Documentarty Film

The Takeaway

A Game That Started with Segregation, Now Played with Pride

Monday, May 04, 2015

The game of 9-man looks like volleyball and is played in parking lots. It developed during a time of anti-Chinese sentiment, and is still dominated by Chinese-Americans today.


The Takeaway

The Weekender: Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In this special extended interview, famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and her new documentary.


The Takeaway

Dr. Jane Goodall on Her Lifelong Work and New Film

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall discusses her research and conservation efforts, and the new Disneynature film, "Monkey Kingdom."

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: A Musical, A Documentary, and Two Classic Re-Releases

Friday, September 05, 2014

Our Movie Date podcast team reviews “The Identical,” “Last Days in Vietnam” and the anniversary re-releases of "Forrest Gump" and "Ghostbusters."



Soundcheck At The Movies: Three New Music Docs: 'We Like It Like That'; 'Mateo'; 'Brasslands'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck goes to the movies, with three music documentary films.

First: The new documentary We Like It Like That looks at the roots of New York boogaloo music in the 1960s, it's peak popularity in the '70s, and its eventual decline.  Director Matthew Warren and boogaloo bandleader, Joe Batann, who appears in the film, talk about the movie, the music, and tell us who's listening to boogaloo today.

Then: The film Mateo is about Matthew Stoneman, a white guy from New Hampshire who becomes a singer of Latin songs in L.A. Sounds like a light-hearted piece of fluff, but Stoneman's story turns out to be darker and more complex. The film's director, Aaron Naar, and its star tell the story.

And: The movie Brasslands follows a New York-based Balkan brass band to the world's biggest brass band competition, in an otherwise tiny town in Serbia. Along the way, the filmmakers come up against the region's difficult history, and its uneasy relationship with its own Roma, or gypsy, musicians.


The Brian Lehrer Show

'Killer Lesbians' or Victims?

Monday, June 16, 2014

The New York Post headlined their story, "Attack of the Killer Lesbians," but for Renata Hill and her friends, it was a case of self-defense against anti-gay street harassment. Their experience is chronicled in the new film "Out in the Night."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Oscar Docs: Dirty Wars

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today we wrap up our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries. We spoke with the filmmakers behind all five films over the past week: The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); An Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday).

Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley talk about their new documentary Dirty Wars. Scahill, who is an investigative journalist (and editor with the new project The Intercept), is a writer for the documentary, based on his book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield. Rowley is director, cinematographer, and editor for the film. Scahill and Rowley discuss their expose of the War on Terror.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Does Generation Like Want?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Doug Rushkoff explores how young Americans use the social web, and how corporations and marketers are trying to reach them.

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Radio on the Television: Documentary Profiles Eclectic Host

Monday, August 05, 2013

There will be a rare sighting in the New York region Monday night, call it "radio on the television."  A new documentary about WBAI's radio host Bob Fass premiers on PBS at 10 p.m.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Alex Gibney

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Filmmaker Alex Gibney was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest film, "Mea Maxima Culpa." He also told us what he's been reading and watching -- and his rather fishy favorite comfort food!



Martha Argerich is Focus of Film Documentary By Her Daughter

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Film directors and biographers have tried, with mixed results, to portray the reclusive and brilliant pianist Martha Argerich. Now, her filmmaker daughter is giving it a shot.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Dropout Nation"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Every year, hundreds of thousands of American kids quit high school before they earn their diplomas, and Frank Koughan, writer/producer of Frontline’s documentary “Dropout Nation,” looks at what it takes to keep kids in high school. Frontline spent a semester inside Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, a once-notorious “dropout factory” to take a close look at students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal struggling to get them to graduation day. “Dropout Nation” premieres September 25, at 9 pm on PBS.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room"

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Diana Serra Cary, who is believed to be the last remaining major film star from Hollywood’s silent era and is the subject of the documentary “Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room,” joins us along with the film’s director, Vera Iwerebor. Peggy-Jean Montgomery was a hugely popular Hollywood star, earning $1,500,000 a year by the age of 6. But by the age of 11 her money had been stolen and squandered by her family. Six decades later, she reinvented herself as Diana Serra Cary, a film historian and advocate for laws protecting child performers. "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room" is screening at MOMA September 5-9.


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