Friday, May 6, 2011

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

Forks Over Knives - (rating - 80%) examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. (

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tribecca Film Fest Winners

Though it ended a few days ago, we're just now getting to the big winners from the recent Tribeca Film Festival. For documentaries, Tribeca is the Sundance of the East- the genre isn't featured, but it still draws audience attention anyway. Below is the list of the award winners, but head to Tribeca's website to learn more about (and even watch) these wonderful films:

Best Documentary Feature: Bombay Beach
Jury Comments: “Our unanimous award for the film’s beauty, lyricism, empathy and invention.”

Best Editing in a Documentary Feature: Semper Fi: Always Faithful
Jury Comments: “The film skillfully weaves journalistic investigation with emotional personal narrative.

Best New Documentary Director: Like Water
Jury Comments: “The film opens up a violent world in an unexpected way through its sensitive and seamless portrayal of its complex hero, ultimate fighter Anderson Silva.”

Special Jury Mention: Give Up Tomorrow
Jury Comments: “A powerful work of investigative journalism. We honor the filmmakers' six years of hard work in illustrating how a society can clash with justice, and the impact on an individual life. Everyone should see this film.”

Best Documentary Short: Incident in New Baghdad
Jury Comments: “The winner is a film that bravely explores the residual effects of experiencing trauma in war in a truthful and fearless manner. Using a mixture of archival and current material, this timely film is the story of one man’s struggle to reconcile war, his place in it, and the legacy he will pass on to his children.”

Special Jury Mention: Guru
Jury Comments: “Congratulations to a film that started in one direction and ended up going in another. This unexpected journey was well crafted and followed a unique character for whom we were rooting.”

Monday, May 2, 2011

Discovery Channel to air documentary on Bin Laden's death

Quickly jumping at the chance to show its documentary prowess, the Discovery Channel announced earlier today that it will premier a one hour documentary on the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Currently titled Killing Bin Laden, the special will provide a detailed account (at times, second-by-second!) of the operation- from the time the intelligence was gathered in 2010 through the burial of bin Laden at sea.

How are they able to create a special in just a matter of days you might ask? Well Discovery is utilizing a global team of local reporters, fixers and cameras on the ground in Abbottabad, Pakistan to quickly gather all the necessary information and interviews. And don't worry, the company promises a thorough investigation into many of the questions we are all wondering: How many special ops forces were involved? From where did they deploy? How was facial recognition used to identify bin Laden? Why was one of the helicopters abandoned and destroyed?

The special will air Sunday, May 15 at 10PM on the Discovery Channel, so go ahead and set your DVRs accordingly.