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A Separation

I just got home from the theater – I saw A Separation. It’s the best film I’ve seen this year, when it was over I actually kissed my fingers and looked toward the sky to acknowledge the film gods. I know being over earnest is a shortcoming but this is for real, the finger kissing [...]

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Good Copy Bad Copy, free feature doc film

I just came across this Danish doc film about copyright, mashups, remix etc on blip TV and thought it was great. GirlTalk, Danger Mouse, Pirate Bay founders – they’re all there but what I was really looking for was something about the Nigerian film industry and distribution. Their model seems to be becoming THE model [...]

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The Mark of Cain: Feature Doc on Youtube

The Mark of Cain is a feature length doc about Russian prison tattoos that’s now on Youtube in its entirety (73 min, below). The tattoos are the filmmaker’s in to examine the Russian prison system, which is truly terrifying. Once I hit play, I couldn’t stop watching this film – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9JDJdaMs-Y The fictional cousin to [...]

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Manda Bala: doc film now on Netflix

Manda Bala means “send a bullet” in Portuguese. It’s available via DVD on Netflix and is really worth a watch. For the die hard doc fans you’ll notice director Jason Kohn’s thank you in the credits to Errol Morris who he used to work for as a researcher. This also helped answer the question I [...]

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More photos from Venezuela and the Revolution Will Not be Televised

The man with the sugarcane is in an area called Los Llanos in the SW of Venezuela. It’s an expansive plain veined with wetlands, there are giant rodents called capybaras, snakes, piranha, fresh water dolphins, cayman and birds birds birds. The dog is in Caracas, poor devil, that’s a tough town even if you have [...]

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Restrepo and The White Ribbon

I watched these two films the same week, which I don’t recommend doing without a prescription, but I do recommend both films. Both are streaming on Netflix. Of the doc films I’ve watched about the wars I think Restrepo might be the best. These guys, both the soldiers and the filmmakers, have giant balls. Sorry [...]

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Variety reviews Bush League

Bush League got a great write up in Variety this week: Bush League by Rob Nelson Produced by Cy Kuckenbaker, Gregory J. Wilson. Directed, edited by Cy Kuckenbaker. With: Vitumbiko Jacklyn Khunga, Songwe “Chatwa” Nyimbiri, Jake Wilson, Mlawa Khunga. Narrator: Cy Kuckenbaker. (English, Malawian dialogue) Scoring not just as a sports docu but as an [...]

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