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WHORES’ GLORY: Dennis Lim and Michael Glawogger, In Person at Pacific Film Archive

April 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

‘My films are called documentaries, but they’re maybe not the kind of journalistic work many people expect when they think about things like prostitution, big cities, manual labor.’

Rewind: ROBOCOP’s José Padilha, Truth and Daring

February 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Will a Padilha-style beating be good for American cinema?

Daily | IDA Documentary Awards 2013

December 7, 2013
The Square

Another win for Jehane Noujaim’s THE SQUARE.

Daily | Dominique Benicheti’s COUSIN JULES

November 27, 2013
Cousin Jules

A “poetic ode to a bygone rural world.” Updated through 12/6.

Daily | Peter Wintonick, 1953 – 2013

November 19, 2013
Peter Wintonick

He saw the documentary “as quintessential to the moral well-being of the universe.” Updated through 11/22.

Daily | Ed Pincus, 1938 – 2013

November 6, 2013
Ed Pincus

Ross McElwee calls Pincus’s DIARIES “one of the most remarkable nonfiction films ever made.”

Video: Steadicam Money Shots in RIVERS AND TIDES

September 13, 2013

Benefiting from Steadicam shots in a film about artist Andy Goldsworthy’s work, RIVERS AND TIDES is more than just a documentary. It is ‘cinema.’

Art and Endurance at Seattle’s 25-Day Fest

May 30, 2013

A first take on Seattle’s crowd-pleasing nearly month-long international festival turns up great music docs and a revitalized Shakespeare.

Video: Four Ways of Looking at Chinese Reality

May 16, 2013

China’s historical transformation over the last 25 years unleashed a new kind of reality, and a new kind of filmmaking to go with it.

STORIES WE TELL with Sarah Polley

May 9, 2013

Deep dive into family history nets much more than a ‘home movie.’


April 30, 2013 | One Comment

Martina Kudláček’s new film offers the bracing yet affable truth about Peter Kubelka.

Raoul Peck, in his Own Voice

April 25, 2013

‘Stop showing our sadness, our dead bodies,’ says the maker of a documentary on misguided philanthropy for Haiti.