I was a little wary about watching For Madmen Only because I had never heard of its subject, Del Close. But with the perfect timing of the comedians it celebrates, narrator Michaela Watkins begins this fascinating documentary by reassuring viewers, “If you never heard of Del Close, well, congratulations. That means you’re not a comedian, which, all in all, is probably good news for you.”Read more
From the outset, Everyone Together’s preliminary scene draws you in—the outlandish costuming, the unique setting, and the deliberate overacting by its main stars—all establish an off-balanced tone, in this pilot for a proposed episodic series, centering on a dysfunctional family’s search for love.Read more
We Don’t Deserve Dogs is a documentary that shows how dogs are truly man’s best friend all across the globe, in a series of vignettes. People in one location in one country share their experience with how one dog has impacted their lives. Usually, the animal helped them with a positive transformation, but not always. Ultimately, as all dog films, it’s not really about the dogs. It’s about the humans.Read more
Yingying Zhang left China for America to pursue her dream. She was enrolled in the University of Urbana Champaign College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences in Illinois. She liked studying, enjoyed being independent, and wrote in her own diary. Everything was going according to her plans when one man, viciously and heartlessly, took everything away from her, including her life.Read more
Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano may seem like an unlikely setting for space exploration, but for a group of intrepid scientists and would-be astronauts, it becomes exactly that in this NASA experiment captured by filmmakers Lauren DeFilippo and Katherine Gorringe in this fascinating documentary.Read more
Echoes of the Invisible is as heady, vast and ambiguous as its title indicates. It has a lofty goal: to help us understand our place in the universe. To do so, it takes us on journeys ancient and present, up into the cosmos and down into the ocean’s icy depths, through deserts and rainforests to identify the world’s most persistent living organisms and exploring our interconnectedness: stranger to stranger, neighbor to neighbor, one nationality to another, and us to our ancestors and the earth around us.Read more
Alice Gu’s documentary delves into the reverence afforded to the humble doughnut while charting how Ted Ngoy played a part in that status. And, likely to the surprise of most watching, it explores how his instant fondness helped completely change the lives of many of his fellow Cambodian Americans fleeing genocide, while also pondering the importance of a nation such as the US aiding refugees in need — and the contributions they make to society in return.Read more
What happens when someone you once loved is the person who actually created the soundtrack of your life?
I Will Make You Mine follows three women connected by their past romances with singer/songwriter, Goh Nakamura. They’ve never quite gotten over him, and when he comes back into their lives at once, each woman must come to terms with what she wants from him and from her own life.
A Most Beautiful Thing makes waves. Telling the story of the first all African American high school rowing team, this inspiring documentary will break barriers and give faith to those who think changing the system is impossible.Read more
We are going to be seeing the work of Pakistani-American director Iram Parveen Bilal for decades to come. I’ll Meet You There, her third feature, displays a keen ability to guide the cinematography, editing and actors in a way that allows the audience to fall in love with her characters.Read more