‘BURDEN’ Tells the Story of a ‘Mad’ Performance Artist Who Got Older and Wiser

By Gregory Crofton A promotional still for the new documentary “BURDEN” shows artist Chris Burden wearing Speedos with his hands tied behind his back. He’s lying on his chest, struggling across a parking lot covered in broken glass using his…

‘THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING’ Reveals the Perverse Business that Drives the Contemporary Art World

By Gregory Crofton Director Nathaniel Kahn has made a film about the characters who drive the bizarre business models of the contemporary art industry. One of those characters is the man the photo above, Stefan Edlis, a retired Jewish businessman…

‘FREE SOLO’ is the Best Documentary of the Year, One Man’s Mission to Climb El Capitan Without a Rope

By Gregory Crofton “FREE SOLO” is a phenomenal ride. Daring filmmakers allow us to follow mountain climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to scale a 3,000-foot slab of granite in Yosemite using only his chalked hands and booted feet. Spider…

‘QUINCY’ Shows How this Super Producer Was Key to Popular American Music for Seventy Years

By Gregory Crofton Quincy Jones, or “Q” as his friends know him, has touched more people with his work than most realize. This producer and arranger of all types of music and shows — from Bebop to Hip Hop to…

‘PEACE OFFICER’ Exposes the Dangerous Rise of ‘No-Knock’ SWAT Raids

By Gregory Crofton The U.S. Drug War took a hard, nasty turn when President Richard Nixon approved “No-Knock” warrants that allow unannounced police raids on private homes. “PEACE OFFICER” shows how the use of this type of raid has dramatically…

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