Wednesday, February 22, 2012
On May 5, 1993, the bodies of three 8-year-old boys were found murdered by a creek in West Memphis, Arkansas. One month later, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were arrested and later convicted of brutally raping, mutilating and killing the boys. After spending 18 years in prison, they were released after entering Alford pleas, a controversial plea in which defendants plead guilty while maintaining their innocence. The "Paradise Lost" trilogy has traced all of the case's developments.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, April 01, 2011
When Richard Leacock died in Paris on March 23rd at the age of 89, it marked the end of one of the great careers in documentary film. An esteemed director, cinematographer, and teacher, Leacock helped invent what became known ascinéma vérité, or "direct cinema." He and his colleagues influenced an entire generation of filmmakers, leading to a revolution in visual style that it still being worked out today. If you’re not familiar with his work you should check out “Primary” and “Monterey Pop.” Meanwhile, you can hear Leonard’s interview with him from 1999, when we were lucky to have had him on the show.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
(Original air date: Feb 5, 2010) Best known for his classics "Lean on Me," "Just the Two of Us," "Ain't No Sunshine," and "Lovely Day," soul legend Bill Withers is the subject of a recent documentary called "Still Bill."
We talk with Withers about his new film, and about the path his life has taken — from growing up under the care of his beloved grandmother to music superstardom to quirky conversations he's had with strangers in Roscoe's Fried Chicken and Waffles.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Since its publication in 2005, millions of people have read "Freakonomics." The best selling book, written by economist Steven Levitt and New York Times reporter Stephen Dubner, examines pop culture and everyday life through the economic lens of incentives. The result was unexpectedly funny and popular enough to have spawned a newly emerging media empire, including Freakonomics Radio and "Freakonomics: The Movie."
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Documentarian Steve Rosenbaum discusses his project: videotaping and photographing construction at the memorial center at Ground Zero. An article about his work, "Inside the Future 9/11 Reliquary," appears in the September 13 issue of New York magazine. Rosenbaum is also the director of the acclaimed documentary film "7 Days in September," which combined his own video footage with donated video footage of New Yorkers dealing with the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Filmmaker Yael Hersonski, discusses “A Film Unfinished:” her acclaimed documentary about the atrocities in The Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. The footage, shot by the Nazis in May 1942, became a resource for historians. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel that included multiple takes with staged scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. “A Film Unfinished” presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences, and explores the making of an infamous Nazi propaganda film. The film opens in New York August 18 at Film Forum and at Lincoln Plaza Cinema.