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.
Sundance '11 editing award winner Goran Hugo Olsson follows his fresh take on the compilation film, 'The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,' with a new documentary that is formally and thematically similar, only focused on African decolonization around the same time period. Based on Frantz Fanon's 'The Wretched of the Earth' and again consisting of Swedish Television archives, the film features voiceover read by Lauryn Hill.
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 December 1st, to stream on the site. This should keep you busy for a while.
Nick Broomfield bounces back after his disappointing 'Sarah Palin: You Betcha' with one of his best yet, the serial killer documentary 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper.' This film, which superficially could be called a nonfiction noir, is centered around a case of a prolific serial killer in South Central Los Angeles, whom the LAPD didn't seem to be too concerned about over the course of 25 years and potentially hundreds of victims.
In honor of Earth Day, we present a list of the greatest documentaries about Earth, portraits of our planet both positive and negative. Included are films from Godfrey Reggio, Ron Fricke, Kevin Macdonald, Victor Kossakovsky, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and IMAX and Disney.
Closing out this month's focus on environmentalism docs, we look at a handful of films that go against the grain with controversial attitudes about alternative energy and climate change. Each one should surprise you in that regard, and you're likely to be more conflicted about the realities regarding the issues.
Our first list tied to Earth Day and a monthlong attention to environmentalism documentaries includes works by Werner Herzog, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Noriaka Tsuchimoto, Joe Berlinger, Ken Burns and other great filmmakers.
This year we're set to see remakes of the documentaries 'Man on Wire,' 'Citizenfour,' 'Freeheld' and 'Our Brand is Crisis.' Meanwhile, remakes have recently been announced for 'Batkid Begins,' 'Virunga,' 'The Wolf Pack' and 'The Seven Five.' Will they actually happen or will they be stuck in development hell like such redo attempts as 'The King of Kong,' 'Hoop Dreams' and 'Sherman's March'? As you can see in this updated list, the number of optioned doc remakes is far greater than the number that are produced.