Friday, February 26, 2010

Theatrical Releases

Every Friday we update you all with the week's theatrical documentary releases. Now, this is not a perfect process as our beloved genre prefers the rolling/limited release schedule instead of a big nationwide or international-wide release. So apologies if a film isn't out in your area or if you are a filmmaker and we missed the boat on announcing your documentary's big day (if that is the case, please let us know and we'll correct the mistake).

Now, with that introduction out of the way, here's this weekend's releases with their current rating on the amazing website

Prodigal Sons - (75% rating) Marc has had a rough life. Adopted as an infant, he was held back in preschool (putting him in the same grade as his younger brother), failed to graduate high school, and suffered a head injury at twenty-one. His entire worldview was that he was cheated by life. Then he discovered he is the grandson of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. 

Unlike Marc, his sister Kim’s life always seemed to be easy. She was the first child born to her attractive parents, into an extended family of tall Montana farmers. She was high school class president and valedictorian, voted most likely to succeed. She was also captain of the football team — you see, Kim used to be Marc’s younger brother. Twenty years later Marc and Kim return home to their small Montana hometown, forcing them to face challenges no one could imagine (

The Art of the Steal – (80% rating) In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes created The Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion Pennsylvania, five miles outside of Philadelphia. He formed this remarkable collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern art to serve as an educational institution. When Dr. Barnes died he left control of his collection to Lincoln University, a small African-American college. His will contained strict instructions, stating the Foundation shall always be an educational institution, and the paintings may never be removed. Such strict limitations made the collection safe from commercial exploitation. But was it really safe? 

More than fifty years later, a powerful group of moneyed interests have gone to court to take the art - recently valued at more than $25 billion - and bring it to a new museum in Philadelphia. Standing in their way is a group of former students who are trying to block the move. Will the students succeed, or will a man's will be broken and one of America's greatest cultural monuments be destroyed? (

45365 Р(no rating provided) 45365 captures small town American life in striking cinema verit̩ style that peels away the layers of Sidney, Ohio -- population 20,000 -- to reveal a deeper shared experience. Middle America turns out to be much more complicated than a Norman Rockwell painting would have us believe. Filmmakers Turner and Bill Ross deliver slices of life in gorgeous HD photography building the unique faces, places, and events into a powerful mosaic of humanity. (

Thursday, February 25, 2010

True/False Film Festival begins

If you are near Columbia and you love documentaries, do I have the perfect weekend plan for you.

The True/False Film Festival begins today in Columbia, Missouri and every fan of this site should be excited to see what comes out of this documentary exclusive event. The festival has only existed since 2004 but has still built up a pretty strong following, especially in the documentary world.

The True/False Film Festival will present 40 feature length documentaries between now and Sunday, including several that premiered at Sundance. For documentary lovers, this is the perfect festival to attend as it emphasizes a major line up without all the hassle and overcrowding of other, more major festivals.

Our site will make sure to pass along any news to you, but if you're interested in seeing the line up or just learning more about the festival, head on over to their official website:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Documentary blames hippies for financial crisis

Objectivity is what we strive for on this site as we don't want to ignore any documentary based on political, religious or cultural beliefs. So with that in mind, I present to you the latest documentary supporting the ideas of the newly founded and fast growing Tea Party movement.

Generation Zero poses an interesting argument about the roots of the current economic crisis the United States currently faces. Because I don't want to misquote a film I know little about, here is the official statement about the documentary: "The current economic crisis is not a failure of capitalism, but a failure of culture. Generation Zero explores the cultural roots of the global financial meltdown - beginning with the narcissism of the 1960's, spreading like a virus through the self-indulgent 90's, and exploding across the world in the present economic cataclysm."

Generation Zero is written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon (who previously created a documentary in praise of Ronald Reagan) and has a rumored theatrical release sometime in March. If you're interested in learning more, head over to Or if you want a semi-related golden nugget, head here to see a bizarre film Bannon produced a few years ago.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Trailer: Waking Sleeping Beauty

Though it has recently been toppled by Pixar and other computer animated features, during the 1980s and early 1990s Disney animated films were once the height of quality, family film making: Aladdin, The Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, the list of award winning films goes on and on. And though this era may have passed, Disney hopes to remind audiences of these classic cartoons by releasing the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty.

As the title implies, this documentary covers the stretch of animated features that reigned supreme during the Reagan/Bush years and revitalized the once proud studio that brought the world Sleeping Beauty. Providing first hand accounts and interviews with former members of the team, Waking Sleeping Beauty will certainly touch the hearts and minds of Generation X-ers who grew up dragging their parents to theaters.

If you actually need a reason to see a documentary on the best films Disney ever produced, head on over to Youtube to see the trailer. If you are like me and already overjoyed to see the Genie back on the big screen, expect Waking Sleeping Beauty to hit theaters on March 26th.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Trailer: Hubble 3D

On an otherwise slow news day for documentaries, it was great to be able to point out the trailer for the upcoming IMAX film Hubble 3D. Though one might think a film like this will be either over the top cheesy or plain boring, there are several reasons to be looking forward to a documentary about the Hubble telescope.

The first is obvious: it's an IMAX film. You could argue this company is the Pixar of the documentary genre. It seems that no matter what they develop, it turns out to be a monumental success. Even there bad films are better than average because they put the effort into technical mastery and A-list voice talent. Ok, it's also easy to hold an audience's attention when you can blow something up on a 3 story tall screen.

The second is also obvious: 3D films rock. How else can you describe James Cameron's Avator getting a Best Picture nod from the Oscars? It certainly wasn't the mediocre storyline or acting. The rise of 3D beyond mere gimmicks is bringing audiences to theaters in droves and it's great to see the documentary genre jumping on board early. Also, admit it, a film about space is the perfect place to boast 3D capabilities.

Finally, director Toni Myers is a veteran to the IMAX team and space exploration subjects. He has written, edited, directed or produced several films so there shouldn't be any rookie mistakes or blunders in Hubble 3D.

Now admittedly, I've written way too much about a documentary on the Hubble telescope (and in a rather boring, nearly bullet point-esque format), but then again, most of you probably already got so excited over the thought of seeing Hubble images in 3D that you immediately jumped to the film's homepage to see a trailer for yourself. For the rest of you who suffered through this entire entry, take solace in knowing you can still watch the trailer by going to