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Chaz Ebert on Her Deceased Husband Roger, the 'Life Itself' Doc, and Letting Go

Posted By Jason Gorber on Jul 14th 2014 3:07PM
"Life Itself," Steve James' documentary about the late Roger Ebert, has been playing to select audiences since its debut at 2014's Sundance Film Festival. Now in wider release, this extraordinary film is a fitting tribute to the man who exemplified film criticism for entire generations of filmgoers. When cancer took Ebert's vocal cords, his voice continued to ring out through extensive commen... read more

'Fed Up' Director Stephanie Soechtig on Tackling Childhood Obesity and the Food Industry

Posted By Rick Mele on May 05, 2014
Hot Docs Katie Couric watched for years from behind her news desk as the worldwide obesity epidemic somehow continued to get worse, even as our society seemingly became more active and more conscious of ways to fight it. So Couric decided to set out to investigate with the help of documentary filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig (whose previous doc about the bottled water industry, "Tapped," had caught ...

'Downloaded': Watch the Full Napster Documentary Here! (VIDEO)

Posted By Erin Whitney on September 09, 2013
Remember that thing called Napster? Of course you do; it marked the start of a digital music revolution, the beginning of a new way of understanding piracy and the Internet. While the infamous file-sharing service was briefly touched upon in "The Social Network," its story is finally being told in the new documentary "Downloaded." Written, directed, and produced by Alex Winter, of "Bill & T...

Lance Armstrong Documentary 'The Armstrong Lie' to Ride Into Theaters

Posted By Katie Roberts on July 07, 2013
Thao Nguyen/AP A years-in-the-making documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is finally getting a release, having been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. "The Armstrong Lie" will focus on the last few years of Armstrong's career, when he was dogged by rumors of doping and ultimately admitted to cheating at the sport. Director Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"...

Roman Polanski Returns to Zurich for Ovation After Arrest

Posted By Sharon Knolle on September 09, 2011
Two years after he'd been arrested in Zurich, Roman Polanski received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Zurich Film Festival as he accepted a lifetime achievement award. "Better late than never," he said on finally being able to accept the award in person. In 2009, he was placed under house arrest when he arrived in Switzerland and nearly extradited to the U.S. for outstanding sexual assault...

Hot Doc a Day: 'The Hollywood Complex'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on May 05, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. Comedian David Cross once said: "Watch the parade of the deluded. Right now there are a million people in Hollywood who ar...

Hot Doc a Day: 'Becoming Chaz'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on May 05, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. Chaz Bono is a man. This wasn't always the case. Gender transition is examined emotionally, spiritually and physically ...

'Buck' at Hot Docs: Move Over Cesar Millan, the Horse Whisperer Is Here

Posted By Monika Bartyzel on May 05, 2011
'Buck' is the kind of sweet, easily enjoyable film that grows on you. It might focus on the inspiration for Robert Redford's 'The Horse Whisperer,' but it doesn't have the Hollywood buzz. It doesn't have the media fervor of documentaries like fellow man + animal feature 'Project Nim.' It doesn't have the marketing whirlwind Morgan Spurlock and 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.' What it does have ...

Hot Doc a Day: 'Love Shines'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on May 05, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. What hasn't been said about Ron Sexsmith? The musician's musician, this Canadian singer/songwriter (and damn fine guitaris...

Hot Docs Looks Into Underworld of 'Grinders' Poker

Posted By Mark Wigmore on May 05, 2011
Family man, filmmaker and gambler Matt Gallagher hit tough times some years back. No work and a wife and child to support, he took his poker hobby and turned it into his profession. The hours were bad, the competition was brutal and the whole racket is illegal, but somewhere in that nasty brew was the idea for a film. 'Grinders' was born out of circumstance, need and luck. This documentary ...

Hot Doc a Day: Alan Zweig's 'Vinyl'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on May 05, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. When alt-comic/anti-hipster-schlubb Harvey Pekar suddenly pops onto the screen with no identifying credit in Alan Zweig's ...

'Becoming Chaz' at Hot Docs: An Exploratory Look at Transitioning

Posted By Monika Bartyzel on May 05, 2011
There's a certain amount of tabloid curiosity surrounding 'Becoming Chaz,' and it's no surprise. This documentary doesn't focus on an unknown figure about to break into the world through cinema; it's about the daughter of Sonny and Cher transitioning from female to male. Iconic parents, inside scoops and sexual reassignment are the types of factoids that pique public curiosity, but dirt is ...

Hot Doc a Day: 'Love Always, Carolyn: A Film About Kerouac, Cassady and Me'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on May 05, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. When myth becomes reality, is it worth pushing back with the truth? What if your truth is wrong? These are the questions ...

Hot Doc a Day: 'If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on May 05, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. There is a time in many young people's lives where getting involved in a protest seems like a good idea. It is a right in ...

Hot Doc a Day: 'Dolphin Boy'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on April 04, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. This doc takes the 'Flipper' concept to the next level. 'Dolphin Boy' is the four-year study of a teenager who's reborn th...

Hot Doc a Day: 'The Redemption of General Butt Naked'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on April 04, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. Every year there are few films at Hot Docs that cut through the pack. 'The Redemption of General Butt Naked' stands as one...

Hot Doc a Day: 'The Lumberfros'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on April 04, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. You've probably heard of, known, or are one of those people who take five months of the year to go tree-planting. It's one...

Hot Doc a Day: 'Wiebo's War'

Posted By Mark Wigmore on April 04, 2011
Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films. How much do you know about Wiebo Ludwig? If you're like me –- not much. Here's some basics: Wiebo and his family ...

Watch 'The Nomi Song,' About the Eccentric Musician Who Inspired David Bowie

Posted By Jason Newman on September 09, 2010
Musician Klaus Nomi never became a household name, but as Snagfilms' 'The Nomi Song' shows, his otherworldly live performances and rock-disco-opera hybrid inspired a legion of classic musicians, including David Bowie whom Nomi backed up during Bowie's appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.' Andrew Horn's award-winning documentary is part concert footage, part interview and part bizarre sci-fi film...

Find Out When 'Waiting for "Superman'" Plays in Your City

Posted By Moviefone Staff on September 09, 2010
If you've been 'Waiting for "Superman",' the wait is almost over! The new documentary from the director behind 'An Inconvenient Truth' hits select theaters this Friday, September 24th and will roll out to additional cities in the following weeks. To find out when it'll be in your town, check out the schedule below:...

'Catfish' Creators Tell Us if It's Real or Not

Posted By Anne Brodie on September 09, 2010
'Catfish,' the controversial what-exactly-is-this film by New York documentary filmmakers Ariel and Nev Schulman and Henry Joost, has captured the movie world's attention. Ariel Schulman and Joost follow Ariel's brother Nev as he develops an unusual relationship with someone online. An eight-year-old named Abby sends Nev a painting of one of his dance photographs that appeared in the New York ...

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