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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.
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The 100 Most Necessary Documentaries to Stream on Netflix This March
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.
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10 Great Women’s History Films To Watch This Or Any Month
In honor of Women's History Month, we've selected ten of the best documentaries on notable women and events from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, some of them biographical works and some of them actual historical records. Among those women profiled in these films are Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gloria Steinem, Joan Rivers, Helen Keller, Shirley Chisholm, Jane Goodall and Maya Lin.
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The Special Ironies and Uncomfortable Complexity of Robert Greene’s ‘Actress’
The latest documentary by Robert Greene ('Kati with an i,' 'Fake It So Real') follows a year in the life of Brandy Burre, as she looks to return to her career as an actress.
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35 Promised Remakes of Documentaries That Still Haven’t Happened
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.
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‘Kung Fu Elliot’ and a Bunch of Nick Broomfield Films Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include some genuine, essential classics, including the 100-year-old 'In the Land of the Head Hunters,' Shirley Clarke's 'The Connection,' the Chinese film 'Disorder' and five works by Nick Broomfield. Also among the picks are the surprisingly fascinating 'Kung Fu Elliot,' the brilliant war film 'Armadillo' and, once again, 'Vessel.' 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.
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‘Citizenfour,’ ‘The Overnighters’ and ‘Life Itself’ Top This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include four of the best documentaries of 2014 ('Citizenfour,' 'Life Itself,' 'The Overnighters' and 'Point and Shoot'), two of the best documentaries of 2011 ('The Arbor' and 'We Were Here') and Margaret Brown's 'Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt.' 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.
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Documentary Classics: ‘Crazy Love’ May Be the Best Valentine’s Day Movie Ever
For Valentine's Day, we are republishing a piece originally posted to the Documentary Channel Blog last year about Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens's new holiday classic.
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What Is Your Favorite Documentary Love Story?
For Valentine's Day, we are republishing a discussion on romance in documentary originally posted on the Documentary Channel Blog in 2012.
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Current Oscar Nominee ‘Joanna’ Tops This Week’s Nonfics Home Picks
This week's recommended documentaries to watch on Netflix and other home viewing platforms include a current Oscar nominee in the doc short category ('Joanna'), one of the best doc features of last year ('Maidentrip'), the latest from Peter Mettler ('The End of Time'), two retro docs that have since their release become archival record ('Fidel' and 'Dream Deceivers') a great exploration of part of the movie industry ('Casting By') and the second episode of a must-see new HBO miniseries ('The Jinx'). 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.
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10 Important Films Documenting Black History in the Making
This is our second list of necessary documentaries to watch during Black History Month or any time. Following our spotlight on films that retrospectively tell black histories, this one spotlights films that are themselves first-hand historical records, from newsreel-based docs to Direct Cinema accounts to collaborative features capturing the spirit of a landmark moment in time. Included here is the work of the Film Group, the National Film Board of Canada, the WPA, the U.S. Army, Madeline Anderson, Ricky Leacock, Al Maysles, Marshall Curry and more.