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A Long Month of (Mostly) Documentaries

December 30, 2015

Covers the period from 11.29.15 through 12.30.15 /// I did not read any books for 757 hours


Feature films:

  1. Spy, directed & written by Paul Feig
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams; written by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt {saw it twice}


Experimental / Avante-Garde Cinema:

  1. Anémic Cinéma, directed by Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Sélavy
  2. Ballet Mécanique, directed by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy; written by Fernand Léger
  3. Lot in Sodom, directed by J. S. Watson, Jr. and Melville Webber
  4. Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film, directed by Pip Chodorov; screenwriters Pip Chodorov and Lucy Allowood



  1. Alexander Calder, directed by Roger M. Sherman
  2. Capturing Reality — The Art of Documentary, directed & written by Pepita Ferrari
  3. Interviews with 38 documentary filmmakers [Capturing Reality, disc 2]
  4. Desert Flower, directed & written by Sherry Hormann
  5. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, directed by Chiemi Karasawa
  6. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement, directed by Susan Muska & Gréta Ólafsdóttir
  7. The Films of Terry Gilliam, directed & written by Robert J. Emery
  8. Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension, directed by Bill Jersey and Michael Schwarz
  9. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, directed by Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker; written by Dave LaMattina
  10. Maidentrip, directed by Jillian Schlesinger
  11. Talking Feet: Solo Southern Dance — Flatfoot, Buck, and Tap, produced by Mike Seeger and Ruth Pershing
  12. Why We Laugh: Funny Women, directed by Bernard Gourley; written by Bambi Haggins


. . . about family secrets:

  1. Farewell Herr Schwarz, directed & written by Yael Reuveny [Vilna Jewish siblings separated by WW2, settle and start new families in Israel & East Germany]
  2. Running from Crazy, directed by Barbara Kopple [the Hemingways]
  3. Stories We Tell, directed & written by Sarah Polley [the Polleys & the Gulkins]
  4. Twinsters, directed by Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto; written by Samantha Futerman [twins separated at birth in Korea are adopted in different countries]


. . . about Fashion & Style:

  1. Advanced Style, directed by Lina Plioplyte; written by Ari Seth Cohen and Lina Plioplyte
  2. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent Jorgen Perlmutt and Frédéric Tcheng
  3. Iris [Apfel], directed by Albert Maysles
  4. Tales from the [British] Royal Wardrobe, directed by Nick Gillam-Smith


. . . about photographers:

  1. Annie Leibovitz — Life Through a Lens, directed & written by Barbara Leibovitz
  2. Finding Vivian Maier, written & directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  3. The Life and Work of Sally Mann — What Remains, directed by Steven Cantor
  4. The Life and Works of Gordon Parks — Half Past Autumn, directed by Craig Price; written by Lou Potter
  5. Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer, directed by Charlie Ahearn


. . . about music & musicians:

  1. 20 Feet from Stardom [backup singers], directed & written by Morgan Neville
  2. Amy [Winehouse], directed by Asif Kapadia
  3. Brian Eno: 1971–1977 — The Man Who Fell to Earth, produced by Rob Johnstone
  4. The Girls in the Band [women in jazz], directed by Judy Chaikin; written by Judy Chaikin and Edward Osei-Gyimah
  5. Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts, directed by Scott Hicks
  6. Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, directed by Ben Niles
  7. Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly, directed & written by Beth Harrington
  8. The Wrecking Crew [studio musicians], directed by Denny Tedesco

= = =

Total films = 39

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 5, 2016 12:19

    I also watched The new Star Wars movie it was awesome isn’t it?

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