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.
In addition to the latest Disneynature release about bears, this week's new documentaries opening in theaters include films about Cesar Chavez, Mary Frank, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, women's cycling, Nepalese pilgrims and penises.
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 week we highly recommend Peter Mettler's new film along with another from 1994, both new to DVD and iTunes. Our other picks include 'Pablo,' 'Milius,' 'Let the Fire Burn' and 'Sherman's March,' all now streaming on Netflix, plus 'Grizzly Man' in honor of the theatrical release of 'Bears.'
Be sure to check out the full guide to all things nonfiction and new to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix, iTunes and VOD, as well as our cable TV picks.
The new documentaries 'Finding Vivian Maier' and 'The Unknown Known' raise the question of whether they ought to be focusing on people who don't want to be in the spotlight. For the former it's more of an ethical dilemma regarding a deceased subject, and for the latter it's a question of the value in a film that is unable to get underneath the surface of its subject.
This week's new documentary releases include four films, including the Morgan Spurlock and LaToya Jackson-produced 'Dancing in Jaffa,' the Jayson Blair doc 'A Fragile Trust,' a film on Father Thomas Keating called 'A Rising Tide Of Silence' and the 9/11 conspiracy doc 'Unthinkable.'
One of the most important women in the history of the British Empire and the Middle East, Gertrude Bell is somehow unknown to most people today. Fortunately that should change with the documentary 'Letters From Baghdad,' from directors Sabine Karyenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum, who share with us their reasons for taking on the story of this adventuring archaeologist turned spy.
This week's recommended crop of home video releases includes two portraits of today's America -- 'Town Hall' and 'Medora' -- plus 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' and the series 'Borderland,' both of which are making their TV debuts, the WWII classic 'Prelude to War,' the informative autism doc 'Too Sane for This World' and the biography 'I Am Divine.' Also check out our guide to new releases to DVD and VOD as well as our listing of recommended airings on cable.
This week, six new documentaries open theatrically, including the latest from Errol Morris ('The Unknown Known'), Jennifer Baichwal ('Watermark') and IMAX cinematographer David Douglas ('Island of Lemurs'). The other three releases are 'Being Ginger,' 'Flex is Kings' and 'The Galapagos Affair.'
In our second crowdfund campaign showcase involving Elvis in two weeks, filmmaker Melanie Addington tell us about he reason she's making a documentary about David Kevin Curtis, the celebrity impersonator framed for attempted presidential assassination last year.
Our latest home video recommendations include a few that are appropriate to both April Fool's Day and the month's theme of environmentalism. Other films include 'A Fierce Green Fire,' 'Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then,' 'I Am Divine,' 'American Made Movie' and 'When Jews Were Funny.' 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.