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  • Documentaries or propaganda?

    IN CASE YOU haven't noticed, documentaries are hot. No longer the domain of university film leagues and vintage un-P.C. jokes — "How many lesbians does it take to screw in a light bulb? One to turn the bulb and 20 to make a documentary about it" — nonfiction films are cheap to make and increasingly free of the esoteric artiness, and sometimes outright pretentiousness, that gave the genre its elitist reputation.
  • 'My Olympic Summer' an exquisite short documentary

    Daniel Robin's exquisite short documentary MyOlympic Summer (a Sundance award winner) is about old home movies and old family photos and how they might reveal more than we think if we know the whole story. His father was an Army chaplain, a rabbi...

    Documentarian Ross McElwee Excavates His Past in Hopes of Understanding His Children

    Documentarian Ross McElwee Excavates His Past in Hopes of Understanding His Children
    Photographic Memory Nov. 16, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006, realartways.org   Ross McElwee's documentaries aren't always easy to watch. There are painful silences, awkward blank stares into the camera, and moments where people...