Documentary

“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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‘True Detective’ of the Web: ‘Catfish’ Creators Nev Schulman and Max Joseph on Solving the Mysteries of Online Love

Dart through Times Square, where even the Hello Kitty plushies are knockoffs, into the Viacom building on Broadway and 45th, where even the security guards hassle you just because they can. Run smack-dab into Iggy Azalea, dripping with Moschino and contempt, as you enter the elevator. Walk past “ballsy” quotes from M.I.A. and Sid Vicious — an attempt to edge up the colorful MTV offices, where A$AP Rocky blares when you both enter and leave — and step into a conference room overlooking the Hudson River where a team of MTV publicists outnumber your interview subjects. You’re here to talk to Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, the co-stars and co-creators of the “docudrama” Catfish, which returns for its third season this week. It’s almost laugh-out-loud funny how much the real and the fabricated are at battle here within this single experience, an attempt to get to the heart of a TV show that examines what’s real and what’s fabricated in relationships that exist exclusively via digital means. … Read More

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Danny Boyle Inspired by Heist Documentary for New Feature ‘Smash & Grab’

The Pink Panthers are an international jewel thief network, named after the classic crime-comedy film series. The group is… Read More

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Meet the Directors of a Documentary About Men Who Love Cats

The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.

The crazy cat lady is one of the oldest and most persistent cat-related cultural stereotypes — the eccentric old spinster with a bazillion cats whose company she prefers to that of her fellow humans. Cats are traditionally identified as feminine, and they’re generally characterized as pets for women, while men have dogs. If this was ever reflective of reality, it certainly isn’t in the 21st century, but cat-loving men remain curiously underrepresented in both the media and in popular culture. Into this breach step Australian filmmakers Cam McCulloch and Ben John Smith, who are in the process of making a feature-length documentary called Cat Men. The film explores the relationship between male cat fanatics and their pets, and it promises to be fascinating viewing. Flavorwire spoke to the duo about machismo, stereotyping, and the folly of talking to deaf cats. … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to This Week’s Top 10 New York Events

For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events — especially during the summer months. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin. To help you make sense of it all, Flavorpill Deputy Editor Mindy Bond shares the very best of what’s on offer this week. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up… Read More

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‘The Source Family’ Documents a Counterculture Cult

In the late 1960s, the Source restaurant on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip became one of the most successful health-food eateries in the country, catering to free-spirited bohemians and public figures alike. The legendary SoCal establishment was the brainchild of Jim Baker, a force of nature who killed a man with his bare hands before he pulled a 180 and changed his name to Father Yod and later to Yahowa, “the sacred name of God.” It didn’t take long before the charismatic founding father of the spiritually inclined health-food movement attracted hordes of hippies who collectively created a full-fledged cult, not to mention a rock band. … Read More

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Eddie Murphy Is “Never Gonna Be Richard Pryor”: The Comedian’s Widow on Pryor’s Rivalries (And a Threesome)

If you invite Tracy Morgan to your panel discussion, you’ve gotta know what you’re getting into. The comic, actor, and general crazy person was one of five interesting folks who assembled after the Tribeca Film Festival’s Wednesday screening of the wonderful new documentary Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic; he was joined by The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac, author Walter Mosley, Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor (or “J,” as Morgan affectionately called her), and the film’s director, Marina Zenovich. But Morgan dominated the talk, with jokes and peculiar sidebars — until Jennifer Pryor got going, and proved as raw, candid, and devil-may-care as her late husband. … Read More

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