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Movie Review: Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
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Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
Directed and Produced by Jon Brewer
Documentary featuring David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Angie Bowie, Ian Hunter
Voiceover by David Bowie
Emperor Media Ltd
101 Minutes
Theatrical Release date: September 1, 2017 (Limited)
Blu-ray Release (via Mvd Visual): October 13, 2017

A new documentary on Mick Ronson, the late guitar player who was one of the key figures in the early success of David Bowie when he became a superstar in the early 1970s, has been recently released called Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story. The film, which includes voiceover by Bowie (who passed away in early 2016), attempts to give more of a spotlight to a man who in essence lived in Bowie’s shadow, something which unfortunately also happens here in this documentary, whether it was intentional or not in its presentment.

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Indiegogo Spotlight: Stephen King’s ‘IT’ Documentary ‘Pennywise: The Story Of IT’
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If the look of the new movie adaptation of Stephen King’s IT isn’t quite doing it for you and you’d prefer to stick with the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown, a new documentary is on the way you’ll be interested in learning about.

The documentary is titled Pennywise: The Story of IT, and aims to dig into the story behind the TV miniseries’ creation. The makers of the doc have obtained over two hours of previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage for the project, and have already set up over 20 interview guests, including the great Tim Curry himself.

Read more about the project and check out the pitch video below.

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Trailer For Documentary ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Released
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I Am Heath Ledger Trailer

Believe it or not, in less than a year it will be one decade since Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose in New York. Later that year his unforgettable performance as the Joker was seen by the world when The Dark Knight was released, a performance that would lead to Ledger’s second Academy Award nomination (his first nomination being for his work in Brokeback Mountain), and eventually his first Oscar win.

As part of their “I Am” series, Spike has released a trailer for the upcoming documentary I Am Heath Ledger. The doc looks at the far too short life of the actor through a mixture of videos he filmed of himself, clips of his performances, and interviews with those who knew him.

Continue below to read a synopsis and watch the trailer.

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Movie Review: Disneynature’s Growing Up Wild
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Disneynature Growing Up Wild

Disneynature’s Growing Up Wild
Digital HD | VOD
Directed and produced by Keith Scholey and Mark Linfield
Narrated by Daveed Diggs
Disneynature | 77 minutes
Release date: December 8th, 2016

Back in 2008, Walt Disney Studios launched Disneynature, a unit of their studios to produce nature documentaries. They have released 8 films on a wide variety of animals, narrated by big name stars such as Meryl Streep and Samuel L. Jackson. Just arriving for the holidays is Growing Up Wild, covering five animal families ranging three continents. The documentary is narrated by Daveed Diggs (Black-ish/The Get Down).

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Movie Review: Borderline
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Borderline
Directed & Prodeuced by Rebbie Ratner
Cast: Regina, Barbara, David, Charlotte, Christine Foertsch, PhD, John Gunderson, MD, Marsha Linehan, PhD, Antonia New, MD, Mary Zanarini, EdD, Gina Pulice, MSW, Alex F., Leslee G., Rachel J., Elyse K., Terry Lim, Baily M., Monica P., Michelle S.
Produced by Suzanne Mitchell
Exec. Produced by Barbara Kopple
Runtime: 88 minutes
Release date: November 11th, 2016 (NYC Premiere)

“I guess you can say I had a relapse. I threatened to kick a girl’s ass,” are the first words of the film, as one powerful tear rolls down her face. We’ve all done that, but there was much more to that story.

The question she has is: “Do you think only someone borderline would have acted the way I did?”

Borderline is a powerful documentary about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), one that can be characterized by self-harm, outbursts, violence, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and substance abuse. As a result, it is often hard to find diagnosis and treatment. The director, Rebbie Ratner, set to bring this disorder into the light. She “aims to help pull it out of the closet,” having suffered from BPD herself.

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Movie Review: Asperger’s Are Us
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Asperger’s Are Us
Directed by Alex Lehmann
Starring Ethan Finlan, New Michael Ingemi, Noah Britton, Jack Hanke
Exec. Produced By: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
Runtime: 82 minutes
Release date: November 15th, 2016 on iTunes

Asperger’s Are Us is a Duplass Brothers documentary following a 4-man comedy troupe getting ready for their last show, before they go their separate ways. That these young men have aspergers is less important than the relationships they have with each other, and their family and friends. Directed by Alex Lehmann (Blue Jay), you will get a glimpse into the lives of these friends, nay… brothers, who give it their last hurrah, before making new journeys without each other.

More, with a bit of spoilers below.

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Interview: ‘Undecided: The Movie’ Stars & Writers Jason Selvig & Davram Stiefler
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If this election cycle is driving you insane, take a break from the seriousness of it and enjoy Undecided: The Movie. Directed by Julio DePietro and co-written by the director and stars Jason Selvig & Davram Stiefler, Undecided is an assault on the general insanity the 2016 election is causing all over the nation. Filmed as part mockumentary, part improv prank show, the film is about two losers, John (Selvig) and Dan (Stiefler) who are, as the title suggests, undecided voters. They are chosen for a reality show where they will travel around from caucus to convention meeting, greeting and offending candidates along the way. After watching the film earlier this week, I got a chance to speak to both stars just a few days before the Presidential election.

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Movie Review: Undecided: The Movie (2016)
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Undecided: The Movie Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler with Hillary Clinton

Undecided: The Movie
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Written by Julio DePietro, Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler
Directed by Julio DePietro
Starring Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler, Jena Friedman, Aasif Mandvi
Undecided Reality 2016 Productions, LLC
Runtime: 86 minutes
Release date: October 18, 2016

“It was weird to shoot a gun near Rick Santorum because I’ve never shot one before and no one asked who I was.”

Imagine if Impractical Jokers-style prankers took on modern politics and attended campaign rallies throughout the most divisive election year in American history. Well stop imagining, because it’s here. Shot as a Spinal Tap-style mockumentary, Undecided: The Movie was co-written by Julio DePietro, Jason Selvig, and Davram Stiefler, and stars Selvig and Stiefler as two shnooks chosen to be on a reality show where they try to find a candidate to back in the 2016 election. What follows is nearly 90 minutes of “OMG” moments, pure insanity, and legitimately funny and insightful political commentary.

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Movie Review: The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey
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The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan's Journey

The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey
Amazon Instant Video
Directed by Bradley Weatherholt
Official Website | Ministry of Cinema
Not Rated | 80 Minutes
Release Date: September 14, 2016

Midichlorians. The Trade Federation. Watto. The coarseness of sand. Jar-Jar freakin’ Binks. Oh, and you can’t forget…. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!”

George LucasStar Wars prequels comprise what is possibly the most controversial motion picture trilogy of all time. Despite grossing hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office and selling countless DVD and Blu-ray copies, Episodes I through III remain a serious bone of contention for ferociously devoted fans of the Star Wars universe for many reasons.

Bradley Weatherholt’s Indiegogo-funded documentary The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey provides — through a series of insightful and provocative interviews with open-minded admirers of the films and their thematic elements and links to the original trilogy –- a pointed critical analysis of the prequel trilogy’s multitude of perceived narrative and technical flaws. Rather than serve as the set-up for a rude, feature-length rebuttal of the faults that have fueled many a furious blog post or chatroom discussion, detractors of these unjustly-derided intergalactic adventures to look at those faults once more, but placed in different contexts and interpreted through a series of unbiased points-of-view.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: ‘The Trial Of Mike Diana,’ A New Documentary From Frank Henenlotter
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The Trial of Mike Diana

You may not know the name of Mike Diana, but you should. He is an underground comic artist who courted controversy and tackled challenging and provocative subject matter in his self-published series Boiled Angel. His gleefully, graphically grotesque artwork, influenced by comics legends like Bernie Wrightson and Jack Davis, depicted acts of sex and violence and was definitely not for all tastes.

One particular issue of Boiled Angel sold to an undercover police officer in his small Florida town led to Diana being ensnared in an ongoing murder investigation in the town of Gainesville and the first artist unjustly prosecuted and jailed on charges of obscenity. The Kafkaesque turn of events that resulted in Diana being banned during his three-year probation from producing any drawings or writings and becoming a lightning rod for artistic censorship is the subject of The Trial of Mike Diana, a new documentary from cult horror filmmaking legend Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage). A Kickstarter campaign has been released for the documentary, and you can learn more about it and watch a trailer below.

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