Trailer: "Camp 14: Total Control Zone" is the Best Prison Camp Escape Doc Since "Little Dieter Needs to Fly"
Why am I posting the trailer for Camp 14: Total Control Zone right after my interview with the director, Marc Wiese? That’s a good question, but only because I kind of hate this trailer and love the film. To answer, giving the trailer its own showcase will hopefully draw more eyes to it and therefore the documentary. Even if it’s …Read More
TIFF ’12 Interview: Marc Wiese on the Unbelievable Story and Subjects of "Camp 14: Total Control Zone"
There are plenty of times when I draw a blank with interview questions, but it’s usually in the case of films I don’t like or those that are just so-so. This time it was different. After watching the partly animated documentary Camp 14: Total Control Zone I was totally speechless. I wrote a lot of notes about the film down, …Read More
Interview: Heidi Ewing on the Challenges of Making "Detropia," the 80 Minutes of Deleted Scenes and the New Hope for Detroit
Oscar-nominated filmmakers Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing are back with their most ambitious documentary yet, a remarkable portrait of the city of Detroit titled Detropia. Unlike their very character-oriented films Boys of Baraka, Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware and the “Can a Ninth Grader Be Bribed to Succeed?” segment of Freakonomics, Detropia puts the location first, and this results in …Read More
Late last night the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the four men who will be receiving special Oscars this fall at the 4th Annual Governors Awards dinner, and among the names is D.A. Pennebaker, a very deserving cinema legend who has been one of the leading figures in documentary filmmaking for the past fifty years. Here’s the …Read More