Finally out on DVD, tour bus guide and poet Timothy Levitch shares his fascinating view of New York City (pre-09/11).
http://speedlevitchonline.com/
 
 
Werner Herzog is the granddaddy of documentary films, and this tight, intense study of two murderers, one on death row, the other serving a life sentence, and the families of their victims, along with police and executioner shines a light on the the ethics of capital punishment. Yes.
http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/into-the-abyss
 
 
James Miller and Saira Shah explore the effects of the Israel occupation on the youngest residents of the Gaza Strip. A project that cost one of the filmmakers their life. Sad story: great documentary.
 

BENDA BILILI!

4/9/2012

 
(Look Beyond Appearances) Stop feeling sorry for yourself and enjoy this documentary about disabled poverty-stricken musicians in the Congo.
http://movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/benda-bilili/
 
 
D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus follow the team that got Clinton elected in '92, before everything went horribly wrong. Great documentary that deserves the Criterion Collection treatment.
http://www.criterion.com/films/28029-the-war-room
http://phfilms.com/index.php/phf/film/thewarroom1/
 
 
As a parent of a child who just booked her first theatrical (extra) job, this documentary about young Hollywood hopefuls' is particularly relevant. Explains the frenzy surrounding pilot season. Great characters. Inside look at kids, and the adults who both help them and prey on their dreams of stardom.
http://www.thehollywoodcomplex.com/
 

LOST BOYS OF SUDAN

3/21/2012

 
Yes, you should see this documentary about Sudanese refugees in the U.S.A..
http://www.lostboysfilm.com/
 

SENNA

3/6/2012

 
Great movie, probably the most exciting documentary: ever. Don't need to love cars, or racing to appreciate the life of Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. Can't wait to see it again!
http://www.sennamovie.com/
 
 
Exotic animal ownership is examined from both sides of the cage. It's good, but not for the super-sensitive big cat lovers.
http://www.theelephantinthelivingroom.com/
 
 
Won an Oscar for best documentary. It's old school talking head interviews, and archival footage, narrated by Harvey Fierstein. Great piece of history about a major player in the Civil Rights Movement.