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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.
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‘The Thin Blue Line’ as Detective Film
Here's an essay written for a grad school class in 2010. It seemed fitting to publish the thing as the doc's new Criterion Collection was released this week.
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‘The Staircase’ and Errol Morris Criterion Discs Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include three Errol Morris documentaries now on in special Criterion Collection editions (The Thin Blue Line, Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida, a box set of Caveh Zahedi films, a brilliant true-crime miniseries (The Staircase) and three of the best docs of last year (Actress, Life Itself and Evolution of a Criminal). Also inside is our guide to all the rest of the docs new to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant and more. Plus, check out our weekly TV guide.
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Albert Maysles Tribute and ‘Approaching the Elephant’ Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include bunches of films by Albert Maysles (including Meet Marlon Brando), the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab (including Foreign Parts) and films about craft (including Puppet), plus Approaching the Elephant, Lady Valor, Disorder and of course all six parts of The Jinx. Also inside is our guide to all the rest of the docs new to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant and more. Plus, check out our weekly TV guide.
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36 Promised Remakes of Documentaries That Still Haven’t Happened
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.
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‘Red Army’ and the Awkwardness of Difficult Subjects
Executive produced by Werner Herzog and Jerry Weintraub and directed by Gabe Polsky (a producer on the Weintraub-focused 'His Way'), 'Red Army' chronicles the story of the Soviet national hockey team through the end of the Cold War primarily from the perspective of its star captain, Slava Fetisov.
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‘Remote Area Medical’ and ‘Common Threads’ Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include two great new films focused on poor people in America (Remote Area Medical and Rich Hill), two classics from Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads and Where Are We?), a couple more LGBT essentials (Love Free or Die and I Am Divine) and a history lesson starring Walt Disney (Walt & El Grupo). Also inside is our guide to all the rest of the docs new to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant and more. Plus, check out our weekly TV guide.
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R.I.P.: Albert Maysles (1926-2015)
We have lost one of the masters of the form
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‘Actress’ and ‘That Gal…Who Was In That Thing’ Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include Robert Greene's 'Actress,' a new Showtime doc that pairs fittingly with that ('That Gal...Who Was In That Thing'), airings on TCM of 'Grey Gardens' and Varda's 'Du Cote de la Cote,' plus the decent films 'Farmland,' 'A Life in Dirty Movies' and 'Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records.' Also inside is our guide to all the rest of the docs new to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant and more. Plus, check out our weekly TV guide.
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The 100 Most Necessary Documentaries to Stream on Netflix This March
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.
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10 Great Women’s History Films To Watch This Or Any Month
In honor of Women's History Month, we've selected ten of the best documentaries on notable women and events from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, some of them biographical works and some of them actual historical records. Among those women profiled in these films are Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gloria Steinem, Joan Rivers, Helen Keller, Shirley Chisholm, Jane Goodall and Maya Lin.