Tag Archives: documentaries

A One Night Tribute to Barry Gifford in LA

American Cinematheque is throwing a One Night Tribute to Barry Gifford on September 3! The lineup features the LA premiere of ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD’S CHICAGO + WILD AT HEART + LOST HIGHWAY. It’s a triple feature for the ages … Continue reading

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ROY’S WORLD to Make Streaming Debut on Fandor and Other Video Platforms October 18

Here’s the official press release! I’m so excited! ### Cinedigm Acquires ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD’S CHICAGO, Acclaimed Chicago-produced Documentary featuring Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor Based on the work of Chicago-born author Barry Gifford, the film premieres October … Continue reading

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A Chicago encore at the Music Box!

For one night only, the film returns to the big screen at the Music Box Theatre! And after the show, Jim Laczkowski (Chicago Film Critics Association) will moderate a Q & A featuring yours truly alongside producer Michael Glover Smith. We’re planning to … Continue reading

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3 things about Leo Hurwitz’s STRANGE VICTORY

Strange Victory [1948] 1. “They paid. Everyone paid.” 2. Silver Shirts. 3. Euphemistic signifiers of restrictive housing and membership. “Select Clientele,” etc.

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Sag Harbor, New York City, Portland!

Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago is playing in a whole bunch of theaters real soon! June 12, 2022: Sag Harbor Cinema, Sag Harbor, NY Yours truly in person June 19, 2022: Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens, NY Yours … Continue reading

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3 things about Isaac Halasima’s WATERMAN

Waterman [2021] 1. When Duke Paoa Kahanamoku arrived in Australia, he didn’t have a board with him. So he carved a new one himself. 2. He was the best … until Johnny Weissmuller came along. 3. Taking a nap under … Continue reading

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3 things about Amy Poehler’s LUCY AND DESI

Lucy and Desi [2022] 1. No retakes. 2. He practices sit-ups with the children. 3. Buster Keaton taught her the importance of props.

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New trailer, new screenings

Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago is returning to theaters! April 30: The Wilmette Theatre, Wilmette, IL Yours truly in person; Q&A with Lee Shoquist (ChicagoFilm.com) May 6 – 7: The Broad Theater, New Orleans, LA [tickets on sale soon—stay tuned] … Continue reading

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3 things about Questlove’s SUMMER OF SOUL

Summer of Soul [2021] 1. The stage was built facing west to achieve the best lighting for the cameras. 2. “It smelled like Afro Sheen and chicken.” 3. Awe-inspiring duet between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples. Kudos to Questlove for … Continue reading

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3 things about Michael Apted’s INCIDENT AT OGLALA

Incident at Oglala [1992] 1. The dowdy woman smiled at him while entering the courtroom, and that’s how he knew that things might swing their way. 2. False affidavits used for extradition. 3. Pickup or van? Red or red-and-white?

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