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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.
STORIES BY CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL
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‘Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers’ and ‘The House I Live In’ Top This Week’s Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include a classic by Les Blank, a few films about artists and the art world, a personal doc on the systemic issue of prisons in America, a profile of the man behind Burt's Bees and a look at how ice cream is helping to heal Rwanda. 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.
Reviews Pervert Park Sundance
Sundance 2015: ‘Pervert Park’ is a Bold Character Study That Brings Humanity to Sex Offenders
'Pervert Park,' a documentary by Frida and Lasse Barkfors, looks at the everyday lives of convicted sex offenders all living in a Florida trailer park. Reportedly, there were many walk outs during screenings of the film at Sundance, likely because some viewers can't accept such a humanizing portrait of people often seen as monsters.
Reviews Amina Profile
Sundance 2015: ‘The Amina Profile’ is Another Great Cautionary Tale Involving the Internet
This documentary by Sophie Deraspe recounts the story of Syrian blogger Amina Arraf, aka "A Gay Girl in Damascus." If you're familiar at all with the name, you likely already know the narrative twist here, but that doesn't take away from the strength of the film. And if you're not familiar, avoid spoilers and go in blind.
Reviews Black Panthers Documentary
Sundance 2015: ‘The Black Panthers’ is a Solid Primer on a Subject That Deserves Something Bigger
Stanley Nelson, master of the African-American history documentary ('Freedom Riders'), now tackles the whole story of The Black Panthers. It's a necessary primer yet also only a primer.
Reviews The Royal Road
Sundance 2015: ‘The Royal Road’ is a Transfixing Autobiographical Film
Jenni Olson's new essay film surveys the landscape of Southern California as a way of exploring her past relationship troubles. We think it's one of the best films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Reviews Batkid Begins
Slamdance 2015: ‘Batkid Begins’ is Obviously Adorable and Heartwarming From Start to Finish
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.
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Exclusive: Minimalist Poster for ‘The Russian Woodpecker’ Teases a Disturbing Tale
'The Russian Woodpecker' is an essential and powerful new documentary from the producer of 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer' and 'The Square' about a conspiracy theory regarding the Chernobyl disaster.
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Sundance 2015: ‘Finders Keepers’ Maintains a Brilliant Balance of Comedy and Tragedy
Seth Gordon ('The King of Kong') produced this documentary directed by Clay Tweel ('Print the Legend') and Bryan Carberry that delves deeper into humanity that it seems on the surface. The focus is on two men battling for the custody of one of the men's amputated legs, which had been acquired by the other in an auction. It's a wild tale, stranger than fiction for sure, but also ultimately a familiar and complex portrait of two antagonists that comes close but never reaches the tabloid sensationalism you expect.
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The 10 Best Sundance Documentaries of All Time
As the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is about to begin, we celebrate the first 30 years of the event -- from the time it was taken over by the Sundance Institute yet still called the United States Film Festival -- with our picks for its 10 best nonfiction films of all time. More than half are titles that screened at Sundance in the first decade, and only three are from this century.
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‘The Belovs’ and Oscar Nominee ‘White Earth’ Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include a newly Oscar-nominated short ('White Earth'), one of the classic films in Robert Greene's new canon of cinematic nonfiction ('The Belovs'), another classic from 1991 ('Paris is Burning'), another classic from 1922 ('Haxan'), a modern classic from 2007 ('My Winnipeg'), an underrated doc from last year ('Kids for Cash') and, again, 'The Internet's Own Boy.' 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.