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 150 recommended documentaries now available, as of July 1st, to stream on the site. This should keep you busy for a while.
Jesse Moss, director of 'Full Battle Rattle' and producer of 'William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,' delivers his best work yet with this story of a modern boomtown in North Dakota and a pastor who can't get much local support as he aids the migrants arriving in the area daily. At once an observational character study, ultimately the film taps into the modern American Dream fueled by hope and desperation.
Dana Nachman's 'Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World,' which is co-written and edited by 'Dear Zachary' director Kurt Kuenne, lays out the whole, straight story of "Batkid," a little boy with leukemia who became a superhero for a day thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the city of San Francisco and more than 10,000 supporters, including President Obama.
We named 'Evaporating Borders' among the best films of the festival circuit last year, and now it's finally hitting theaters in limited release. So here's a reminder of what two Nonfics critics had to say about the doc, which is directed by Iva Radivojevic and produced by Laura Poitras.
Frederick Wiseman continues his phase focused on the arts and its spectators with a trip to London's National Gallery, one of the most prestigious art museums in the world. He filmed the institution for 12 weeks in 2012 and the result is this magnificent portrait of the place inside and out, mostly with attention to themes of context of exhibition and ways of seeing.
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.
Rodney Ascher follows up Room 237 with this genuinely scary documentary involving true stories of sleep paralysis. It's a cleverly manipulative piece of nonfiction that may just cause you to experience the terrifying condition firsthand.
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 150 recommended documentaries now available, as of June 1st, to stream on the site. This should keep you busy for a while.