Your Evening Cry: I Am Big Bird Will Punch You Right in the Feelings

Caroll Spinney, the 80-year-old man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar, is finally getting his moment in the limelight with the documentary I Am Big Bird. The film is set to hit theaters on May 6th and what the fuck? What is happening to my face? Water. Water emerging from my eyes in an unstoppable waterfall of… » 3/12/15 7:50pm 3/12/15 7:50pm

Little Edie's Stolen Life: Revisiting Grey Gardens, 40 Years Later

"You don't see me as I see myself, but you're very good what you do see me as... I see myself as a little girl and all that. [My mother] sees me as a baby and I see myself as some kind of a little girl," says Little Edie as she, three-quarters of the way through Grey Gardens, talks with the Maysles brothers and… » 3/10/15 3:45pm 3/10/15 3:45pm

New Porn Doc Offers a Rare Glimpse Into the Industry's Human History

If there's anything you can't accuse porn of being, it's "too boring" or "non-controversial." And yet, when I speak to Bryn Pryor, the director of X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time, he tells me that a lot of the documentary was edited down because Showtime thought it was just that—too much history, not… » 2/06/15 5:50pm 2/06/15 5:50pm

​Model Andreja Pejic Is Crowdfunding an Autobiographical Documentary

In July, Andreja Pejic, the Serbian-born Australian model who rose to fame for her androgynous look and style, came out as a trans woman. Now, she and a filmmaker friend are creating a documentary about her past as well as her uncertain future in modeling and are asking for support for their Kickstarter campaign. » 9/07/14 4:30pm 9/07/14 4:30pm

Is the Black Community Homophobic?: A Discussion With Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen's documentary The New Black (opening today at New York's Film Forum) achieves what seemed impossible before it: It examines the generalized notion that the black community is homophobic with specificity and subtlety. Using the backdrop of the fight for marriage equality in Maryland in 2012 (where it was… » 2/12/14 3:59pm 2/12/14 3:59pm

SeaWorld Is Scared Blackfish Will Make You Never Want to Visit Again

SeaWorld is up in arms about a new documentary that dives into the story behind captive killer whale Tilikum's killing of one of his trainers. Tilikum was captured by hunters and dragged away from his mother in 1983 when he was about 2 years old, and has lived in marine parks ever since. He's had other deadly run-ins… » 7/19/13 10:20am 7/19/13 10:20am

Here's the MIA Documentary Teaser Everyone Is Freaking Out About

M.I.A. is familiar with controversy. Coming from a grimy immigrant community in London, she's grown into superstardom all while casually lacing her songs with lyrics like, "like PLO, I don't surrender." But even after penetrating the mainstream with a performance at the Super Bowl (even that was marred with a… » 7/08/13 3:50pm 7/08/13 3:50pm

Online Demand Brings Goosebump-Inducing 'Girl Rising' to Theaters

Have you heard about Girl Rising, a unique documentary that is also kind of a reenactment? Narrated by big-name actresses like Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Frieda Pinto, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington, the film is not just a film but a global campaign; the organizers explain: "We use the power of… » 4/04/13 11:10am 4/04/13 11:10am

Sex Lives of the Physically Handicapped Filmed for TV

Calling all fans of TLC's Strange Sex: If you're down to watch more brutally awkward, real-life sex encounters on TV, the UK's Channel 4 has got your back. Their new documentary titled Can Have Sex Will Have Sex examines the lives of four disabled people searching to fulfill their sexual needs while a camera crew… » 4/01/13 7:00pm 4/01/13 7:00pm