Tag: documentary

Big History

Big History

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The opening credits of Big History urge us to think of time not as straight line, but as a web, with events separated across billions of years connected in complicated and intricate ways.  Each episode examines a fairly benign object or concept (salt, gold, extreme cold) and shows how that small yet tangible thing has […]

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What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy recently released the full-length feature film What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music. Directed by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg and shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, the film is available worldwide on digital release on redbullmusicacademy.com. What […]

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Bible Secrets Revealed

Bible Secrets Revealed

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Bible is by far the most popular book of all time.  There are several different versions of the Bible and Lionsgate brings you a History Channel six hour mini-series, Bible Secrets Revealed, to explore the mysteries behind the great book. Some of the questions the episodes address are: “Is the Bible history or myth?” […]

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Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anyone with even a slight interest in the eruption of blues, funk and rock that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s will enjoy the documentary film Muscle Shoals, directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier. It’s a phenomenal piece of music history that tells a story many may not be familiar with. That’s the […]

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African-American Leaders: Past & Present

African-American Leaders: Past & Present

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just in time for Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech is History®‘s phenomenal collection: African-American Leaders: Past & Present from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This outstanding DVD set includes five films that tell the stories of five influential African Americans. The in-depth profiles of Frederick […]

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The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is not uncommon to read a review where the author declares whatever film they’re reviewing to be a bona fide masterpiece. But it should be uncommon. The problem is, it’s a designation all-too-often given to things that people simply like. Let us not confuse the things we enjoy with those things that actually advance […]

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Street Journeys

Street Journeys

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Street Journeys details the work of Anne Wanjugu in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Shangilia Orphanage where she guides many children throughout their early lives, while using theater, music and dance as the glue that holds it all together. In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim […]

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The Vivian Maier Mystery

The Vivian Maier Mystery

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Vivian Maier Mystery is a fascinating documentary that uncovers the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny working in New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. When she died in 2009 at age 83, she left behind thousands of photographs and an incredible body of work that now […]

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

This new documentary shows a 24 hour period in what’s implied to be a typical hospital emergency room.  We see many patients come and go, seeking care for themselves, or friends, family, or spouses. They struggle and are frustrated, and most of them have no idea how they’re going to pay for the care they […]

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Room 237

Room 237

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is an interesting journey into different interpretations of analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining. At 102 minutes, the film takes five, distinct interpretations and runs back and forth from them, while only showing clips from Kubrick’s filmography, found footage and several reenactments that serve the various narratives that […]