Documentary

The Best Graffiti in Cinema

Presented by HBO

For a month last summer, New Yorkers were absolutely consumed with all things Banksy. The acclaimed British street artist had come to NYC for a citywide “residency,” and his works popped up all over the city. HBO’s new user-generated documentary, Banksy Does New York (airing tonight at 9pm), recounts those halcyon days of stencils, street art, and secret identities. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to graffiti on film. We’ve rounded up seven more movies to check out, that will ensure you get your street-art fix. … Read More

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‘An Open Secret’ Examines Hollywood Sex Abuse Allegations, Beyond the Tabloid Sensationalism

When 31-year-old Michael Egan III brought a lawsuit against X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer in April of this year, it set off a slew of salacious tabloid stories. Egan alleged that Singer and other powerful Hollywood men, as part of an underground sex ring, drugged and raped the aspiring actor when he was an underage teenager. He described sketchy parties held at the M&C Estate, a mansion owned by now-convincted sex offender Marc Collins-Rector and his partner Chad Shackey. … Read More

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‘Bruk Out!’: Inside the Hypersexual and Totally Empowered World of Dancehall Queens

“Bruk out” may be a phrase known only to Jamaican dancehall novices via the early Major Lazer song of the same name. Essentially it means to get wild, and by Major Lazer’s interpretation, the “Bruk Out” world centers around a gold-digging stripper named Jill. If documentary director Cori McKenna has her way, however, some may come to associate the phrase with a portrait of female strength via dancehall’s hypersexualized moves. … Read More

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Get More Excited For Martin Scorsese’s ‘New York Review of Books’ Doc With the Trailer

Martin Scorsese plus the New York Review of Books? It’s a match made in New York heaven, isn’t it? But,… Read More

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How To Write Your Own History

Presented by Cole Haan

Flavorpill has teamed up with Cole Haan to help a new generation write their own history. On September 6th and 7th in NYC, you can attend our Inspiration Workshop at Wallplay on the Lower East Side for programming designed to inform and empower both your creative side *and* your business side. General Assembly teachers lead (free) classes on site, and inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs share their stories in evening panel discussions. You can also peruse The Sketchbook Project‘s mobile pop-up library, featuring the doodles, lists, and dreams of international authors, artists, scientists, and more. We spoke to some of the panelists and instructors involved in the Inspiration Workshop for advice on writing our own history and forging our own path — so even if you can’t attend the Workshop, you can come away inspired. … Read More

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HBO’s Pamela Smart Doc ‘Captivated’ Explores the Insidiousness of the Observer Effect

On May 1, 1990, Pamela Smart came home to her New Hampshire condominium and found her husband Greggory dead, the victim of what seemed, at first, a robbery gone awry. The crime turned out to be much more salacious: Smart, a media coordinator for the local school district, had allegedly seduced a 15-year-old boy and convinced him and three friends to bump off her husband. Maybe you saw the story when it was turned into a TV movie, with Helen Hunt as Smart and Chad Allen as her young lover; more likely, you saw Gus Van Sant’s fictionalized take To Die For, from Joyce Maynard’s novel, with Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix. Or maybe you remember the media frenzy surrounding Smart’s trial, which was the first such proceeding ever televised in its entirety. That trial — and the many prisms through which it was viewed, at the time and subsequently — is the subject of Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, a gripping new documentary premiering tonight on HBO. … Read More

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“They’re So Impossibly Young”: ‘The Kill Team’ Director Dan Krauss on American Soldiers, Murder, and Morality

Dan Krauss’ documentary The Kill Team, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, is a compelling and horrifying examination of one soldier’s moral morass in the face of war crimes in Afghanistan. “The Kill Team” was the nickname given to a rogue squadron of soldiers in the US Military who murdered Afghan civilians. Led by Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, a man who collected the fingers of the victims as trophies, the team planted weapons on the dead so that the murders looked like justifiable incidents. The film profiles one soldier, 100-pound weakling Specialist Adam Winfeld, who was on trial for one count of premeditated murder. … Read More

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From Bare Butts to Scary Santas: 10 Banned Movie Posters

Another day, another controversy incited by the oft-prudish rulings of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). This time it’s Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem that’s the target, a poster for the film banned due to star Christoph Waltz’s bare bottom (featured after the break). This isn’t the first time the MPAA or another ratings board has put the kibosh on a poster, frequently unwarranted. We revisited the cases of ten banned movie posters (and one unofficially banned image) so you can be the judge. … Read More

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‘Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.’ Gives Us a Glimpse Into Two Elusive Artists

Pop quiz, hotshot: what do you know about Robert De Niro? What actually comes to mind? Probably something like Taxi Driver, or The Godfather Part II, or any De Niro/Scorsese classics and stuff like Meet the Parents. But when you think about Robert De Niro, you mostly think that he is one the greatest actors of all time, a New York icon, a guy who has a lot of businesses, be it good restaurants or the Tribeca Film festival and… that’s it, really. His personal life is his personal life, and he’s a terrible interview anyway, so what is there to know about the guy? I worked for Tribeca Enterprises for two years, and I was in the same room as “Bob” once. He gave a sheepish wave to the company. He’s shy. … Read More

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