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.
With the New York FIlm Festival kicking off this week, we rank the greatest nonfiction films about the city, including a couple by Frederick Wiseman (whose latest film is at NYFF) and a couple by the Burns brothers.
Filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar ('In a Dream') evokes the work of Errol Morris, specifically 'The Thin Blue Line' and 'Tabloid,' in this perfectly schemed documentary on Pamela Smart, who was convicted of being an accomplice in the murder of her husband 23 years ago.
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.
This year's Oscar shortlist for the documentary shorts category includes Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of Shoah, about the legendary documentarian, and one of the New York Times' Op-Docs. The rest come from as far as Poland, Spain and Pakistan, and deal with heavy subjects such as rape, murder, war and victims of the Ebola virus.