‘Babenco: Tell Me When I Die’ is a Masterpiece About Loving Life

By Gregory Crofton How do you make a film about life when you’re dying? Héctor Babenco somehow figured it out. “I don’t know what came first, filming or being alive,” he says. “As if by filming, you’re living an extra…

‘The Ultimate Race’: These Ultra Marathoners See This Race a Different Way

By Gregory Crofton Almost overnight the book “Born to Run” unveiled to the world a community of natural long-distance runners from the canyons of Tarahumara, Mexico. The Rarámuri could tolerate hours of running on rough trails wearing sandals made out…

In ‘Weed & Wine’ Meet Two Artisan Families, One makes French Wine, the Other California Cannabis

By Gregory Crofton The documentary “Weed & Wine,” a selection at this year’s DOC NYC, is part of its director’s mission to help normalize the marijuana business. Rebecca Richman Cohen’s new film juxtaposes the daily lives of a long-time wine…

More DOC NYC Highlights: Folk Singer Karen Dalton and Whistle-Blowing Corrupt Cop Bob Leuci

By Gregory Crofton The DOC NYC film festival officially ran from Nov. 11-19, but about 70 select films remain available to watch through Nov. 29. Thankfully organizers have made it easy to sling docs from your computer screen to your…

DOC NYC Festival Highlights: ‘Crazy, Not Insane,’ ‘The Dissident,’ ‘Belushi’ and ‘Zappa’

By Gregory Crofton DOC NYC This year the largest documentary film festival in the country is available to everyone with access to a computer. The Covid-19 global pandemic forced DOC NYC, typically screened in New York City theaters, to go…

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