Category Archives: Documentary

Shepard Fairey Documentary To Premiere On Hulu November 11, 2017

From Academy Award winning filmmaker James Moll (Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, and The Last Days) and Executive Producer James Franco, Obey Giant takes us deep into the underground world of street art, profiling the rise of artist Shepard Fairey from his roots in punk rock and skateboarding, to presidential politics—through his iconic Obama “HOPE” poster and the controversy that surrounded it.

The documentary is set to premiere on Hulu November 11, 2017.

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Trailer

In 1999 Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in his biopic Man on the Moon. What followed was an intensely bizarre and emotional film production. Surrounded by Kaufman’s friends and family on set, Carrey thoroughly “became” Andy and, alternately, Tony Clifton, Kaufman’s obnoxious lounge singer alter ego. Much like Kaufman’s comedy, Carrey’s acting took on a performance art quality during the film. He never broke character on set, the cast and the crew referred to him as either ‘Andy’ or ‘Tony’ depending on who he was embodying (he had created complete and separate identities for each).

Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but many of the production’s most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes, thankfully captured on video by Andy’s former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda. In Jim & Andy, Carrey looks back at the resulting footage 18 years later, reflecting on how he and Andy came up in oddly parallel universes, his experience channelling Andy and Tony and more broadly the spiritual journey of his career.

“For almost two decades this brilliant performance from Jim Carrey has resonated with audiences and fans of Kaufman’s, but the story behind the film – a true piece of entertainment history has remained largely unknown,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentaries for Netflix. “Chris Smith and Spike Jonze have masterfully unearthed and explored Jim’s complex and artful creative process, hurling audiences right into the mind of a genius.”

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton premieres November 17th, on Netflix.

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HBO Debuts The Trailer For The Steven Spielberg Documentary

HBO revealed the trailer for Spielberg, a feature-length Steven Spielberg documentary that aims to pull back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before. The documentary examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time. Directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, this unprecedented chronicle debuts Saturday, October 7, exclusively on HBO. Spielberg will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalog of groundbreaking films over the course of his nearly 50-year career. Charting the evolution of this iconic figure, Lacy draws on nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking, his precocious early work as a TV “wunderkind,” his rise to fame through an incredible string of blockbusters, his later forays into more serious dramatic films, and the personal and professional relationships he’s cultivated through the years.

The Spielberg documentary also includes insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues, plus clips and behind-the-scenes footage from many of his milestone films, including Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies and many more.

Lacy interviewed more than 80 subjects for the film, ranging from A-list celebrities, to directors and producers, to industry insiders, including J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis.

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Watch The Gilbert Trailer

Gilbert is a wildly funny and unexpectedly poignant portrait of the life and career of one of comedy’s most iconic figures, Gilbert Gottfried.

With the help of more than a dozen fellow comics, director Neil Berkeley charts the ups and downs of Gottfried’s life, including his nearly career-ending tweets about the 2011 Japanese tsunami. We follow him to stand-up gigs and budget motels, as he travels on low-cost airlines or by bus. But we’re also offered incredible perspective on Gottfried’s private life, which includes a wife and two children and a $3 million New York City townhouse apartment.

Gilbert opens in select theaters November 3, 2017.

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California Typewriter Documentary Trailer

California Typewriter launches us into the bittersweet moment when a beloved technology, the typewriter, faces extinction. Delivering a thought-provoking view on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, director and three-time Grammy Award winner and nominee Doug Nichol explores the mythology attached to the classic typewriter, as cultural historians, collectors and various celebrity obsessives (including Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, and Sam Shepard) celebrate the typewriter both as object and means of summoning the creative spirit.

The film culminates in the movingly documented struggle of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking.

California Typewriter comes to select theaters August 18, 2017.

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Hulu’s Bill Finger Documentary To Debut May 6, 2017

Hulu’s documentary on Batman co-creator Bill Finger, titled Batman & Bill, is scheduled to debut on the streaming service May 6.

“Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth,” reads Hulu’s description. “One author makes it his crusade to seek justice for Bill Finger, a struggling writer who was the key figure in creating the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.”

Directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce sought out those associated with the situation including Marc Tyler Nobleman, Michael Uslan, Athena Finger, and Alethia Mariotta.

In September 2015, DC Comics (and its parent company Warner Bros.) began crediting Finger as co-creator of Batman. DC had previously given Bob Kane sole credit as creator of Batman due to a contract signed with DC’s predecessor, National Comics.

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Trailer For 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters

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24×36 is a documentary by Kevin Burke that explores the birth, death and resurrection of illustrated movie poster art.

Through interviews with a number of key art personalities from the past 4 decades – 24×36 aims to answer the question – What happened to the illustrated movie poster? Where did it disappear to, and why?

In the mid 2000s, filling the void left behind by Hollywood’s abandonment of illustrated movie posters, independent artists and galleries began selling limited edition, screenprinted posters – a movement that has quickly exploded into a booming industry with prints selling out online in seconds, inspiring Hollywood studios to take notice of illustration in movie posters once more.

24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters is produced by Snowfort Pictures and Post No Joes Productions. The film will receive it’s world premiere at Fantastic Fest, which takes place at Austin, Texas’ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar cinema from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29.

The official one-sheet poster for 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters is a collaboration between five artists: Sara Deck, Paul Ainsworth, Joshua Budich, Gary Pullin, and the project’s art director, Matt Ryan Tobin.

http://24x36movie.com/

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey To Premiere at SXSW

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Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, a feature-length documentary will have its World Premiere during the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), being held in Austin, Texas, March 11-19, 2016. The documentary, a bonus feature on the upcoming Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is an inside look at the making of this epic movie, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers.

The documentary will be shown at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin on Monday, March 14, at 12:00 p.m.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ BAFTA Award–winning and Academy Award®–nominated visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett, Academy Award®–nominated supervising sound editor Matthew Wood and co-producer Michelle Rejwan will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2 billion worldwide.

The epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1, and is available on iTunes and other digital providers for pre-order now. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.

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Inside Bill Hader & Fred Armisen’s Soft-Rock Supergroup, Blue Jean Commitee

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They sold out arenas thanks to era-defining ditties like “Freeway,” “Walkin’ Shoes” and “Mama You’re a Dancer.” The grainy, faded footage of them in concert in L.A. circa 1974 testifies that no one worked a country-tinged, AM-radio groove better. Cameron Crowe, Daryl Hall and the ladies of Haim are all diehard fans. “Every song was a single, and every single was great,” claims Chuck Klosterman, in reference to the chart-topping album Catalina Breeze. “I was completely blown away by that record,” says Kenny Loggins. “We all tried to capture that thing, but they really got it. That was the quintessential California record.” They were called the Blue Jeans Committee, the kings of the early Seventies soft-rock scene and the most influential band of their day. And, also, they are not real.

If you’ve been watching Documentary Now!, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s brilliant TV show on IFC that sends up nonfiction filmmaking, you’ve seen the duo affectionately skewer everything from Vice’s gonzo-hipster journalism to the Maysles brothers’ classic Grey Gardens. But with “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee,” a two-part episode that takes on both music docs and the Me Decade’s peaceful, easy feelings, they’ve come up with a fake band assembled, Frankenstein-style, from the spare parts of Steely Dan, America and the Eagles — a loving parody that looks and sounds so authentic that you’d swear you grew up hearing these songs on long road trips and in dentists’ waiting rooms.

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Armisen and musician Jon Spurney quickly came up with 10 songs that mimic the tinkling keyboard parts, feather-light drums and the Malibu-meets-Memphis country twang of the era’s soft-rock hits. (Should you feel the urge to spin such BJC classics as “Mr. Fix-It” or “Hibiscus” on your hi-fi, you can purchase the Blue Jean Committee’s actual fake-band album in its entirety, courtesy of Drag City.

Read more HERE.

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A LEGO Brickumentary Available On Blu-Ray/DVD On November 3, 2015

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If you thought you knew the world of LEGO, you don’t know brick. Step into the amazing real-life world of the global phenomenon that has captivated fans of all ages, when A LEGO Brickumentary comes to Blu-ray and DVD on November 3, 2015. Directed by Oscar winning Director Daniel Junge (2012 Best Documentary, Short Subjects Saving Face) and Oscar Nominated Director Kief Davidson (2013 Best Documentary, Short Subjects Open Heart); and narrated by Jason Bateman, the film takes us on a journey through the LEGO brand…like you have never seen before.

A LEGO Brickumentary is the first official documentary about the world of the LEGO brick and follows the evolution of the billion-dollar franchise, delving into the impact of LEGO and its fans around the world. Suitable for “kids” of all ages, the film explores the brick that has captured imaginations for generations and look at the fundamental question – is it a toy or something more?

A LEGO Brickumentary delves into the extraordinary impact of the brick and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up all overthe world. The narrative takes us through art galleries full of LEGO creations, introduces us to Master Builders designing and creating life-sized LEGO models (as well as those who employ LEGO bricks to create their own films), leads us into the world of LEGO therapy and brings us along to meet Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLS), each with amazing stories to tell. A LEGO Brickumentary explores the essential nature of human creativity and the ways we seek to build and understand our world.

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include:

– Bonus Scenes

A LEGO Brickumentary will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment on November 3rd for the suggested retail price of $26.99 and $22.98, respectively.

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