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Doc Highlight: ‘Blood Sugar’ Directed by Joe Hitchcock

Over the next two weeks Documentary Drive will be spotlighting a few of the great 2016 short films produced by the New Zealand-based documentary initiative Loading Docs. Each year, with support from the NZ On Air Digital Media Fund and the New Zealand Film Commission, Loading Docs releases a collection of unique three-minute-long documentaries centered […]

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Doc Highlight: ‘Ace and the Desert Dog’

A photographer named Ace? A blogging Blue Heeler named Genghis Khan? Yes! And, yes! In “Ace and the Desert Dog,” photographer Ace Kvale celebrates his 60th birthday by taking a 60-day 400 mile backpacking trip through Utah’s beautiful Canyon Country with numerous friends and his 10-year-old furry sidekick, Genghis Khan, otherwise known to his blog […]

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Review: ‘Jimmy on the Run’

Directed by Wytse Koetse, “Jimmy on the Run” is a captivating seven minute documentary about the life of Amsterdam fashion and street photographer Huang Jianmin, better known by his professional moniker:  ‘Jimmy on the Run.’ During the film, viewers get to see Jimmy in his element—on the city streets connecting with people from all types […]

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'Rocket Wars' vs. 'Rocket War"
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‘Rocket Wars’ vs. ‘Rocket-War’

Depending on how long you’ve been a reader, you may remember that last August “Rocket Wars” by Variable was featured as a “Doc of the Week” here on Documentary Drive. The film uses the latest high tech filming equipment, such as a drone mounted Sony A7S, to capture the stunning annual event known as Rouketopolemos (Rocket-War), in which thousands of […]

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My Enemy, My Brother
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Doc Highlight: ‘My Enemy, My Brother’

Kicking off our look at some of this year’s Oscar contenders is the short documentary “My Enemy, My Brother.” Directed by Canadian filmmaker Ann Shin, whose résumé includes the award-winning film “The Defector: Escape from North Korea,” her latest documentary tells the story of two former enemies of the Iraq-Iran War and how their lives converged, not […]

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Film Highlight: ‘Faces of Polish Emigration’

One of the reasons why I love documentaries so much is that I love learning through story. Directors choose many different methods to convey their subject’s story on screen. The intimacy achieved by simply letting a person speak about their life is perhaps the most effective at creating a connection between subject and audience. Ralph […]

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Doc of the Week: ‘Legs of Amsterdam’/’De Benen van Amsterdam’

Check out this week’s Doc of the Week “Legs of Amsterdam” (“De Benen van Amsterdam”) by filmmaker Wytse Koetse. This short documentary, just over 12 minutes long, captures the busy life inside a 90-year-old bike shop in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district run by Frans van der Meer. As the synopsis states, “Frans not only knows his […]

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Review: ‘The Downtown Project’

What happens when you mix Tribeca Digital Studios with American Express? The co-production of not one. Not two. But THREE inspiring short documentaries celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit. The documentaries, each about 20 minutes long, debuted July 15th across a number of platforms including on-demand, Vimeo, and YouTube. The first of the films that I watched […]

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