Moms Mabley went home last night. The first female comedian ever to perform at the famed Apollo Theater back in 1939 made people laugh and cry all over again on 125th St when Whoopi Goldberg's doc about the 'original queen of comedy' screened for a Harlem crowd.
Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman had long wanted to film a university and his latest documentary At Berkeley, opening this week at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, captures one of the pinnacles of higher learning as it confronts an unprecedented crossroads.
A particularly timely endeavor, Caucus, a new political documentary covering the Republican presidential hopefuls race to the 2012 Iowa Caucus, opens this week. Director AJ Schnack discusses his reasons for making the film and how he was granted so much intimate access to the candidates.
The annual Cinema Eye Honors unveiled its nominations, spotlighting the year's non-fiction work. Five films received nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking including New Directors/New Films '13 documentaries The Act of Killing by Jeff Oppenheimer and Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley.
Tom Donahue discusses his illuminating doc Casting By, which spotlights the role of the casting director and one of its greats, Marion Dougherty, featuring interviews with a huge number of stars and filmmakers from Martin Scorsese, to Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Jon Voight, and many more.
Winter is coming, and what better way to spend November's chilly days than in our warm theaters watching amazing movies? From thrilling WWII action to classic silent comedies to scream-inducing horror, we have everything you need for an excuse to spend the day indoors.
Big screen thrills are on tap for the fourth annual Mountainfilm series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The program, taking place next month, will travel from the heights of the Himalayas to the frigid Arctic Circle and tackle the open seas in an around-the-world documentary odyssey.
Non-fiction takes the spotlight at the upcoming CPH: DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival) taking place mid-November. The lineup this year includes 200 films with 57 making their world or international premieres.
The intersection between reverence for tradition and upheaval in a fast changing world are central components of NYFF films At Berkeley and Manakamana. Critics Academy member Mark E. Lukenbill takes a look in his dispatch from the festival for FilmLinc Daily.