Posts tagged "documentaries"

This Nina Simone Documentary Looks Ah-maaaaaazing

Nina Simone is one of those artists that I feel a deep connection to. My very first memory is of being put down for a nap in my crib — yes, my crib; I have memories from when I was an infant, apparently — and my mother putting Nina’s cover of “Cotton Eyed Joe” o…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 29, 2015

Here’s A First Look At The Amy Winehouse Documentary

Here’s your first peek at the Amy Winehouse documentary, set to be released in the UK this summer. Watch as a young Winehouse shares her dreams about fame and her concerns about success over a haunting rendition of “Back to Black,” and prepare yourself for all the emotions you didn’t necessarily want to feel this early…

By: Megan Reynolds / April 2, 2015

Meet “Iris,” Your New Fashion Idol And All-Around Life Inspiration

“I don’t have any rules, because I would be breaking them, so it’d be a waste of time.”…

By: Megan Reynolds / March 14, 2015

Frisky Q&A: Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, Human Rights Activist & At-Sea Abortion Provider

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts is a physician, artist, human rights activist, and founder of organizations Women on Waves and Women on Web, which are featured in the documentary “Vessel.” The organizations provide safe abortion options to women living in countries with restrictive abortion laws. Gomperts launched the Women on Waves, which sails a mobile abortion clinic to…

By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2015

Moving Documentary “Vessel” Carries Reproductive Rights Across The Ocean

Upcoming documentary “Vessel” follows the experiences of Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch physician who founded Women on Waves, which brings contraception and safe abortion services to women in countries with few reproductive rights. Gomperts felt the need to take action for women whose control of their own bodies are prohibited by their nation’s government, often at…

By: Claire Hannum / November 10, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Director Farzad Sangari & Quidditch Player Ali Cottong From “Mudbloods”

We’ve all seen wizards playing quidditch on broomsticks in the “Harry Potter” films, but these days, quidditch is a very real sport on college campuses across the world. The new documentary “Mudbloods” explores the root of the sport’s growth from a fantasy on a book page to a real-life hobby with its own World Cup.

By: Claire Hannum / October 29, 2014

Watch “Private Violence” This Monday For An Eye-Opening Look At Domestic Abuse

New HBO documentary “Private Violence” follows the experiences of Deanna Walters, a mom who was beaten by her estranged husband until she was close to death, and Kit Gruelle, the survivors’ advocate who helps Walters fight for justice. Walters and Gruelle weave their way through a complicated legal system and Walters finds that the law i…

By: Claire Hannum / October 17, 2014

Watch The Trailer For “Mudbloods,” The Documentary About Real-Life Quidditch Players

Quidditch isn’t just played in “Harry Potter” — it’s become a real-life sport on college campuses all over the U.S. “Mudbloods,” a documentary hitting limited theaters and On Demand in October, will explore the intense subculture that compels people to run around on a field with a broom between their legs at a competitive level.

By: Claire Hannum / August 1, 2014

Help Make This Documentary About Loving Your Body A Reality

You may remember Australian mom Taryn Brumfitt from the unconventional “before and after” photos she released in 2013, which showcased her transition from an ultra-fit body-building physique to an equally beautiful post-baby body. The images went viral, and in the months since then, Brumfitt was inspired to create a documentary, “Embrace,” that encourages women to love their bodie…

By: Claire Hannum / May 15, 2014

10 Depressing Documentaries That Are Oddly Comforting To Watch When You’re Feeling Crappy

Truth be told, the last 10 months of my life have been pretty difficult. I’m talking sucky… Real craptastic…. A fucking turd parade. In nearly every area of my life—personal or professional—nothing’s been going my way. Sure, I have my health and all my basic needs are accommodated blah blah blah, but I’m not ashamed…

By: Leslie Simon / May 8, 2014

We Should Obviously All Go See This Documentary About A Penis Museum Called “The Final Member”

Who needs Iceland’s beautiful scenery and hot springs when you can visit The Icelandic Phallological Museum instead? The Reykjavik museum is the world’s most diverse (and only?) penis museum, housing specimens from every mammal in the country.

By: Claire Hannum / April 18, 2014

Would You Watch A Documentary About Blogging?

Filmmaker Christopher Wiegand drove all over the United States interviewing bloggers (mostly of the “mommy blog” variety, it seems) about why they do what they do, and I’m cautiously curious. As someone who is a bit infatuated with the land of blogging — I even wrote my thesis on it! — I’d like to see…

By: Claire Hannum / April 16, 2014

The Kate Moss Documentary Is On Its Way (To France)

There aren’t many people out there who can say they kicked off their 40th year on earth with a Playboy cover. I’m not going to say that there’s only one person who can make that claim, because I don’t know if that’s true, but I do imagine it’s a pretty exclusive group… and naturally, Kate…

By: Rachel Krause / January 4, 2014

One Woman Documents What It’s Really Like To Be 35 And Single

When Argentinian filmmaker Paula Schargodsky found herself 35, single and accidentally having slept through her last uncoupled friend’s wedding, she knew there was something “she didn’t want to face.” As the only single one left in her circle, she decided to make a documentary film about the “questions [she was struggling] to answer” about the…

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 10, 2013

6 Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full Of Crap

On some level, we all know that almost everything we see at the movies is bullshit, from the amount of bullets a person can take without dying to what the job of pizza delivery boy actually entails. Except documentaries. Documentaries are where we turn off the snark and open our minds to learn about distant…

By: Cracked / August 14, 2013

Life Dream Status: Backstreet Boys Approve Tell-All Documentary

When I was in 7th grade, I ordered an “All-Access Behind The Scenes BSB Experience” VHS tape from a Backstreet Boys fan club Geocities website, and it was composed mostly of footage of them eating quietly in their dressing rooms. To this day it stands as one of the best purchases I ever made, because…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 19, 2013

Are We Ready For The Documentary About Pedophilia?

For the first time, there’s a documentary that examines the global impact of pedophilia from a sociocultural and historical perspective. “Are All Men Pedophiles?”, which has screened at various festivals this year, explores the question with the help of religious leaders, a psychologist, sexologist, neuroscientist and even a model scout. The film covers everything from…

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 11, 2012

“Girl Model” Pulls Back The Curtain On Underage Modeling

Nadya was just 13 when she was discovered by a model scout in her native Siberia. She signed a contract, was sent to work the runways in Japan, and ultimately returned to her poor hometown in debt–she spoke no English and no one told her that her living costs would be deducted from her salary.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 10, 2012

Hot Doc: “Mr. Rogers & Me” Gets To Know A “Deep And Simple” Man

I am of the mind that Mr. Fred Rogers is one of the best human beings that has ever graced this planet. I have fond memories of watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a child, and consider him partially responsible for my ability to tie my shoes and fondness for old man cardigans. So I’m very,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 16, 2012

14 Great Films To Netflix In 2012

We’re not movie critics, but we are movie-a-holics. We watch tons and tons of movies (that’s what you do when it’s freezing in New York and you don’t want to leave your apartment, natch). As such, we’ve assembled a very unofficial and unscientific list of our favorite films of 2011. If you missed some of…

By: Julie Gerstein / December 27, 2011
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