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Entries Tagged as 'Stranger Than Fiction'

Soul Power, more than a music documentary

August 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Last night Stranger Than Fiction screened Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte’s 2008’s documentary Soul Power. The film taps into a wealth of once lost archival footage shot at the Zaire ’74 concert. The 3 day event was initially organized to accompany the Muhammad Ali, George Foreman title fight, entitled “Rumble in the Jungle” in the country which is […]

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Inside Newark, above and below

June 16th, 2011 No Comments

The second screening of Stranger Than Fiction’s summer season comes from the small screen.  Two episodes from season two of the Sundance Channel’s Brick City were shown back to back and I can see why the STF programmers chose to show this theatrically.  Thom Powers (Artistic Director at STF) said in his introduction to the […]

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NYU’s Contemporary Documentary examines history and technique

June 5th, 2011 No Comments

I’ve registered for NYU’s SCPS course, Contemporary Documentary twice this year and luckily, the second time took.  Apparently there wasn’t enough enrollment (I’m guessing) for a spring class, but you wouldn’t know it by the summer quarter’s class.  I haven’t taken a count, but it’s definitely well attended. Contemporary Documentary’s summer course is taught by […]

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These Amazing Shadows brings light to preservation

April 23rd, 2011 No Comments

This week offered a bonus for Stranger Than Fiction attendees.  These Amazing Shadows, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, screened in New York City at IFC Thursday night. The documentary focuses on the inception and history of the National Film Registry, which is the United States National Film Preservation Board’s selection of films to […]

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A Moving Collage

February 9th, 2011 No Comments

Nobody’s Business (1996), is an inspired, inventive and touching exploration of our world, family connections and humanity’s history, told through a portrait of the filmmaker’s father. This is most definitely the finest example of creative and effective use of archival material that I’ve ever had the joy of experiencing.  There are many elements to this […]

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A new understanding of Grey Gardens

January 24th, 2011 No Comments

Stranger Than Fiction’s Grey Garden’s screening Wednesday night followed in step with the Museum of Moving Images’ Cinema Eye Honors, who bestowed their Legacy Award to filmmakers Albert Maysles, Muffie Meyer and Susan Froemke the evening before.  The creators of Grey Gardens also included Ellen Hovde and David Maysles.  Ms. Hovde was unable to attend and […]

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NYU’s Doc Development

December 21st, 2010 No Comments

Just have to write a quick plug for Thom Power’s NYU class, Documentary Development.  I took it this fall and it was great.  Besides a little producing, I’m generally on the tail end of productions and this course really provides a clear overview of a documentary production, from inception through distribution.  It also takes a […]

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Marwencol is calling

September 29th, 2010 No Comments

The small western European state of Belgium harbors the even smaller town of Marwencol – located around the Kingston, New York area.  If you think that makes no sense, Mark Hogancamp will explain it perfectly. Tuesday night’s official opening season of IFC Center’s Stranger Than Fiction set the bar with Marwencol, one of the most […]

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House of Kopple

September 23rd, 2010 No Comments

This Monday night was the pre-season premiere of Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center and they started out with a bang.  Barbara Kopple’s latest creation, House of Steinbrenner, a surprisingly emotional documentary not just about Mr. Steinbrenner and his empire but about the tradition of baseball as a family and community that spans generations. […]

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Monday Night Special

September 16th, 2010 No Comments

IFC’s Stranger Than Fiction series begins it’s fall season next week with a pre-season monday night special screening.  Two time Oscar-winner, Barbara Kopple’s new release, House of Steinbrenner will play at 8p September 20th.  Ms. Kopple will be on hand for post screening Q&A.  Season passes are going for an early bird rate until midnight […]

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