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.
On their latest album, "I Am Very Far," Okkervil River moves out with a new vigor from their signature folk-rock style. There's a renewed thirst for order in a chaotic cacophony, and the Austin-based band is taking that heavier and cinematically-precise sound onto the road once again. The band appears at the Pageant in St. Louis on September 20.
Finalists from the third annual Israeli Doc Challenge are now available for viewing in the Israeli Screening Room on the Doc Challenge site.
I took care to capture The Head and the Heart on film because they deserve it.
The International Documentary Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have 5 days to make a short non-fiction film choosing between two genres and on a specific theme. The top 12 films screen at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.
View all of the 2010 International Documentary Challenge Finalists now screening at DocChallenge.org
The audience has spoken! The 2010 International Documentary Challenge Audience Award (determined by online voting) goes to Tami Tushie's Toys by Minnesota DocuClubbers from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Directed by Melody Gilbert, Tami Tushie's Toys follows a typical suburban hockey Mom leading an atypical work life. Congratulations to Minnesota DocuClubbers!
The Winners have been announced for the St. Louis 48 Hour Film Project 2010 Competition.
This year's best film award went to Maginot by Redundant Redundant Films. Maginot received the Glass Award from 48 Hour Headquaters and will screen at Filmapalooza as part of the 2011 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show in Las Vegas.
In a wacky homage to Sergio Leone's the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, South Korean co-writer/director Kim Jee-Woon dishes up his Korean western, The Good, The Bad, The Weird. And it lives up to its title, and not just in the three principal criminals in 1930s Manchuria desperately in pursuit of a treasure map. Kim shamelessly throws in just about everything but the kitchen sink, including the Chief of the Japanese Imperial Bank, gangs of Asian bandits, Japanese army/Manchurian soldiers, and an assortment of self-serving robbers and bounty hunters.
Sexual affairs, betrayal, deception, greed, blackmail, arson, kickbacks, payoffs, and murder-The Square doesn't miss many nefarious practices. Add missed phone calls, bad luck with the weather, unmanageable dogs and some ill-timed knowing glances as this Australian cautionary tale weaves together a tangled web of criminally inclined individuals. The central couple, Ray and Carla, set the ill-conceived plot in motion as both of them long to escape their spouses and run off together. All they lack is cash, until Carla finds her husband's stash. One thing inexorably leads to another as nothing works out as the perpetrators intended.