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Jay Berg’s AFI DOCS 2018 Top Five

The 16th yearly edition of the AFI DOCS documentary film festival (formerly AFI SILVERDOCS) continued its excellent tradition first established in 2003 when the event was primarily anchored in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Now splitting its screenings between there and the main hub … Continue reading

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Film Review: Addicts Struggle to Survive in Powerful “Recovery Boys”

Recovery Boys (Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. From Elaine McMillion Sheldon, who just last year gave us the Oscar-nominated Netflix-released short documentary Heroin(e), about the opioid epidemic ravaging West Virginia (and much of the rest of … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s AFI DOCS 2018 Top Five (No Wait, Top Six! … or … Top Seven!)

As I did last year, for the 2017 AFI DOCS festival, I here present my overview coverage* of AFI DOCS 2018, which ran June 13-17 in our nation’s capital. Once again, the American Film Institute (AFI) presented a massive showcase … Continue reading

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Got Bike? See “Tainted Blood.” An Interview with Director Jill Yesko

I met with director Jill Yesko on Friday, March 30, in our joint hometown of Baltimore, to discuss her feature documentary Tainted Blood, which profiles the 1984 bicyclist doping scandal at the 1984 Olympics. The film, Yesko’s debut, presents the … Continue reading

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Film Review: I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck, a successful Haitian filmmaker and political activist, brings the controversial and thorny topic of racism to a discussion in his exemplary new documentary film “I Am Not Your Negro”. Peck’s past moves include “Sometimes in April” (2005), a … Continue reading

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Review: The True Cost

“Fast fashion” is a business model that encourages people to buy unnecessary amounts of disposable clothing that will be worn only a few times. It moves clothing as quickly as possible from expensive runway items to cheap knock-offs. For example, … Continue reading

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Review: Racing Extinction

Louie Psihoyos is one of those directors who is recognized for his brilliance and not his proliferation. Though he has only directed a handful of works, his breakout film The Cove, a powerful documentary about dolphin hunting on the Japanese … Continue reading

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Review: Under the Dome

Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading

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A Journey To The Heart Of Darkness

It is always a leap of faith to go into the heart of darkness, but the rewards can be great. This sentiment comes to mind with the release this Friday of one of the most harrowing and compelling personal documentaries … Continue reading

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Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work

When the center of your film is a person whose celebrated motor mouth is both the source of her fame and, sometimes, of her undoing, you definitely have a film that is about the marvels of talk, talk and more … Continue reading

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