From producer and director Richard Schenkman: “This is a half-hour documentary special I produced and directed for MTV in 1986. Tom Petty’s hand had finally healed (after he’d broken it in a fit of frustrated pique caused by his inability to complete the long-gestating “Southern Accents” album) and the band was anxious to play. We captured the Heartbreaker’s very first live show in years – an impromptu concert on the roof of the Don Ce Sar hotel in St. Petersburg.
But first — we journeyed to Tom’s hometown of Gainesville, FL, and retraced the band’s early days. Charles M. Young of Rolling Stone conducted a far-reaching interview with Tom, and for good measure we visited the set of one of the new “Alice In Wonderland” – themed music videos produced for the record’s release. The show became the template for the … Read More »
On the morning prior to his retirement, Ross McGowan interviews Bay Area KTVU Anchorman Dennis Richmond and wife Deborah from their home via Satellite.
Every day, America must find a place to park 5 billion gallons of human waste, and we’re increasingly unable to find the space. We wake up in the morning, brush our teeth, and flush the toilet, thinking that the wastewater disappears into the center of the Earth. If only that were the case.
Between 8 AM and 9 AM each morning, the waste output of Manhattan’s West Side swells from 70 million to 150 million gallons per day. This is known as “the big flush.” The sewage will eventually end up on a NYC Department of Environmental Protection Sewage boat, which will take the sludge to a dewatering plant on Ward’s Island, where the sludge will become “biosolids” that can be reused to create golf courses, cemeteries, and fertilizer for the human food chain.
Biosolids have become a financial asset worth hundreds … Read More »
This tour documentary captures Fleetwood Mac at their peak on the road in 1977 promoting “Rumors,” a record that would sell 20 million copies. Live performances are broken up with band member interviews.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney backed training and expansion of commando groups in Iraq, led by a man named Colonel James Steele, that routinely tortured their captives. Militia groups like these have likely contributed to the disintegration of Iraq.
“The Overnighters” documentary director Jesse Moss shares the trailer, clips, and background information on the film that chronicles the oil rush to North Dakota that resulted in thousands of displaced people without opportunities, like a modern version of “Harlan County, USA.” (Source: BYOD via TheLipTV.com)
Robert May – known for his work as a producer of the documentaries “The Fog of War” and “Stevie” – decided to explore a story he’d heard in the news; a scandal involving a juvenile court judge named Mark Ciavarella. The judge was once a highly respected in his community for taking a “zero tolerance” policy on misbehaving teens. Ciavarella ended up jailing 3,000 kids in post-Columbine America, some for misdemeanors they didn’t commit. “Cash for Kids” dissects the court cases, reports the impact of this corrupt judge, and works to pin down whether money was his only motivation. Surprisingly, Ciavarella and another judge involved agreed to be interviewed for the film. Overall, “Kids for Cash” goes beyond the scandal to reveal bigger problems in the juvenile justice system.
The film is one of the 134 up this year for an … Read More »
Directed by Jon Alpert, “Life of Crime” follows a trio of drug addicts thieving their way through the streets of Newark, N.J. The documentary first aired on HBO. Alpert followed up his groundbreaking film with “Life of Crime – Part 2,” which catches up with the men as they try to clean up their lives.
“Even in murder women demand more foreplay,” says Ann Rule. Rule first came to prominence with her book “A Stranger Beside Me,” which was about serial killer Ted Bundy. Ann – whose books, which include “Small Sacrifices” about Diane Downs, are based on real-life crimes – explains what type of cases she is attracted to and which characteristics she looks for in the main protagonists, most of whom are usually charming sociopaths. (Source: Allan Gregg In Conversation)
Stone Phillips, a Yale graduate turned reporter, digs deep into the rise of Heavy Metal music and how it is affecting teenagers. Suicide, moshing and other “sick behavior,” plus Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and more.
Chief songwriter for Oasis and High Flying Birds, Noel Gallagher is interviewed by the website Noisey. Gallagher talking about anything is entertaining as hell.
Some of the hottest documentary filmmakers of 2014 talk to The Hollywood Reporter about their work at the Savannah Film Festival.