Guy Reid’s new film Planetary is one of the more bountiful feasts for the eye that I’ve seen in a long time. Earth has rarely looked so beautiful. Of course, we humans are messing it up. But if you’re expecting another doom-and-gloom lesson on what we’re doing to the planet, you’re in for a surprise. […]
Laurie Kahn opens her new documentary, Love Between the Covers, with a statistic: over 75 million Americans read at least one romance novel last year. If that little gem isn’t news to you, perhaps you’ll be surprised by the fact that romance is the biggest selling genre out there, outselling every other book genre, including […]
Anders Riis-Hansen’s documentary The Circus Dynasty has all the makings of a modern-day fairytale. Two talented circus families have worked together for 20 years. The Berdinos own and run the circus, and the Cassellys are fifth-generation circus artists, and the most awarded act in Europe. The heirs apparent, Patrick and Merrylu, are now poised to […]
Morgan Schmidt-Feng’s new documentary, On Her Own, tells a story that’s pretty familiar to most of us: the slow death of the family farm in America (and Canada, for that matter). While organic and local farming is gaining popularity, it’s difficult to compete with the output and production capabilities of huge agricultural complexes (I hesitate […]
Kristof Bilsen’s Elephant’s Dream is, at its essence, a story of hope and resilience in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through portraits of three government workers, Bilsen exposes the seriousness of that nation’s crumbling infrastructure after over a century of colonization, political crisis, war and corruption. We hear a lot these days about crumbling infrastructure […]
Birdman hits dvd and Blu-ray on February 17, 2015.