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.
Following up his insightful Anonymous history 'We Are Legion,' Brian Knappenberg has delivered a quickly turned-around biographical film on Internet pioneer and hero Aaron Swartz, who tragically took his own life early last year. It's a moving tribute and necessary history lesson that has us celebrating one man's past achievements and giving a call to others' for the future.
This week's home video highlights include naked girls, teen sailors and a couple pro basketball players. In addition to the top picks are 'Dogtown and Z-Boys,' 'Linsanity,' 'The Iran Job,' 'Inequality for Now' and 'Pandora's Promise. Also check out everything else out on DVD, Netflix streaming and VOD. Plus there's always our recommendations on cable.
The only new documentary release this week is Raoul Peck's latest, about the failure of international aid for Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Also, notably going wider this week is 'Kids For Cash.' We recommend both films.
This directorial debut from Robert May, producer of 'The Fog of War' and 'Stevie,' chronicles the "kids for cash" scandal, through which an Eastern Pennsylvania judge was sentencing thousands of youths to a juvenile detention center he'd received kickback money from. We think it's a fine account, but more importantly it should be a warning to other communities across the country.
In conjunction with Film School Rejects and their annual Academy Awards predictions , this is the second of two features in which we pick the 2014 Oscar winners in the documentary categories. In addition to taking an educated guess as to which nonfiction short will take the honor, we also tell you which one we think actually deserves it.
Other recommendations this week include 'Crazy Love,' 'The Crash Reel,' 'People of a Feather,' 'Narco Cultura' and 'Bigger, Stronger, Faster.' Also check out the rest of the new releases to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Watch Instantly, iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, plus our guide to what docs to watch on TV.
With less than a week left until the Oscars, it's a good time to repost this interview with one of the Documentary Feature nominees from last summer. Originally posted at the now defunct Documentary Channel Blog, this is one of the many reprints we'll be sharing with you courtesy of Participant Channel, Inc.