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Doc NYC Review: ‘Shooting Bigfoot’ Takes A Hilarious Look At Americans’ Obsession With Sasquatch

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 19, 2013 7:01 PM
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For some reason, we are in the midst of a mini-sasquatch frenzy. It seems like there are at least a half dozen basic cable shows devoted to finding, cataloguing, and trapping the legendary bigfoot monster; a hairy, humanoid creature said to resemble primitive man. There have been just as many low-budget horror movies devoted to the creature in recent years, including a new film by Bobcat Goldthwait—found footage flick “Willow Creek” that was just picked up by MPI. It’s into this churning maelstrom that British documentary filmmaker Morgan Matthews eagerly drops himself in, and “Shooting Bigfoot” examines where Bigfoot really lives: in the swampy crossroads of faith, opportunism and willful, goofy ignorance.

Exclusive: Sexual, Political & Social Nature Of 'Breastmilk' Discussed In Clip From DOC NYC Entry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 11:07 AM
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For any new parent, the pros and cons of feeding your baby with breastmilk versus formula opens up no shortage of opinion from experts, doctors, other mothers and more. But one documentary is tackling the topic, and not just exploring the choice to breastfeed, but the various other areas the decision often touches upon.

DOC NYC Review: 'Misfire: The Rise And Fall Of The Shooting Gallery' Lovingly Chronicles Early '90s Independent Cinema

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 15, 2013 10:00 AM
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Nowadays, every struggling filmmaker who strains to put together the financing for his or her micro-budget feature, has a singular thought (one that’s probably repeated often throughout the process): If only I was making this movie in the early ‘90s. That, of course, was the heyday of American independent cinema, the post-“sex, lies and videotape” world where specialty shingles and mini-majors were snapping up teeny-tiny movies for millions of dollars and, what’s more, actually getting them seen by mass audiences. Hell, in my hometown, we had a fairly out-there art house theater in the mall. And one of the most famous hubs for independent cinema at this time, that proved ultimately to be a cautionary tale of expansion and ego, was New York City’s the Shooting Gallery, a tale that is lovingly chronicled in “Misfire: The Rise and Fall Of The Shooting Gallery.”

DOC NYC Review: 'Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost)' A Quotidian Portrait Of A Musician On The Road

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 13, 2012 5:00 PM
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Son and namesake of an illustrious country singer, Bobby Bare Jr. made the differences between him and his patriarch very clear when his band released an album on Immortal Records (Korn, Incubus). Since then he’s been furiously touring as a solo artist, rocking with various backing bands and making just enough money to keep the roof over his family’s head. “Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)” chaperones a series of concerts in 2010 (timed with the release of the artist’s A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head) while providing a succinct idea of Bobby’s character and musical career. Mostly, though, it deals with the musician’s struggle to continue his modestly successful creative career while juggling his responsibilities as a parent, with four kids and a new wife at home.

Doc NYC Review: 'My Amityville Horror' Is A Disturbing Mixture Of The Paranormal And The Psychological

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 12, 2012 2:01 PM
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In 1975, George and Kathy Lutz (along with Kathy's three children from a previous marriage), moved into a huge house in Amityville, a tony Long Island suburb. In less than a month, the family would abandon their possessions and leave the house, later claiming it had been the source of a number of supernatural disturbances – including the appearance of a floating, wolf-headed pig; demonic possession; and swarms of ghostly black flies.

DOC NYC Review: 'Shenandoah' A Sharp Look At A Community With Skeletons In The Closet

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 9, 2012 4:01 PM
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There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of Shenandoah, PA, but its landscape and demeanor should feel familiar. Formerly a bustling coal-mining town, the area is now a bit destitute... but you wouldn’t know it from the warmth emanating from its inhabitants, nor from the exuberant passion the community displays during events such as their Christmas celebration or the local football games. There is unity, a we’re-all-in-this-together mentality that keeps the people from hanging up their gloves and calling it a day.

Doc NYC Review: 'Persistence of Vision' Is A Heartbreaking Account Of A Thwarted Animated Masterpiece

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 9, 2012 2:05 PM
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When Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis needed a team to provide animation for their ambitious hybrid "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," they didn't turn to their own team at Disney Feature Animation who, with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," singlehandedly invented the animated feature (and was responsible for the medium's continued popularity). Instead, Spielberg and company turned to Richard Williams, an eccentric, Canadian-born animator who ran an animation studio and ad agency in London and who, quite recently, had been responsible for developing a technology to shade animated characters that were inserted into live action plates. The collaboration was a rousing success, netting Williams a pair of Oscars, but his directorial debut, "The Thief and the Cobbler," wasn't so lucky. "Persistence of Vision" explores the monomania of a man determined to push the envelope of the medium, until the envelope explodes.

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