVD 06/24/03 2-disc Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000096FUD
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost_in_la_mancha/
Looks at Terry Gilliam's attempt to make his unfinished film The Man
Who Killed Don Quixote.
Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010 - 84min) Mark Hartely
Official Site: www.machetemaidensunleashed.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004XZ99W8
The Magic of Melies (1997 - 131min) Jacques Meny
Amazon (DVD 01/15/02 FACETS OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005UM26
The title of the DVD containing this documentary film is Melies the
Magician. It also includes 15 of his films. There is another DVD called
The Magic of Melies, which is a collection of his films, and includes
a 20-minute long documentary called George Melies, Cinema Magician.
And then there is a 5-DVD set called George Melies: First Wizard of
Cinema 1896-1913 which is a collection of his films.
Magician (2014 - 91min) Chuck Workman
Subtitle: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Amazon (DVD 05/26/15 Cohen): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00TJFXH02/
Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006 - 72min) Alison Chernick
Official Site: www.matthewbarneynorestraint.com/
Amazon (DVD 05/01/07 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000N2HDGY
Midnight Movies (2007 - 86min) Stuart Samuels
Starts with a text screen - " Between 1970 and 1977 six low-budget
films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch movies."
Looks closely at these 6 "midnight movies" - El Topo
(1970 - Alejandro Jodorowsky), Night of the Living Dead (1968 - George
Romero), Pink Flamingos (1972 - John Waters), The Harder They
Come (1972 - Perry Henzell), The Rocky Horror Picture Show
(1975 - Jim Sharman), and Eraserhead (1977 - David Lynch). Also
looks a bit at Freaks (Tod Browning), Reefer Madness,
and Multiple Maniacs (John Waters). Lots of interviews with the
directors, critics, fans, etc. Very interesting.
Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010 - 420min)
Official Site: www.tcm.com/this-month/article/345125/0/Moguls-Movie-Stars-The-History-of-Hollywood.html
Amazon (04/26/11 DVD 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004MQ6W5K
TV series from TCM (Turner Classic Movies), in 7 parts of one hour each.
Covers the period from 1889 to 1969.
Monsters from the Id (2009 - 52min) David Gargani
Official Site: www.monstersfromtheid.net/
Looks at sci-fi films of the 1950's and how they provided inspiration to
Mule Skinner Blues (2001 - 93min) Stephen Earnhart
Amazon (DVD 08/26/03 OOP): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00009MGG2
My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski (1999 - 100min) Werner Herzog
My Voyage to Italy (1999 - 246min) Martin Scorsese
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000092T5D
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_voyage_to_italy/
Scorsese's guide to Italian cinematic history, at least as far as films that
were influential to him. Mainly discusses films from the 40's and 50's, many
by Roberto Rossellini. Almost entirely consists of excerpts from films with
Scorcese's narration. This is quite an interesting education on the subject.
(On 2 DVDs, disc 1 is Part One - 118min, disc 2 is Part Two - 127min).
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008 - 86min) James Chressanthis
Official Site: www.laszloandvilmos.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/28/12 Cinema Libre): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006XF2WIY
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/no-subtitles-necessary-lazlo-and-vilmos/
About Hungarian-American cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond.
Nollywood Babylon (2008 - 74min) Samir Mallal, Ben Addelman
About Nigeria's film industry, which is the largest in the world, ahead of
India and the US. Focusses on a director named Lancelot.
Not Quite Hollywood (2008 - 103min) Mark Hartley
Subtitled: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
Amazon (DVD 10/06/09 Magnolia): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002I41KO6/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/not_quite_hollywood/
Official Rejection (2009 - 107min) Paul Osborne
Official Site: www.officialrejectiondocumentary.com/
Amazon (DVD-R 06/12/12): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002Q0WYLA
Amazon (DVD-R 2-disc 11/17/09): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002Q0WYPG
Operation Filmmaker (2007 - 92min) Nina Davenport
The Outsider - A Film About James Toback (2005 - 83min) Nicholas Jarecki
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10005470-outsider/
Overnight (2003 - 82min) Tony Montana, Mark Brian Smith
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/overnight/
Follows Troy Duffy after selling his screenplay for
The Boondock Saints, through having his movie deal being turned down
by Miramax and the long struggle to eventual distribution by Indican.
The Outsider (2005 - 85min) Nicholas Jarecki
The People vs. George Lucas (2010 - 97min) Alexandre O. Philippe
Official Site: peoplevsgeorge.com/
Amazon (DVD 10/25/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005FUTCCM
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_people_vs_george_lucas/
Mainly looks at the controversy over the modifications that Lucas made to
the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes 4,5,6) when rereleased in 1997 as
Special Editions. The larger issue is that Lucas has attempted to destroy all
copies of the original versions and to prevent them from ever being shown
or reissued. He even claims that the original negatives have been destroyed.
See also Jedi Junkies, A Galaxy Far Far Away, and
Star Wait for more on the world of Star Wars fandom, all in the
following category (Fans and Gamers). Also see the websites
originaltrilogy.com. This is
actually a pretty confusing issue and I'm not sure that the original
versions haven't been released on DVD. Check out this Wikipedia article for
more details (which Wikipedia has flagged as a "confusing" article):
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995 - 225min) Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
Amazon (DVD-R 3-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/6305941122
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/personal_journey_with_martin_scorsese_through_american_movies/
Chapters - Disc 1 (72min) - History of Cinema, Director's Dilemma, The
Director as Storyteller, The Western, The Gangster Film, The Musical.
Disc 2 (79min) - The Director as Illusionist, The Director as Smuggler.
Disc 3 (74min) - The Director as Smuggler (cont), The Director as Iconoclast.
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema: Parts 1,2,3 - Presented by Slavoj Zizek (2006 - 150min) Sophie Fiennes
Official Site: www.thepervertsguide.com
See also The Reality of the Virtual and Zizek!.
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012 - 136min) Sophie Fiennes
Official Site: www.thepervertsguide.com
Official Site: www.zeitgeistfilms.com/pervertsguide/
Amazon (DVD 02/18/14 Zeitgeist): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00GX33J7E/
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_perverts_guide_to_ideology/
This is a followup to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema.
Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008 - 62min) Arne Glimcher
Official Site: www.thepervertsguide.com
Looks at similarities and influences between cubism and film.
The Pixar Story (2008 - 87min) Leslie Iwerks
Popatopolis: How to Make a Movie in 3 Days (2009 - 75min) Clay Westervelt
Official Site: www.popatopolis.com
Looks at B-movie maker Jim Wynorski.
Reel Injun (2009 - 88min) Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge
Subtitled: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian
Official Site: www.reelinjunthemovie.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/reel_injun/
Looks at the depiction of Native Americans in movies.
Reel Paradise (2004 - 110min) Steve James
Rewind This! (2013 - 90min) Josh Johnson
Official Site: buy.rewindthismovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 01/14/14 MPI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00FUABK36
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 - 99min) Marina Zenovich
Room 237 (2012 - 102min) Rodney Ascher
Official Site: room237movie.wordpress.com
Amazon (DVD 09/24/13 2-disc IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D6I7EGQ
Amazon (Bluray 09/24/13 IFC): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00D6I7CSQ
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/room_237_2012/
Review at DVDTalk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/54386/room-237/
Film Threat: www.filmthreat.com/reviews/45397/
New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/movies/room-237-documentary-with-theories-about-the-shining.html
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/Truefilm/comments/1c9vh4
Reddit Discussion: www.reddit.com/r/Truefilm/comments/1y9db8
Explores various theories about meanings in Stanley Kubrick's film,
The Shining. A great treat for me and I'm sure for all Kubrick fans.
Highly recommended. The DVD includes a second disc of extra features.
See also Kubrick's Odyssey (above).
Room 666 (1982 - 50min) Wim Wenders
Screaming in High Heels (2011 - 63min) Jason Paul Collum
Subtitled: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008A0RGMC
Seduced and Abandoned (2013 - 98min) James Toback
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/seduced_and_abandoned_2013/
Side by Side (2012 - 98min) Christopher Kinneally
Subtitled: Can Film Survive Our Digital Future?
Official Site: sidebysidethemovie.com/
Amazon (DVD 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NUVVVK
Amazon (BluRay 02/05/13): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009NUVVZ6
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/side_by_side_2012/
Discussion at Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/Documentaries/comments/1bksqg
Keanu Reeves talks to James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David
Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and other
directors about film versus digital formats.
The Sinister Saga of Making the Stunt Man (2001 - 114min) Richard Rush
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005OCK8
This is also available on the 2-disc DVD edition of The Stunt Man.
Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (2011) Jason Baker
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007 - 82min) Jeffrey Schwarz
Official Site: www.spinetinglermovie.com
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 - 142min) Jan Harlan
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stanley_kubrick_a_life_in_pictures/
Looks at Kubrick's life, mainly by going through his movies one by one,
with lots of interview clips with actors, directors, associates, etc.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 - 947min) Mark Cousins
Amazon (DVD 5-disc 02/01/12 Music Box Films): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B008ZDC7M8
Irish film critic Mark Cousins gives us a very thorough 15 hour long
examination of the history of film. 15 1-hour chapters, on 5 DVDs.
If you have any interest in films or filmmaking, you want to see this.
The list price for the DVD set is $70, as of 2014, amazon has it for $50,
and hopefully you can find it cheaper. But this is one to buy, that you will
want to watch over and over. The Wikipedia article, linked above, lists
every film clip from each chapter. You will have many more films on your
list to watch. However much you know about film, you will learn more.
Cousins has some interesting angles on things and his interesting
presentation includes jumping into the past and the future as he carefully
moves chronologically through the entire history of film. Of course much
must be left out in 15 hours, but this is pretty thorough. Although
earlier periods of independent film, Amercian and worldwide, are covered
well, my main interest, newer American independent cinema, is not. P.T.
Anderson, Jim Jarmusch and Harmony Korine are not mentioned. And neither is
mumblecore (nor any of its directors), which I consider to be the most major
recent development in American independent cinema. But of course the focus
here is not on the present, but the last 115 years. The Story of Film
is mind-blowing awesome.
Tales From the Script (2010 - 105min) Peter Hanson
Official Site: talesfromthescript.com
Distributor's Site: firstrunfeatures.com/talesfromthescriptdvd.html
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00329PYH0
Tell Them Who You Are (2004 - 95min) Mark S. Wexler
Official Site: www.tellthemwhoyouare.com
A look at cinematographer Haskell Wexler by his son.
These Amazing Shadows (2011 - 88min) Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton
Subtitled: The Movies That Make America
Official Site: www.theseamazingshadows.com
This Filthy World (2006 - 86min) Jeff Garlin
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/this_filthy_world/
Filmmaker John Waters addresses an audience with his one-man show, telling
all about his life. See also Divine Trash.
This is Cinerama (1952 - 115min) Merian C. Cooper
Tigrero: A Film That was Never Made (1994 - 75min) Mika Kaurismaki
Amazon (DVD 2004 Fantoma): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0001IXTB8
The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996 - 55min) Adam Simon
About Sam Fuller.
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape (2010 - 72min) Jake West
Available as disc 3 of the 3-DVD set Video Nasties: The Complete Guide
Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992 - 92min) Arnold Glassman
(out of print - Netflix has this)
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001 - 119min) Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Wamego: Making Movies Anywhere (2004 - 100min) Steve Balderson
Official Site: www.dikenga.com
Mainly looks at the making of Balderson's film Firecracker.
have not yet seen these.
Wamego Strikes Back (2007 - 80min) Steve Balderson
Official Site: www.dikenga.com
More about Balderson's independent filmmaking, mainly looking at the
post-production aspects of releasing Firecracker.
Wamego: Ultimatum (2009 - 90min) Steve Balderson
Official Site: www.dikenga.com
The trilogy is completed with even more proof that you can be a successful
filmmmaker without moving to LA and letting other people tell you what to do
and how to do it. Mainly looks at the making of Balderson's 2008 film
Welcome to Nollywood (2007 - 56min) Jamie Meltzer
Who Needs Sleep? (2006 - 78min) Haskell Wexler
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011 - 192min) Robert Weide
Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002 - 90min) Richard Schickel
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 - 122min) Xan Cassavetes
Tarantino Archives: wiki.tarantino.info/index.php/Z_Channel:_A_Magnificent_Obsession
Amazon (DVD 10/11/05 Allied Arts America): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AQKV0I
Amazon (DVD 2-disc Collector's Edition Hart Sharp Video) (Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000UJMZZ4
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/z_channel/
About Los Angeles pay-TV movie-channel, Channel Z, started in 1974, known
for its eclectic variety of films. More specifically, the film is about
Z Channel's program director Jerry Harvey, who began there in 1980.
He was legendary for his choices in programming, including many European
films, and his support for underappreciated films.
He killed his wife and himself in 1988, a couple of weeks before Z Channel
added sports and a year before Z Channel ended operations. And actually,
this film seems to be mainly about the films that were shown on Z Channel.
There are clips from over fifty great films. Lots of interesting interviews,
and though they are talking about Z Channel and Jerry Harvey, they also
wind up talking about the films. This is a special treat for
film lovers. You will have a list of films to see after watching this.
And maybe an appreciation for having the privilege of being able to buy,
rent or stream almost any film you want, which was not at all true just a
few decades ago. The director is the daughter of director John Cassavetes.
(Xan is short for Alexandra).
Games and Gamers, Fanclubs and Fans
The Achievers (2009 - 70min) Eddie Chung
Subtitle: The Story of the Lebowski Fans
Amazon (DVD 10/26/09 MRI): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B002P5XY2O/
/afk: Away From Keyboard (2011) Greg Stuetze
Official Site: www.afkthefilm.com/
Explores the relationship between gamers and games, mainly looking at
Worlds of Warcraft.
Batman: Holy Batmania (2003) Kevin Burns
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0002W4UXE
Made for A&E Biography.
Beyond the Game (2008 - 75min) Jos de Putter
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B004KM55FY/
Dutch documentary about professional video gaming. Follows several gamers
through international competitions on their way to the 2007 World Cyber
Bingo: The Documentary (1999 - 59min) John Jeffcoat
Official Site: www.bingothedocumentary.net
Amazon (DVD-R Vanguard 2010): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003BEE73K
Amazon (DVD Vanguard 2005 Out of Print): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009PVZ3W
Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011 - 93min) Liz Garbus
Official Site: www.bobbyfischermovie.co.uk/
Amazon (DVD 12/06/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B005CB6MPE
Darkon (2007 - 90min) Andrew Neel, Luke Meyer
Official Site: www.darkonthemovie.com/
A look at a particular group of Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP) gamers.
Lots of interviews with gamers explaining why they do this.
The Dungeon Masters (2008 - 87min) Keven McAlester
Official Site: www.dungeonmastersmovie.com
Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters (2011 - 93min) Adam Cornelius
Official Site: www.ecstasyoforder.com
Amazon: (DVD 09/21/12) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0085X31ZA
A Galaxy Far Far Away (2000 - 80min) Tariq Jalil
Amazon: (10th Anniversary DVD edition) www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B001HDXHQ8
Looks at the world of Star Wars fans.
Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2003 - 85min) Vikram Jayanti
Get Lamp (2010) Jason Scott Sadofsky
Official Site: www.getlamp.com
Looks at the world of "computer adventure games" (also called "interactive
fiction" or "text adventures"), primitive early online games which were
played using just plain text (and imagination). From the director of
BBS: The Documentary.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012 - 96min) James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot
Official Site: www.indiegamethemovie.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A82RV4I
Amazon (Bluray): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00A9KPWOU
Follows the developers of 3 independently produced video games: Edmund
McMillen and Tommy Reffines as they work on Super Meat Boy, Phil Fish
and Renaud Bedard working on Fex, and Jonathan Blow looking back on his
development of Braid. Excellent film. Recommended, even if you have no
interest in playing video games (which I don't).
Jedi Junkies (2010 - 73min) Mark Edlitz
Official Site: www.jedijunkies.com
Amazon (DVD): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0047H2F28
Amazon (DVD 02/12/13 Docurama): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B009MBSWNA
Looks at some serious Star Wars fans. Spends a lot of time on fan films.
We see a bit of Chad Vader, Stuck on Star Wars, and
Tremors in the Force. Looks at light saber training (New York Jedis)
and custom light saber manufacturing. We see Aerosith, a Star Wars tribute
band. Probaby the most interesting subject here is the collecting of
memorabilia. We meet some really hardcore collectors who show us their
vast collections and discuss their obsessive behavior. And we have some
analysis of this from psychologists. Low budget film, but an interesting
look at the world of Star Wars fandom.
King of Chinatown (2010 - 62min) Calvin Theobald
Official Site: www.kingofchinatown.com
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 - 79min) Seth Gordon
Official Site: www.billyvssteve.com
Who is the real king of Donkey Kong?
Life 2.0 (2010 - 100min) Jason Spingarn-Koff
Official Site: www.life2movie.com
Amazon (DVD 2012): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0063HO5BE
This is one of the most interesting and mind-blowing films I have seen.
Follows several people as they spend time in the online virtual world of
The Legend of Sofa Kingdom (2011 - 85min) Steve Kearney
Official Site: www.quizzomovie.com
Looks at the pub quiz trivia game Quizzo, which is big in Philadelphia.
Race to World First (2013 - 68min) Zachary Henderson, John Keating
Official Site: www.racetoworldfirst.com
Amazon (DVD-R 11/29/11): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B006G2N1N6
Looks at World of Warcraft guild Blood Legion.
Scrabylon (2003 - 78min) Scott Petersen
Official Site: www.scrabylon.com
About professional Scrabble players. See also Word Wars.
Second Skin (2008 - 94min) Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza
Official Site: www.secondskinfilm.com
Looks at the world of Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games
(MMORPGs), such as World of Warcraft (WoW). Well-made and interesting.
Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary (2009 - 97min) Brett Sullivan
Official Site: www.specialwhenlitmovie.com
Very thorough look at pinball - history, evolution of games, how they are
made (more man-hours than a Ford Taurus), tournament players, collectors,
etc. Pinball was banned in the US for about 30 years until sometime in
the 60's. After an explosion of popularity, the advent of electronic video
games pretty much killed all interest. Only one company still manufactures
pinball games. Excellent film. Recommended.
Spellbound (2002 - 97min) Jeffrey Blitz
Follows 8 kids as they progress up to the National Spelling Bee in 1999.
Star Wait (2005 - 80min) Michael Rotman
Official Site: www.starwait.com
Looks at the hundreds of fans who lined up six weeks in advance to be
the first to see Star Wars: Episode II at Grauman's Chinese Theater
in Hollywood. I would definitely recommend Jedi Junkies or
A Galaxy Far Far Away over this one.
Starwoids (2001 - 80min) Dennis Prywara
Amazon (DVD 10/16/01): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00005RIYD
Yet another look at Star Wars fans.
Trekkies (1999 - 86min) Roger Nygard
Official Site: www.trekdoc.com
Looks at the world of Star Trek fans. Hosted by Denise Crosby.
Trekkies 2 (2004 - 93min) Roger Nygard
Official Site: www.trekkies2.com
Expanded look at the world of Star Trek fans, travels around the world,
mainly to Europe. Hosted by Denise Crosby. There may even be a
Trekkies 3 someday.
Trek Nation (2011 - 88min) Scott Colthorp
Official Site: www.treknationmovie.com
Amazon (DVD 2-disc): www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00BCJR9H0
Gene Roddenberry's son seeks to understand his father and the effect of
Star Trek. This is more about the philosophy behind Star Trek rather than
looking at "Trekkies". Points out that the idea was way ahead of its time
and shows the positivity in the show. Since it was assumed that the people
of planet Earth had evolved beyond wars and fighting, Gene had a rule that
the show did not have serious conflicts between cast members. Very
interesting. The DVD includes a second disc with extended interviews.
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010 - 88min) Kevin Tostado
Official Site: www.monopolydocumentary.com
Way of the Puck (2006 - 81min) Eric D. Anderson
Official Site: www.wayofthepuck.com
Looks at air hockey.
We Are Wizards (2008 - 79min) Josh Koury
Official Site: www.wearewizards-themovie.com
Looks at the world of Harry Potter fans, including Wizard Rock or Wrock.
Word Wars (2004 - 81min) Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo
Subtitled: Tiles and Tribulatons on the Scrabble Game Circuit
A fun look at the world of serious Scrabble players. "This is not
your Grandma's Scrabble." Follows four guys as
they work their way up to the 2002 National Champion Scrabble Tournament
in San Diego, where first prize is $25,000. Matt Graham uses lots of brain
function nutrients, studies word origins and sometimes sees anagrams
in his sleep. "G.I." Joel Sherman suffers from acid reflux and visualizes
his Scrabble letters floating in the air. Marlon Hill lives in Baltimore
and calls himself a "pre-Mecca Malcolm playing Scrabble". Joe Edley
has won the tournament in the past. He practices tai chi and meditation.
These guys are all very serious to the point of obsession and it doesn't
look like they do anything besides play Scrabble. We also check
out the scene in Washington Square Park in NYC. (see also Scrabylon).
Wordplay (2006 - 94min) Patrick Creadon
About crossword puzzles and the people who make them and solve them. Looks
at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
Well I used to say here that I've seen most of these films, and I probably
have seen the majority, but I've been listing them faster than I can get
to them. They are pretty much all "on my list" to watch though. While I may
be picky about feature films, I very rarely see a documentary I don't enjoy
or learn something from.
Lets not make too much of the categories. Many films could be in several
categories (of pages), but I try to only list them once. Amazon.com links
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