Christopher Campbell is the managing editor of Nonfics and a freelance writer and editor for Film School Rejects, Movies.com, Fandango, RogerEbert.com and Moviefone. In the past he has contributed to Indiewire, MTV News, Movieline, Fandango, Spout, Documentary Magazine, Cinematical, Screen Crush, Pajiba, First Showing and The Documentary Channel Blog. He began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. Since then he has received a Master's degree in Cinema Studies from NYU, where he concentrated on nonfiction film.
Because some people don't think there's anything good to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly anymore, we've compiled an updated list of our top 100 recommended documentaries now available, as of October 1st, to stream on the site. This should keep you busy for a while.
Martin Scorsese's latest documentary, 'The 50 Year Argument,' is surprisingly one of his most accessible and enjoyable nonfiction films. It's more easily digestible for a wide audience than one would expect given its highbrow subject matter, the commemoration of half a century of the New York Review of Books.
Traditionally, fall festival documentary premieres aren't quickly turned over for Oscar qualification. We take a look at which titles could buck that tradition this year. Out of 11 hot debuts out of Telluride, Venice Toronto and New York fests, only two may have a shot at going up against current Oscar frontrunner 'Life Itself.'
Our latest home video recommendations include a box set collecting the best of Bill Morrison, Claude Lanzmann's 'The Last of the Unjust,' Martin Scorsese's 'The 50 Year Argument,' D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's 'Town Bloody Hall,' 'Paycheck to Paycheck, 'Koch' and the TV series 'The Amazing Race.'
English filmmaker Alex Barrett has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for his new feature project, 'London Symphony,' which will pay tribute to the city symphony films of the 1920s while offering a modern take on the English capital in the 21st century.
Our latest streaming and rental recommendations include Ken Burns's new miniseries, 'The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,' plus the Maysles Brothers' 'Salesman,' the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab's 'Manakamana,' Joe Berlinger's 'Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,' Andrew Rossi's 'Ivory Tower,' 'The Final Member' and 'Casting By.'
Also inside is our guide to all the rest of the docs new to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant and more. Also check out our weekly TV guide.
In a film that might not have existed were it not for Roberto Rossellini, we meet Burt Shavitz, the man we know as the face of Burt's Bees. It turns out he's a real person, and on top of that a very unique documentary personality.
Lixin Fan follows his extraordinary documentary 'Last Train Home' with a look at China's singing competition show 'Super Boy.' The film, which has already debuted to so-so crowds in the nation of its setting, made its international premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.