Tag Archives: Documentaries

Top Documentaries: “Honeyland” Is An “Oscar Game-Changer” (NY Times)

The film… “is nothing less than a found epic, a real-life environmental allegory and, not least, a stinging comedy about the age-old problem of inconsiderate neighbors.”

“Honeyland” is the first film to be nominated for best documentary and best international feature (the category formerly known as best foreign-language film). It follows Hatidze Muratova, a middle-aged beekeeper whose peaceful life in the North Macedonian countryside is disrupted when a chaotic family moves in next door.

The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year and came out on top with three awards, including the grand jury prize for documentary in the world cinema showcase.

From a New York Times online review

New Documentaries: “Ali & Cavett: The Tale Of The Tapes” On HBO (Trailer)

Eye-opening documentary explores the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali through the lens of his many appearances on Dick Cavett’s iconic, long-running talk show. Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes premieres Feb. 11 at 9pm on HBO.

“David Attenborough – A Life On Our Planet” Recounts 93-Year Old’s Life In Nature (Trailer)

Sir David Attenborough has warned that “human beings have overrun the world” in a trailer for his new film.

The feature-length documentary, titled David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, looks back on the defining moments of his life and the environmental devastation that has taken place during that time. As well as highlighting some of the issues that climate change poses, he also explores some of the potential solutions.

In the trailer, the veteran broadcaster, 93, said: “I’ve had the most extraordinary life. It is only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.”

For the full story click here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020…

Celebrity Documentaries: “Very Ralph” On HBO Profiles 50 Years Of Ralph Lauren Fashion (HBO)

From a The Cut online review:

Lauren lived his life as a character in his own movie, and his clothes allowed his customers to do the same. Some days he was Rick from Casablanca, dressed in a double-breasted white dinner jacket, and other days he was a cowboy, wearing jeans and cowboy boots with a blazer.

Ralph Lauren is “zee American designer,” says Karl Lagerfeld in Very Ralph, a new HBO documentary on the Bronx-born fashion icon. Coming from zee most prolific French designer of the 20th and 21st centuries, that’s saying a lot. But the film, which premiers today, supports that statement, illustrating with interviews and archival footage how he’s successfully sold an American fantasy to a global audience for over 50 years.

To read more: https://www.thecut.com/2019/11/ralph-lauren-documentary-very-ralph-hbo.html

Top New Documentaries: Interview Of Ken Burns, Director Of “Country Music” (PBS Podcast)

Ken Burns PBS InterviewThe latest documentary on PBS from Ken Burns starts this Sunday, and will likely get your foot tapping. “Country Music” is an eight-part series, featuring never-before-seen footage and photos. Amna Nawaz sat down with Burns, who has now had more than 30 films on PBS telling the stories of America. The conversation is part of our ongoing series on arts and culture, Canvas.

Apollo 11 Tributes: “Landing On Airwaves” Recounts Media Impact Of 1969 Lunar Landing (Video)

Directed: Jonathan Napolitano
Produced: Brian Bolster, Jonathan Napolitano, Kayleigh Napolitano
Executive Producer: Matthew A. Stewart
Associate Producers: Elizabeth J. Davis, Chris Harder, Vinnoth Krishnan, Mo Scarpelli
Edited: Jonathan Napolitano
Title Animation: Maggie Noble
Music: Cemeteries

Landing On Airwaves Apollo 11 Landing on Moon 1969 Short Film

On July 20, 1969, an estimated 530 million people from around the world watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on television.

Website: https://www.jonathan-napolitano.com/

Top New Short Films: “Leonardo Da Vinci – A Man In Motion” Celebrates 500th Anniversary Of Artist’s Death (Trailer)

“The Vitruvian man”, the bicycle, Mona Lisa, the perspective, the “Last Supper” …
How could the same man create in one life, 500 years ago, so many things and lay the foundations of modern times?
In 2019 the 500th anniversary of the death of the Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), will be marked all over the world.
Eve Ramboz and Nathalie Plicot, the directors of the film “Hieronymus Bosch, the Devil with angel’s wings”, selected and acclaimed at the FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art), have decided to pay homage to this 15th century genius, shed light on his life and revisit his genius though a wholly original visual adventure, using animations of codex. Special effects will be used to bring Leonardo’s sketches, designs and notes to life. The film will navigate between documentary sections – with filming in Italy between Florence, Roma and Milan -, interviews with art historians who will shed light on the immensity of his genius and animations.

Website: https://vimeo.com/user72155276