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Best of 2012: 10 documentary features about artists and their art

Best of 2012: 10 documentary features about artists and their art facebook.com/SearchingForSugarMan
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This list was not put together with an aesthetic in mind for what I deem best in show, but rather attempts to pool together a diverse set of documentaries about artists and their art, hoping that you'll find one worth pursuit.

This list ranges from a subjective study on Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" to an exploration of a mythical 1970s rock figure, from the work of a "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" set designer to the portrait of a cantankerous alt-comic.

"Room 237" examines the hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." For fans of Kubrick, self-proclaimed film geeks and likely anyone who uses auteur theory in a sentence.

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" follows artist and activist Ai Weiwei. For the viewer interested in art as social change.

"Searching for Sugar Man" explores the '70s rock 'n' roll figure Rodriguez. For the viewer interested in the Oscar front runner for Best Documentary.

"Side by Side" displays prominent filmmakers sharing their thoughts on how digital filmmaking has changed cinema. Major figures include James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Martin Scorsese and Steven Soderbergh. For viewers interested in the democratization of production tools and its effect on cinema.

"Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" highlights the wild art of Abramovic. For the viewer who wants to be challenged, or needs to be challenged.

"Beauty Is Embarrassing" examines the life and art of Wayne White. For the viewer interested in a classic character study.

"The Bitter Buddha" is about standup comedian Eddie Pepitone. "He's like the guitarist that all the other guitarists go to see," veteran comedian Dana Gould says.

"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" shows us the challenges faced by Arnel Pineda, the new leader singer in post-Steve Perry Journey. For the viewer interested in rags to riches.

"Charles Bradley: Soul of America" chronicles the rise of a 63-year-old soul singer on the verge of his first album release. For the viewer interested in rags to riches, part 2.

"The Other Josephine" is a new look at St. Louis native Josephine Baker. For anyone in St. Louis, Paris or the world.

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