Tag: documentary

Outatime:  Saving the DeLorean Time Machine

Outatime: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine

| July 20, 2016

In 1985, the best film trilogy ever kicked off: Back to the Future.  Robert Zemeckis’s story about a high school kid named Marty (Michael J. Fox) and his adventures through time with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd) with the use of Doc’s DeLorean time machine is full of iconic imagery, comedy, thrills, romance, Romance, and […]

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Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

| July 8, 2016

I’ve become fascinated with this particular type of documentary; it’s a film that tells the story of a film that was a nightmare to get made, often resulting in the film never being finished.  You don’t often get to hear these stories, but a few of these have come across my radar in recent memory […]

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Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

| May 31, 2016

Tony Conrad, the artist, musician, filmmaker and teacher who passed away in April, will be extremely missed, particularly among the avant-garde world of art and culture. For the last twenty years he was followed by a documentary film crew, with director Tyler Hubby, for the film Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. This film constructs […]

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Theory of Obscurity

Theory of Obscurity

| April 21, 2016

In the early 70s, an avant garde group of artists known as The Residents started making music and films anonymously.  They believed that with their identities secret, they would be free to produce art in its purest form, without the influences and pressures that come along with celebrity.  Over the decades, The Residents have amassed […]

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Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

| March 10, 2016

last year, I watched two films about Steve Jobs, the former head of Apple computers, who died in 2011 after a battle with cancer.  First, I saw the Danny Boyle directed and Aaron Sorkin written Steve Jobs, which is amazing and casts a fascinating look at Jobs’ life throughout his rise and fall and rise […]

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The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

| January 6, 2016

When I first witnessed the trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, I honestly thought it was a joke. It seemed so surreal and bizarre that in Indonesia there would be men that were celebrated for slaughtering millions of people and then going to recreate such atrocities in videos. After I saw the film, […]

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Amy

Amy

| December 1, 2015

The storied life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has been the stuff of legend, hyperbole, tragedy, and ongoing interest ever since her untimely death in 2011 at the age of twenty-seven. In the years since, her style—both musically as well as aesthetically—has placed her firmly in the realm of cultural icons of the 21st century. Her […]

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

| September 18, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite work of fiction.  Maybe that’s because it’s one of the first classics I chose to read rather than being forced to in school.  Maybe it’s because I was in a stage version of the play when I started college (I played the villain Bob Ewell, and it’s a […]

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Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

| August 17, 2015

Through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage and history of the Black experience in the United States and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant […]

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Last Days of the Nazis

Last Days of the Nazis

| August 11, 2015

At the end of WWII, Allied forces arrested thousands of Nazis, as well as German citizens suspected of being complacent in Nazi crimes.  These people were interrogated to determine their activities during the war.  This mini-series from the History Channel tells the story of these interrogations, getting a history of the third reich from an […]

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