- Jackass 3D – Distributor: Paramount – Release date: October 13, 2010 – Box Office: $116,896,922
- Oceans – Distributor: Disneynature – Release date: April 22,2010 – Box Office: $19,422,319
- Babies – Distributor: Focus Features Release date: May 07, 2010 – Box Office: $7,320,323
- Waiting For ‘Superman’ – Distributor: Paramount -Release date: Septeber 24,2010 – Box Office: $6,415,448
- Exit Through The Gift Shop – Distributor: PDA – Release date: April 16, 2010 – Box Office: $3,291,250
- Catfish – Distributor: Relativity – Release date: September 17, 2010 – Box Office: $3,237,343
- Inside Job – Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics – Release date: October 8, 2010 – Box Office: $3,311,773
- Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – Distributor: IFC – Release date: June 11, 2010 – Box Office: $2,930,687
- Restrepo – Distributor: National Geographic – Release date: June 23, 2010 – Box Office: $1,330,894
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Doc & a Drink is going to the “Our City Film Festival”. Our first stop is the opening night party tomorrow (Saturday). It’s open to the public — Join us!
It’s at RFD’s (810 7th St, NW) and everyone knows RFD’s has an excellent beer selection. Katy and I will be interviewing some of the local documentary filmmakers. It’s going to be a blast. It’s only 12.00 and all the money from the festival goes back into the organization. Buy your tickets online – they will sell out! See you there (8-11pm).
**** Celebrate the opening of the film festival with filmmakers and VIPs.
Enjoy beer specials, great raffle give-aways, and performances by
Grammy nominee, Arts and Humanities Council of Washington grantee
and subject of past OCFF film, Blue Line…
Then – this Sunday – is the main event. The films are all about D.C. The festival is only on Sunday, at The Goethe Institute (812 7th St, NW). For ticket information and a full schedule check the website: http://www.yachad-dc.org/Home.shtml
AND – just added — is the closing event with the D.C Cupcake Girls…
Georgetown Cupcakes’ Sophie and Katherine will be special guests,
screening TLC’s Second Season of DC Cupcakes,Our City
hosting a Q&A, and cupcake decorating contest at the finale.
5 out of 5 Cheers.
FILM: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
Summary: Documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg provide an uncompromising glimpse into the personal and professional life of comedian and red-carpet mainstay Joan Rivers, a woman clinging stubbornly and steadfastly to the pop-culture bandwagon. Stern and Sundberg — whose previous film, The Devil Came on Horseback, covered the Darfur genocide — take a no-less-intensive approach to their subject here, taking a hard look at fame’s bitter toll.
Joan Rivers surprised me. Before seeing this movie I had zero interest in Joan RIvers as a person and certainly didn’t care about her career. But now … I think she’s super hard working, strong woman, who deserves appreciation for more than her comedy. Can someone out there try her in drama? Her stand up is hilarious. She can laugh at herself but, takes working very seriously. I had no idea that she thinks “no job is too small”. She comes across as lovable and impressive.
I totally forgot about the camera work or composition. I was sucked into her character.
Come on everyone … give Joan Rivers a chance.
And guess what? You can stream it on Netflicks.
4 out 5 Cheers.
FILM: Topp Twins – The Untouchable Girls
FILMMAKER: Leanne Pooley
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
This documentary is true kiwiana. If you aren’t sure what that is – I guess you’ll have to watch. The documentary was shown prime time on NZ Channel 1. It’s a free channel here in New Zealand. Actually, this documentary has taken nearly $2 million at the NZ Box Office making it the Top Documentary Film ever released in New Zealand !
Summary: Leanne Pooley’s documentary – offers a revealing look into the lives of the world’s only yodeling lesbian twin country-and-western singers.
The documentary was shot and composed in a very traditional manner and thus a bit dry. But, it was watchable because the twins have a good story. They are unique and special. I found myself downloading a few of their songs from iTunes. If you notice them coming to a folk festival near you – most definitely check them out!
The official website and trailer for the movie: http://topptwins.com/tv-and-film/untouchable-girls
Twins Rule !
3 out of 5 Cheers
b.b (I may be a Twin)
The numbers are in. A handful of documentaries made over 1 million in box office sales this year.
Runner up with a decent profit :
- The Tillman Story – Distributor: Weinstein Co. – Release date: August 20, 2010 – Box Office: $802,535
And just because you are all curious about Winnebago Man…. a few more.
- The Art of The Steal – Distributor: IFC – Release date: February 26, 2010 – Box Office: $544,890
- The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – Distributor: First Run – Release date: January 29, 2010 – Box Office: $453,650
- A Film Unfinished – Distributor: Oscilloscope – Release date: August 18,2010 – Box Office: $320,486
- Last Train Home – Distributor: Zeitgeist/Kinosmith – Release date: September 03, 2010 – Box Office: $285,848
- Countdown to Zero – Distributor: Magnolia – Release date: July 23, 2010 – Box Office: $272,040
- Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Distributor: ArtH – Release date: July 21, 2010 – Box Office: $256,242
- Sweetgrass – Distributor: Cinema Guild – Release date: January 6, 2010 – Box Office: $206,728
- South Of The Border – Distributor: Studio Libre – Release date: June 25, 2010 – Box Office: $199,000
- Winnebago – Distributor: Kino – Release date: July 9,2010 – Box Office: $181,039
- Casino Jack and the United States of Money – Distributor: Magnolia – Release date: May 7, 2010 – Box Office: $176,865
The rousing and heartbreaking story of Seattle band The Gits, whose promising start was cut short by the tragic murder of spirited lead singer Mia Zapata.
I run into tons and tons of music documentaries. I usually run the other way as fast as possible but – this Doc was rated 4.5 stars on my Netflicks que.
After watching it – I know why the doc got a high rating – the only people who rated this film were friends and family of the artist.
Unfortunately, this documentary just came across as a glorified memorial. I was looking for a murder mystery and instead I was bored to death. I learned about The Gits history as a band for the first 75 minutes of the film. I was also disappointed by the surprising lack of quality archival video and photos of Mia throughout the film. The family and The Gits were involved in the doc – so what happened? I don’t know….
Is that too harsh? sorry. I mean no ill will towards anyone related to the band. I did enjoy The Gits music – so – go buy some Gits Singles on iTunes when you have a chance.
AND – If I haven’t scared you away – learn more on the movie’s website: http://www.thegitsmovie.com/
1 out of 5 Cheers.
On February 24th Doc&aDrink “took it to the streets” and attended a screening of SOLD:Fighting the New Global Slave Trade.
WIFV hosted the screening at the Jack Morton Auditorium, The Documentary Center, The George Washington University. What a fantastic venue! The auditorium has extra screens for those positioned on the outside of the theater, lots of leg room, and excellent space for a speaker.
From the filmmakers:
Our hope is that SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade will do more than just expose the darkness of slavery today. There are already so many films that document what is wrong with the world, exposing us to image after tragic image, adding to our collective compassion fatigue.
The challenge has been to balance the bleakness with hope. We want people to be outraged by the problem but also to be inspired by these three extraordinary abolitionists. Each of them battles a different virulent variety of slavery, with humor, grace, righteous anger and unflagging determination.
The film was just well done. Not too long and not too short – just the right time. This doc boast good videography - mixed with interesting interviews – and stock footage. But – the most impressive thing about this documentary is the characters involved. I was drawn to the stories of the victims and lifted-up by the volunteers who are risking their own life for child victims of the slave trade. Yes, the topic was serious but I wasn’t sad when I left my seat in the auditorium. Instead – I was uplifted and moved towards actions. AND that’s the point.
For more information about the film and how you can help : http://soldthefilm.com/
4 out of 5 Cheers.