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Official Trailer for 'Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song' Doc

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

"Unlocking the mysteries of life was his primary preoccupation." Sony Pictures Classics has revealed the official trailer for the documentary film titled Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song, which premiered at both the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals last year. Yes, they made an entire doc about one song! But it's about so much more than that. Hallelujah examines the legendary poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen through the lens of the hymn "Hallelujah," arguably his most famous and certainly most covered work. Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Judy Collins, Regina Spektor, Amanda Palmer, and Eric Church, among others, appear in the documentary and have all recorded and performed their own versions of the emotional song. Other interviewees include his long-time artistic collaborator Sharon Robinson; John Lissauer, arranger of the original version of "Hallelujah"; record industry legend Clive Davis; and Larry "Ratso" Sloman, an ex-Rolling Stone reporter, who shares never-before-heard, unedited tapes of interviews he recorded with Cohen between 1974-2005. It looks quite good! A worthy doc about the glory of one song.

Cannes 2022: 'Moonage Daydream' is a Mind-Expanding Experience

Moonage Daydream Review

There's only one David Bowie – no one else has ever been like him, no one will ever be like him again. A one-of-a-kind artist, creator, human (maybe? maybe not?), lover, dreamer, musician. How do you tell his story? Is it even possible? Probably not. It's better to not even try - there is so much about him that can't be explained, that can't be described in words. Moonage Daydream is a documentary about David Bowie, but it's not really a biopic, and it's not really a documentary. Much like Bowie himself, it's a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience that will blow you away. It's a profound experience - one of the most moving viewings I've had at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Emerging from the cinema it's like entering a whole new world, with a new outlook on life and fresh perspective. It's a mind-melting, cosmically existential journey through Bowie's existence & endlessly wise mind. The epitome of a cinematic experience in every way. Amazing.

Stunning Teaser Trailer for New David Bowie Doc 'Moonage Daydream'

Moonage Daydream Teaser

"It's what you do in life that's important, not how much time you have." Neon has revealed the first teaser trailer for Moonage Daydream, a David Bowie biopic documentary arriving in theaters later this year. This teaser drops just ahead of the film's world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival later this week. Featuring never-before-seen footage and performances, filmmaker Brett Morgen examines David Bowie's creative, musical and spiritual side. It's the very first biopic authorized by the Bowie estate, described as "a cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey." With unfiltered access to Bowie's archives, including all his master recordings, they spent five years constructing a genre-defying "cinematic experience" that grapples with spirituality, transience, isolation, creativity, and time to reveal the celebrated icon in his own voice. I am a huge fan of the doc director Brett Morgen, especially after Jane which was an exceptional film. And this looks like it's going to be yet another unforgettable cinematic + aural experience.

Official Trailer for Health & Medical Research Doc 'The Human Trial'

The Human Trial Trailer

"I don't feel guilty, I feel hopeful!" And sometimes hope is what matters most. Abramorama has unveiled an official trailer for The Human Trial, a documentary film about trying to find & test a diabetes cure. The film follows different researchers across seven years of time, and it will be ready to debut starting in June. Chronicling the intimate stories of two patients living with Type 1 Diabetes, a physically and financially exhausting lifelong condition, it hopes for this overdue cure – needed now more than ever. Maren Badger and Greg Romero are the guinea pigs in a radical stem cell trial to cure their T1D. After it seemed like this day would never come, they navigate their emotions as they undergo this new life-altering treatment. The filmmakers reveal the mental & physical rollercoaster that scientists and patients go through as they travel along the road to a cure for the disease. This looks like an emotional and inspiring look at modern medicine.

First Trailer for 'Asteroid Rush' Doc Series About Secrets of Asteroids

Asteroid Rush Trailer

"If we really want to understand these asteroids, we have to go up and see them." Sure let's take a visit! I want to go! Curiosity Stream has unveiled an official trailer for a series called Asteroid Rush, a two-part doc special about asteroids. It's described as: "This is the real science behind the hit film, Don't Look Up. Discover the incredible secrets of the biggest asteroids that could hit our planet." The two part special lands in June streaming on this new digital service - "dive deep into science, history, technology, nature, health and more." The series examines asteroids, where they come from, how many are out there, how much of a threat they really are, as well as the many ideas that have been proposed to deal with them - from deflection to mining and more. It's pretty much just a very nerdy science TV series - sounds good. Between Greenland and Don't Look Up, asteroids (and/or comets) have been showing up in sci-fi movies often recently. Enjoy.

Trailer for 'Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music' Doc Film

Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music Trailer

"We are now joined in feeling." An official promo trailer has debuted for a new music documentary titled in full Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music. Despite "Trilogy" in the title, it's just one full 93 minute feature film, but with different segments about three different artists. Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music is described as an entertaining, impactful documentary that explores the unifying power of music and examines the relationship between musical artists and their fans. Featured artists include Indigo Girls, Vijay Iyer, and Talib Kweli. Amy Ray of Indigo Girls states, "It is an absolute honor to be part of this poignant film that truly shows the power of music through the eyes of the artist and the receiver of that art. It sheds light on the alchemy that happens when music enters the public space and is a catalyst for healing, spiritual connection, activism and creative growth." The film will be premiering this summer at the Richmond Film Festival before a screening tour, hence the new trailer now to build some buzz. Enjoy.

Official Trailer for 'Halftime' Doc Profiling the Singer Jennifer Lopez

Halftime Doc Trailer

"I had to really figure out who I was… and believe in that." Netflix has just revealed the official trailer for the documentary Halftime, a biopic doc about iconic Latina singer Jennifer Lopez. This is premiering at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival this summer before it hits Netflix for streaming worldwide. Here's what it's all about: "Much like the diva-led docs of years past, this is more than a simple concert diary: It's a glimpse into Lopez's most fiercely protected, private moments — the kind of behind-the-scenes access fans crave. In Halftime, Lopez is giving us a peek behind the curtain — unpacking everything from her iconic 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance with Shakira (get it?) to her journey as a mom, Latinx creative and woman on the other side of 50. This is the Lopez you don’t see in glossy interviews." Sounds great! I'm always curious to learn about the real story of famous people, as their fancy celebrity lives don't ever really show that truth.

Getting the Foo Fighters to Italy in Doc 'We Are The Thousand' Trailer

We Are The Thousand Trailer

"It's not an impossible dream after all. We could make it come true." Breaking Glass Pictures has revealed an official US trailer for a documentary film titled We Are The Thousand, which is finally opening in the US this summer after originally debuting in Italy back in 2020. What is the world's greatest rock band? A thousand musicians and fans gather in Cesena, Italy to celebrate their favorite, the Foo Fighters. The film tells the story of one Foo Fighter fan named Fabio, who lives and works in a small town named Cesena (see Google Maps). His goal was to convince Dave Grohl to come visit and play there. He created a video of 1,000 musicians from all over Italy gathering in this town to play "Learn to Fly". Soon afterward, Grohl got the message and he decided to make the dream of the thousand come true by bringing the Foo Fighters to play in the village of Cesena. Awesome! This reminds me of the Searching for Sugar Man doc as well. It seems like an inspiring story to tell about how music transcends all borders and bring us together. Rock on, Fabio!

Rock Doc 'Love in Bright Landscapes' Trailer on Triffids' David McComb

Love in Bright Landscapes Doc Trailer

"What they were playing is exactly what you're not meant to be playing in Australia." Madman Films in Australia has revealed a trailer for the rock documentary film Love in Bright Landscapes, which initially premiered at the 2021 Melbourne Film Festival last year. It's out in Australia now, but there's no other US date set yet - hopefully by the end of this year. The film tells the inspiring, tragic and intimate life story of David McComb, cult Australian singer/songwriter and driving force behind one of the greatest Australian bands, The Triffids. "It's the debut feature from Melbourne writer and director Jonathan Alley, who made it over a 13-year period drawing on archival footage and interviews with the musician’s colleagues, family and friends. Excerpts of McComb's music feature heavily throughout, with his poetry and letters read by novelist DBC Pierre." McComb died in 1999 from heroin, "leaving a slew of unanswered questions, and a legacy to be discovered as one of Australia's greatest artistic hearts and minds." Looks like an engaging doc.

Superb Coming-Of-Age Autobiographical Documentary 'Beba' Trailer

Beba Trailer

"Every one of us inherits the curses of our ancestors." Neon has unveiled the trailer for Beba, an acclaimed documentary film made by Rebeca Huntt, also known as "Beba". This first premiered at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival last fall, and it will open in theaters this summer. Beba is a poetic, raw and ruthless coming of age tale, in which a young NYC born and bred Afro-Latina stares down historical, societal, and generational trauma with unflinching courage. Weaving together music, 16mm film, poetry, and interview footage, Huntt traces her life's journey from her family home to the mountains of South America, where she spent youthful summers, then onto the campus where she formed pivotal friendships and began to discover her authentic voice. As Huntt reaches adulthood, intense racial & political unrest mounts, leaving her searching for a way to forge her own creative path and to find her place in the world. Featuring some very creative filmmaking.

Official Trailer for 'Au Revoir' Doc About Wakeboarder Raph Derome

Au Revoir Doc Trailer

"Raph cost himself opportunities and money, but… the payout is something that money can't deliver." 1091 Pictures has revealed an official trailer for Au Revoir, which is actually a sports biopic documentary about a famous wakeboarder. Strange title for a film like this? I get it, referencing leaving the sport behind but… it's not easy to connect "goodbye" in French to wakeboarding. Au Revoir is about a French-Canadian named Raphael Derome - raised on water in Quebec like the rest of his family, Raph has been at the forefront of wakeboarding over the last 15 years. He is very shy like many adventure athletes, and prefers not to be in the spotlight. With an endless drive and dedication to the sport, he is truly in it for the love of the game. Never quite satisfied, wakeboarding to him is about the constant pursuit of progress and evolving his own unique vision of the sport. Some many of the interviews in this make me wonder - he must be leaving it all behind?

'Dr. Delirium & Edgewood Experiments' Trippy Documentary Trailer

Dr. Delirium and the Edgewood Experiments Trailer

"They had no idea what the drug was going to do to us." File this one under "truth is stranger than fiction." Discovery has revealed the trailer for a compelling documentary titled Dr. Delirium and the Edgewood Experiments, part of their "Undiscovered" doc series. This one is an 80 minute feature doc about the true story of what happened at the Edgewood Arsenal facility in Maryland years ago. This is different than the CIA experiments with "Project MKUltra" and LSD, and it's not the same as the military's investigation into recreational drugs and psychoactive compounds. From 1955 to 1975, the US Army used its own soldiers as human guinea pigs in research involving powerful, mind-altering drugs. Told through exclusive footage and first-hand accounts, this is the true story of one of the darkest chapters in US history. As they explain in this trailer, they were looking for a chemical that could incapacitate people, but not kill them. Scary stuff. This comes with a very trippy poster (see below), hopefully it's a good film about what was really going on there.

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