Don Schwartz Spotlight on Documentaries
Welcome to the Blog of actor/journalist/personal historian Don Schwartz.
Don has been published in a variety of publications since 1977. His book, Telling Their Own Stories: Conversations with Documentary Filmmakers, is available from Amazon in softback or Kindle edition.
Don holds multiple degrees, including a Ph.D. in psychology and counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Don is a regular guest on our web radio show, The Art of Film Funding, produced by From the Heart Productions, reviewing documentary films with founder Carole Dean—http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-art-of-film-funding
Don also contributes film reviews and filmmaker profiles to CineSource Magazine online—www.CineSourceMagazine.com
His weekly film review appears in The Marin Post—https://marinpost.org/
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Cameraperson is a unique documentary film consisting of clips from superstar documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s 25 years of work. The multilayered film is carefully crafted, and functions as travelogue, memoir, and philosophical statement on the relationship between filmmaker and subject.
The film takes the viewer around the world,
Maggie Hadleigh-West’s Sick to Death! is a highly personal film which tells several health-related stories—her own struggles with thyroid disease, and those of the film’s interviewees. The film provides crucial information about conventional medicine’
"I love dance. I’m putting my heart on stage. My soul is dancing. It’s not just me. It is like I am living a dream." Carlos Hopuy, a dancer and a Trock.
Americans’ perspectives on gender identity and sexual behavior are going through a dizzying expansion. Having seen Bobbi Jo Hart’s Rebels on Pointe it is obvious that the more th
When viewing documentary films on a regular basis, one must include whimsy and lightness—for one’s mental and spiritual health.
When I discovered Sara Taksler’s and Naomi Greenfield's TWISTED: A Balloonamentary
I took my own advice and consumed it immediately.
Doug Nichol’s California Typewriter has been covered by Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter—amongst many other publications. The film deserves this adulation. It is a masterpiece.
Nichol has taken an obscure topic, brought it to life, and told many stories along the way.
The film’s s
Preface: It is a filmmaker’s dream. Having your film pulled from the internationally-renown Tribeca Film Festival. I am not being sarcastic.
The censor’s demand gave Vaxxed countless thousands of dollars of complimentary publicity, and now countless more people have seen ...Read More
“It’s a real practice-killer.” Roy Seidenberg, MD, on the impact of John Sarno’s book, Healing Back Pain
Produced by David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley, All The Rage shares crucial information about Dr. John Sarno’s approach to treating back pain, and tells the story of filmmaker Galinsky’s healing from back pain and the m
“I want the right of life, of the leopard at the spring, of the seed splitting open—I want the right of the first man.” Nazim Hikmet, Turkish Poet, (1902-1963)
Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow is as challenging to view as it is imperative to view. In two hours, the legendary artist/activist/filmmaker takes viewers to the Middle East, Afghanistan, Europe, Af
Back in the old days, when Jon Stewart was hosting 'The Daily Show,' he had a guest on named Bassem Youssef who was introduced as ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart.’ Even with my cursory—to be generous to yours truly—knowledge of Middle East politics, religion, and culture, I had a bad feeling about this.
It’s about authoritarian leadership. Like diarrhea and smart-phone addiction, us humans are vulnerable to this ilk of leadership. Back in the Jurassic period,
“I listen to the world, and to me song is life. It is the essence of who we are. And, it joins us all.”
Christopher W. Clark, Ph.D.
Johnson Senior Scientist, Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Directed by Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld, and narrated by Rachel McAdams, Soni