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    Celebrating Guitar Virtuoso Sharon Isbin

      PBS documentary and 5-CD box set celebrate the career of classic guitar virtuoso Sharon Isbin.  Sharon Isbin is widely regarded as one of the foremost guitar players in the world. Though she's primarily known as a classical guitarist, she's collaborated with and cultivated the respect of ...

    Film Review: Dorothea Lange – Grab a Hunk of Lightning

    The iconic work of photographer Dorothea Lange is thoughtfully considered in a new documentary.Dorothea Lange – Grab a Hunk of Lightning was directed by Dyanna Taylor, granddaughter of Lange, which gives the film unique insight and access. Taylor traces back Lange’s beginnings as a young ...

    Film Review: To Be Takei

    A new documentary chronicles both the silly and the serious sides of George Takei's life.To Be Takei is a surprisingly charming documentary that looks at the life and times of actor and activist George Takei. His humor and likability come across in everyday scenes with his partner Brad Altman ...

    Film Review: Mission Blue

    The remarkable career and mission of oceanographer Sylvia Earle is profiled in new documentaryIn the Neflix documentary Mission Blue, oceanographer Sylvia Earle says, "If I seem like a radical, it may be because I see things others do not." Throughout her career, Earle has explored oceans ...

    The Blackfish Backlash

    The documentary is negatively impacting ticket sales at SeaWorld.We recently explained the Participant Index, a ratings scale for documentaries that measures the impact films have on viewers’ lives. One documentary that would likely generate a high score on that Index is Blackfish which ...

    Film Review: Anita – Speaking Truth to Power

    The new doc Anita—Speaking Truth to Power is a powerful reminder of the change that can take place when one person speaks out and how far we have come from 1991 in terms of gender equality.Knowing only the general gist about Anita Hill, I was interested in hearing her story as I watched the ...

    Film Review: Tiny – A Story About Living Small

    It seems like there's a split in the American mindset. On the one hand, homes have almost doubled in size since 1970 despite a decrease in family size. On the other, there’s a growing trend against conspicuous consumption and toward minimalism. The documentary Tiny: A Story About Living ...

    A Ratings Scale for Documentaries

    The Participant Index wants to discover which films inspire people to action.Have you ever watched a documentary that’s moved you to tears? Or perhaps moved you enough to get involved with a particular issue? Or even change your entire lifestyle?  The unique role of documentaries is to ...

    Film Review: The Internet’s Own Boy – The Story of Aaron Swartz

    Many people have not heard of Aaron Swartz but chances are they have benefited from his ideas. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is a moving documentary that recounts Swartz's life as an internet prodigy and activist. Swartz's family, Lawrence Lessig, and web inventor Tim ...

    Film Review: Spent – Looking For Change

    The 40-minute documentary Spent: Looking For Change tells the story of Justin, Tiffany, Melissa, Alex, and Debbie—and nearly 70 million other Americans. That’s the number of people who fall outside the traditional banking system and use services like payday lenders and title loans. While ...

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