Official Trailer for 'Wings Over Water' IMAX Nature Doc About Birds

Wings Over Water Trailer

"Learn why we all need wide, open spaces to spread our wings." SK Films has unveiled an official trailer for Wings Over Water, a gorgeous new nature documentary arriving in theaters starting in January 2022. This was filmed in stunning 3D high definition, mainly for IMAX, and was once known as Wings 3D. But since the 3D fad is over, we can just focus on showing good-looking films. Wings Over Water is about the epic journeys of three amazing bird species—the Sandhill Crane, the Yellow Warbler, and the Mallard Duck—with extraordinary footage of their fascinating behaviors. They all depend on the Prairie Wetlands for their survival. Audiences will be captivated by the triumphs & challenges of these remarkable birds that defy all odds and soar across mountains, deserts, cities, forests as they head home to the prairies to raise their young. With narration by Michael Keaton. This looks beautiful! Will watch it just for all the footage.

Excl: Trailer for 'Young Plato' Documentary About Teaching in Belfast

Young Plato Trailer

"What should you do now?" FS is proud to debut the first official trailer for a documentary from Ireland titled Young Plato, made by filmmakers Neasa Ní Chianáín & Declan McGrath. This will have its world premiered at the DOC NYC Film Festival this month, screening on November 14th & 15th during the fest. Young Plato is an observational documentary set in post-conflict Belfast's Ardoyne, where a marginalized, working class community has for generations been plagued by poverty, drugs and guns. This film charts the dream of Headmaster Kevin McArevey and his dedicated, visionary team illustrating how critical thinking and pastoral care can empower & encourage children to see beyond the limitations of their own community. We see how philosophy encourages young boys to question the mythologies of war and of violence, and sometimes challenge the narratives that their parents, peers and socio-economic group would dictate. This sounds fantastic! And along with Mr. Bachmann and His Class, it's another great example of how teachers can make a huge difference in the world. Check out the first look trailer below + keep an eye out for this one.

Watch: 30 Min Documentary on the Amazing Sound Design in 'Dune'

Dune Sound Design Doc

"Denis expects you to bring your A-game." SoundWorks Collection has debuted a new 30-minute making of featurette / short doc exploring the Sound Design of Dune. This is made & edited by Michael Coleman and features interviews with director Denis Villeneuve, plus many members of his crew: sound editor & sound designer Mark Mangini, sound editor & sound designer Theo Green, re-recording mixer Ron Bartlett. They discuss the creative benefits of early collaboration with Denis, the process of crafting Dune's unique soundscapes including: Arrakis desert, sandworm, ornithopter, spice, voice of the Bene Gesserit. There's SO many fascinating revelations: the sound crew's early work with Denis, not just in post; Denis approached it as a documentary; they went and actually recorded sand in Death Valley (inspired by "singing sand dunes"). It all makes sense, of course, because this is Dune! I'm expecting this team to land an Oscar nom next year.

Syrian Refugees Want to Play Soccer in 'Captains of Zataari' Trailer

Captains of Zataari Trailer

"Dreams can never disappear!" Utopia has released an official US trailer for the outstanding documentary film Captains of Zataari, made by an Egyptian filmmaker named Ali El-Arabi. This originally premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at the San Francisco, Seattle, Moscow, Melbourne, Helsinki, and DocLisboa Film Festivals as well. Two best friends trapped in the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan have an undying dream of becoming professional football players. When a world renowned sports academy visits the camp to find players for a match, they now have a chance to make this dream come true. This is a really triumphant film about two Syrian refugees and friends, Mahmoud and Fawzi, who are passionate and hopeful despite their situation. "On behalf of the displaced people of Syria, they make clear that people need an opportunity, not pity." It's one of my favorite Sundance docs this year, moving in its portrayal of refugees as regular people who want to live their lives, too. Highly recommend watching this.

Netflix Short Doc Film 'Lead Me Home' Trailer About Homelessness

Lead Me Home Trailer

"I'm not trying to bother anybody." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for a film titled Lead Me Home, a 39-minute documentary short that first premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival. It's also playing at AFI Fest this month before hitting Netflix. Shot over the course of three years in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, the film presents the epidemic of homelessness in America with a "show-don't-tell" approach, featuring candid testimonials from those who rest their heads in shelters, tent cities, and anywhere a night's sleep can be found. A poetic and dignified portrait of our culture's fraying edges and the people who inhabit them, Lead Me Home is filled with bracing humanity. By weaving individual stories with aerial vistas, time-lapse, and evocative details of contemporary urban life, it aims to spark a national conversation about the epic scale of this alarming & ever-growing problem. An important film that'll hopefully inspire real change.

New US Trailer for India's Inspiring Journalism Doc 'Writing with Fire'

Writing With Fire Trailer

"My work comes at great personal risk." An extraordinarily inspiring film about how simply going to work as a journalist can change everything. Music Box Films in the US has unveiled an official US trailer for the superb, award-winning documentary film Writing with Fire, which first premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It won two awards there, including the top Audience Award from the World Cinema Doc section. The film is a profile of a remarkable newspaper in India called "Khabar Lahariya" that is making waves. In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the confines of their own homes, redefining what it means to be powerful. It's amazing. "The astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account." One of the best docs of the year - worth a watch.

Gordon Parks in 'A Choice Of Weapons' Photography Doc Film Trailer

A Choice Of Weapons Trailer

"Parks' photography demanded that America look at itself." HBO has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary film titled in full A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks, examining the life and career of an exceptional photographer. This first premiered at the Tribeca Film Fesitval, and launches on HBO soon. The film follows Gordon Parks' stellar career from staff photographer for LIFE magazine, through his development photographing everyday Americans, his evolution as a novelist & groundbreaking filmmaker. "Using Parks’ career as a historical map through the Black American experience, Emmy award winning director John Maggio's comprehensive documentary reveals Parks to be a true American treasure. An inspiration to generations, his captivating story is told here [with] Ava Duvernay, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Nelson George, Anderson Cooper and a host of contemporary photographers who stand on his shoulders." I really like that this film shows how Parks' work has inspired others to use cameras to change the world, too.

Second Trailer for Eye-Opening Documentary Film 'The First Wave'

The First Wave Documentary Trailer

"We weren't made for this, but I think this has made us." Neon + National Geographic have released the official trailer for The First Wave, an eye-opening documentary from filmmaker Matthew Heineman. We posted the teaser trailer for this film earlier in the year, and it will be playing at DOC NYC this month before opening in select theaters soon. Heineman's doc The First Wave spotlights the heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever faced. It also spotlights the unequal toll of the virus, which from the beginning disproportionately impacted people of color and economically-disadvantaged. Heineman embedded with medical workers at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, capturing the terrible impact of the pandemic from March through June 2020. NatGeo states that "Matt's powerful, deeply humanistic film will serve as a historical record of our collective struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds & also provide some much-needed catharsis as we start to feel a little more hopeful about the future." A powerful time capsule showing the remarkable tenacity and fervor of medical workers.

Exploring the Legacy of Arthur Ashe in 'Citizen Ashe' Doc Film Trailer

Citizen Ashe Doc Trailer

"He started becoming a citizen of the world." CNN Films + HBO Max + Magnolia Pictures have unveiled an official trailer for a triumphant biopic documentary called Citizen Ashe, which originally premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival this year. One of the next documentaries from filmmaker Sam Pollard following his exquisite MLK/FBI doc that opened earlier this year. Citizen Ashe explores the enduring legacy of tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, tracing his personal evolution from a sports legend to becoming a global activist - against a tumultuous backdrop of history that included the civil rights movement, South African apartheid, and the AIDS epidemic. His own words, and those closest to him, reveal in this film his quiet determination to "use what he had to do what he could." This is playing at the DOC NYC Film Festival next, and will debut in theaters in December. It looks like another must see doc – worthy of your attention.

Wild Trailer for 'The Observers' Doc Examining Modern Day UFOlogy

The Observers Trailer

"There is still a lot of truth that has yet to be revealed." 1019 Pictures has released another UFO film titled The Observers, this one from "controversial and visionary" director Roger R. Richards. The descriptions for this are wild. "If you have ever questioned the possibility of time travel, extraterrestrial life, advanced top-secret technology, or alternate dimensions, The Observers is a nonstop, must see, mind bender. Awaken to the possibilities of an unimaginable reality, where UFO Disclosure triggers a quantum leap in human evolution." I don't know about that, but uh sure, let's see what you've got! Richards brings together top UFO researchers, whistleblowers, witnesses, abductees and experiencers, in his 5th doc dedicated to unpacking the complex nature of our collective reality. Pretty much everyone they show in this trailer seems dubious and none of them seem like they have any credible details to offer, but this will be fascinating for conspiracy theorists anyway. Please don't lose your mind down the UFO rabbit hole by watching this. Be careful, folks.

New Trailer for Bill Simmons' Excellent 'Music Box' Doc Series on HBO

Music Box Trailer

"This is your world. You can do whatever you want to do." You don't want to miss these! HBO has revealed another official trailer for the superb music documentary HBO collection called Music Box. Developed and produced by Bill Simmons, co-creator of the very popular 30 for 30 doc series on ESPN, this new Music Box series takes us back through music history with distinct documentary films. The first one already opened - Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage about the 90s music festival. And a number of others just premiered at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival. They're set to stream on HBO this fall: Jagged debuts on November 18th, Don't Try to Understand debuts on November 25th, Listening to Kenny G debuts on December 2nd, Mr. Saturday Night debuts on December 9th, and Juice Wrld: Into the Abyss debuts on December 16th. I've already seen a few of these docs and they're SO damn good, some of the best doc films out of any I've seen this year. The Kenny G one especially really won me over. All six of these films are worth watching.

Photography Documentary Film 'McCurry: The Pursuit of Color' Trailer

McCurry: The Pursuit of Color Trailer

"What is my job? Capture images that say something about humanity." Dogwoof has revealed an official promo trailer for the documentary film McCurry: The Pursuit of Color, which is premiering at the DOC NYC Film Festival this month. For the first time, celebrated American photographer Steve McCurry opens up about the stories behind his iconic images and reflects on the defining moments of his extraordinary life and 40-year career. The fall of the Berlin Wall, climate change, the war in Afghanistan, McCurry has shot it all. A reflection on both his many professional accomplishments and the obstacles he faced on a personal level throughout his life. Those vulnerabilities are what set him on a path to greatness. This new doc film "celebrates the fantastic 40+ year career of a very private man who in his own words, describes himself as a visual storyteller and an artist. Wandering the planet turning the world into an art form, McCurry insatiable pursuit of color aims to showcase human resilience and the beauty and diversity of the world that surrounds us." Yes I will definitely be watching it as soon as I can. Doc films about photographers are always my jam.




Alex's Top 10 - 2020
1. Nine Days
2. Berlin Alexanderplatz
3. Pixar's Soul
4. Pieces of a Woman
5. Feels Good Man
6. Another Round
7. The Truffle Hunters
8. Sound of Metal
9. Lovers Rock
10. Nomadland
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Adam's Top 10 - 2020
1. Spontaneous
2. Promising Y. Woman
3. Nomadland
4. The Vast of Night
5. Blow the Man Down
6. The Invisible Man
7. Minari
8. Possessor
9. Feels Good Man
10. Color Out of Space
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