Blackfish Wows the Critics – Nudges World Towards Change

It does seem kind of hopeless to imagine that SeaWorld really will do the right thing and end their killer whale circus act. I’d say they ought to end the dolphin show too but the more pressing matter are the whales, Tilikum in particular, who is still living in a bathtub,...
Posted On 22 Jul 2013

Blackfish – Revealing Look at Orcas in Captivity

Official site for Blackfish, with screenings and info is here. Most of us don’t know what goes on behind the Sea World propaganda curtain. For over twenty years they’ve been selling the animal stunts at Sea World like it was Disneyland — they sell stuffed whales...
Posted On 15 Jul 2013

The People Step Up Because PBS Wouldn’t – Citizen Koch Nears $100k

Strange things are happening to our democracy. Maybe we saw them coming, maybe we didn’t but Capitalism has led to a sharp divide between the haves and the have-nots.  It wasn’t supposed to be like this. It was supposed to be about the free market and competition. But...
Posted On 12 Jul 2013

Trailer Debut for Dirty Wars

It’s a controversial subject, to be sure, but it’s one most of us Americans had better face sooner rather than later. Pic won Best Cinematography at Sundance: It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. We have...
Posted On 03 May 2013

Room 237 Poster and Trailer

The doc around Kubrick’s The Shining will be available on VOC and released theatrically March 29, 2013. Poster debuted exclusively on EW. Trailer after the cut.  
Posted On 12 Mar 2013

Tony Kushner Praises How to Survive a Plague

On Angels in America and How to Survive a Plague:
Posted On 17 Feb 2013

Documentary Feature: the important v/s the entertaining

By Brian Whisenant It has been a couple of years since I have written about the Documentary Feature category. Last year it was because I didn’t see “Undefeated” until the very morning of the Academy Awards. I can remember quite clearly coming down the escalator...

DGA Best Documentary nominees!

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man) Kirby Dick (The Invisible War) David France (How to Survive a Plague) Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) Alison Klayman (Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry) (thanks to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen)
Posted On 14 Jan 2013

Bully Honored with Stanley Kramer Prize from PGA

The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that critically acclaimed documentary feature BULLY will be honored with the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony.  Director Lee Hirsch and producer Cynthia Lowen will accept the award...
Posted On 18 Dec 2012

15 Documentary Features Advance in Oscar race

The year’s best documentaries – Ken Burns, The Central Park Five doc, Queen of Versailles, Samsara, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and West of Memphis shut out of the Oscar race. That is mind-blowing. The new rules were supposed to stop this kind of assfuckery from happening....
Posted On 03 Dec 2012