WE ♥ DOCS
Doesn't everyone deserve a second chance? We're excited to debut the brand new poster for Jesse Moss' highly acclaimed, extraordinary documentary The Overnighters which was just released in theaters last weekend by Drafthouse Films. It's a must see doc this year. The poster features a handful of quotes from critics all over, praising the "masterwork" doc calling it "riveting", "powerful" and "explosive". It is all of these things and much more, an incredible discovery out of Sundance this year hoping to go all the way at the Oscars next year. We're lucky to be quoted on this as well, out of my own Sundance review, where I call it a "wildly captivating real world ride." Take a look at the new poster below and catch this in theaters now.
Over the last few weeks we've written a few articles about Quentin Tarantino taking over managing the New Beverly Cinema, the repertory 35mm theater in Los Angeles. However, there's an interesting development on the other side today and it involves one of the theater's longtime employees speaking out about the new changes. It seems things have taken a turn for the worse, and after being told to keep quiet, Julia Marchese (@juliacmarchese) has written a blog about her experiences and being unfairly forced to quit. Marchese is also the filmmaker behind the documentary Out of Print about saving 35mm film made mostly at the New Beverly. But due to this break-up, she has released the doc in full online immediately for everyone's viewing.
Along comes a documentary that may change your life by showing humanity in its most honest form. That documentary is called Citizenfour, with that title coming from the username Edward Snowden used to initially contact reporter/filmmaker Laura Poitras, who put this together over the last year. The footage she shows, the story she tells, it's as if they have captured lightning in a bottle. Citizenfour is like watching history unfold in front of your eyes, showing Snowden before and after he was revealed to the public as the whistleblower behind the NSA's mass surveillance conspiracy. Except it's not a conspiracy. It's out there, it exists, it's real. This documentary captures what happens when one person tries to tell the world the truth.
"Everybody tries to create their idealized image of how they want to be seen and who they want to be..." Today's trailer is for a riveting documentary about humanity called Point and Shoot, the latest work from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (of Street Fight), telling the fascinating story of a young American who ends up fighting in the Libyan revolution while on a motorcycle adventure through Northern Africa and the Middle East. Described as a "wild and dangerous coming-of-age tale", this doc looks like it's so much more than just a story about one lone fighter, and I'm intrigued to delve into this and learn more about his story. This is a beautiful trailer that should make you interested in catching this doc soon.
While attending a film festival it's always exciting to hear buzz about films that may not have been on our radar before. One film in particular at Sundance 2014 that I kept hearing my colleagues raving about was actually a documentary, one called The Overnighters. It took a little while but I finally caught up with the film after the fest and was so taken aback, so impressed and surprised and genuinely moved by what I saw, I couldn't help but write about it. Overnighters is a refreshingly modern documentary, an utterly compelling, nuanced film that precariously balances the big questions of one of the great dilemmas of this day and age.
"I ask only that you ensure this information makes it home to the American public." HBO, Radius-TWC & Participant Media have premiered a trailer for Laura Poitras & journalist Glenn Greenwald's documentary Citizenfour. Described as an "utterly riveting first-person look" at how they "first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong", the doc is a highly anticipated expose on Snowden's decisions and implications, captured as an "unprecedented fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most groundbreaking moments in recent history." The trailer is more of a tease with a grating slow-read voiceover to start, and right when it gets to the interesting part with Snowden it cuts to the title. I'm definitely seeing this doc, but I wish they gave us a bit more to view here. That said, this may still capture your attention. Take a look below.
Unfortunately for music fans, The Postal Service was just a shortlived group formed by Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and musical artist Dntel or Jimmy Tamborello. with vocal help from Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. But at the very least, they delivered the spectacular album Give Up which never seems to get old. Well, 11 years after that album was released, the trio decided to get the band back together, but only for a 2013 tour. Thankfully, if you weren't able to attend, director Justin Mitchell has captured the tour in a documentary called Everything Will Change and a trailer for the film has arrived. Watch it!
Do you remember Cannon Films and all of their crazy films? During the 70s, 80s and 90s, Cannon was infamous for making low-budget B-movies with international action stars that would earned cult followings despite being pretty bad. The studio was actually the run by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, two Israeli cousins who moved to Hollywood and decided to make movies the way they wanted to make them, with the stars (and nudity and violence) they wanted to see. Mark Hartley's doc Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films tells the complete story behind how it came together, how they earned a place in Hollywood history, and how it all came crashing down. It's a fun, nostalgic doc - fire it up.
"There's no slacker in that slacker!" We've been patiently waiting for this one. There's a documentary about filmmaker Richard Linklater being released this fall (in November) titled simply 21 Years: Richard Linklater, looking back at the first 21 years in his directing career - from Slacker to Boyhood. The doc features interviews with everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Jack Black to Jason Reitman to Kevin Smith, and many of them pop up in this trailer. It's perhaps mere coincidence that Linklater seems to be having a landmark year, with Boyhood in theaters now, Before Midnight still getting love, and all of this acclaim on top of it. I'm a huge fan of Linklater and have been anxiously awaiting this - it looks like fun.
To live. To fly. To be free. Why is it that the people who live on the edge seem to be the most inspiring? Because they are thrill-seekers, they are the ones who know that the best life is one lived without worry, without fear, without the concerns that society forces upon us. They live with an open mind, a big heart, an appreciation for this planet. They know that genuine thrills make the heart beat faster; thrills remind us that we are still alive, we're still breathing, and that we should make the most of it. I love films that capture this feeling in ways that can't be easily described. Marah Strauch's Sunshine Superman is one of those films that is exciting, moving, heartfelt, but above all it's inspiring to watch. Because it's about inspiring people.
A few years ago, we featured an early extended trailer for a documentary that was still being made called Showrunners. The project even went on to become a Kickstarter funded film, and now it's finally poised for a release at the end of October, and a new trailer has arrived. For those who don't know, a showrunner is someone who keeps the wheels spinning on your favorite TV shows. Often times they are both a writer and executive producer on the series in question, an this documentary talks to some of the best in the business from Joss Whedon to Shawn Ryan, all talking about the day-to-day work of making a TV series. Watch!
There's hope of consumer flights to space beginning as early as 2016 with SpaceX breaking ground on a commercial spaceport in Texas recently. But there might be another way for people to head into space if Michael Laine has anything to do with it. Laine has a team for a project called LiftPort, which can most simply be explained as an elevator that could take people to space. While that sounds like something a child could come up, or even something out of Looney Tunes, Laine is deadly serious about the project, and thinks he has all the practical science and plans figured out, now he just needs the awareness, desire and support from the public, and a documentary called Shoot the Moon might just help with that. Watch below now!
Eighteen Films. One legend. Gravitas Ventures has revealed poster art for their upcoming documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater, telling the story of Linklater's filmmaker career so far. Co-directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, the doc features (some of these guys are seen on the poster) Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Billy Bob Thornton, Jack Black, Kevin Smith, Parker Posey and many others. It's already set to premiere in theaters and VOD starting this November, so there's not too much longer of a wait for this one. I'm looking forward to delving deeper into Linklater's fascinating and invigorating career.
"Magic is such a universal thing." Who doesn't love a little bit of magic? If you're in the mood for something inspiring, and fun at the same time, check out this short documentary from The Verge about a small town in Michigan called Colon (Google Maps). Dubbed the "Magic Capital of the World", the doc takes a light-hearted look at a lovable town that contains three fabulous home-brewed magic shops/manufacturers, and hosts the annual "Abbott's Magic Get Together", a convention (that reminds me of Fantastic Fest) for magicians, illusionists and entertainers. Never heard of this place? Neither have I, but that's why it's such a memorable introduction. A nice little slice of Americana packed into an entertaining short doc. Have a look.