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.
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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.
Dusty Rhoades is a man. A man who eats red meat and builds motorcycles from scratch. A man who once worked as a “bodyguard/ranch hand” and maintains a very impressive, very geometric mustache. A man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn.
Take a closer look at him, though, and you might notice something just a little bit… off. Nope, you’re not seeing things: Rhoades is, in fact, wearing a “My Little Pony” shirt. And those blurry, colorful objects on the bookshelf behind him? Yeah: They’re pretty ponies with big, sparkling cartoon eyes and long, flowing manes.
See, Dusty isn’t just a man’s man—he’s also the dude known far and wide (among My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fans, anyway) as Dustykatt, a.k.a. The Manliest Brony in the World. And he’s got a message for all the
nay neighsayers out there: “If this guy can like a girl’s show for what it is, you can, too.” READ FULL STORY
Warning: Skanks is not your average behind the scenes film.
The one-of-a-kind documentary from director David McMahon follows a small community theater in Birmingham, Alabama rehearsing their new musical, the drag spectacular entitled Skanks in a One Horse Town. The film premieres this Saturday night as part of Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series, and EW has a clip chronicling the drama of opening night:
The premiere event, beginning at 8 p.m., will include a live performance by Maddelynn Hatter and Pusse Couture, a Q&A with McMahon, and a performance by cast members of Skanks in a One Horse Town. Watch the trailer for the film below, and visit the Rooftop website for more information.
From the mind of J.K. Rowling to the sporting fields of America, quidditch has become an international sensation, and a new documentary will explore the real-life competition.
Mudbloods documents the Fifth Annual Qudditch World Cup in New York City and specifically the fight the underdog team from UCLA makes to claim the ultimate golden snitch. The film was directed by former UCLA film student Farzad Sangari and will be distributed by BOND/360 on demand and special theatrical engagements in October. READ FULL STORY
Documentaries serve a crucial role in our culture — not only because they can challenge the way we look at the world, but also because, occasionally, they might actually prod us off our collective asses to do something. An Inconvenient Truth, Bowling for Columbine, Paradise Lost: these films motivated some moviegoers to get involved in important issues in ways they never thought they would. Other documentaries aren’t trying to change the world necessarily, but still discover and dissect fascinating people and events in ways that fiction can’t or won’t. Offer me Michael Mann’s Ali and Leon Gast’s When We Were Kings, for example, and I’ll choose the real Ali every time. Ali, boom bye yae!
Docurama, a free on-demand streaming channel, debuts today, and it’s hoping to eventually become the home for serious documentary viewing. At launch, the site already features movies from award-winning filmmakers such as Alex Gibney, Fred Wiseman, and Joe Berlinger, and the service is promising to have more than 1,000 titles available by mid-summer. READ FULL STORY
When Mel Brooks demands a harumph, you give Mel Brooks a harumph.
After all, he’s carving time out of his day to speak about Blazing Saddles, the delirious western that is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special edition Blu-ray, out May 6. Time is of the essence: “I have people coming in to give me awards,” Brooks jokes. “Every 45 minutes, roughly, someone will knock on my door and give me the United Jewish something or other. I always get an award every day, some kind of award.”
Well, it’s good to be the king. And Mel Brooks has worn the crown well since Blazing Saddles, since The Producers, since Get Smart, since writing for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows. But Blazing Saddles might be his zaniest movie ever, which is saying something. In 1874, a mustache-twirling villain (Harvey Korman) wants the valuable land that belongs to the white residents of Rock Ridge, so he names a black railroad worker who’s scheduled to be hanged (Cleavon Little) as their new sheriff. His plan backfires when the charming sheriff pairs up with a pickled old gunfighter (Gene Wilder), winning over the hearts, minds, and loins of the simple folk. READ FULL STORY
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