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Watch: 1-Hour Documentary Director Roundtable With Errol Morris, James Toback, Alex Gibney & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2013 4:57 PM
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Documentary Director Roundtable
We'll here's something that will sit nicely alongside our 15 Best Documentaries Of 2013 -- a one hour THR roundtable with some of the filmmakers who brought forth some of biggest highlights of the year: Errol Morris ("The Unknown Known"), Lucy Walker ("The Crash Reel"), Alex Gibney ("The Armstrong Lie," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks"), Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom"), Teller ("Tim's Vermeer") and James Toback ("Seduced and Abandoned"). And as always, the talk is fascinating.

Review: Oscar Contender 'The Crash Reel' Is A Moving, Effective Exploration Of Extreme Sports

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 10, 2013 5:18 PM
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  • 1 Comment
The Crash Reel
Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel” would have been compelling if it were just about snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s career and impressive skills in the half pipe. Instead, we get a number of movies in one: a chronicle of Pearce’s attempts to return to normalcy after a brain injury, a showdown between Pearce and more famous rival Shaun White, and an examination of both the appeal and the danger of extreme sports. Combining this many elements should make the film feel unfocused and unnecessarily sprawling; instead it feels intimate and clear. Tying the various pieces of Pearce’s story and the surrounding information creates a holistic picture of Pearce’s experience, while establishing that his isn’t a unique one.

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