The director of the stunning new documentary spoke to us shortly after learning his film would receive a rating that means its subjects can't even see it and explains why it was so unfair.
A new documentary raising funds on Kickstarter intends to restore women's contributions to the Sandinista struggle for freedom in Nicaragua.
For a film that’s about the birth of viral videos and the unlikely celebrities born from them, “Winnebago Man” has taken a while to reach the same medium, but that all changes today. Thanks to SnagFilms’ SummerFest, Ben Steinbauer’s film about Jack Rebney, an RV salesman whose tirade on a hot summer day while shooting an industrial video became an underground sensation and eventually a YouTube hit, is available for the next two weeks for free. (Coincidentally, the film’s official site is also offering paraphernalia from the film and the DVD at a discount through September 15th.)
Though the film traces Rebney’s rise to become known as “the angriest man in the world,” it is undeniably a feel-good film, even if it’s a bit bittersweet now that San Francisco’s Red Vic, the home of Rebney’s great triumph, has closed its doors. Still, “Winnebago Man” is a beautiful portrait of Rebney, whose journey is unexpected, and of an era of fame that we're still trying to comprehend, even if its much deserved as it is in the case of the "Winnebago Man." The film can be seen below.
If you're in L.A., there's still a week left to catch some of the year's most interesting nonfiction films. Here are two you should see if you're in the area.
One of the most exciting filmmakers working talks about the enduring cultural resonance of the too good to be true tale of an obscure American businessman.
A new doc conveys the excitement and lunacy of the 2012 Republican presidential race.
The director talks about how an aborted narrative feature unexpectedly led to a compelling chronicle of her family's history.
There's plenty to bitch about the Academy Awards nomination process for documentaries, but at least they give us this three-week festival in Los Angeles and New York where much of the best nonfiction cinema of the year will be presented. Here are our picks for three of the best.
How a quest for pierogies led to an eight-year process of giving an outsider artist his due.
When victims of an activist-turned-FBI informant take the mic at the hometown premiere of the compelling new documentary he's a star of, a completely different version of an already wild tale is told.
On traveling to Peru to find a community with the opportunity to shape their digital future.
In the memory of the documentary giant who passed away at 90, the pioneer of cinema verite reflects on one of his final films.