Official Trailer for 'The Opera House' Documentary Premiering at NYFF

The Opera House Doc Trailer

"Everybody wanted more…" "The chandeliers happened as an accident." The New York Film Festival has unveiled an official trailer for the documentary The Opera House, which is getting a special premiere at the festival this October. The Opera House is a profile of the world-renowned, iconic Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City. The film examines its history and development, beginning as the old opera house on 39th Street, before being rebuilt at Lincoln Center in 1966. This iconic building is known around the world, and has featured in many movies, TV shows, and is also the home of the Metropolitan Opera Company, and the American Ballet Theatre during the summer. I very much enjoy documentaries like this, they're so totally fascinating with such extensive historical details and information. I'd love to see this.

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

Another Trailer for Documentary on 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami'

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami Trailer

"Been around the block too many times…" A brand new, full-length trailer has debuted for Sophie Fiennes' documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. 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 ranging from dance to art to music and much more. Described as an "observational portrait" and "cinema verité-style film", the doc film combines intimate personal footage with unique staged musical sequences to give us a look at both her public and private life. This trailer shows more than the first teaser trailer, but it's still very short and ends rather abruptly. I'm still curious to see this film! Take a look below.

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

Official Trailer for 'Brimstone & Glory' Doc About a Fireworks Festival

Brimstone & Glory Trailer

"Ecstatic ritual, danger and the absolute beauty of fireworks." Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Brimstone & Glory, profiling the glorious National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. This 10-day festival of fireworks and pyrotechnics is unlike anything else, considering more than three quarters of Tultepec's residents work in pyrotechnics. The doc features a score by Beasts of the Southern Wild's Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, which actually makes me even more excited to see this (I love the unique sound of their music it always makes my heart race). This seems like one of the most spectacular, stunning docs about fireworks ever made. "For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril." This looks totally amazing. Fire it up.

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

First Trailer for Showtime's 'Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars' Music Doc

Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars Trailer

"When it came to blues, there was nobody like him." Ready for another rock doc? Showtime has unveiled a trailer for Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, a documentary about the life and music of Eric Clapton. This film is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival now, which is why the trailer is out, and then will air on Showtime in February early next year. Told through his own words and songs, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars is about one of the "great artists of the modern era -- a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and the only artist ever inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." There's tons of fantastic footage in this trailer, and the film features extensive interviews with Clapton himself, along with his family, friends, collaborators, and more -- including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.

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

Teaser Trailer for Netflix's 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' Music Documentary

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Are you gaga for Gaga? Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary called Gaga: Five Foot Two, an inside look at the life of Lady Gaga filmed over eight months. Directed by the filmmaker of Banksy Does New York and Me at the Zoo, the film goes behind the scenes with "pop provocateur" Lady Gaga as she releases a bold new album and prepares for her Super Bowl halftime show. It's premiering at Toronto Film Festival starting this week, which is why this trailer is hitting now. Even if you thought you knew everything about her and have seen other films about her, this seems to be a very definitive inside look at her kooky, crazy, wild life and all that drives her to be so bold and innovative. I'm especially intrigued to see how she is involved in the creative process beyond just her music, with concerts and more. Might as well check this out.

 Posted September 7 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady's Hasidic Doc 'One of Us'

One of Us Doc Trailer

"Nobody leaves the Hasidic community unless they're willing to pay the price." Netflix has debuted the trailer for a documentary called One of Us, the latest feature film from acclaimed filmmakers Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady. Produced over three years in secret, this film takes a very close look at the Hasidic Jewish community in New York (based mostly in Brooklyn). The film focuses on three people who have decided to leave: Etty, a mother of seven, as she decides to leave a violent marriage and divorce her husband; Ari, a teenager on the verge of manhood who is struggling with addiction and the effects of childhood abuse; and Luzer, an actor who, despite having found success in the secular world, still wrestles with his decision eight years earlier to leave. One of Us features Ewing & Grady's "trademark sensitivity and keen interest in the nature of faith" examining this desire for personal freedom that comes at a high cost. Looks very powerful.

 Posted September 7 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Documentary 'Bobbi Jene' About the Dancer's Life

Bobbi Jene Doc Trailer

"I need to do what I need to do…" Oscilloscope Labs has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Bobbi Jene, profiling the life and provocative work of famed dancer Bobbi Jene Smith. Bobbi is an American dancer who, after 10 years in a prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, decides to leave and head home to the US to create her own boundary breaking art. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, where it won Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Doc overall. As described, the film "delves into what it takes for a woman to gain her own independence in the extremely competitive world of dance and to find self-fulfillment in the process." Seems like a very promising and also important doc from the dance world, with plenty of "erotic energy" and much more to offer. Worth a watch.

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

A Tiny Town in Tuscany Profiled in Official Trailer for Doc 'Spettacolo'

Spettacolo Documentary Trailer

"What problems could you have in a paradise like this?" You have to watch it to find out. Grasshopper Films has unveiled an official trailer for the documentary Spettacolo, from the filmmaker of the acclaimed documentary Marwencol previously. Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen's Spettacolo takes us to a tiny town in Tuscany, where for years they've put on a play in their piazza in which the locals tell stories about their own lives. This tradition may be at its end, which is why the doc team wants to tell this story, and show us a remarkably unique look at the way this little town and its residents confront their issues. This looks like a very special, very humanistic film that gives us a look at a slice of life in Italy that few ever get to experience.

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

Trailer for '78/52' Doc About the Shower Scene in Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

78/52 Doc Trailer

"Psycho you felt could happen to you…" IFC Midnight has unveiled the first official trailer for a very unique filmmaking documentary titled 78/52, analyzing and examining the seminal shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played at numerous other fests all year, finally opening in theaters this October. From The People vs. George Lucas director Alexandre O. Phillippe, 78/52 is an "unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the 'man behind the curtain', and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema." This had good buzz coming out of Sundance, even though the first comparisons that came up referenced the Kubrick doc Room 237 (which some people hate). I dig the poster art for this as well (see below), and the film looks like it's a fascinating breakdown of one of the most iconic moments in cinema history. I want to check this out.

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

First Trailer for Wiseman's Doc 'Ex Libris' About the NY Public Library

Ex Libris Doc Trailer

"This is a place that's meant to be used by people who make things." Who doesn't love the library? Zipporah Films has released the first official trailer for the documentary Ex Libris: New York Public Library, the latest from legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. As the title clearly indicates, this doc is about the beloved, famous New York Public Library, probably best known in pop culture from the original Ghostbuster movies (the opening sequence takes place there). Wiseman's extensive 4-hour film examines the history and the legacy of the library, taking us inside the walls and down the many corridors. Did you know that the New York Public Library system actually has 92 branches spread around the five boroughs? This seems like an utterly fascinating and sublime doc about the glory of libraries, and the power they have.

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

Official Trailer for Yance Ford's Personal Documentary 'Strong Island'

Strong Island Doc Trailer

"The police had turned my brother into the prime suspect in his own murder." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for Yance Ford's powerful, personal documentary Strong Island, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It won a Special Jury Prize for Storytelling there, and went on to play at numerous other festivals throughout the world. Strong Island is a unique documentary, where the story is not only being told by the filmmaker, but is about the filmmaker, who is expressing his anger and pent-up frustration about the murder of his brother. "A deeply intimate and meditative film, Strong Island asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice." If you're a fan of innovative, challenging documentaries this is a must watch. Get a glimpse below.

 Posted August 22 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for Michael Winterbottom's 'On The Road' Following Wolf Alice

On The Road Doc Trailer

"That's life on the road for you." Lorton Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for a film titled On the Road, directed by Michael Winterbottom, not to be confused with the Jack Kerouac adaptation of On the Road from a few years back. This On the Road is a docu-drama that follows the British band Wolf Alice as they tour around the UK promoting their debut album, My Love Is Cool. Aside from documenting the ups and downs of life on the road, the story follows two people in particular: Estelle (played by Leah Harvey), an intern from the record label, and Joe (played by James McCardle), a member of the band's "imagined" crew. They start up an intimate friendship, and of course get caught up in the tumult of touring. The film is mostly unscripted, and seems to capture the raw beauty and randomness of life and love. Dive in.

 Posted August 22 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments




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1. La La Land
2. Paterson
3. Arrival
4. Captain Fantastic
5. 20th Cent. Women
6. Pete's Dragon
7. Jackie
8. Kubo & Two Strings
9. Everybody Wants
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