AUTHOR
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
Features FilmBuff
Shawney Cohen on ‘The Manor’ and Why It’s More Than Just a Film About a Strip Club
This interview with Shawney Cohen originally ran on the Documentary Channel Blog during Hot Docs 2013, which opened with the director's film 'The Manor.' That doc is now streaming on Amazon, so we're reposting the feature here with permission.
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‘20,000 Days on Earth’ and ‘The Manor’ Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms includes two of the top music films of the year, one starring Nick Cave and the other starring Pulp, the underrated 'The Manor,' a new HBO doc that's like a sequel to 'Exit Through the Gift Shop,' the latest from Andrew Rossi and, once again, 'Los Angeles Plays Itself.' Also inside is our guide to all the rest of the docs new to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant and more. Also check out our weekly TV guide.
Awards Magnolia Pictures
‘Citizenfour’ and ‘Life Itself’ Top 2015 Cinema Eye Honors Nominations
This year's nominees for the top Cinema Eye Honors award include '20,000 Days on Earth,' 'Citizenfour,' 'Life Itself,' 'The Overnighters' and 'Verunga.'
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‘Shoah’ and ‘Portrait of Jason’ Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's home video recommendations include 'Shoah,' 'Portrait of Jason,' 'Burden of Dreams,' 'Lady Valor' and more.
Discussion National Gallery
It’s Time to Stop Calling Observational Documentaries “Fly on the Wall”
Critics continue to lazily use the term "fly on the wall" when reviewing more observationally motivated documentaries, but the phrase is wrong and dated. Even the credited coiner of the term as applicable to nonfiction cinema, Ricky Leacock, was against its use half a century later. And with most reviews of Frederick Wiseman's latest, 'National Gallery,' including the phrase, it's time to remind that not only does he simply disagree with it, he has very good reason to.
Reviews Fake It So Real
‘Fake It So Real’ Observes the Truth and False Fronts of Pro Wrestling and Macho Men
We are re-publishing this old, otherwise lost review in honor of Robert Greene's new film, 'Actress,' opening this week, and in honor of 'Fake It So Real' becoming available to stream on Hulu for free this week, and just plain for posterity.
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‘National Gallery’ Review: Frederick Wiseman’s Latest is a Masterpiece of Impression
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.
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‘The Kill Team,’ ‘The Cruise’ and ‘Virunga’ Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms includes 'The Kill Team,' 'The Cruise,' which is part of a program curated by Ira Glass, 'Virunga,' which premieres online this Friday, 'Rich Hill,' 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,' which makes its TV debut, 'Style Wars,' which is new to Blu-ray, and 'Bakhmaro.' Also inside is our guide to all the rest of the docs new to DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant and more. Also check out our weekly TV guide.
Features Intimate Stranger Alan Berliner
The 100 Most Necessary Documentaries to Stream on Netflix This November
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 November 1st, to stream on the site. This should keep you busy for a while.
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Checking In on the 2014 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
Nonfics was invited to cover the 2014 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Here is our take on the event, including thoughts on the latest films by Fernand Melgar and Ulrich Seidl and hopes for what will become available to audiences here, whether at a local fest or on the site Doc Alliance.