Category Archives: Documentary

The Great Chicken Wing Hunt – A Journey To The Heart of America’s Greatest Food

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Called The Big Lebowski of Documentaries, The Great Chicken Wing Hunt  is an award-winning is a documentary comedy directed by Matt Reynolds about Buffalo wings and the band of misfits who set out to find the world’s best one. 

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest food.

Celebrate now by watching The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, out in select theaters and on-demand everywhere January 14, 2014.

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Now You Can Now Stream “Drew:The Man Behind The Poster” Documetary On Netflix

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Now you can stream Drew:The Man Behind The Poster on Netflix.

This insightful documentary profiles renowned artist Drew Struzan, whose movie posters for directors such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and album covers for Alice Cooper and Iron Butterfly, have resulted in iconic images that defined an era!

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The Imagineering Story, A Documentary From Leslie Iwerks To Be Released In 2016

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Here is the trailer for The Imagineering Story, an upcoming movie that explores the past, present and future of Walt Disney Imagineering by noted documentary filmmaker Leslie Iwerks. Ms. Iwerks comes from a family with deep Disney history — her grandfather was an early Disney animator and her father is a former Imagineer — and her previous work includes profiles of Pixar Animation Studios and visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is partnering with Leslie on this latest project that will explore in unprecedented depth the facts, faces and fantastic stories behind the magic of Disney Parks. The film is due for release in 2016.

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Jesse Heiman: World’s Greatest Extra Documentary

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Jesse Heiman: World’s Greatest Extra is an upcoming documentary about Jesse Heiman, an actor whose nerdy looks have earned him dozens of background roles in Hollywood films and television shows, from Spider-Man to Old School.

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Directed by Nick Weis, the film follows Heiman’s unlikely 11-year career as a background actor.

Weis is raising funds for the film on Kickstarter.

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The Feature Length Documentary, Drew: The Man Behind The Poster To Debut At Comic-Con

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Drew: The Man Behind The Poster  is a feature-length documentary highlighting the career of Artist and Illustrator Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars trilogies.

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Telling the tale through exclusive interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Thomas Jane, Sam Witwer, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and many other artists, critics and filmmakers, this film spans the journey of Drew’s early life and career in album cover art through his success as one of the most recognizable and influential movie poster artists of all time, to his most recent ‘post retirement’ life and works of fine art.

Directed by Erik P. Sharkey, the documentary will hit theaters in San Diego later this month, launching the same weekend as Comic-Con.

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Hanksy – It’s A Punderful Life

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In preparation for his first Los Angeles art show, New York street artist Hanksy explains the inspiration behind how he came to be. His celebrity obsession and subsequent wordplay phenomenon has been shrouded in mystery since his emergence two years ago.

 

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The Art of Harvey Kurtzman, Documentary About Mad Magazine’s Founding Editor

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“The Art of Harvey Kurtzman” is a short documentary about the work of the late Harvey Kurtzman, cartoonist and founding editor of MAD magazine. The documentary describes Kurtzman’s creation of MAD’s famed Alfred E. Neuman mascot, and includes an interview with longtime MAD artist Al Jaffee. The film was produced by Imperium Pictures.

Kurtzman’s work is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, through May 11, 2013.

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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries & Mentors of Ricky Jay, A Documentary About Magician Ricky Jay

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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries & Mentors of Ricky Jay is a documentary about Ricky Jay, the renowned magician, actor, and writer. The film follows Jay’s life from his childhood as the son of an amateur magician, to his successful one-man shows and his film and television appearances. The film also spotlights Ricky Jay’s two most important mentors, magicians Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller.

The documentary was directed by Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein. It opens at the Film Forum in New York City on April 17, 2013.

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New Documentary “Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics” Will Be Narrated By Christopher Lee

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The Joker, Bane, Deathstroke, Darkseid and Lex Luthor — the scariest and most menacing villains in DC Comics’ universe — take center stage in a brand new full-length documentary from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment.

Christopher Lee, who has played the villain more times than almost any other actor, will provide his unique voice as narrator. His roles in more than 200 films include star turns as Dracula, the Mummy and Frankenstein’s monster in Hammer horror classics, Count Dooku in Star Wars, and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films.

In this new documentary film, the malevolent, sometimes charismatic figures from DC Comics’ hallowed rogues’ gallery will be explored in depth, featuring interviews with the famed creators, storytellers and those who have crafted the personalities and profiles of many of the most notorious villains in comic book history.

On Saturday, March 30th, fans attending WonderCon are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite DC Comics’ villain for an opportunity to be featured in the documentary Fans can join DCE at WonderCon at booth 801 with filming to take place Saturday from 10:30am – Noon. To find out more about where and what time to meet in the WonderCon DC Entertainment booth, keep checking the DC Comics Facebook (Facebook.com/DCComics) and Twitter sites (@DCComics).

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New Poster For The Documentary, Room 237

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In Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic The Shining, Scatman Crothers’ chef Hallorann warns Danny Lloyd’s Danny to stay the hell away from room 237 of the Overlook Hotel — which turns out to excellent, if ignored, advice.

But while room 237 is to be avoided, the new documentary Room 237 is a must-see. The work of first-time director Rodney Ascher, the film showcases the theories of five obsessive Shining fans as to what Kubrick really intended with his Stephen King adaptation and features footage from both that snowy chiller and many others.

Room 237 opens theatrically on March 29 and will also be available on VOD, SundanceNOW, and other digital outlets from that date.

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To Be Loved & To Be Understood, A Short Documentary About Patton Oswalt

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In this episode of “Rituals” – Thrash Lab travels deep into the bowels of Orange County, CA with Patton Oswalt. Giving you a deeply revealing look into the secret life of a comedian off-stage and an exclusive look at Patton Oswalt’s show at the Irvine Improv. Directed by Julien Nitzberg (The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia).

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Legends of the Knight Official Trailer

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Legends of the Knight is a feature-length, not-for-profit documentary film about the power of storytelling to create positive change.

The goal is to inspire everyone on the planet who loves Batman to embody his spirit, engage with the world, and make a difference.

Together, We are Batman!

For more information about Legends of the Knight, head to www.wearebatman.com. Culp aims to release the movie this summer, and he’ll discuss it in a webcast on Saturday.


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Finding Vivian Maier Trailer

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Vivian Maier was a mystery even to those who knew her. A secretive nanny in the wealthy suburbs of Chicago, she died in 2009 and would have been forgotten.

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But John Maloof, an amateur historian, uncovered thousands of negatives at a storage locker auction and changed history. Now, Vivian Maier is hailed as one of the greatest 20th Century photographers along with Diane Arbus Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Weegee.

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And that is just where the story begins. Finding Vivian Maier follows the filmmakers as they unearth Vivian’s story, combing through thousands of negatives and a mountain of other material (including hundreds of hours of Super 8 film footage and audio recordings) left behind in Maier’s storage lockers. As the filmmakers track down an odd collection of parents who hired her, children she cared for, store owners, movie theater operators and curious neighbors who remember her, the story that emerges goes beyond cliches of the undiscovered artist and offers a portrait that is at times bewildering and troubling. Maier’s story pushes us to ask as many questions about ourselves as it does about her.

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Finding Vivian Maier was Directed & Produced by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel (Bowling for Columbine, Religulous) who are Chicago natives. John once worked the swap meets and storage lockers that led to the discovery of Vivian’s photographs and Charlie grew up in the North Shore neighborhoods where Vivian was a nanny.

Since the discovery of Vivian’s work, Maloof is now the chief curator of her photographs. In 2008 he established the Maloof Collection with the purpose of preserving and making publicly available the work of Vivian Maier. Jeff Garlin, an Executive Producer on the film, is a producer, writer, director and actor whose credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The film will be ready later this year.

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The Trailer for The Shining Documentary Room 237

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The trailer for the critically-acclaimed documentary Room 237 can be watched below. An in-depth analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Room 237 is officially described as follows:

After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up. End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.

Room 237 will be available on iTunes and will hit theaters in a limited release on March 29.

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Men in Suits, A Documentary on the History & Art of Monster Suit Acting

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Men in Suits is an in-depth documentary directed by Frank H. Woodward of Wyrd Studios which takes a look at the hard work behind ‘monster suit acting’ in films and television.

The film examines the history and craft of suit performers from ‘The Creature of the Black Lagoon’ to ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and beyond. Through interviews with these actors we will learn the skill, strength and art required to be “under rubber”.

It is available to purchase on Amazon.

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Officially Limited Teaser Trailer

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Officially Limited is a feature length documentary about movie poster & pop art culture – the creators, collectors, events, curators and the business approaches that have created the phenomenon.

The official teaser trailer can be watched below and you can help get this film made by contributing on their IndieGogo page or spreading the word via facebook and twitter.

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A Mini-Documentary About the Los Angeles Food Truck Phenomenon

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The food truck phenomenon has exploded across the America, but the culture and the economy of the food truck boom is most evolved in Los Angeles.

In this episode of Subculture Club, Thrash Lab takes you to the grills, the kitchens and the bakeries of some of the top food trucks. Learn what started the food truck trend and how each truck earned their menu of legitimacy.

Featured food trucks inlcude: Bool BBQ, Coolhaus, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, The Green Truck, Grilled Cheese Truck, Kareem Carts, Metro PR, Slap Yo Mama, Slider City, Star Bars and Taco Zone.

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Michael Jackson Bad 25 Documentary By Spike Lee To Air On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22

ABC’s 60-second trailer previews the documentary film by award-winning director Spike Lee which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s landmark “BAD” album and tour. “Michael Jackson: BAD25″ will air Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

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Mondo Poster By Aled Lewis For The Shining Documentary Room 237

Artist Aled Lewis created this Shining print for Mondo to be released at Fantastic Fest. The run is a super rare 100, and Aled will have some APs to sell at a later date.

Room 237 is a documentary film by Rodney Ascher that explores themes and hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Lewis describes his design process, “I knew early on what I wanted to do with this and that was creating a print that superficially could be recognized as one for The Shining, but actually has hidden meanings and clues woven throughout it – so hidden in the scene are references to the central themes to the film. Some are more obvious than others! You don’t have to have seen Room 237 to identify some of the more prominent ideas.”

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CNN Announces Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man, An Original Non-Fiction Series To Premiere April 2013

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, marks his return to TV as host and producer of the new CNN original series, Inside Man.

Produced by Warrior Poets, Spurlock’s New York-based production company with producing partner Jeremy Chilnick, Inside Man debuts on CNN in April 2013 and will air weekends alongside CNN’s new series hosted by renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain.

Each week Spurlock will provide an insider’s view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers.

An acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Spurlock came to international prominence in 2004 with his Oscar nominated film Super Size Me. He made his first foray into television as executive producer of the FX series 30 Days (2005-2008). Most recently, he has served as executive producer of the documentary series A Day in the Life on Hulu and the Yahoo spinoff of the feature-length documentary Mansome, as well as director of the films, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, Mansome, and The Dotted Line for ESPN.

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Drew: The Man Behind The Poster Trailer

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the career of poster artist Drew Struzan, whose most popular works include the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars movie posters.

Telling the tale through exclusive interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg and many other filmmakers, artists and critics, the journey spans Drew’s early career in commercial and album cover art through his recent retirement as one of the most recognizable and influential movie poster artists of all time.

Three filmmakers have united to bring this film to life; Greg Boas (Hefty Inc.), Charles Ricciardi (Torino Pictures), and Erik P. Sharkey (Sharkey Productions), assembling one of the most intriguing film lineups and crafting a comprehensive presentation about the artist, the art, the stories behind Drew’s most recognizable creations, as well as a never-before-seen insider’s examination of the industry and the profession of motion picture advertising.

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William Shatner’s Get a Life, A Documentary of Star Trek Fans To Premiere at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 14

William Shatner’s Get a Life is a forthcoming documentary by William Shatner that “focuses on the fans of Star Trek and how the show has played a role in their lives.”

The official trailer has been released and it will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp in San Diego, California. It will be on Xbox Live July 25, 2012 and EPIX TV will air it on Saturday July 28, 2012 at 8 PM EST.

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Craigslist Joe Trailer

In a time when America’s economy and sense of community were crumbling, one guy left everything behind–to see if he could survive solely on the support of the 21st century’s new town square: Craigslist. It was in this climate that 29-year-old Joseph Garner cut himself off from everyone he knew and everything he owned, to embark on a bold adventure. Armed with only a laptop, cell phone, toothbrush, and the clothes on his back–alongside the hope that community was not gone but just had shifted–Joseph began his journey.

For 31 December days and nights, everything in his life would come from the Craigslist website. From transportation to food, from shelter to companionship, Joe would depend on the generosity of people who had never seen him and whose sole connection to him was a giant virtual swap meet. Would America help Joe? Could he survive with nothing, apart from the goodwill of others?

The documentary will be released on August 2, 2012.

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Trailer For Morgan Spurlock’s Mansome

From America’s greatest beardsman, to Morgan Spurlock’s own mustache, Executive Producers Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Ben Silverman bring us a hilarious look at men’s identity in the 21st century.

Models, actors, experts and comedians weigh in on what it is to be a man in a world where the definition of masculinity has become as diverse as a hipster’s facial hair in Williamsburg. The hilarious follicles of men’s idiosyncratic grooming habits are thoroughly combed over as men finally take a long hard look in the mirror.

Mansome is now in theaters.

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I Know That Voice Trailer

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“I Know That Voice” is a documentary on the mysterious world of “Voice Over & Voice Acting.” The doc showcases the top voice actors, voice directors, engineers, mixers, voice teachers and all those involved in the booming voice-over industry.

Due for release in 2013, this is a must see film for anyone that wants to know what goes on behind the scenes in your favorite cartoons, animations, and anything to do with voice acting.

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