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Remembering 'The Dana Carvey Show' in 'Too Funny to Fail' Doc Trailer

Too Funny to Fail Doc Trailer

"We had hired badass nerd pirates to blow up the system." Hulu has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Too Funny to Fail, looking back at the short-lived comedy show "The Dana Carvey Show". Does anyone remember this show? Dana Carvey's "The Dana Carvey Show" launched in spring of 1996 and only lasted 7 episodes before it was cancelled. This doc examines how it all happened, how it came together, and how it all went wrong. It features Carvey and former Carvey Show cast members/writers Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Steve Carell, Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, Jon Glaser, and more in a look back at why the ABC sketch show would "crash and burn so spectacularly." The show had such an amazing set of writers and comedians, it's fascinating to examine its failure. Hulu also has all the episodes available for you to watch.

 Posted 14 hours ago in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for Docu-Concert Feature 'Living on Soul' Filmed at the Apollo

Living on Soul Trailer

"Everyone should have a musical family." The Orchard has revealed a trailer for a new music documentary called Living on Soul, looking back at the historic Daptone Records. The film is made up mostly of footage from their three-night, sold-out residency at the historic Apollo Theater back in December of 2014, as well as footage from their European tour and other interviews. Some of the key names from Daptone Records include Charles Bradley, Thomas Brenneck, and Sharon Jones. This doc project was also funded on Kickstarter, and co-director Jeff Broadway provides an extensive behind-the-scenes look at how they filmed this and how it all came together. Looks like a groovy, historic music doc filled with plenty of funk and soul.

 Posted 15 hours ago in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Superb 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond' Documentary

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Doc Trailer

"I couldn't remember who I was anymore… So you step through the door not knowing what's on the other side." Netflix has debuted the official trailer for a superb documentary titled Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which is all about the performance Jim Carrey gave as comedian Andy Kaufman in the film Man on the Moon. This documentary dives deep into Carrey's mind, examining how and why everything happened back in 1999 while making the film. They filmed over 100 hours of footage, which was never seen until now, giving us a very impressive look at exactly what Carrey was like. He "became" Andy for months, responding only to the name Andy and pretending that Jim was completely gone from Earth for that time. I saw this doc at the Venice Film Festival and loved it (here's my review), because it goes beyond just being a behind-the-scenes film to become profound as a profile on truth and comedy. It's definitely worth your time.

 Posted October 19 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official UK Trailer for Fun 'The Prince Of Nothingwood' Documentary

The Prince Of Nothingwood Trailer

"Hollywood (US), Bollywood (India), Nollywood (Nigeria)… Nothingwood (Afghanistan!)" You don't want to miss this. Vertigo Releasing has debuted an official UK trailer for a documentary titled The Prince of Nothingwood, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The film profiles an actor named Salim Shaheen, the most famous actor in Afghanistan, who produces, directs, and stars in extremely low budget movies made in his own country. He's basically the most famous guy from "Nothingwood" and is beloved by everyone there, no matter who they are or where they're from (in the midst of Afghanistan's wars and poverty). It's actually an engaging, fascinating documentary that shows the power of movies and how they can bring people together, along with an inside look at this embattled country and its people. Have fun.

 Posted October 18 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

LFF Review: Brett Morgen's 'Jane' Documentary is Sublime & Inspiring

Jane Documentary Review

Oh my do I love this documentary. It's as close to perfection as any film can get, and it will fill you with hope and happiness. Jane is a documentary made by filmmaker Brett Morgen (of The Kid Stays in the Picture, Chicago 10, Cobain: Montage of Heck) that's about the groundbreaking work of animal lover and activist Jane Goodall. As we all know, Goodall went out in the jungles of Africa in the 1960s and 1970s and lived with chimpanzees, studying them and observing how closely related to humans they really are. They shot tons of footage of her, but most of it was lost for years, until it was found recently. Morgen and his crew went through thousands of hours of this old footage and created this wonderful film about Goodall, about her work, about chimpanzees, and about her relationship with photographer Hugo van Lawick. It is sublime.

 Posted October 12 in Documentaries, Review | Comments

Official Trailer for Writer Doc 'Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold'

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary titled Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, profiling the life and work of literary icon Joan Didion, who is currently still alive at 82 years old. Directed by actor Griffin Dunne, who is Didion's nephew, the film dives deep into the 50-year career of this acclaimed and beloved writer, exploring her style and desires. She was most prominent in the 1960s and 70s counterculture movement, publishing a number of best-selling books and magazine essays. She also wrote a few screenplays and wrote about various topics from politics and the drug culture to the Charles Manson murders and the Patty Hearst trial. This doc seems to go into her personal life as well as her career, profiling the talented, inspiring woman in all her facets. Take a look.

 Posted October 11 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Teaser Trailer for Doc 'The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story'

The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story Trailer

"No one really knew if it was going to end up being successful." A teaser trailer has debuted online for a documentary titled The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story. Yes, indeed, this is a doc film about Nickelodeon's amazing golden age era where they were known for their iconic orange logo. The film profiles Geraldine Laybourne, the visionary who turned the company into an $8 billion juggernaut, focusing on her "kids first" strategy. As someone who grew up a part of this generation, I'm definitely interested in seeing it. "More than just a history lesson or a 'where are they now?' special, the documentary explores the network's revolutionary approach to storytelling, the impact it had on a generation of youth, and aims to find out of why these shows have stayed in the hearts of so many people." That sounds great! Get your first look below.

 Posted October 10 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Learn the True Story Behind 'Serpico' in Trailer for 'Frank Serpico' Doc

Frank Serpico Doc Trailer

"They're afraid to be honest, and that's a bad system." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for hte documentary titled Frank Serpico, telling the true story of the NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico. Back in 1973, Sidney Lumet directed Al Pacino in the feature film Serpico, telling a fictionalized version of his story of how he called out rampant corruption in the NYPD force, only to have his comrades turn against him. This new documentary goes back and lets Serpico tell his story in his own words: from his Italian-American roots in Brooklyn to his disillusionment with the NYPD and beyond. Featuring interviews with Serpico's associates and admirers, including John Turturro, as well as music by Jack White. His story seems just as relevant today as it was when it first happened. You might want to check this out, looks like a compelling doc to see.

 Posted October 6 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Go Inside a Prison Rehabilitation Program in Trailer for Doc 'The Work'

The Work Documentary Trailer

"For four days, let's be, what we could be…" The Orchard has unveiled an official trailer for the acclaimed documentary titled The Work, which goes inside the Folsom Prison to follow three outsiders as they watch and participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. From directors Jairus McLeary & Gethin Aldous, the film first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year where it won the Grand Jury Prize. This looks like an utterly fascinating inside look at how complicated and emotional prison reformation is, and how hard it is to rehabilitate prisoners. Described as a "powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation." Definitely want to see it. Watch below.

 Posted October 6 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New Trailer for 'Intent to Destroy' Doc About the Armenian Genocide

Intent to Destroy Doc Trailer

"It's an experience I wouldn't wish even on my worst enemies…" Abramorama has premiered the official trailer for a documentary titled Intent to Destroy, an examination of the Armenian Genocide and the history of denial by the Turkish government. This seems like one of the most definitive docs examining this historically tragic event, telling not only the history behind it and how it happened, but the ways various governments attempted to cover up and downplay the depressing truth of it all. The doc even examines how this "laid the groundwork for the genocides that followed." Filmmaker Joe Berlinger also visits the set of Terry George's The Promise, a feature film starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale set during the Armenian Genocide, discussing how hard it is to make a film about this. This looks powerful, and sad, but important.

 Posted October 2 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Lovely Trailer for 'Cielo' Documentary Examining the Skies Above Chile

Cielo Documentary Trailer

"For me, the sky is astrophysics… It's the scientific explanation for the wanderings of our imagination beyond the screen of our sky." Oh my, this looks gorgeous. An official trailer has debuted for a documentary film titled Cielo, an examination of the skies and "heavens" above Chile. Made by Alison McAlpine, the film focuses on a few observatories and telescopes located in Chile, where the sky "is more urgent than the land." As a huge fan of stars and the universe beyond our planet, I'm immediately attracted to this film and can't wait to see the footage. For more info on the technical details and how they got all the footage, visit the official website. This is premiering at the New York Film Festival this weekend, and will probably show at a few other festivals before hitting cinemas. I feel like this film demands to be seen on a giant screen. Dive in.

 Posted September 26 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for HBO's Doc 'Spielberg' Explores the Filmmaker's Career

Spielberg Documentary Trailer

"When I got into the group of the 'movie brats', it was the first time I felt like an insider." A legend. You know him, you love him, you love his movies. If you're like me, you probably grew up watching his movies, and he still continues to make more today. Spielberg is a documentary about the life and career of famed filmmaker Steven Spielberg. From director Susan Lacy, this examines his upbringing, his early film work, as well as his massive successes, featuring interviews with friends, family, and colleagues aplenty. By now, most of us know everything about Spielberg's life and career, but I'm still excited to watch a doc about him that includes all kinds of cool footage. I'm just hoping there's lots of footage of the young, goofy Spielberg, that's the best stuff. Check out the first trailer below and tune in to HBO in October to watch this doc in full.

 Posted September 24 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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