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Trailer for 'Monkey Business' Doc About the Creators of Curious George

Monkey Business Trailer

"Isn't it amazing that all of this came out of that little book?" The Orchard has revealed an official trailer for the documentary titled Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators, telling the story of the creators of everyone's favorite little monkey, Curious George. Created by Hans and Margret Rey, they eventually had to flee from Paris at the beginning of World War II to escape the Nazis, and they were luckily able to smuggle out the first manuscript of what would become the very first Curious George book. The doc tells their story, not only escaping the Nazis, but also how they came together and originally envisioned the idea for the beloved children's books. Monkey Business was successfully got funding on Kickstarter in 2016, and will be released this month for anyone excited to watch this. Featuring narration by Sam Waterson, and adorable animated scenes, this looks like a good watch with the whole family. Enjoy.

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

Trailer for 'Polina' Film About Switching from Ballet to Modern Dance

Polina Doc Trailer

"I don't want to see a pretty dancer, I want to see Polina dancing." Oscilloscope Labs has debuted a trailer for a dance film titled Polina, telling the story of a classically trained ballet dancer who decides to switch to contemporary dance. This decisions "throws everything into question on a profound level", taking her on a journey of discovery and understanding. This is a full-on dance film through and through, made by two filmmakers with an extensive background in dance. Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, stars as Polina. The cast includes Niels Schneider, Jeremie Belingard, and Juliette Binoche, who has danced with London-based choreographer Akram Khan. This looks very kinetic and unique, taking dance and the commitment involved to a whole other level.

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

Big-Game Hunting is Questioned in Trailer for 'Trophy' Documentary

Trophy Doc Trailer

"We have to keep this fight going!" The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for a documentary called Trophy, examining the world of big game trophy hunters and how it connects to wildlife conservation. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in competition earlier this year, and has played at other fests all over the world. The description for this says it will make you question "what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world from extinction." This seems like it would make a great double feature with the other wildlife doc The Ivory Game (about elephant poaching) from last year. I will admit I'm curious about seeing this, and I'm a bit sad I missed it at Sundance. Take a look below.

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

Examine the Ferguson Uprising in Full Trailer for Doc 'Whose Streets?'

Whose Streets? Doc Trailer

"Stand up for what you believe in." Magnolia Pictures ("from the company that brought you I Am Not Your Negro") has revealed the full theatrical trailer for the documentary titled Whose Streets?, examining the Ferguson uprising from the inside. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to many positive reviews - and the hype seems justified. Crafted from footage taken by actual citizens in St. Louis, Missouri, and Ferguson, the film takes an "unflinching look" at the uprising, the protests, and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this doc, it seems so powerful and so important for the times. The footage and the way it's presented makes this seem like it will have a great impact; more than an engaging documentary, a vital profile of a key moment in US history.

 Posted August 4 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Festival Trailer for Documentary 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami'

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami

"You have to be a high-flyin' bitch sometimes!" An official trailer has arrived online for Sophie Fiennes' new documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami, which will be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival coming up next month. Originally titled Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, the film tells the life story of artist/dancer/actor Grace Jones, who some may recognize as May Day from A View to a Kill, though her career is much more diverse than that. Described as an "observational portrait", "cinema verité-style film", the doc combines intimate personal footage with unique staged musical sequences to give us a look at both her public and private life. This trailer doesn't show much footage, but I am very curious about it, there's something fierce about Grace Jones that's particularly alluring. I'm looking forward to seeing this doc soon.

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

Official Trailer for Sundance Doc 'Dolores' About a Legendary Activist

Dolores Movie Trailer

"The FBI knew how dangerous Dolores was." PBS Distribution has unveiled the first official trailer for a documentary titled Dolores, profiling the life and achievements of American activist Dolores Huerta. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and has gone on to play at numerous other festivals including Hot Docs and AFI Docs. Her career as an activist began alongside Cesar Chavez and, at age 87, Huerta still continues to advocate for the common good. Described as an "energetic, sweeping story" about the "iconic labor leader and feminist pioneer", the film explains her influence, impact – and why you probably have never heard her name. This definitely does look like a very energetic, inspiring, and hopeful documentary about one remarkable, driven woman and her innate ability to encourage people to speak up.

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

Official Trailer for Documentary on 'Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web'

Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web

"You don't do a raid like this and get away with it." Gravitas Ventures has debuted the first official trailer for a documentary titled Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, telling the story of the controversial internet maven known as "Kim Dotcom". He is the founder of MegaUpload, and is being pursued for copyright infringement and money laundering in the United States. Born under the name Kim Schmitz in Germany, Dotcom now lives in New Zealand, hiding out there to prevent from being extradited. The documentary tells the story of the "Most Wanted Man Online", directed by New Zealand doc filmmaker Annie Goldson. As the quotes say, this does look fascinating and important and powerful. I'm always very curious about docs about the internet, because there's so much to explore and to examine. This is a short trailer, but I'm already sold.

 Posted July 20 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for 'May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers' Doc

May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

"We are kind of at a crossroads…" Oscilloscope Labs has debuted the official trailer for the documentary May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, which is exactly what it says - a "portrait" of the band known as the Avett Brothers, from North Carolina. The film is an Apatow Production in association with RadicalMedia and HBO Documentary Films; co-directed by fans Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. For those who haven't listened to them, The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a novel sound. This documentary is more than just a music doc, described as "a meditation on family, love, and the passage of time." This looks great, and I admit I'm even more intrigued because Apatow is co-directing it. I want to see what they're all about.

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

Trailer for Michael Almereyda's 'Escapes' Doc About Hampton Fancher

Escapes Doc Trailer

"He's asking you to walk through the front door and you're saying, 'No'?" Grasshopper Film has debuted a trailer for a documentary called Escapes, profiling the life and times of one Hampton Fancher. You may not recognize the name at first, but you will after learning this - Fancher was the original screenwriter on Blade Runner, and also helped write the story for Blade Runner 2049. But this is not his only claim to fame - Fancher is also a flamenco dancer, actor, and producer, and shares many stores in this doc: "romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship." Not only does it give us an inside look at Hollywood life and the various happenings that lead to big moments, but it's also a fascinating look at the life of one man who can't really be defined. The film is executive produced by Wes Anderson, and directed by Michael Almereyda, who also made the feature Marjorie Prime this year. Dive in.

 Posted July 14 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Mesmerizing 4K Trailer for Doc 'Awaken' Produced by Terrence Malick

Awaken Documentary Trailer

Wow. This looks totally mesmerizing. An official trailer has debuted for a new documentary titled Awaken, a visual experience around the world. Awaken is the latest film from filmmaker Tom Lowe (of the time lapse film TimeScapes previously), and it's produced by Terrence Malick and Godfrey Reggio. For this film, Lowe spent five years with his camera team creating special camera rigs designed to capture the world like we've never seen it before - including adapting a gimbal to capture astrophotography timelapse at night from a helicopter in flight. The film explores "humanity's relationship with technology and with the natural world" and is a "celebration of the spirit of life, an exploration of the Earth, and an ode to the Cosmos." We don't know much about this, but I most definitely want to see it on the biggest, brightest screen possible. Enjoy.

 Posted July 12 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Dazzling Documentary Sequel 'Earth: One Amazing Day'

Earth: One Amazing Day Trailer

"Our planet is unique…" BBC Films has unveiled the first official trailer for the documentary film Earth: One Amazing Day, the sequel to the stunning nature documentary Earth from 2007. Earth was a feature-length documentary version of the TV series "Planet Earth", and this one is also once again a feature-length version of the follow-up TV series "Planet Earth II" - which aired on BBC in 2016. This features a narration by Robert Redford, and presents a vivid look at one full day on our planet. "Told with humour, intimacy, emotion and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendour, Earth: One Amazing Day is the enchanting big screen-family friendly adventure that spectacularly highlights how every day is filled with more unseen dramas and wonders than you can possibly imagine." This looks wonderful and awe-inspiring in many ways.

 Posted July 9 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Mysterious Story of Dutch Couple's Local Troubles in 'Santoalla' Trailer

Santoalla Trailer

"And what do you think happened?" Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official trailer for the acclaimed documentary Santoalla, described as a "a true crime film as gripping as Making a Murderer or Serial." The intimate documentary tells the story of a Dutch couple, Martin and Margo Verfondern, who moved to a remote Spanish village on the island of Santoalla to start a new life living off of the land. Things seemed to be great at first but eventually they had some conflicts with the local Spanish residents, and then one day Martin disappeared. This doc tries to investigate what happened and looks back at the story of this couple and their desire for a good life. "As this once forgotten landscape is thrust into the center of controversy, Margo finds herself searching not only for answers, but for the strength to persevere." This looks a bit scary.

 Posted July 9 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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