Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Amazing Randi & Me!

And James Randi’s husband Deyvi Peña. And An Honest Liar co-director Tyler Measom. And a packed house at this year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. What a trip!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Ethics of Documentary Filmmaking

At this year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Indiewire’s Casey Cipriani spoke with some of our guests – including legendary Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn – about where to draw the line (or not!)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What It's Like to Be the Subject of a Documentary Film

Indiewire's Casey Cipriani sat down with some of our guests at this year's Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Being Barack: An Interview with “Bronx Obama” Director Ryan Murdock

Originally titled “The Audacity of Louis Ortiz,” Ryan Murdock’s “Bronx Obama” is a study of the American Dream gone wacky. In 2008 a former Verizon worker of Puerto Rican descent shaved off his goatee – unmasking a dead ringer for the 44th president of the United States. Filmmaker Murdock doggedly followed the humble Ortiz over the course of three years, documenting the Bronx resident’s physical and spiritual transformation from unemployed single dad to highly sought after impersonator.

And now the film Stephen Colbert considers “So good it almost made me like Chicago Obama,” releases just in time for the midterm elections (digitally on October 7th and through Showtime on October 28th). For more information visit www.bronxobamamovie.com.

To read my interview visit: Global Comment.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

13 Reasons the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is Not To Be Missed

The oldest nonfiction fest in the U.S. – and an Academy Award qualifying festival for Short Documentary Subject – presents...


Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

(Grand Jury Prize Nashville Film Festival, Official selection AFI Docs)

The Campbell family will be playing a post-screening concert!



(Official selection Hot Docs)

To be accompanied by an exhibition of the film’s mug shots at the Gangster Museum!

Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere
(Official selection Hot Docs, Traverse City Film Festival)

Subject Poe Ballantine – famous author and former Arlington Hotel cook – will be reading his story about the Arlington (followed by a book signing)!

Stray Dog
(Best Documentary Feature Los Angeles Film Festival, Official selection New York Film Festival)

Director Debra Granik is bringing along subject Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall and his outlaw biker clan!

An Honest Liar
(Audience Award for Best Feature AFI Docs, Best Feature Documentary Newport Beach Film Festival, Official selection Tribeca Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest)

Subject Amazing Randi in attendance!

Meet the Patels
(Audience Award Best Documentary Feature Los Angeles Film Festival, Best Documentary Film, Audience Award Traverse City Film Festival, Official selection Hot Docs)

Subjects Mama and Papa Patel in attendance!



(Official selection Hot Docs, SXSW, Film Society of Lincoln Center Sound + Vision, NYC)

Gringo mariachi subject Matthew Stoneman will be performing both post-screening and at the filmmakers party!

Songs for Alexis
(Official selection Hot Docs, Frameline, Raindance, London)

Transgender rocker subject Ryan Cassata will be playing a concert!


Back on Board

(Official selection AFI Docs, Frameline)

Subject Greg Louganis in attendance!

When We Were Kings

A special retro with director Leon Gast, Rasheda Ali and Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico in attendance!

Hoop Dreams

20th anniversary screening! Subject Arthur Agee to present Kartemquin Films artistic director and co-founder Gordon Quinn with a lifetime achievement award!


Midnight Archive

Program to be accompanied by curator Ronni ("Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens") Thomas’s “cabinet of curiosities.”


To Be Takei

(Official selection Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, AFI Docs)

Subject George Takei (who spent his formative years in a Japanese-American internment camp in Arkansas) attending!

For more info on all this and more visit www.hsdfi.org. Hope to see you in Hot Springs – home to both Bill Clinton’s high school and Al Capone’s vacation home!

Friday, October 3, 2014