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How ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’ Depicts the Queer Side of the Pop Art Icon

In Netflix’s five-part docu-series The Andy Warhol Diaries, writer-director Andrew Rossi peels away the layers of the artist and pop culture icon who had an indelible influence on American…

Oscar-Nominated Doc Short ‘Audible’ Shines a Spotlight on the Maryland School for the Deaf

In Netflix’s Oscar-nominated documentary short Audible, themes of community, loss and identity are explored through the lives of several high school seniors at the Maryland School for…

Differing Responses to COVID Showcased in Two Oscar Documentary Contenders

In the Oscar shortlist for best documentary feature, two different hopefuls — The First Wave and In the Same Breathfocus entirely on governmental and community response to the COVID-19 pandemic…

‘Faya Dayi,’ ‘Writing With Fire’ Among Oscar Documentary Hopefuls That Tell International Stories

While Neon/Participant’s animated documentary Flee, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, is Denmark’s Oscar submission for best international feature (and is also a contender in the animated…

How Three Oscar Documentary Contenders Take Novel Approaches to Their Musical Subjects

In the last decade, three music-centered films have earned the Academy Award for best documentary feature: Searching for Sugarman in 2012, 20 Feet From Stardom in 2013 and Amy in 2015. This…

‘Framing Britney Spears’, ‘Kid 90’ and ‘Showbiz Kids’ Directors on Depicting Media’s Impact on Former Child Stars

I really couldn’t tell my story, honestly, in 90 minutes,” says director Alex Winter with a laugh. Sure enough, the only image of Winter — who is perhaps best known to audiences as Bill S…

‘My Octopus Teacher’ Cinematographer on Capturing the Bond Between a Filmmaker and an Octopus

Underwater DP Roger Horrocks reflects on the moving experience of filming Craig Foster and a sensitive cephalopod in the Oscar-nominated documentary.

‘Crip Camp’: Judy Heumann Reflects on Her Counselor Days and How Hollywood Should Handle Stories of Disability

The disability rights activist also opens up about how the Oscar-nominated documentary captures the importance of Camp Jened in the 1970s.

Oscar-Nominated Doc Short ‘A Concerto Is a Conversation’ Maps a Journey From the Jim Crow South to the Walt Disney Concert Hall

The short traces composer Kris Bowers' family lineage through discussions with his 91-year-old grandfather, Horace. 

‘Gunda’: How a Pig (Plus a One-Legged Chicken and Some Cows) Became the Stars of an Oscar Contender for Best Doc Feature

"My call is for empathy," says Victor Kossakovsky, the filmmaker behind the black-and-white documentary, which required him to film the daily lives of farm animals for several months…

“A Love Story About a Man and an Octopus” Is Now an Oscar Contender for Best Doc

Among the 15 shortlisted docs, 'My Octopus Teacher’ captures the unusual bond between a burned-out filmmaker and a cephalopod. &nbsp…

Espionage Doc ‘Coup 53’ Shines a Timely Spotlight on the West’s Role in Iran’s Troubled History

Despite amassing critical acclaim and a who's who of doc-making supporters — including Michael Moore, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog — Taghi Amirani's film unravelling one of the 20th century's…