documentary: upcoming

Notable current and upcoming documentary films:

Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 6.39.50 PMSound City – A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.                                                                             Trailer

Director: David Grohl

Details: Due in 2013; starring Trent ReznorTom Petty and Mick Fleetwood


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 1.56.53 PMRoom 237 – A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980).  Trailer

Director: Rodney Ascher

Details: Due in 2012; starring Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 1.54.16 PMChasing Ice – Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.  Trailer

Director: Jeff Orlowski

Details: Due in 2012; starring James BalogSvavar Jonatansson and Adam LeWinter


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 2.01.37 PMSearching for Sugar Man – Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez.  Trailer

Director: Malik Bendjelloul

Details: Due in 2012; starring RodriguezSteve Segerman and Dennis Coffey


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The Central Park Five – A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.  Trailer

Director: Ken BurnsSarah BurnsDavid McMahon

Details: Due in 2012; starring Antron McCrayKevin Richardson and Kharey Wise


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 2.26.21 PMSamsara – Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.  Trailer

Director: Ron Fricke

Details: Due in 2012


diana-vreeland-the-eye-has-to-travel-posterDiana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel – A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.                Trailer

Director: Lisa Immordino VreelandBent-Jorgen PerlmuttFrédéric Tcheng

Details: Due in 2012; starring Diana Vreeland and Philippe De Montebello


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 2.45.03 PMHecho en México – A documentary on some of contemporary Mexico’s most iconic artists and performers.                                                                    Trailer

Director: Duncan Bridgeman

Details: Due in 2012; starring Diego LunaKinky and Lila Downs


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 5.30.54 PMDetropia – A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.                         Trailer

Director: Heidi EwingRachel Grady

Details: Due in 2012


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 5.49.04 PMThe Imposter – A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years.  Trailer

Director: Bart Layton

Details: Due in 2012; starring Adam O’BrianFrédéric Bourdin and Carey Gibson


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 5.58.26 PMWaiting for Lightning – A documentary on pro skateboarder Danny Way’s tough childhood and his contributions to the sport, including footage of his jump over the Great Wall of China.  Trailer

Director: Jacob Rosenberg

Details: Due in 2012; starring Danny WayRob Dyrdek and Travis Pastrana


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 6.12.44 PMTrailer War – Unleashed from the vaults of the Alamo Drafthouse, a meticulous selection of the best, strangest and most amazing coming attraction trailers in the world! Most have never been available in any home format, and all are presented in HD for the first time.  Trailer

Director: Various

Details: Due in 2012; starring Joe Dante


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 6.16.48 PMLet Fury Have the Hour – A documentary that chronicles how a generation of artists, thinkers, and activists used their creativity as a response to the reactionary politics that came to define our culture in the 1980s.  Trailer

Director: Antonino D’Ambrosio

Details: Chuck D.Ian MacKaye and Shepard Fairey


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 6.23.17 PMThe Ambassador – Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a European Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.  Trailer

Director: Mads Brügger

Details: Due in 2012; starring Maja Jul LarsenMads Brügger


Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 6.30.57 PMThe Waiting Room – Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients.  Trailer

Director: Peter Nicks

Details: Due in 2012



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