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First Trailer for Doc Version of 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%!'

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%! Trailer

"There's only a few things in life that are ever worth giving a #@%! about." Universal has unveiled a trailer for the documentary film called The Subtle Art of Not Giving A #@%!, a cinematic adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name. The film will explore society's obsessions with the pursuit of happiness and will be presented by Mark Manson alongside Disappointment Panda, a character from the book whose superpower is to tell people the harsh truth. "The author himself, Mark Manson, cuts through the crap to offer his not-giving-a-f*ck philosophy: a dose of raw, refreshing, honesty that shows us how to live more contented, grounded lives." This sounds great! I'm in. "Filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, this movie is a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk to remind us that there are only so many things we can give a fuck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter." Really looking forward to watching. This funny and honest trailer hooked me, for sure.

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 Posted on December 6 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Main Trailer for Netflix Doc Series 'Harry & Meghan' About the Couple

Harry & Meghan Doc Series

"There was a war against Meghan…" "It's about hatred, it's about race." Netflix has revealed the first look teaser trailer for an upcoming documentary series titled Harry & Meghan, which will be streaming on Netflix in its entirety later in December. The definitive inside look at the lives of these two lovers - American Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from the British Royal Family. Across six episodes, the series explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution. From the critically-acclaimed, two-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus (she last made Becoming Cousteau), Harry & Meghan is a never-before-seen look at one of the most-discussed couples in history. I'm glad that this trailer very directly calls out the racism and attacks against Meghan. Yes, I want to hear their story and hear about their experiences, but I also think it is important to highlight how much of the negativity surrounding them is based on hate.

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 Posted on December 5 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 5 Comments

The Story of TV Psychic Miss Cleo in 'Call Me Miss Cleo' Doc Trailer

Call Me Miss Cleo Trailer

"Who is the real Miss Cleo?" HBO Max has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary film titled Call Me Miss Cleo, debuting on the streaming service starting in just a few weeks this fall. Known for her larger-than-life persona and memorable accent, the infamous "Miss Cleo", born Youree Dell Harris, garnered a nationwide cult following on the "Psychic Readers Network," a popular telephone hotline that later came under fire for its alleged deceptive practices. Featuring interviews with celebrities and those closest to the self-proclaimed voodoo priestess, the film explores the many layers behind a complicated and charismatic figure. Revisiting an era of corded phones and 1-900-numbers, Call Me Miss Cleo reveals the whole truth behind the ever-enigmatic woman on late night TV, only to abruptly disappear from public consciousness. “Miss Cleo was such an iconic figure to fans and believers nationwide, but her story behind the camera remained an enigma." Until now! Learn all about her story in this new doc out this December on HBO Max.

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 Posted on December 2 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

First Teaser Trailer for Netflix's 'Harry & Meghan' Documentary Series

Harry & Meghan Doc Trailer

"When the stakes are this high, does it make more sense to hear our story from us?" Netflix has revealed a first look teaser trailer for an upcoming documentary series titled Harry & Meghan, streaming on Netflix sometime in the next few months. The definitive inside look at the lives of these two lovers - American Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from the British Royal Family. Across six episodes, the series explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution. From the critically-acclaimed, two-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus (she last made Becoming Cousteau), Harry & Meghan is a never-before-seen look at one of the most-discussed couples in history. This is clearly a response to all the rubbish nonsensical attacks against these two in the UK, since they just seem to hate them no matter what. But they seem so authentic and real, and I'm glad they stepped back from all that Royal ridiculousness. Take a look.

Watch: Meet Museum Security Guard Artists in 'Osmosis' Short Doc

Osmosis Short Film

"They watch the art. They watch you watch the art. But who watches what the art does to them?" A potent opening question. Did you know that there's security guards working at famous museums in New York City who are also artists themselves? Osmosis is a fascinating 3-minute documentary short quickly profiling 9 of these security guards / artists. They work at iconic places around NYC: The Met, The Guggenheim, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Noguchi Museum. I love this reminder that just because they work as a guard it doesn't mean they don't have a life outside of that work, but it's especially enlivening to see the connection between their passion and their workplace. Though it's also a bit sad their art is not in these museums they work at, but this has always been a struggle for artists. Maybe one day they will be exhibited!! This video has some wonderfully creative editing that really makes an impact within a limited amount of time. Great work.

Official Trailer for 'Jurassic Punk' Doc About CGI Artist Steve Williams

Jurassic Punk Doc Trailer

"If you want to stay in the industry, you gotta play the game." Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Jurassic Punk, made by filmmaker Scott Leberecht. This first premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, and also stopped by the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. "You can't revolutionize the History of Cinema without being an anarchist." Steve "Spaz" Williams is a pioneer in computer animation. His digital dinosaurs of Jurassic Park transformed Hollywood forever, but his own appetite for anarchy and disregard for authority may have cost him the recognition he deserved. This is the true story of the man who helped revolutionize the VFX industry, convincing Steven Spielberg to switch to using CGI dinosaurs for Jurassic Park in 1993 (and also T2 and The Abyss). He was a big part of ILM, but there's more to his story. This should be playing as a double feature with Disney's excellent Light & Magic doc series about ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) on Disney+ right now (Spaz is in it plenty), but it's an indie film barely getting a release this year. I'll definitely be watching! I want to learn all about him. Check it out.

Official Trailer for Thrilling Boat Race Doc Film 'The Race to Alaska'

The Race to Alaska Doc Trailer

"It's gotta be the only race where the winner is probably the least interesting thing about the race." Ha! That makes me even more curious to watch. Freestyle has revealed the trailer for a documentary film titled The Race to Alaska, marking the feature debut of filmmaker Zach Carver. This originally premiered at the 2020 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and will be out on VOD at the end of November. The Race to Alaska is billed as a "nail-biting, humorous account of everyday heroes who push themselves to the brink on a 750-mile, engine-less boat race through the Pacific Northwest, up the Inside Passage to Alaska." Mixing raw, first-person footage with vast aerials and in-depth interviews, it tells the story of the race's improbable inception and the epic journey of those who answer its call. This looks wildly entertaining! Not only a boat race, it seems to be something else entirely, an experience pushing competitors to the brink. Check this out.

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 Posted on November 21 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

'You Can Go Now' Doc Profiling Aboriginal Artist + Activist Richard Bell

You Can Go Now Doc Trailer

"He has a passion for art, but a love for protests." Madman Films in Australia has revealed a trailer for a documentary film called You Can Go Now, from filmmaker Larissa Behrendt. Covering fifty years of First Nations activism in Australia through the lens of contemporary artist and provocateur Richard Bell. The film recently premiered at the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival in Australia, with no international release or premiere confirmed yet. The festival adds more context to the story of Bell: "Through this collaboration with Emory Douglas, a Black Panther known as the ‘Revolutionary Artist’ Bell's work links the fight for rights in Australia and the U.S. He has profoundly challenged the Australian art world with his scorching manifesto, Bell's Theorem [more here], that labelled the Aboriginal Art industry as ‘a white thing’ defined by colonial power structures that profit most from it. At a time when Australia is contemplating voice, truth and treaty, Bell's ideas cannot be ignored." Seems like a fascinating & empowering story of fighting racism through art.

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 Posted on November 20 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Transgender History in Fascinating 'Framing Agnes' Doc Official Trailer

Framing Agnes Doc Trailer

"Quiet but decisive radicality." Kino Lorber has revealed an official trailer for Framing Agnes, an award-winning documentary that first premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The doc film focuses on transgender individuals throughout history – performers, artists, and thinkers. Framing Agnes turns the talk show format inside out in response to media's ongoing fascination with trans people. The film breathes life into six previously unknown stories from the archives inside of the UCLA Gender Clinic. "This collective reclamation breaks down the myth of isolation among transgender history-makers, breathing new life into a lineage of collaborators and conspirators who have been forgotten for far too long." The name in the title refers to a transgender woman who used the fake name Agnes during a study at UCLA in the 1960s in order to get gender-affirming healthcare. After Sundance, it played at many other fests this year including BFI Flare, Outfest LA, Seattle, Vancouver, Queer Lisboa & the Montclair Film Festival. Have a look below.

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 Posted on November 18 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official Trailer for Documentary 'Loudmouth' About Rev. Al Sharpton

Loudmouth Doc Trailer

"I understand the anger. I have been fighting these issues for decades." Greenwich Ent. has revealed their trailer for Loudmouth, a documentary profiling the legendary Reverend Al Sharpton. The currently 68-year-old civil rights activist, Baptist minister, talk show host and politician was born in Brooklyn, New York. The doc premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and they explain what it's all about: "Viewers [will] peek under the fold and witness the unrestricted details of Sharpton’s development from an 8-year-old preacher to a (sometimes painted as controversial) civil rights figure. Along with his history in the public eye, the good and the bad, the film offers behind the scenes insight into Sharpton’s experience as a presidential candidate advisor and racial justice advocate during the volatile climate of 2020." This is a fantastic trailer that does a great job introducing Sharpton and showing us a glimpse of his past and present.

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 Posted on November 17 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official Trailer for 'Sr.' - Robert Downey Jr.'s Doc Film About His Dad

Sr. Trailer

"It was this idea that films kinda brought us together, and to this day, still do." Same with my Dad and me. Netflix has revealed the official trailer for an acclaimed documentary film titled simply Sr., directed by award-winning doc filmmaker Chris Smith (American Movie, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Fyre). The title is a reference to Robert Downey Sr., the father of actor Robert Downey Jr. (they even make fun of the title in this trailer). The very intimate, very personal film is about their father-son relationship and his father's work in the film industry. Like Father. Like Son. Like No Other. Sr. is a lovingly irreverent portrait of the life and career of maverick filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. (who passed away in 2021) that devolves into a meditation on art, mortality, and healing generational dysfunction. The film originally premiered at the 2022 Telluride Film Festival and also showed up at NYFF, AFI Fest, and DOC NYC this fall. It has been receiving glowing reviews and is expected to get some documentary nominations during the awards season.

First Trailer for 'Queen of the Deuce' Doc About NYC's Chelly Wilson

Queen of the Deuce Trailer

"She was a force of nature!!" A festival trailer has debuted for an indie documentary film titled Queen of the Deuce, made by filmmaker Valerie Kontakos. This is premiering at the DOC NYC Film Festival in New York City - with its world premiering happening today (November 11th). It might play at other festivals, but this is the initial unveiling so far. Intro from DOC NYC: Chelly Wilson was a Christmas-celebrating Jewish grandma, a lesbian who married men, and the proud owner of porn theaters in 1970s NYC. Through audio recordings, Chelly recounts her pre-war escape from Greece through her unlikely motherhood and rise to wealth as a shrewd businesswoman on "The Deuce," aka New York City's infamous 42nd Street filled with pornographic offerings from the 60s to the 80s. Fascinating WWII and NYC archival footage illustrate this entertaining story of a family and its matriarch, a truly unique character with chutzpah in spades. What a story! "My mother would never apologize for who she was. Ever." Very good advice for pretty much all of us.

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 Posted on November 11 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

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