Documentary Film

The Takeaway

Some Closure for the West Memphis Three in 'Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory'

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jane Goodall Live

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jane Goodall, primatologist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, talks about her work with chimpanzees and the release of a new documentary about her life called Jane's Journey


The Brian Lehrer Show

Hell and Back Again

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris and his wife Ashley Harris, subjects of the documentary "Hell and Back Again," discuss how they dealt with a new reality after Sgt. Harris was wounded in Afghanistan. Plus, the film's director, photojournalist Danfung Dennis, will discuss why he made this film. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jane Goodall Live

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jane Goodall, primatologist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, talks about her work with chimpanzees and the release of a new documentary about her life called Jane's Journey.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sex Crimes Unit

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lisa F. Jackson, director of the HBO documentary Sex Crimes Unit, which premieres on HBO on June 20th, discusses her work and what she learned through her access to the District Attorney's Sex Crimes Unit.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Richard Leacock, Dead at 89

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.

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The Takeaway

Soul Legend Bill Withers on his Life and Music

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.

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The Takeaway

Freakonomics: The Movie!

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."


The Leonard Lopate Show

Steve Rosenbaum on the Memorial at Ground Zero

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Film Unfinished

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tawk To Me

Monday, August 02, 2010

Heather Quinlan talks about her documentary-in-the-making about the New York accent called "If These Knishes Could Talk" while Sam Chwat, "the speech therapist to the stars", identifies callers' accents.

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