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First Trailer for HBO's 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' Documentary

David Bowie: The Last Five Years Trailer

"A man on top of his game." HBO has unveiled the first brief teaser trailer for a feature-length documentary titled David Bowie: The Last Five Years, a profile of the late musicians final five years. The filmmaker behind this doc also made a film about the best five years of Bowie's life, and now will follow that up with this one, with seems to look back at his entire career and how it culminates in these final five years. The Last Five Years will chronicle the evolution of his music, and also focus on his final two studio albums: The Next Day from 2013, and Blackstar from 2016, which was released on Bowie's 69th birthday, just two days before his death. It will also examine his work on the rock stage musical "Lazarus", which he barely finished before dying. Whether or not you're a Bowie fan, this looks like an entertaining, inspiring look at a creative genius.

 Posted 3 hours ago in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Chilling Investigative Documentary 'Killing For Love'

Killing For Love Trailer

"I read all the police reports, and I said 'this man is innocent…'" IFC Films has revealed a trailer for the documentary titled Killing For Love, originally Das Versprechen (or The Promise) in German, about a controversial 1985 murder trial. The story goes that in 1985, a couple was found brutally murdered inside their home, and the daughter was arrested as the prime suspect. But as the trial played out, her boyfriend, the son of a German diplomat, took the blame out of love and was eventually convicted. This documentary examines that story and what happened, featuring the voices of Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots as the young lovers. This looks like a fascinating investigatory dive into this case and what might be the real truth.

 Posted December 1 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Obama Presidency Documentary 'The Final Year'

The Final Year Trailer

"People need to be the center of our foreign policy thinking." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for Greg Barker's new documentary The Final Year, which profiles the last year of Obama's two-term presidency. The documentary team follows Obama's foreign policy team as thy coordinate and discuss global politics with the President, attempting to achieve some major goals in the last year (before it all gets undone ugh). This is an outstanding documentary (in many ways) that I recently saw at the IDFA Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, and I kind of loved it. There's some great editing and music, but it's also just a refreshing look at extremely passionate, determined, hard-working people who just want to make the world a more peaceful, better, safer, healthier place and gave everything to do that. Don't skip this.

 Posted November 21 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Time to Watch Documentaries - My First Visit to IDFA in Amsterdam

IDFA Film Festival

What's up next on the film festival tour? My next stop is at IDFA in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, in full known as International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. This is another film festival I've heard about for years, and I'm finally attending it for the first time. IDFA is known around the world as one of the premiere film festivals for documentaries. They only show and host documentaries at the festival (with a few exceptions) but that means it's all about truth and non-fiction and cinema as an important tool for telling stories from the real world. I'm very excited to be here, I love Amsterdam, and I'm happy to start watching more documentaries. I wasn't always a big fan of docs before, to be honest, but I am a big fan now.

 Posted November 15 in Documentaries, Editorial, Feat | Comments

Official Trailer for 'Big Time' Doc About Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels

Big Time Documentary Trailer

"To see abstract ideas become concrete reality is all it's about." Mongrel Media has released the first official trailer for a documentary called Big Time, telling the story or Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. You may not know his name, but he is well-known in the architecture world as a rising star. Ingels' company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) was given the task of designing and building one of the skyscrapers which will replace Two World Trade Center in Manhattan. He has been named "one of architecture's biggest innovators" but that doesn't mean he takes his work lightly. The documentary lets us "into Bjarke’s creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails, and we are on the side when his personal life starts putting pressure on him, too." An intriguing and intimate doc about an architecture virtuoso. Take a look.

 Posted November 13 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for Hulu's 'Obey Giant: The Art & Dissent of Shepard Fairey' Doc

Obey Giant: The Art & Dissent of Shepard Fairey

"The idea that someone didn't like it, didn't really phase me." Hulu has premiered the trailer for the new feature-length documentary titled Obey Giant: The Art & Dissent of Shepard Fairey, which will be available on Hulu starting this weekend. Made by Oscar-winning documentarian James Moll, the film profiles the life and work of artist Shepard Fairey, following his roots in punk rock and skateboarding to his creation of the iconic Obama HOPE poster and the controversy that surrounds it. We're big fans of street art and the artists behind controversial street art, including Banksy (including his two docs Exit Through the Gift Shop and Banksy Does New York) and many others. Fairey is also a prominent, well-respected artist and this seems like a fascinating, exciting look at his life and all of his work. I really want to watch this doc.

 Posted November 8 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Documentary 'Cuba and the Cameraman' from Netflix

Cuba and the Cameraman

"The story of Cuba, told by one filmmaker over five decades." Netflix has released the trailer for the new documentary titled Cuba and the Cameraman, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year. This is made by filmmaker Jon Alpert, who has spent more time documenting and filming in Cuba than just about anyone else. Compiled from more than a thousand hours of footage and filmed over 45 years, Alpert follows three families and Fidel Castro to tell the story of modern Cuba. He was one of the last Americans to see Castro before his death. But the doc is also all about the people of Cuba, and the country itself, all the history is has gone through and the culture that has remained intact despite all of this. "He documented how these families and the Cuban leader dealt with the serious challenges gripping their country." Check it out.

 Posted November 5 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Netflix's Economics Documentary 'Saving Capitalism'

Saving Capitalism Documentary Trailer

"Something's way off, all over the country…" Netflix has revealed a trailer for the documentary Saving Capitalism, based on Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich's book of the same name. His book attempts to provide a more focused concept of how America save itself, fix its economy, and maintain capitalism as the financial system of the country. "As income and wealth go to the top, more Americans are left behind. Now it’s up to those ordinary Americans to change the rules." This seems like one of those nice economics documentaries, kind of like Freakonomics, that attempts to take the big ideas and present them in a way that's understandable and digestible. I'm honestly not fully supportive of the idea of "saving capitalism", but I do support Netflix docs, so I'm featuring this anyway. It's always good to hear all the different arguments.

 Posted November 3 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Netflix Documentary 'Voyeur' About a Motel Owner

Voyeur Doc Trailer

"They couldn't hear me, they couldn't see me, it was exactly what I wanted." Netflix has revealed a trailer for a thrilling new documentary titled Voyeur, from co-directors Myles Kane & Josh Koury. This spooky, freaky, unsettling investigative doc follows legendary journalist Gay Talese as he investigates one of the most controversial stories of his career -- a motel owner who spied on his guests for decades. The true story is about a motel owner in Aurora, Colorado named Gerald Foos, who, for decades, secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents. As creepy as this sounds, the doc not only investigates this person and this case, but also goes deeper into asking questions like: who is really the voyeur? You might actually want to watch this trailer and see what it's all about before deciding to skip this. Take a peek.

 Posted November 3 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full Trailer for 'Quest' Documentary - A Portrait of an American Family

Quest Documentary Trailer

"All we can do is roll with the punches…" First Run Features has unveiled a trailer for a documentary titled Quest, described as a "portrait of an American family" filmed over the course of almost a decade. This "epic in scope" doc follows a couple in North Philadelphia - Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" Rainey - as they raise a family in a poverty stricken neighborhood. This premiered at Sundance and has played at tons of festivals all year, picking up numerous awards including Human Rights awards, Jury Prizes, Audience Awards. Not to be confused with the feature film also titled Quest, about the graffiti-loving youngster, this one is a doc and is much different. I've been hearing great things about this and the trailer looks incredible, with footage that will tug at your emotions and definitely make you want to see this.

 Posted October 30 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for 'Along for the Ride' Documentary on Dennis Hopper

Along for the Ride Doc Trailer

An official trailer has arrived for a documentary titled Along for the Ride, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. Along for the Ride profiles the life and career of actor Dennis Hopper, who you will recognize from all kinds of different movies over the years. Hopper passed away in 2010, but earned two Oscar nominations over his long career. "Method actor, filmmaker, photographer, fine artist, art collector, and all-American madman." The doc includes a score by Gemma Thompson of the critically acclaimed band Savages, along with plenty of interviews with his friends and colleagues including Wim Wenders, Dwight Yoakam, David Lynch, Michael Madsen, Dean Stockwell, and many others. "Through the triumph of Easy Rider, the magnificent career suicide of The Last Movie, the overlooked masterpiece Out of the Blue, and a midlife comeback after plenty of booze and brawling, Along for the Ride is a vivacious work of film biography with a freewheeling style that’s only appropriate to its anarchic subject." Watch the trailer below.

 Posted October 27 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer, Tribeca | Comments

LFF Review: Emmanuel Gras' 'Makala' is an Exceptional Documentary

Makala Review

We really are living in the Golden Age of documentaries. There are so many extraordinary documentaries released every year, and too many get lost in the mix, or go unnoticed, when they deserve a better audience. There's also so many different kinds of documentaries - from music docs to political discoveries to historical stories to human experiences. Makala is a film that is all about the raw, visceral experience, and it is jaw-dropping incredible. Made by French filmmaker Emmanuel Gras, Makala follows one man from Congo (aka Democratic Republic of the Congo) who makes charcoal on his own then carries it on a bike to a nearby city to sell. That's all this documentary is, but let me assure you, it is utterly gripping, eye-opening cinema.

 Posted October 22 in Documentaries, Review | Comments

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