Documentary

Documentary “AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH” to Kick off 2013 Big Sky Film Series

Documentary “AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH” to Kick off 2013 Big Sky Film Series

AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana will launch the 2013 Big Sky Film Series with AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH, director Jacob Hatley’s moving portrait of Levon Helm, the legendary drummer and vocalist for The Band. Hatley and his crew spent nearly three years with Helm at his studio in Woodstock, NY, as Helm miraculously rediscovered his voice after throat-cancer treatment and recorded three Grammy-winning albums before eventually succumbing to the disease last year.

Documentary on African American Funerals to Kick off 26th Season of POV on PBS

Documentary on African American Funerals to Kick off 26th Season of POV on PBS

POV (Point of View) kicks off its 26th season on PBS on Monday, June 24, 2013 with Christine Turner’s Homegoings, and closes Sept. 23, 2013, with Samantha Buck’s Best Kept Secret. Homegoings “takes viewers inside African-American funerals through the heart and soul of a man who has devoted his life to caring for the departed and their loved ones.” Best Kept Secret, is described as a film about a Newark, N.J. teacher fighting the system to get her autistic students the help they desperately need.

Documentary RELEASED to Open in NYC on May 10, 2013

Documentary RELEASED to Open in NYC on May 10, 2013

The documentary RELEASED will have its world premiere on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at New York’s QUAD Cinema. Directed by Philip Messina, RELEASED introduces three men and one woman, Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan, Casimiro Torres and Angel Ramos, each a convicted felon, who, attempt to overcome a past and defy the grim statistic that two out of every three prisoners released in the United States today will be back in prison within three years. 

Marijuana Documentary California 90420 Headed to Netflix for 420 Day

Marijuana Documentary California 90420 Headed to Netflix for 420 Day

Feature documentary CALIFORNIA, 90420 that focuses on the rapidly growing marijuana trade in California and profiles leaders of California’s marijuana legalization efforts, will expand to meet the anticipated increased demand prior to National Weed Day, April 20, 2013, aka 420 day.

Recently available on DVD, Amazon VOD, iTunes and Free on Hulu, CALIFORNIA 90420 will be released on Netflix around 4/20/2013, a date celebrated as a holiday each year in the marijuana community.

Baltimore’s 12 O’Clock Boys Biker Film to be Released in the US

Baltimore’s 12 O’Clock Boys Biker Film to be Released in the US

Fresh off its world premiere at SXSW, Oscilloscope Laboratories announced that it will release Lotfy Nathan’s debut feature, 12 O’Clock Boys, in the US. The film is is next scheduled to screen at the Hot Docs and Full Frame Documentary Festivals, among others. O-Scope will continue to roll the film out to more festivals prior to its theatrical, DVD, and digital releases.

Documentary “American Meat” Premieres in New York City

Documentary “American Meat” Premieres in New York City

Farmer Joel Salatin in American Meat

The pro-farmer documentary American Meat will open on Friday, April 12, 2013 at New York City’s Cinema Village for its first theatrical screening. The Friday, April 12th opening of American Meat will include a grass carpet entrance, and one of the farmers featured in the film, Joel Salatin, will be dropped off on a tractor.

American Meat is described as a solutions-oriented, macroscopic, “pro-farmer” documentary surveying the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Featuring Fred Kirschenmann, Joel Salatin, Steve Ells, Chuck Wirtz, Paul Willis, and other farmers across America, the film takes an even-handed look at the past and future of animal husbandry and meat production in America. The film explains how America arrived at its current industrial system and introduces the charismatic industry leaders who are working hard to create practical and tangible solutions to change it for the better.

Unmasking The Takeover of Brooklyn in New Documentary “My Brooklyn”

Unmasking The Takeover of Brooklyn in New Documentary “My Brooklyn”

Fulton Mall in the 1980′s, photo by Jamel Shabazz

by Cecily Witcher

My Brooklyn is a documentary by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean that touches on the gentrification of the Brooklyn borough and how it affects the local Brooklyn residents. A large portion of My Brooklyn explores the downtown area know as Fulton Street that was once home to the famous Albee Square Mall which had a major influence on the community as well as the hip hop world internationally. The Fulton Mall was once the 3rd most profitable shopping district in New York but now that local experience that drew people from all over the world to the Fulton Mall has been stripped with the closing of the Albe Square Mall as well as the local owned stores have been replaced with major chains.

KOCH Documentary Opens in LA March 1

KOCH Documentary Opens in LA March 1

KOCH, a documentary by Neil Barsky will open in Los Angeles on March 1 at The Royal, Town Center and Playhouse 7.  Film opens in Palm Springs on March 8.

Former Mayor Ed Koch is described as “the quintessential New Yorker.” Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989—a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. Ed Koch passed away at at the of 88 on February 1, 2013 – the day KOCH documentary opened in NYC.”

HBO Announces Lineup of Documentaries for the First Half of 2013

HBO Announces Lineup of Documentaries for the First Half of 2013

MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

HBO has released its lineup of documentaries for the first half of 2013. Among the films are MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, from Alex Gibney (HBO’s Oscar(R)-winning “Taxi to the Dark Side), exposing the systematic abuse of power in the Catholic Church; WHICH WAY IS THE FRONTLINE FROM HERE?: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM HETHERINGTON, from Sebastian Junger (the Oscar(R)-nominated “Restrepo”), an unflinching portrait of the late war photographer and filmmaker; and 50 CHILDREN: THE RESCUE MISSION OF MR. AND MRS. KRAUS, the never-before-told story of one couple’s courage during the Holocaust.

Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in chronological order):

KOCH, documentary about NYC Mayor Ed Koch opens in NYC on February 1 and LA on March 1

KOCH, documentary about NYC Mayor Ed Koch opens in NYC on February 1 and LA on March 1

KOCH, a documentary by Neil Barsky chronicling the former NYC Mayor Ed Koch opens in NYC on February 1 and in Los Angeles on March 1.  The film had its World Premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and will have its West Coast Premiere at the 2013 Palm Springs Film Festival
 
Former Mayor Ed Koch is described as the quintessential New Yorker. Still ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, the now 88-year-old Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989—a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. 

With KOCH, first-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky crafts what is described as an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, KOCH thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention. 

Martin Scorsese and HBO to Make Bill Clinton Documentary

Martin Scorsese and HBO to Make Bill Clinton Documentary

HBO and Martin Scorsese will partner for a documentary about William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States. According to the press release, the film will be made with Clinton’s full cooperation, and will explore his perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world, with Scorsese producing and directing, and Steve Bing producing.

“President Clinton is one of the most compelling figures of our time, whose world view and perspective, combined with his uncommon intelligence, make him a singular voice on the world stage,” said Plepler and Lombardo. “This documentary, under Marty’s gifted direction, creates a unique opportunity for the President to reflect on myriad issues that have consumed his attention and passion throughout both his Presidency and post-Presidency.”

“A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world,” observed Scorsese. “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”

“I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film,” said President Clinton. “I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”

Beyoncé Documentary to Premiere on HBO on February 16, 2013

Beyoncé Documentary to Premiere on HBO on February 16, 2013

 

Multiple Grammy winner, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film debuting Feb. 16, 2013, directed by the superstar herself.

The film is described as a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.

Tribeca Film to Release How to Make Money Selling Drugs Documentary

Tribeca Film to Release How to Make Money Selling Drugs Documentary

Curtis 50 Cent Jackson in How to Make Money Selling Drugs distributed by Tribeca Film. Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film.

Tribeca Film will release Bert Marcus Productions’ How to Make Money Selling Drugs, which had its world premiere on Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. The provocative documentary offers an in-depth look at the high-stakes world of drug dealing and drug enforcement by blending authentic reportage with pop culture references. Directed by Matthew Cooke, the film reunites producers Bert Marcus of Bert Marcus Productions and Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage), the team that created the breakout hit Teenage Paparazzo.

Tribeca Film plans a 2013 theatrical release day.

YOGAWOMAN Documentary Narrated by Annette Bening to Open in NYC on October 19 and LA on October 26

YOGAWOMAN Documentary Narrated by Annette Bening to Open in NYC on October 19 and LA on October 26

YOGAWOMAN, the award winning documentary (narrated by Annette Bening, a keen yoga advocate)will open at Angelika Film Center in NYC on October 19 and at Laemmle Monica 4-Plex; NoHo 7 and Playhouse 7 on October 26, 2012.  A national release will follow.

The film is described as … “Through rich personal stories, YOGAWOMAN reveals how yoga has utterly transformed the lives of thousands of over-stimulated, over-scheduled, and multi tasking modern women. From the buzzing streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya, from the golden beaches of Australia to the serene piazzas of Italy, the film follows the heart-rending stories of women who have found a lifeline through this magical and mystical practice.

China Heavyweight from 2012 Sundance Film Festival Gets a US Release

China Heavyweight from 2012 Sundance Film Festival Gets a US Release

Zeitgeist will release in the US, Yung Chang’s latest film ‘China Heavyweight’ that premiered earlier this year at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A Summer 2012 release date is planned. In southwestern China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. Through hard work and discipline, these boys and girls come of age, trained in the art of boxing and the game of life. They are filled with Olympic […]

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS Doc to be Released for One-Night-Only this Summer

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS Doc to be Released for One-Night-Only this Summer

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, which documents the final days of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, will be released in special one-night-only engagements in theaters nationwide this summer. SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and an encore presentation at last month’s SXSW Film and Music Festival. Described in the press release with the line “If it’s a funeral… let’s have the […]

MARINA ABRAMOVIC THE ARTIST IS PRESENT to be released in June

MARINA ABRAMOVIC THE ARTIST IS PRESENT to be released in June

Matthew Aker’s film MARINA ABRAMOVIC THE ARTIST IS PRESENT will be released in the U.S. by a partnership with Submarine Entertainment and Music Box Films. The film which is co-directed by Jeff Dupre is expected to be released in theaters in June 2012. Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining performance art for nearly 40 years. Using her body as a medium, and pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, Abramović creates […]

Documentary SAMSARA from BARAKA Filmmakers to Be Released in Theaters This Summer

Documentary SAMSARA from BARAKA Filmmakers to Be Released in Theaters This Summer

Oscilloscope Laboratories will release the documentary SAMSARA, the third feature from filmmakers Mark Magidson and Ron Fricke, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.  The film will be released in theaters nationally this summer. Fricke and Magidson previously collaborated on the award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS, which brought a new visual and magical artistry to theaters. Filmed over a period of more than four years in twenty-five countries on five continents, SAMSARA […]

The Invisible War, Winner of 2012 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Award To Be Released in The Summer

The Invisible War, Winner of 2012 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Award To Be Released in The Summer

“The Invisible War”, winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s “U.S. Documentary Audience Award.” was just picked up for distribution by Cinedigm Entertainment Group and entertainment distributor New Video, with a summer theatrical release planned. “The Invisible War” marks the first acquisition under the partnership between the two companies. Described as .. An emotionally powerful investigative documentary, “The Invisible War” reveals the profound personal and social consequences of the rape epidemic in the U.S. military. […]