Documentary

Cinematic Lessons From a Cold War Era

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw revisits the reissued 1995 doc, "Red Hollywood."


One of a million stills in "Red Hollywood" a documentary of the too-little seen films that fell sway to the Red Scare.

Kurt Brokaw matches Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s tour de force of clips in their 1995 documentary Red Hollywood with a likewise ambitious recap of those clips. Film students take note, thanks to McCarthy, you haven't seen everything yet, but this doc will help you get there. Screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center August 15-21, 2014.

Red Hollywood
(Thom Andersen, Noël Burch. 1995. USA. 119 min.)

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Miho Yamamoto

Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for producing the documentary "The Exhibition."


Miho Yamamoto accepting the FRONTLINE Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film at the Salem Film Fest for "The Exhibition."

From making news to making indie films, Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 to Watch list for her work on the powerful documentary about one of Canada's most horrific crimes, The Exhibition.

In the mid-2000s Miho Yamamoto was called to the station in the middle of the night to cover breaking news in her home country of Japan. She bristled at the restrictions of corporate media yet again (“you can’t release this and you can’t talk about this,” she says) because it left the wrong impression with listeners. “I felt my hands were bound.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: In Country team (Mike Attie, Meghan O’Hara, and Lindsay Utz)

Directors Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara and editor, Lindsay Utz, is our 10 to Watch team in 2014 for their documentary "In Country."


The "In Country" filmmakers Utz (far left), O'Hara, and Attie.

This year, the filmmaking team of 10 to Watch is co-directors Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara, and editor Lindsay Utz for their collaborative work on In Country. Read about how their film documents veterans who participate in reenactments of the Vietnam War.

Every summer, a group of men donning full army fatigues heads into the Oregon woods as 2/5 1st Cav (R). Over the following days, they live, act, and battle as a platoon, transporting themselves into the 1950s’ darkest hours in their ardent reenactments of the Vietnam War.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Liss LaFleur

Liss LaFleur is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for her interactive documentary "One Way Home."


Filmmaker Liss LaFleur at home in front of her "memory" board.

Liss LaFleur forges connections with her interactive documentary, One Way Home, about an organization in Texas that reunites AIDS-inflicted people with their families. Not only is she producing great work, but she is an open and brave artist. That's why she's one of our 10 to Watch.

As seen in her latest film One Way Home, Liss LaFleur's filmmaking comes in the form of new media, with her background in photography, art history, and cinema all working together to create a powerful filmic experience.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Robert Greene

Robert Greene is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch list for his work on "Actress" and "Approaching the Elephant."


Filmmaker Robert Greene.

Robert Greene's unique vision and practice for documentary caught our attention. Check out his plethora of work in 2014, including Actress and Approaching the Elephant, on 10 to Watch.

Robert Greene is on a mission. He wants to change the way you understand, see, and talk about documentaries. If he has to be a director, editor, producer, critic, and programmer in order to do it, so be it.

Finding the "Mystery Woman" of Street Photography

Sarah Coleman talks with co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel about bringing the hidden story of street photographer Vivian Maier to life.


"Finding Vivian Maier" uncovers street photos that could've been lost to history.

Imagine an artistic discovery you simply can't keep to yourself. The images are that penetrating. For John Maloof, Vivian Maier's street photography demanded to be seen. Two books and one documentary later, the world can trace Maloof's path toward Finding Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier never wanted to be famous. Working as a nanny in 1950s Chicago, Maier always locked her bedroom door and insisted her employers never enter her space. Though she didn't hesitate to stick a camera into other people's faces, she disliked giving people her name and referred to herself as "the mystery woman." If not for a series of lucky accidents, Maier would have stayed unknown.

Back to the Past: Keva Rosenfeld’s 1987 Documentary "All American High" Finds a New Audience

Michele Meek talks with director Keva Rosenfeld about his decision to re-master his 1987 original.


Is this how we remember high school? Photo courtesy of Keva Rosenfeld.

Is our nostalgia for the 80s replacing our nostalgia for the 50s? Michele Meek suggests so, using a resurgence of interest in Keva Rosenfeld's 1987 documentary, All American High, as her primary example. It screens March 9th and 12th at SXSW.

The 1980s are the new 1950s. We have entered an era where big hair, landlines, and nightly news feel as remote and charming as poodle skirts and soda shops did in Back to the Future.

Now Playing (Again): "Fort McMoney"

LJ Kessels returns to the virtual world of Canadian oil fields as a player of "Fort McMoney."


Fort McMoney: Where Film Meets Video Game.

Fort McMurrey's oil production represents 20 percent of Canada's GDP says the trailer to the interactive reality doc, Fort McMoney. As a result, everything there is larger than life. The real-time game, divided in episodes, is back on and anyone can dip their toe in the oil through February 16th.

David Dufresne’s interactive documentary game is back for a second round.

Sundance 2014: The Independent’s Top 10 Moments for Women


Billie's mom decides to transition to male in "52 Tuesdays."

From creepy to awesome, women made their mark on and off screen at Sundance 2014. The moments were many but we've opted to share 10 of our favorites with you. Enjoy!

Park City, UTAH -- Sundance inspires—it is full of creative and passionate people. This year the amount of outstanding and exciting work by female filmmakers brought a distinctly different tone to the festival, certainly more representational, and even more cutting edge than in past years.

Sundance 2014: Sorrow and Beauty in Doc Shorts Program II

Senior producer Maddy Kadish reviews the three short docs in Program II.


"I Think This is the Closest..." used inanimate objects in innovative ways.

The Independent's senior producer, Maddy Kadish, reviews three short documentaries from Sundance 2014: I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked, Notes on Blindness, and Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

Park City, UTAH -- At Sundance 2014, the three shorts in Documentary Shorts Program II used different devices to exhibit sorrow and beauty. All three films show the humanity, flaws, and hope that lives in all of us. These types of films are the reason that I come to Sundance.

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