April 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - When Brett Morgen was working through the drawings, journals, home videos, and sound collages that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left behind after taking his life in 1994, the filmmaker found a note to Cobain's then-girlfriend Tracey Marander, written in the late 1980s. "I'm going to work now," Cobain wrote. "When I'm gone please go through all my things and figure me out. " That was Morgen's task in 2007, when Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, approached him about making a film.
April 23, 2015 |
YOU WANT the Answer? Watch "Iverson," a documentary about a pint-sized player who made a giant impact in the NBA. The film, which debuted at New York's Tribeca Film Festival last April, will premiere on television on Showtime on May 16 at 9 p.m. Director Zatella Beatty somehow squeezes Allen Iverson's life into 97 minutes. Touches on his childhood in Hampton, Va., his much-publicized arrest at a bowling alley brawl at 17, his college years at Georgetown and his NBA career, which included 12 seasons with the Sixers.
April 21, 2015 |
DJ AM got a second chance at life. The celebrity deejay, born Adam Goldstein, survived a 2008 plane crash in South Carolina that killed four. Goldstein and his frequent collaborator, Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, survived. Just a year later, Goldstein was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from an accidental drug overdose. He was 36. Goldstein was born in Philadelphia and lived near Rittenhouse Square until he moved to Los Angeles at 14. He attended the Philadelphia School, Greenfield Elementary and Friends' Central.
March 27, 2015 |
TO STOP bullying, we have to understand the issues that cause bullies to act out in the first place. That's why director Amy S. Weber explores a bully's perspective in her film "A Girl Like Her," which opens today. "We hear so many of the stories from the victim's perspective, and we wanted to offer another side of the story - a story that we very rarely, if ever, get to hear," Weber said. Weber has written and produced more than 40 award-winning educational documentaries, in which she's explored tough topics facing youth, such as violence and eating disorders.
March 27, 2015 |
Anyone with a Twitter feed will be aware of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief , even if not by name. For some time, promoted tweets have filled feeds in an attempt to discredit individuals who appear in Going Clear , the documentary that debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO. The tweets don't mention Alex Gibney's documentary by name, but these paid-for missives accuse ex-Scientologists of being liars, seemingly without context....
March 19, 2015
ABOUT a month ago, I watched the investigative reporter Edward R. Murrow's 1960 CBS documentary, "Harvest of Shame," which brought me to tears. Unprecedented in its day, the award-winning documentary aired on Thanksgiving and put up a mirror showing what poverty and the plight of farmworkers looked like, not in a third-world country, but right here at home. From the opening scene, I was riveted. It looked like an open lot for livestock and it was packed with African-American men and women looking for work.
March 19, 2015 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Here at the Interactive/Film week of South by Southwest, the question arises: Is it possible to own too many pairs of shoes? The title characters of Sneakerheadz , David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge's lively, pop-cult-savvy documentary about sneaker collectors, would agree with Imelda Marcos that it is not. With appearances by sneaker obsessives including rapper Wale, comedian Mike Epps, and DJs Samantha Ronson and...
March 13, 2015 |
RORY KARPF didn't have any trouble coming up with the title for the ESPN "30 for 30" documentary he directed that airs on Selection Sunday at 9 p.m. "I Hate Christian Laettner" is the title of a film about the former Duke player who despite hitting "the shot" went on to become villified by people he never met. "They wanted to do this one on Christian," said Karpf, who has also done the "Book of Manning" and "Snoop & Son, A Dad's Dream" for...
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 21, 2015 |
Founded in 1835, St. Patrick's Church in Norristown is where many of the Irish immigrants who built the region's railroads worshiped and rejoiced amid the skirl of bagpipes. Fast-forward almost two centuries, and many St. Patrick's worshipers are speaking Spanish, with mariachi trumpets in the air. Starting about a decade ago, 1,000 to 1,500 Mexican immigrant families from the borough's burgeoning Hispanic population joined the church, spurring diversity with bilingual Masses and bringing vitality to a parish that 25 years ago closed its school because it couldn't draw enough students.