Fantastic Fest kicks off in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 18, and boasts an impressive lineup of films, including the Keanu Reeves-starring hitman thriller John Wick, Kevin Smith‘s man-walrus horror fable Tusk, and the world premiere of Joe Lynch‘s action extravaganza Everly (of which, much more later in the week).
Tag: Documentary (11-20 of 193)
Fantastic Fest today announced the third and final wave of programming for this year’s genre film event, which takes place in Austin, Texas, Sept. 18-25. The films added to the schedule for the festival’s tenth anniversary bash include the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns, the Elijah Wood-starring Open Windows, and the Ryan Murphy-produced The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a remake of the 1975 horror movie of the same name whose trailer was also released Wednesday. Another new, not-to-be-missed addition: director David Gregory’s documentary Lost Soul—The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, which concerns Stanley’s ultimately disastrous attempt to adapt H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel.
Snoop Dogg wasn’t even born yet when William Bell released “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” in 1968, but he managed to get in on it decades later for Take Me to the River, a documentary that brings the older musical legends of Memphis together with newer artists to re-record updated versions of songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Trying to Live My Life Without You.”
Take Me to the River director Martin Shore worked with Snoop before on 2006’s Hood of Horror so when the rapper found out Shore was working on this documentary, he immediately knew he wanted to be involved. Snoop later paired up with Bell to record “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” for the documentary and its accompanying album. “I’ve been a fan of William Bell many years,” Snoop tells EW, “so to be able to go in the studio and actually record with him was a blessing.” READ FULL STORY
And you thought SeaWorld was a problem.
Dakota Group and Submarine, the company behind the documentaries Blackfish, about the mistreatment of killer whales in SeaWorld, and The Cove, about dolphin hunting practices in Japan, have chosen their next species to shine some light onto. The team has bought the rights to the book Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan and are developing a feature-length documentary based on the often hidden world beneath the streets and sidewalks of New York City. READ FULL STORY
As executive producer Eva Longoria points out in her new documentary Food Chains, the hands that sort much of America’s food are themselves often forced to live hand-to-mouth due to exploitative policies established by businesses involved with commercial agriculture.
In an exclusive trailer for the film, Longoria joins Robert F. Kennedy Jr., fellow producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), and other activists in arguing to stop the systemic (and sometimes physical) abuse of farm workers while securing their rights. Oscar winner Forest Whitaker narrates Food Chains, which hits theaters Nov. 21. READ FULL STORY
If the story of skateboarding siblings Tas and Ben Pappas were an attempted trick jump, it would feature a remarkable ascent and a horrible, deadly landing.
On August 22, 1972, a man named John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a bank in Brooklyn to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation—at least, that is what has been long believed. The bungled heist would later inspire Sidney Lumet’s classic 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, which starred Al Pacino as “Sonny Wortzik” and John Cazale as his fellow robber, Sal. Now, four decades on, Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren have made The Dog, a documentary which relates the real, incredible true story of that August day, and what happened to Wojtowicz afterwards.
How did computer company Atari rise so quickly and why did it collapse so horribly? What role did the infamous E.T. video game play in that disastrous corporate fall? And did the company really bury vast quantities of the Spielberg spin-off in a New Mexico landfill site?
Miles Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor better known as Batkid, won over the hearts of San Francisco (and pretty much the entire internet) when his Make-a-Wish request was to be Batman for a day. And in November, the city of San Francisco came together to make that happen, with thousands of people lining the streets to simulate Gotham City.
Now, filmmaker Dana Nachman is bringing Miles’ story to the big screen. Well, she’s trying to. Nachman has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the film, titled Batkid Begins, which now has its first official trailer, featuring Miles’ parents, Hans Zimmer, and more.
The origin story of Batman can be found in comic books and on screens both big and small. But the same can’t be said for that of Batkid, a.k.a. 5-year-old Miles Scott, a.k.a. the leukemia survivor whose instantly viral Make-a-Wish request was to be Batman for a day. Back in November, the city of San Francisco made Miles’ wish come true when 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer him through his journey to save Gotham.
Batkid’s adventure quickly made the rounds on social media, even reaching President Obama, who recorded a message for Miles. And now, filmmaker Dana Nachman wants to bring Batkid’s story to the big screen in a documentary titled Batkid Begins.
After talking to everyone from Miles’ parents to the participants in Batkid’s big day, Nachman is taking her film to Indiegogo to try to raise $100,000 to finish post-production. Specifically, the money will be used for aerial shots, soundtrack, special effects, and more.
According to the film’s Indiegogo page, “Batkid Begins follows the events leading up to the day Batkid saved San Francisco and what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral.” Contributors will receive a variety of rewards, from a Batkid cape to an associate producer credit. The Indiegogo campaign will last for 36 days.
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