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The Walk (2015)

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“And what’s this all for?” asks the U.S. Customs Agent.  Philippe Petit replies, “I’m going to hang a high wire between the World Trade Center Towers…and walk on it.”  The Customs Agent sarcastically responds, “Right.  Good luck.” French high-wire artist … Continue reading

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DP/30: Jehane Noujaim On ‘The Square’

Jehane Noujaim was already near Tahrir Square in Cairo when the Egyptian Revolution started in 2011; this would become the subject of her latest documentary The Square.  I missed out on seeing the film at Film Forum in NYC last … Continue reading

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DP/30: Joshua Oppenheimer On ‘The Act of Killing’

Joshua Oppenheimer spent several years shooting footage for what became his latest documentary The Act of Killing, which focuses on Indonesian death squad leaders (including Anwar Congo) who reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of their favorite American … Continue reading

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DP/30: Morgan Neville On “20 Feet From Stardom”

Morgan Neville, the director of such documentaries as The Cool School and Johnny Cash’s America, unveiled his latest film 20 Feet From Stardom last year.  His latest doc focuses on backup singers for some of the greatest singers of all … Continue reading

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DP/30: Zachary Heinzerling On ‘Cutie and the Boxer’

Zachary Heinzerling made his directorial debut with his documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which focuses on the 40-year marriage between boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko.  When the Academy Award nominations were announced, this was one of the … Continue reading

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DP/30: Rick Rowley On ‘Dirty Wars’

Last July, I got to see Rick Rowley’s documentary Dirty Wars at the IFC Center in New York City.  The doc was co-written and produced by investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, who also wrote the book that inspired the film.  In … Continue reading

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Spike Lee: An Appreciation Part Two

(Continued from: Spike Lee: An Appreciation Part One) For his 11th feature film, Lee produced and directed 1997’s 4 Little Girls.  This documentary feature examines the 1963 murder of four black girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.  It was … Continue reading