Michael Fassbender, the charismatic actor who brought Prometheus’ android, David, to life, will now lend his voice to Formula 1 racing documentary, 1. A long-time F1 fan, Fassbender will narrate the documentary from award-winning filmmaker Paul Crowder (Riding Giants). Written by Mark Monroe (The Cove), 1 is an action documentary that brings the spectacle and drama of Formula One Grand Prix racing to the big screen. Complete with never-before-seen footage and interviews with 12 former champions as well as power players from the F1 world, 1 will screen tomorrow at Austin’s Paramount Theater and will be completed with Fassbender’s narration. Hit the jump for the full press release.
If you had no money and no personal contacts, could you survive 31 days on nothing but the goodwill of people on Craigslist? That’s the premise for director Joseph Garner’s upcoming documentary, Craigslist Joe. From executive producer Zach Galifianakis, Craigslist Joe follows Garner as he attempts to survive for a month with little more than a backpack, the clothes on his back and personal identification. He relies on Craigslist for food, shelter, wages and transportation. Garner wasn’t simply in search of an adventure, but rather to discover if a sense of community still existed in this modern era of social media where everyone is connected but communication has lost its intimacy. The characters he finds along the way are truly stranger than fiction. Craigslist Joe opens on August 2nd. Hit the jump for the synopsis, poster and trailer.
File this one away in the “win” column in the argument for using film over digital. The breathtaking imagery in director Ron Fricke and writer Mark Magidson’s trailer for Samsara paints a vivid moving picture of our varied and colorful world, captured in 70mm film. The documentary (the most recent in a filmography that features Baraka and Chronos) is a visual journey across 25 different countries over the course of five years that features vibrant scenes that bridge humanity and nature and is accompanied by a dynamic score. The word Samsara itself is Tibetan for “the ever-turning wheel of life,” something that Fricke attempts to capture through his unique visual style. Hit the jump to see the trailer and read the synopsis for Samsara, which opens in theaters this August.
From directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, the Oscar-nominated documentary Undefeated (opening in theaters on February 17th) is set against the backdrop of a high school football season at Manassas High School in North Memphis. Chronicling three underprivileged student athletes (O.C., Money and Chavis), along with their volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, the film shows the Tigers as they find their footing and their confidence, and finally attempt to break the 110-year-old play-off jinx for the school.
At the film’s press day, filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin talked about spending time in North Memphis to gain the trust of the players and community, going through the 500 hours of footage they shot in order to make the documentary, what led them to the three student athletes that they ended up building the narrative around, how worried they were that all of the material would not come together in a cohesive way, and what they hope audiences will take away from this film. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
If all you have to do to see a new Jay-Z concert documentary is become a friend of Absolut vodka on Facebook, having to deal with some vodka adverts isn’t too much of a sacrifice to make in in my book.
The movie NY-Z will be streaming on Absolut’s facebook page beginning on March 22. I’ve been known to tell anyone who will listen that Jay-Z’s “The Black Album” is not only the best rap album ever made, but probably the single greatest record of any kind. That may be a bit of exaggeration, but I also really do hold it to be true.
Directed by Danny Clinch, the movie will chronicle what happened on stage and off when Hova put on the Answer the Call benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 11, 2009. Hit the jump to see the teaser trailer for this.
Despite their vast (and sometimes controversial) empire, I will always associate the name “Disney” with animation. As I’ve said many times before on this site, I grew up with some of Disney’s best animated features with Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King still being some of my favorite movies (and they need to be on Blu-ray, stat!).
But it all came so close to never happening. The upcoming documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty explains how Disney Animation went to the verge of being shut down after a string of flops to staging a resurgence that yielded some of the best animated movies of all-time. The trailer for the film has now come online and now I can’t wait to see this movie. It looks like a warts-and-all documentary mixed with a feel-good comeback narrative, and I already love honest behind-the-scenes docs of how movies, good or bad, get made.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the official synopsis. Waking Sleeping Beauty hits theaters on March 26th.
It’s often helpful to know what a movie is before you sit down to write a review. It’s just one of those things. With Paper Heart, it’s a bit more difficult than most.
Is this film a documentary? Is it a mock-umentary? Is it a hybrid? Entirely scripted? Entirely improvised? How much of it is based in real life? Did costars Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi actually date, or was their entire “relationship” staged as a sort of ultra-meta Andy Kaufman meets Cloverfield style gag? I’ve seen the movie twice now and I couldn’t really tell you – and I mean that as a compliment. More after the jump: