Some of the headlines pertaining to documentary with a little bit of commentary for the last week:
Brief NYT review of Making the Boys, about the play The Boys in the Band. The Huffington Post has a longer piece about this documentary.
‘The Kids Grow Up’ turns the lens on home videos and the right to privacy, a review of Doug Block’s film about his daughter. Especially look at the sections about ethics and consent in this article. The article raises questions about videos such as this one, wherein the child gets upset and cries after being told he is not a single lady. The child is not young enough to consent to this, and yet he is appearing on YouTube (and, at the time, news broadcasts) with more than 5 million views. What happens when he gets old enough to realize and understand what happened?
A Documentary Reveals the Dark Side of Conan O’Brien, includes a brief Q&A with O’Brien about the documentary.
A look at some of the best documentaries at SXSW, including Buck, Where Soldiers Come From, Something Ventured, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Tabloid, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, and Covento.
Controversial A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Purchased By Sony: Controversial because the director showed it at Sundance without the group’s approval. Is that disapproval an act on the group’s part, or is the group genuinely mad? Hard to know.
Court reverses order to halt Mexican documentary: “A Mexico City appeals court ruled that suspending the film violated freedom of information.”
Maya Newell wins Outstanding New Documentary Talent at AIDC (Australian International Documentary Conference): She won for a documentary titled Two. She also has directed Richard: The Most Interestingest Person I’ve Ever Met.
Morgan Spurlock Named CinemaCon Documentary Filmmaker of the Year. His POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold gets released April 22 by Sony Pictures Classics.
New Documentary on Women, War, Family and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a brief write-up and trailer for Pushing the Elephant, by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel.
Profiles of the 2010-2011 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows, including Jennifer Carpenter and Victoria Fleischer, from the Duke Center for Documentary Studies
Watch a Great Short Documentary About People in an Elevator, the 24-minute piece is called Lift. You can watch it here, if you want to bypass the article. It shows the power of the short documentary. I wish there were more broadcast outlets available for them.