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.
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.
RIP Paul Almond (1931-2015)
Seven Up!, the original Granada special that began the ongoing Up series of documentaries was directed by Paul Almond and employed a young Michael Apted, who'd go on to continue to put out new documentaries on the same characters every seven years.
The Oscar-winning actress has been involved with a whole lot of documentaries. Now she's curated a selection of her favorite nonfiction films, two of them being among those she worked on, for SundanceNow Doc Club.
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.