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Official Trailer for 'Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?' Documentary

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? Trailer

"An urgent, often corrosive look at America's past and present." Grasshopper Films recently released this official trailer for a highly acclaimed documentary titled Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, made by filmmaker Travis Wilkerson examining his own family history. This premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and also played at the New York Film Festival, with a limited release coming later this month. Set in Alabama, the film is about the filmmaker's great-grandfather, who murdered a black man in 1946 and got away with it. So he decides to look back at what happened, a personal reckoning with family, murder, and the corrosive racial tensions that have carried from past to present. This trailer doesn't reveal too much, but it does give you an idea of the look and feel of the film, which seems to have a unique highly-saturated tone.

First Trailer for HBO's Doc 'Andre the Giant' About the French Wrestler

Andre the Giant Doc Trailer

HBO has unveiled the trailer for a documentary titled Andre the Giant, profiling the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as "Andre the Giant". This HBO Sports documentary, made by "30 for 30" filmmaker Jason Hehir, is an "ambitious, wide-ranging film" that explores Andre's upbringing in France, and his celebrated wrestling career in the WWE. Many may recall that Andre the Giant also played Fezzik in the comedy The Princess Bride, which was one of his few movie roles along with Micki + Maude and an uncredited appearance in Conan the Destroyer. Born in 1946, André was diagnosed with acromegaly (and gigantism) in his twenties, and passed away in 1993 at the age of 46. This covers the good and the bad of his life, and it looks like a fascinating film about a unique human being.

First Trailer for 'Pick of the Litter' Dog Documentary from Slamdance

Pick of the Litter Doc Trailer

"They have to do everything correctly 100% of the time." Aw, puppies!! An official trailer has debuted for a film titled Pick of the Litter, a documentary about puppies. No, really. The film is actually about the process of choosing the right dog to be trained as a Guide Dog for the blind. I feel like there have been films made about this before (a few from Japan perhaps) but why not another one? Everyone loves dogs! At least I do. The documentary, from filmmakers Don Hardy Jr. & Dana Nachman, follows dogs as they are trained for two years. It also spends time with the Guide Dog community and introduces us to some of the people who end up getting these dogs as their companion and best friend. This actually looks adorable, of course, and I'm curious to see it. This is premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival this month, surprisingly enough.

Official UK Trailer for Exceptional Doc 'Makala' About a Charcoal Maker

Makala Documentary Trailer

"If you don't pay, you stay here." Dogwoof has debuted the full UK trailer for an exceptional documentary titled Makala, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and also played at the Toronto & London Film Festivals. I saw this in London and loved it, writing a rave review, hoping that I could convince a few people to check it out. 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. As I said in my review: "it is one of the most engaging looks at humanity you can find on screen all year." It's a visceral, eye-opening experience following one man, that's the power of great cinema.

First Fun Trailer for Inspiring Doc 'Science Fair' Premiering at Sundance

Science Fair Trailer

"I know how to communicate ideas - that's really why I win." A trailer has debuted for a documentary titled Science Fair, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival - which kicks off today in Park City, Utah. As the title indicates, this is a doc about going to the big "science fair" - specifically the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (or Intel ISEF). The film profiles nine different high school students from all around the world who must "navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Only one can be named 'Best in Fair.'" This looks like a very fun, inspiring, enjoyable look at the world of science fairs. It reminds me of October Sky, one of my favorite films involving a science fair. I'm most interested to see the kids from foreign countries who make it in, seems like that's the bigger challenge.

Excellent Trailer for 'The Cage Fighter' Docu-Drama About Joe Carman

The Cage Fighter Trailer

"The only time I feel on top of the world is when I'm fighting." IFC Films has debuted the official trailer for a documentary titled The Cage Fighter, which premiered at the True/False Film Festival last year. This docu-drama from director Jeff Unay plays like a feature film with a narrative following the real-life story of a fighter named Joe Carman. Joe is a blue-collar family man who breaks the promise he made years ago to never fight again. Now forty years old, with a wife and four children who need him, he risks everything – his marriage, his family, his health – to go back into the fighting cage and come to terms with his past. Carman stars, and the film's "cast" (if you can call it that) includes Norinda Reed, Clayton Hoy, Callie Carman, Delanee Carman, Kira Carman, Mia Carman, and Vernon Beach. This is a helluva trailer, damn. A promising look at a powerful, personal film about the demons that drive a man to push himself to the limit.

Sundance 2018: The 10 Most Anticipated Films I Can't Wait to See There

Sundance 2018

Back to Sundance we go for another year of discovery. What's on the line-up this year? Out of the 110+ films showing at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, I've chosen 10 that I'm looking forward to seeing the most. To keep things well balanced, I've chosen 5 feature films and 5 documentaries from the line-up. There are so many films playing at the fest, and so many I'll end up seeing (30+), that this is a quick list to get everyone acquainted with some of the work premiering in 2018 (I just want to go see everything). There are new films from great filmmakers like Desiree Akhavan and Reed Morano, and docs about Robin Williams and Fred Rogers, and many other films. You never know what will good or bad, but here's my first few picks for 2018.

Trailer for 'Genesis 2.0' Sundance Doc About Hunting Mammoth Tusks

Genesis 2.0 Doc Trailer

"In the quest for life, there is nowhere man will not go." The first full trailer has debuted online for a new documentary film titled Genesis 2.0, which is premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this month. Made by Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei and Russian filmmaker Maxim Arbugaev, the film profiles the "gold rush" happening in Siberia right now - scavengers in the cold who hunt for mammoth tusks (prized in the Chinese art market). Not only do they go into Siberia to understand how these communities of hunters work, but it also goes beyond to explore next step: resurrecting the mammoth is a first manifestation of the next great technological revolution. "Man becomes Creator. Genesis two point zero." That's where the title comes from. This seems like a captivating, mind-expanding documentary that examines "life" itself. Dig in.

Official Trailer for Fascinating German Documentary Film 'He She I'

He She I Trailer

"I'm the only link between my parents." An official trailer is available online for a German documentary film titled He She I, or just Er Sie Ich in German, made by the very talented filmmaker Carlotta Kittel. This fascinating documentary is about two parents, and former lovers, who chat about their experiences together from their past. Here's the concept - each person (they haven't seen or talked to each other in over 20 years) was interviewed individually about their romance and the child they had together. Then, a year or so later, the other person's interview was shown to the opposite person - and that interview was also taped as they discuss thoughts on what the other person was saying. It's a painfully honest, sometimes amusing look at how everyone tells a different story - and how everyone's experiences are unique, even time spent together. I had a chance to see this film and I think about it often, a very impressive, emotional, unique doc.

First Trailer for Netflix Doc 'Seeing Allred' About Activist Gloria Allred

Seeing Allred Doc Trailer

"There is a war on women… Women depend on me to be strong." Netflix has debuted the first trailer for a documentary titled Seeing Allred, premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival this month. Directed by doc filmmakers Sophie Sartain & Roberta Grossman, the film profiles activist and women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, who has become even more prominent in the last few years with so many high profile sexual assault cases. The doc features key interviews with Gloria Steinem, Don Lemon, Alan Dershowitz, Allred's daughter Lisa Bloom and many others. Seeing Allred is described as "a portrait of a woman everyone thinks they know, at a time when women need her the most." This looks like a powerful, timely, very important film that goes beyond just profiling the life of a candid activist, by also holding up a mirror to society today.

Teaser Trailer for WB's Nature Doc Movie 'Pandas' About, Well, Pandas

Pandas Trailer

"Prepare for cuteness overload!" 🐼 Oh boy. Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for a new nature documentary titled Pandas, that is simply about pandas in the wild. Filmed with IMAX cameras and being presented in IMAX and IMAX 3D, the film 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). It looks like a harmless, fun, delightful animal documentary similar to the ones Disneynature has been putting out the past few years. I'm sure we'll see even more footage when the full trailer arrives, as this is just the teaser - but it's adorable anyway. Enjoy.

New HBO Trailer for Doc 'May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers'

May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers

"Do we turn, and explore?" HBO has unveiled a new trailer for the documentary May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, which is a film about the band known as the Avett Brothers, from North Carolina. We already posted a trailer for this last year, as it played in theaters for one night, but HBO is releasing it streaming in January hence the new trailer. This is an Apatow Production in association with RadicalMedia and HBO Documentary Films; and 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 is an "intimate documentary" that follows them as they create their 2016 album "True Sadness." Any/all music fans might want to take a look.

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