Showing posts with label Documentary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Documentary. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Liquor Store Dreams - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Liquor Store Dreams

The Director: So Yun Um

The Story: The autobiographical documentary follows two Korean American children of liquor store owners in Los Angeles who must reconcile their own dreams with those of their immigrant parents.

Friday, January 28, 2022

TikTok, Boom - 2022 Sundance Movie Review



The Documentary: TikTok, Boom

The Director: Shalini Kantayya

The Story: With TikTok crowned the world's most downloaded app, these are the personal stories of a cultural phenomenon, told through an ensemble cast of Gen-Z natives, journalists and experts alike.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Maxima - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Maxima

The Director: Claudia Sparrow

The Story: A multi-billion dollar corporation meets their match in a fearless Indigenous woman who remains uncowed after years of violent intimidation.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Atomic Cover-Up - HIFF 2021 Documentary Review



The Documentary: Atomic Cover-Up

The Director: Greg Mitchell

The Story: Long suppressed footage of the human suffering caused by the US nuclear bombing of two Japanese cities in August of 1945.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Cat Daddies - HIFF 2021 Documentary Review



The Documentary: Cat Daddies

The Director: Mye Hoang

The Story: A heartwarming collective portrait of eight unique men whose lives have been changed by their love for cats. Some of these men will navigate the unprecedented challenges of 2020 with the help of these feline friends.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Becoming Cousteau - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Becoming Cousteau

The Director: Liz Garbus

The Story: A look at the life, passions, achievements and tragedies surrounding the famous explorer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau, featuring an archive of his newly restored footage.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Found - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Found

The Director: Amanda Lipitz

The Story: Three adopted American teenage girls discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront complicated and emotional questions, and embark on a once in a lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections, and their lost history.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Alien on Stage - 2021 Nightstream Documentary Review



The Documentary: Alien on Stage

The Directors: Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer

The Story: Tired of performing pantomime productions for their annual charity show in Dorset, the amateur company sets their sights on a most ambitious adaptation of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien.

Monday, October 4, 2021

The Rescue (2021) - 2021 LAAPFF Documentary Review



The Documentary: The Rescue

The Directors: E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin

The Story: Chronicles the story of the Wild Boars youth soccer team who got trapped and their dramatic 2018 rescue.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Ascension - 2021 LAAPFF Domumentary Review



The Documentary: Ascension

The Director: Jessica Kingdon

The Story: This observational documentary presents a contemporary vision of China that prioritizes productivity and innovation above all.

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Witches of the Orient - 2021 NBFF Documentary Review



The Documentary: The Witches of the Orient

The Director: Julien Faraut

The Story: The story of the 1964 Japanese Olympic volleyball team, the "Oriental Witches."

Monday, July 5, 2021

The Neutral Ground - Documentary Review


The Documentary: The Neutral Ground

The Director: CJ Hunt

The Story: In December 2015, the New Orleans City Council voted to remove four Confederate monuments from public grounds. A forceful group of critics protested the decision, and fearing retaliation, no crew would agree to remove the statues.

The Interview:
Director and producer CJ Hunt was kind enough to take time to join the podcast right in the middle of The Neutral ground's festival run and PBS debut. The film will be available to watch for free on PBS as the season premiere episode of the POV documentary series beginning on July 5th.


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Summer of Soul - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Summer of Soul

The Director: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

The Story: A feature documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

The Director: Mariem PĂ©rez Riera

The Story: A look at the life and work of Rita Moreno from her humble beginnings in Puerto Rico to her success on Broadway and in Hollywood.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Curtain Up! - 2021 AAAFF Documentary Review



The Documentary: Curtain Up!

The Directors: Hui Tong and Kelly Ng

The Story: A group of kids in New York's Chinatown prepare for the musical production of "Frozen Kids" and begin to discover their identities. Behind the scenes, they face Asian stereotypes, families' expectations and uncertainties post-graduation.


Friday, May 21, 2021

P!nk: All I Know So Far - Documentary Review


The Documentary: P!nk: All I Know So Far

The Director: Michael Gracey

The Story: A behind-the-scenes look at P!NK as she balances family and life on the road, leading up to her first Wembley Stadium performance on 2019's "Beautiful Trauma" world tour.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Wuhan Wuhan - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Wuhan Wuhan

The Director: Yung Chang

The Story: In a time when the world needs greater cross-cultural understanding, Wuhan Wuhan is an invaluable depiction of a metropolis joining together to overcome a crisis.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Changing Directions Podcast Series: Brad Bennett and Chris Haley - Directors of Unmarked



Directors Brad Bennett and Chris Haley join the Changing Directions to talk about Unmarked, their documentary short film. Unmarked marks its place in history by literally uncovering historical remnants of American slavery and black history.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Unmarked - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Unmarked

The Directors: Brad J. Bennett, Chris Haley

The Story: The final resting places of many deceased African Americans, both enslaved and free, have been lost or left in shambles. Some are dedicated to righting this wrong.

The Interview:


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Underplayed: Documentary Review


The Documentary: Underplayed

The Director: Stacey Lee

The Story: Filmed over the summer festival season, Underplayed presents a portrait of the current status of the gender, ethnic, and sexuality equality issues in dance music.

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