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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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News Roundup – Sept. 11, 2015

THEATER RELEASES 9/11 “Meet the Patels” ON TV ESPN2/ESPN.COM 9/11 “30 for 30” – “First Pitch” PBS 9/14 – 9/15 “American Experience: Walt Disney” 9/18 “American Masters – Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” “POV” – “Cutie and the Boxer” NETFLIX 9/18 “Keith Richards: Under the Influence” MAKING HEADLINES The 40th Annual Toronto International Film […]

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‘BOATLIFT: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience’

To commemorate the 14th anniversary of September 11th, here is a documentary of heroes. The largest maritime evacuation in history took place on 9/11 as hundreds of vessels converged on the waterfront to rescue half a million people trying to escape Lower Manhattan. “BOATLIFT: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience” is a 12-minute documentary, released in […]

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News Roundup – Sept. 4, 2015

THEATER RELEASES 9/2 “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” 9/4 “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” “A Sinner in Mecca” 9/9 “Welcome to Leith” ON TV 9/4 PBS “American Masters: Althea” 9/7-9/11 “The Civil War” (25th Anniversary Rebroadcast) MAKING HEADLINES Aretha Franklin, by way of federal court,  has stopped the Telluride Film Festival […]

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Review: ‘Dior and I’

“Dior and I” follows Raf Simons, Christian Dior’s newest creative director, as he attempts to create his first haute couture collection for the fashion house in April 2012. Such collections typically take nearly half a year to develop. Simons has just eight short weeks. With his reputation on the line, “Dior and I” follows Simon’s […]

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Doc of the Week: ‘Rocket Wars’

This week’s Doc of the Week includes 100,000 homemade rockets, a tradition more than a century old, and an innovative team equipped with the latest filmmaking technology. Produced by Variable, “Rocket Wars” is a five minute visually powerful short documentary big on technical achievements. Thanks to inventive techniques in aerial cinematography and a skilled crew of […]

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Doc of the Week: ‘Brave in the Attempt’

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games have been underway in Los Angeles this week. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, the Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The film “Brave in the Attempt,” part of ESPN’s documentary series “30 for 30,” movingly tells the […]

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