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US Trailer for 'Our Blood Is Wine' Documentary About Georgian Wine

Our Blood Is Wine Trailer

"No one's made this style of wine for centrues." Wine lovers, this is for you! Music Box Films has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Our Blood Is Wine, which just premiered this month at the Berlin Film Festival. Our Blood Is Wine is about families in the Republic of Georgia who revive 8,000 year old winemaking traditions that were almost lost during the era of Soviet domination. "By using unobtrusive iPhone technology, Railsback brings the voices and ancestral legacies of modern Georgians directly to the viewer, revealing an intricate and resilient society that has survived regular foreign invasion and repeated attempts to erase Georgian culture." They make their wine a bit differently, letting it ferment in clay vessels stored underground. This looks like the perfect doc film to enjoy with a big glass of fine wine, of course.

Watch: Oscar-Nominated Short Doc 'Knife Skills' About Ex-Con Chefs

Knife Skills Short Doc

There's only one week to go until the Academy Awards ceremony. One of the nominated Best Documentary Short Films is this one, Knife Skills, from veteran filmmaker/producer Thomas Lennon. Knife Skills is a 40-minute short film profiling the hectic launch of Edwins (visit their official site), a world-class French restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, where most of the staff are just out of prison. Lennon explains his intentions to The New Yorker: "Can I make you think about an issue and care about an issue? Think about the people and care about those people?" It's not just a film about chefs, or prison, or running a restaurant, it's about all of those things and more. If you want to watch the short, it's available below for free only for US viewers.

Trailer for Hip-Hop Biopic 'Roxanne Roxanne' About the NYC Musician

Roxanne Roxanne Trailer

"Listen, I know the streets are calling, but you must find a way to rise above it." Netflix has released an official trailer for a new biopic film titled Roxanne Roxanne, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Roxanne Roxanne tells the true story of New York rapper and musician "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden, who at only the age of 14 became one of the first female MCs in the rap world. Newcomer Chante Adams plays Roxanne Shante, and the full cast includes Nia Long, Mahershala Ali, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips, Shenell Edmonds, and Adam Horovitz. This seems like a great follow-up and the East Coast answer to the film Straight Outta Compton, telling a very different story of a badass young MC from Queens. I don't remember hearing much about this at Sundance, but it seems like it's worth a watch anyway.

Meet Foley Artists Making Sounds for Films in 'Actors of Sound' Trailer

Actors of Sound Trailer

"There's a huge difference between listening and hearing." If you're a movie geek or a filmmaker, you know that foley artists an an important part of the filmmaking process. These people work in grungy studios to create the various sounds and noises we hear in movies. Actors of Sound is a feature-length documentary about foley artists, directed by filmmaker Lalo Molina. This first premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016, and is finally getting released direct on iTunes this month. "From footsteps to bone cracks, foley artists bring films to life with their imaginative sound effects, but as digital technology goes full speed ahead in 21st century movie-making, can Hollywood's low tech foley artist survive in this high tech age?" This is a great follow up to the sound of Star Wars short doc The Force of Sound that also released this week. Enjoy.

Berlinale 2018: 'Shut Up and Play the Piano' is a Brilliantly Clever Doc

Shut Up and Play the Piano Review

Step into the mind of this musical genius for just a moment, and be inspired by his ingenuity and originality. Shut Up and Play the Piano is a documentary about the musician known as "Chilly Gonzales", who is actually a Canadian man named Jason Beck. Beck is a virtuoso, a one-of-a-kind musician and this film is a befittingly unique profile of him and his life. It's a massively creative, clever film about a massively creative, clever musician and will inspire anyone to stop caring about judgment and let your deeply honest creativity express itself. I loved this film so much. I didn't even know who Chilly Gonzales was before this, and now I'm a huge fan. I've already bought a few of his albums. The title is a reference to fans who often tell Chilly to just shut up and play the piano, and he does. Oh, does he ever play, and it's sumptuous. Discover this film.

Adorable Full-Length Trailer for WB's New Panda IMAX Movie 'Pandas'

Pandas Trailer

"Qian Qian was born in captivity, so learning to thrive in the wild won't be easy." Aw, aren't they so cute and cuddly?! Warner Bros has debuted another new full-length trailer for the IMAX documentary titled Pandas, a nature documentary about everyone's favorite black & white bears. Filmed with IMAX cameras and being presented in IMAX & IMAX 3D, this takes place mostly around Chengdu Panda Base in China. It follows a few researchers and documents the re-introduction of a panda into the wild. This is made by the filmmakers behind the other nature docs Born to be Wild and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, and features a score composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (of Thor: Ragnarok). As you can hear in this trailer, the movie also features narration by Kristen Bell, talking about the panda program and these wonderful creatures. Anyone want to bet this is going to be a huge hit? Pandas is rated G (oh yes!), and opens in theaters in April.

'The Force of Sound' Doc Trailer About the Sound Design in 'Star Wars'

The Force of Sound Trailer

"Sound is not just a layer we put on top of the storytelling, it is the storytelling." ABC News has unveiled a trailer for a new short documentary titled The Force of Sound, a behind-the-scenes look at sound design in Star Wars - specifically focusing on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is nominated for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing at the Academy Awards. The film takes viewers inside Skywalker Ranch to learn about how they craft all of the remarkable sounds in the Star Wars movies, from the lightsabers to BB-8 to the animals and creatures and everything else. The documentary is available to stream online for free starting today, Tuesday, so if you want to watch it after catching this trailer you don't have to wait at all.

First Trailer for 'Thy Kingdom Come' Made from Extra Malick Footage

Thy Kingdom Come Trailer

"I also see how difficult it must be for you to survive…" A trailer has debuted for an intriguing film titled Thy Kingdom Come, which is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in March in the "Visions" section. How many remember Terrence Malick's 2012 film To the Wonder, with all the twirling? Thy Kingdom Come is a film made up of extra footage from early research on To the Wonder. In 2010, photojournalist Eugene Richards was hired by Malick to go to the town Bartlesville, Oklahoma with Javier Bardem (who plays a priest in the film) and meet some of the local residents. Some knew who he was, others didn't. "Absolutely no one cared, in the end, who he was, except that he was there to listen." Richards eventually got the rights back and made this 43 minute film, which screens alongside Malick's VR project Together. First look below.

Berlinale 2018: 'Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.' is Not Just Another Music Doc

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

One of the best documentaries I've seen playing at film festivals this year is titled Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., a subversive profile of the controversial, badass, outspoken musician/activist known as "M.I.A." In real life, her full name is Maya Arulpragasam, and she's originally from Sri Lanka, an island off the southern coast of India. At first glance, this seems like a film that is another music documentary about a pop star and her rise to fame and fortune and glory. But it's anything but that. It's actually a much more personal, intimate story of a young woman who wants to bring attention to and raise awareness about very dire problems in the world, and injustices, and do so using the power of the microphone. But what if no one took her seriously? That's what this film is really about. And it's an eye-opening, alarming, invigorating documentary to watch.

Official Trailer for 'What We Started' Music Doc Featuring DJ Carl Cox

What We Started Trailer

"You want to share it with as many people as possible." Abramorama has debuted the trailer for a music documentary titled What We Started, focusing on the EDM (or Electronic Dance Music) scene. I confess I am a huge EDM fan and have been listening for many years. This doc attempts to be a definitive look at the scene and the music and the people behind it all. The documentary features heavy-weight electronic dance music artists, including the infamous young new DJ, Martin Garrix, the legendary Carl Cox, as well as appearances by Erick Morillo, Moby, David Guetta, Afrojack, Paul Oakenfold, Seth Troxler, and DJ Tiesto. There are multiple cameos from musical superstars, including Usher and Ed Sheeran, who help exemplify the power and reach that electronic dance music has over mainstream music genres. This really looks damn good, seems to be a comprehensive examination of the entire culture. I'm looking forward to checking it out.

Sundance Interview: 'Minding the Gap' Director Bing Liu on Doc Films

Bing Liu Interview - Sundance 2018

"Feedback screenings are essential to get out of your headspace." One of my very favorite films of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival was a documentary titled Minding the Gap, made by filmmaker Bing Liu. It won over audiences and critics, and picked up the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the end of the festival. Minding the Gap follows three skater kids from a small town called Rockford, Illinois as they grow up and become adults and start to realize who they really are and how they were raised. It's quite a moving, powerful, remarkably aware film about American society and masculinity, and the struggle of breaking free from the world you were raised in, and much more. I made it my mission to meet filmmaker Bing Liu, and shake his hand, and talk to him about making this film. Bing's the real deal.

Official Trailer for 'Ramen Heads' Documentary About the Best Ramen

Ramen Heads Trailer

"It's worth waiting a whole day just to eat this ramen." FilmBuff has released the trailer for a delectable documentary titled Ramen Heads from Japan, profiling five of the finest Japanese ramen chefs and their techniques. If you love ramen, you have to see this. If you don't know what ramen really is, you have to see this. If you love good food, you have to see this. Koki Shigeno's Ramen Heads is a fascinating culinary film about what makes ramen so great, and how dedicated to their craft these various chefs are. "As a chef maybe you need to be more of a ramen head than your customers. You need to make the soup so good that people never get tired of it, even if they eat it every day." I caught this at IDFA and it's an okay doc, felt more like a film best for train/bus trips than the cinema, but it will make you love ramen even more. Get a taste below.

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