February 15, 2016
It is the real-life portrait of a North Philadelphia family filmed over nearly a decade. The small, everyday moments - and the stakes and drama attached to them. A father working a job delivering circulars in the North Philly dawn. Or being hassled by police outside his home. A conversation between a mother and daughter, as she braids her child's hair. A daughter pressing for a later curfew. It's a family shown in all its complexity and beauty and playfulness - and it's a look into the crushing realities that threaten each of them.
January 28, 2016 |
Nineteenth-century Philadelphia is often characterized as a center of abolitionist thought and a haven for Southern slaves seeking freedom. But that is a simplification, as we learn from the latest installment of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment , an ongoing half-hour documentary series produced by Philadelphia entrepreneur Sam Katz's History Making Productions. It will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on 6ABC. Titled "Disorder: 1820-1854," the sixth installment of the 13-part series explores the racist sentiment widespread among working-class whites who felt displaced by the city's growing number of free blacks.
December 4, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The anti-bullying film "Bully," the climate-change study "Chasing Ice" and the AIDS chronicle "How to Survive a Plague" are among 15 features on the short list for the Academy Award for best documentary. Other contenders announced Monday are the Ethel Kennedy documentary "Ethel," the health care exploration "The Waiting Room" and the music portrait "Searching for Sugar Man," tracing the fate of acclaimed but obscure 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Members of the academy's documentary branch will narrow the list to five nominees.
September 25, 2014
A story Monday on a new Philadelphia documentary by Sam Katz wrongly gave the name of Cardinal Dennis Dougherty, archbishop of Philadelphia from 1918 to 1951.
September 1, 2010
9:30 tonight CHANNEL 12 Here's a documentary about the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: 29 pianists compete.
March 9, 2015 |
The filmmakers ask Richard Norcross to pull over at the house where he was shot five times - the house where his younger brother and another law enforcement officer were gunned down 20 years ago. "It's a very eerie feeling," says Norcross, who was a Haddon Heights police detective when Leslie Nelson's bloody rampage made national headlines. Glancing at the innocuous two-story dwelling on Sylvan Drive where his life changed forever on April 20, 1995, Norcross adds, "There are no good memories here.
February 15, 2016 |
Buddy Ryan was a jerk, and the 1985 Chicago Bears, at least on the defensive side of the ball, were a reflection of their brash coordinator. That's what I'd always believed. So a recent ESPN documentary on both was a surprise. Touching, funny, engrossing, and most of all revealing of the characters hidden behind the caricatures, The '85 Bears was an example of how a talented filmmaker can transform a subject of limited interest into a work of art. It was, like most of ESPN's "30 for 30" films, so good you could almost forgive the network for having made SportsCenter nearly unwatchable.
October 4, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Trade unions have taken their dispute with developers Michael and Matthew Pestronk to a new level, producing a sleek documentary that accuses the brothers of safety and health violations at their signature project, the unfinished Goldtex building. The 20-minute documentary, unveiled Wednesday at a campaign-style event at the headquarters of electricians union Local 98, includes videos, photos, and interviews with two unidentified "undercover workers" at the job site, just north of Chinatown.
February 6, 2012
Mike deGruy, 60, an award-winning cinematographer who spent three decades making documentary films about the ocean, was killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Australia. His employer, National Geographic, said Sunday that Mr. deGruy and Australian television writer-producer Andrew Wight died Saturday. Mr. DeGruy won multiple Emmy and British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards for cinematography. An accomplished diver and submersible pilot, the Santa Barbara, Calif., resident was the director of undersea photography for James Cameron's 2005 documentary Last Mysteries of the Titanic . Mr. DeGruy spent much of his early film career traveling the world, shooting for clients including the BBC, PBS and National Geographic, his website says.
March 28, 2011
Richard Leacock, 89, a documentary filmmaker and pioneer of the unobtrusive camera technique cinema verite who followed John F. Kennedy on his presidential campaign and was seen by some as the grandfather of reality television, died Wednesday in Paris. His technical acumen supplied the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut with the tools of their trade. His insightful direction laid the groundwork for generations of filmmakers seeking to use their cameras to capture real life as it happened, colleagues said.