If you grew up in the ‘80s it’s likely that at one time or another you found yourself inside a video arcade playing video games for hours on end at just 25 cents a pop. It was during this time period that a farm boy named Tim McVey from Ottumwa, Iowa—the Dodge City of video games— became the champion of Nibbler, the first arcade game with a scoring threshold of one billion points. It took McVey more than forty hours—and only cost him one quarter—to hit this milestone.
When Ken Burns’s 11-hour documentary The Civil War first aired on PBS in 1990, it set new standards for television documentaries through its astonishingly detailed, sweeping and often heart-wrenching recount of the epic conflict between the North and South. Working under the direction of Burns and restoration producer Daniel J. White, Technicolor PostWorks New York participated in a meticulous 4K restoration that brings the classic documentary vividly back to life. The project was done in preparation for the 25th anniversary rebroadcast of The Civil War on PBS and its Blu-ray release this month, and also coincides with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and the end of the war.
Sanjeev Chatterjee, professor at the University of Miami School of Communication in Coral Gables, Florida, is shooting a documentary about different approaches to healthy eating. He began gathering interview footage in Europe this summer, and anticipates the multi-year project will grow in scope and take him to locations around the world.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival will be hosting the Long Island Premiere of a new film, Althea, about the trailblazing tennis pioneer Althea Gibson. The screening will take place August 29th at 7:30pm at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington.
Finding Noah, a new feature documentary releasing from 17K ASL and Alchemy, brings to life an archaeological expedition in search of Noah's Ark. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, the film follows a team of archaeologists, theologians and explorers as they summit one of the world's most dangerous mountains in a quest to find a highly sought after piece of history.
Preparation for post-production deliverables is often an overwhelming and tedious experience and producer/director Zatella Beatty’s feature length documentary about basketball star Allen Iverson’s rise to fame in the sports world was certainly no exception. Meeting Showtime’s tight deadline on delivery of Iverson wasn’t going to be easy.
Vintage Racer is the story of classic car enthusiasts and their pursuit of fast cars primarily from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Led by director, Randall P. Dark and executive producer, Stephen Brent Jenkins, the program was shot on location at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Sportscar Vintage Racers Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.
Organizers of the nonprofit Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles have announced its 7th annual feature film line-up. The five-day event, July 22-26, will be held in venues throughout downtown L.A.’s historic core with The Regent Theater serving as the festival’s primary venue.
The AFI Docs five-day festival wrapped up this week in the Washington, DC area. This year's Audience Award for Best Feature went to What Happened, Miss Simone? directed by Liz Garbus. This year's Audience Award for Best Short went to A Conversation with My Black Son directed by Blair Foster and Geeta Gandbhir. With 81 films from 25 countries, the festival brought together artists, national policy and opinion leaders along with global representatives.
The documentary feature film PlantPure Nation will premiere June 25 at The Arclight Hollywood. Written and directed by Nelson Campbell and including the producer and writer of Forks Over Knives, the 95-minute film examines the political and economic factors that suppress information on the benefits of plant-based nutrition, while making the connections of this idea to larger issues such as medical practice, farming, and food deserts. The film's story follows three people working to spread the word about one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time.