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The Big PictureI go to film festivals to see the kind of idiosyncratic, personal movies big Hollywood studios rarely make anymore. But for the last 15 months, I've been watching a wonderfully engaging film festival with passionate and provocative movies on TV,......
Change of SubjectSteve James and Alex Kotlowitz are behind this highly anticipated documentary on the CeaseFire anti-violence program (explicit language warning):...
L.A. NOWAt least 15 to 20 police officers who patrol the streets of Long Beach could be laid off if negotiations between the city and the police union continue at a stalemate, city officials said Tuesday. Payroll cuts to the Police......
WGN NewsChicago is famous for its beautiful skyline. Who wouldn't want to end a movie that fades into the background of Lake Michigan and the Sears (ehm, Willis) Tower? It's no wonder why Hollywood often ventures out to the Midwest to use Chicago as the...
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"Hoop Dreams," the 1994 film about two African American teenagers pursuing basketball stardom, has been voted the best documentary in movie history by the International Documentary Assn. To help celebrate its 25th anniversary, the organization polled its...
CAREERS have been made, awards have been won, but when it comes to making a documentary, a filmmaker's job is never finished. With the release of the academy's documentary shortlist last month, 20 directors of 15 films received the chance to wrap up years...
Tags: Film Festivals, Family, Cinema Industry, Academy Awards, Movies
Times Staff WriterThere's a scene in Steve James' entertaining documentary "Reel Paradise" in which John Pierson, a pioneering independent film producer's rep, aptly compares himself to Allie Fox, Harrison Ford's bespectacled, slightly mad visionary in the Paul Schrader-...
Tags: Paul Schrader, Family, Peter Weir, Kevin Smith, Television
Special to The TimesWhenever the topic of the war in Iraq comes up most people go out of their way to say that they "support the troops," whatever that's supposed to mean. "The War Tapes," arguably the most vital and eye-opening documentary yet made regarding the United...
Tags: Lifestyle and Leisure, U.S. Army, Scranton, Burger King, Iraq
Tribune movie criticWhen the Oscar nominations come out Tuesday, there are bound to be cries of injustice -- and in many cases, those charges will have merit. Can anyone really defend the exclusion from the Oscar nominee list in various years of movies such as "Some Like...
"American Splendor," a sly film biography that stars Paul Giamatti as churlish underground comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, won the grand jury prize, the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance jurors gave the documentary grand prize to...
Times Staff WriterThe Sundance Film Festival's selection for its dramatic grand jury prize, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's "American Splendor," reflects the complex new realities of the independent film scene. As a warm, playful and visually inventive biopic...
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Times Staff WriterWhen "Hoop Dreams," the highly acclaimed documentary about two inner-city youths striving for basketball stardom, brought its maker, Steve James, to southern Illinois in 1995 in connection with its presentation, he contacted Stevie Fielding, a troubled...
Tags: Crimes, Death, Family, Social Issues, Cinema Industry
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