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THREE DOCS REVIEWED: “Desert One,” “Red Penguins” and “Unsettled”

With the multiplexes shuttered, and the so-called event films on hold for months yet, it’s a boomtime for documentaries, which continue their march onto streaming platforms. Here are a few choice non-fiction flicks to keep an eye out for. “Desert One” It’s been four decades since Iranian students overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, beginning a hostage situation that would only end 444 ... more >

INTERVIEW: Dawn Porter, filmmaker (“John Lewis: Good Trouble”)

Could there possibly be a more apt time for a documentary about John Lewis, the civil rights pioneer and longtime Georgia congressman, than now? In this singular moment of protest and cultural shift, documentarian Dawn Porter is hoping that her new film “John Lewis: Good Trouble” will be a part of the conversation. “Despite some evidence to the contrary, I count myself as an optimistic person. ... more >

“7500,” there’s trouble brewing on the Berlin to Paris flight

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar and Aylin Tezel
Directed by Patrick Vollrath

It is rare when a Hollywood thriller can glue us to our seats. These days, big budget films in this genre are too concerned with creating big action set-pieces meant to be eye candy, rather than crafting smart and interesting situations where the tension comes out of the moment and the characters. Therefore, the best thrillers usually come from the independent or the foreign film worlds. German ... more >

The underdog among America’s rock’n’roll legends Suzie Quattro portrayed in “Suzi Q” (and we love an underdog, don’t we?)

Sometimes a girl just needs to rock’n’roll and in director Liam Firmager’s new documentary “Suzie Q” rock icon Suzi Quatro proves she was born to do just that! Firmager’s film was shot over a four-year period and features an array of musicians who rightfully praise her as an inspiration. Rockers from Joan Jett (who completely idolized Quatro and took over the singer’s leather-clad, no B.S. ... more >

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

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”

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

(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 >