Featured image: 14-year-old Zebiba lifts weights at a competition in the documentary Lift Like a Girl. (Photo courtesy of Route 504 PR.) In the new documentary Lift Like a Girl, a 14-year-old female weightlifter named Zebiba trains in Alexandria, Egypt, on a street corner that looks like an abandoned construction site. This doesn’t look like the spot [...]
Featured image: Levi and Kailyn Nahirney for the documentary Levi: Becoming Himself. (Photo credit: Mina Lumena.) One’s own identity is such a tricky thing to figure out. That’s just one of the many aspects of the new CBC documentary Levi: Becoming Himself, about Levi Nahirney, a 19-year-old trans man where we follow his journey of finding his [...]
In Aurora Brachman’s short documentary Joychild, it explores an 8-year-old child coming out as transgender to their mother. Through voice-over narration trying to put their feelings into words over footage of them playing, it’s a compelling short doc told in a unique way. Through e-mail, I was able to chat with Aurora about her short documentary, which is now available to watch on The New Yorker. Find that conversation here.
For The Holy Game, I was able to speak with the film’s co-directors Brent Hodge and Chris Kelly, as well as one of the film’s documentary subjects Father Michael Zimmerman, now a priest in Boston. This was also the first time I had a priest on my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, so that was rather neat.
In the conversation, we talked about what got the directors on the film, some of the background for the Clericus Cup and its fanbase, deciding what voices from which best team could best help tell this story, finding the audience for the film, filming the sports scenes and a lot of other conversation topics in between. As well, Father Michael talked about his reactions to watching the film for the first time.
Featured image: Director and producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland. (Courtesy of Kino Lorber.) Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation gives a great idea of the work, lives and personal journeys of both Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams as friends and sort-of “frenemies.” It’s told through archive footage and a great score, but director and producer Lisa [...]
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, my guest was Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda, whose new film, a 24-minute documentary called Testimony of Ana is currently on the festival circuit, currently playing at the Krakow Film Festival (from May 30 to Sunday, June 6) in Poland after premiering at the Hot Docs Film Festival earlier this month. The film is about the life of Anaben Pawar, an elderly tribal woman accused of witchcraft in rural India.
For this episode of my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with Iain Cooke, music supervisor on the new Apple TV+ Original series 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything. The show is a docuseries about the musicians and soundtracks that shaped the culture and politics of the year 1971. In the conversation, we chat about reuniting with director Asif Kapadia, the process for this series, as well as immersing himself into the year of 1971 and the 158 songs put into this project.
In this first of two interviews of my coverage of the new documentary Bastards’ Road, I was able to chat with Brian Morrison – the director, editor and cinematographer of the film – as well as founders of the music media company Aliceanna Collective, Daniel Strauch and Michael Marx-Gibbons, who provided three original songs for the film.
The documentary tells the story of Jon Hancock, a Marine veteran who walked 5,800 miles around the United States, using the solitude of the road and company of his fellow Marine brothers and their families of their fallen to successfully manage his wounds from war. This is as he goes across the country visiting his Marine brothers, as well as visiting those Gold Star families.
Set! is a documentary about something that only frequent state fair goers may have heard of, and that’s the world of competitive table setting (or table scaping). It’s not a race to set the dinner table; but a decorative art (with all the competition of sports) where table setters compete for beautiful ribbons. The film [...]