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New documentary trains spotlight on American hero come up on the civil rights movement, “John Lewis: Good Trouble”

A indefatigable proponent for civil rights speaks out on screen
Produced by Dawn Porter, Erika Alexander and Laura Michalchyshyn
Directed by Dawn Porter

This is the time. As America’s streets are once again flooded with voices screaming for human rights, the time is now for the views, the heart, the words, and the power of the man who is John Lewis. Director Dawn Porter’s new documentary, “John Lewis: Good Trouble” is an honest look at one of the most important men who ever fought for the civil rights movement. We are lucky that this man is ... more >

INTERVIEW: Jon Shenk & Bonni Cohen,”Athlete A”

A perfect storm of indignation and concerted efforts brings one of America's greatest sexual predators to his knees

The disgraced gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar is in prison for the rest of his natural life, which is a just fate considering the estimated hundreds of young female gymnasts he abused over many years. That was scandal enough, but as we also learned, not only had USA Gymnastics fielded many reports from young athletes about his sexual abuse, but they were summarily ignored and/or the ... more >

AFI Docs | Four documentary films worth noticing

The best from AFI Docs 2020 (final chapter)

(This article closes out Eric Althoff's coverage of this year's AFI Docs festival) "Blood on the Wall' Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested trace the long, long path of Central American migrants “caravaning” to the United States through treacherous areas of Mexico run by the cartels and narcotraffickers.  This intriguing doc examines the issue from all sides, from the poverty endemic ... more >

EPIC PICTURES x DREAD ACQUIRE WORLD ON TRIO OF HORROR FILMS AHEAD OF CANNES MARCHÉ DU FILM

Los Angeles, Calif. | Epic Pictures and DREAD have announced the acquisition of the worldwide rights to a slate of three films ahead of the Cannes Marché du Film, which is set to take place digitally from June 22nd to June 26th, 2020. The films acquired for distribution include Andy Collier and Toor Mian’s horror flick "Sacrifice," co-starring Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, From Beyond, ... more >

AFI Docs | “Belly of the Beast”

Modern-day eugenics in California's prisons

(during all of this week, Screen Comment’s Eric Althoff gives readers his take on the choicest films from the 2020 crop of AFI Docs, the world’s premier documentary film festival which took place online this year due to the coronavirus) Incredibly, California didn’t rescind its eugenics laws until 1979.  If that weren’t shocking enough, then “Belly of the Beast” will surely raise eyebrows as ... more >

AFI DOCS | 9TO5: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT

The gender parity movement wouldn't have been the same without them

(during all of this week, Screen Comment’s Eric Althoff gives readers his take on the choicest films from the 2020 crop of AFI Docs, the world’s premier documentary film festival which took place online this year due to the coronavirus) Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who won last year’s Oscar for best documentary for their film “American Factory,” are back to shine their cameras on a largely ... more >

From our past, a scream, resonating loudly, “Da Five Bloods” | REVIEW

Film couldn't have been more timely
Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Norm Lewis and Clarke Peters
Directed by Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s latest film “Da 5 Bloods” is a film that speaks to the times, loud and clear. When Lee was filming the movie last year, how could he have known that it would be touching on exactly what we are going through right now? That question is answered in many ways throughout this allegorical piece but none as stronger as the scenes which bookend this firecracker of a movie. The very first ... more >