Documentary

By Michael Guillébr />October 20, 2006 - 8:16 AM PDT

"This is a movie to make you shudder," writes Stephen Holden in the New York Times. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, which has been playing to sold out audiences on the festival circuit, now begins its theatrical trek throughout the country. Michael Guillé/font> talks with director Stanley Nelson.

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By Hannah Eaves
September 5, 2006 - 12:18 AM PDT

The documentary August in the Empire State focuses on three people caught up in the storm sparked by the Republicans descending on New York City for their National Convention in 2004. Michelle Goldberg, covering the story for Salon and Rolling Stone and author of Kingdom Coming, is one. Hannah Eaves asks her what that summer portends.

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By David D'Arcy
September 1, 2006 - 2:57 AM PDT

We keep meeting up with Kirby Dick simply because he keeps making such vital and fascinating documentaries. In 2004, Francine Taylor spoke with him about Derrida; a year later, she covered an emotionally charged screening of his Oscar-nominated Twist of Faith. Now, with his very funny, entertaining and infuriating This Film Is Not Yet Rated in theaters, David D'Arcy asks him about the ways studios hamstring their competition, namely, indies and foreign films.

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By Hannah Eaves
June 20, 2006 - 7:12 AM PDT

In Syriana, George Clooney plays a CIA field officer loosely based on Robert Baer, whose story is told in his bestselling memoir, See No Evil. Two books on, Baer's latest work is a film, The Cult of the Suicide Bomber, "an eye-opening portrait of the overwhelming adoration suicide bombers inspire in their communities and families," as Hannah Eaves puts it in her interview.

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By Heather Johnson
June 5, 2006 - 10:19 PM PDT

In true "live fast die young" rock 'n' roll fashion, Gram Parsons died in 1973 of a drug overdose, leaving behind a timeless song catalog, as well as one of the more tragic and twisted life stories in rock history. Gandulf Hennig's new documentary Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel sheds some light on the fascinating, short life of the influential musician and Heather Johnson spoke to the German filmmaker on the eve of the documentary's release.

Note: the film screens at San Francisco's Roxie Cinema from June 8 to June 15. Hennig will attend the June 8 screening for a Q&A.

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By David D'Arcy
April 27, 2006 - 5:59 AM PDT

Sisters in Law, which has screened at Cannes and over 120 other festivals, continues its tour in the US. Next stops: San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Chicago. David D'Arcy talks with Kim Longinotto about the award-winning documentary she's made with Florence Ayisi - and about discovering aspects of faraway places we rarely see.

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By Jonathan Marlow
April 19, 2006 - 4:55 PM PDT

When he saw Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story at Slamdance, Jonathan Marlow called it "one of the most emotionally draining docs that I've seen in ages." Here, he talks with husband-and-wife filmmakers Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim about their award-winning work, screening this weekend at the Independent Film Festival of Boston.

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By David D'Arcy
April 14, 2006 - 8:18 AM PDT

Known in the early 90s for his highly unusual (and highly entertaining) approach to music docs (e.g., Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King), filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig disappeared for a while only to return with a work that reaches miles farther and deeper. David D'Arcy talks with him about his moving portrait, The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

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By Hannah Eaves
February 9, 2006 - 12:08 PM PST

Following her conversation with James Longley about what the future might hold for Iraq, Hannah Eaves turns to Eugene Jarecki to discuss his documentary, Why We Fight, which addresses, in part, how the US ended up over there in the first place. She also asks what it is he admires in Dwight Eisenhower and Frank Capra.

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By Sean Axmaker
January 24, 2006 - 12:23 AM PST

"Paul Provenza doesn't actually get every American comedian to tell (or at least comment on) the filthiest joke in the world in The Aristocrats. It just seems like it," writes Sean Axmaker, introducing his interview with the director of the hit doc that's landed on year-end top ten lists in the New York Times and all over. Now the DVD's out, with two extra hours of laughs.

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