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 Posthttps://marinpost.org/

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Command and Control: Our Nuclear Arsenal Is Not Safe

But, we already know that. One point that can be surmised from Robert Kenner’s Command and Control is yes, be horrified, but, no, don’t be surprised when there is an accidental detonation of a nuclear weapon on U.S. soil. I know, I know, a terrorist attack is also possible, but th

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Blood on the Mountain: Coal Mining in West Virginia

“Those mountain people who have been shut out of the world all these years, I know them. If I live...perhaps we can do the justice they deserve.” Abraham Lincoln You go to the bottom of the website for Mari-Lynn C. Evans’ Blood on the Mountain and you find a section called ‘Partners.’ Beneath that section

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A Matter of Time: A Daughter’s Care for Her Mother

Casey Cohen’s A Matter of Time is as heart-wrenching as it is inspiring. Cohen tells the story of singer/songwriter Kathryn Calder who, in the middle of her rise to indie rock stardom, found hers

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Maiko: Dancing Child

At the age of 32, Maiko, a prima ballerina, decided to become pregnant, but did not decide to conclude her career. She kept on dancing several weeks into her pregnancy, suspended her career, delivered her child, and determined to regain her prima ballerina status. Maiko was given that name at birth. It means ‘dancing child.’ No one knew the name portended two would be dancing. Aside from seeing many documentaries about ballet, that terpsichorean word denotes

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Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly

The title says it all in Justin Hunt’s latest documentary, Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly. Hunt’s intention is to catalyze a wide-ranging public dialog about this currently ignored addiction. To that end, the film models that intent, that dialog—it serves as a microcosm of what the hoped

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The Sunshine Makers: Breaking Good

Note: Although this story is a footnote to a footnote of American cultural history, it’s intriguing to yours truly. I took one of those Orange Sunshine tabs more than four decades ago. The experience was life-changing. Continue Reading... ________________________   Nicholas Sand and ...Read More

The Business of Being Born: A Two-Disc Set

When one cultivates the habit of seeing documentary films—simply by virtue of the genre—and when said one chooses to limit their self-censorship as to the scope of subjects to be explored, said one will be confronted with ego-dystonic information, ideas, and images. (‘Ego-dystonic’ is a fancy word for ‘inconvenient truths.’) For yours truly two subjects farthest from my interests and concerns were ballet and childbirth. I have seen five

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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

What more can you ask of a movie?! A true love that shone more than five decades, Hollywood insiders talking about inside Hollywood, and behind-the-scenes images of movie making—Big Time movie making, that is—all lovingly crafted. Daniel and Jennifer Raim’s Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story ...Read More

The God Cells: Medicine’s Worst Nightmare

Prologue: Self-taught documentary filmmaker Eric Merola makes films about health and disease. 'The God Cells'—his latest—is about the therapeutic use of ‘fetal stem cells.’ That phrase instantly evokes the controversy regarding women’s reproductive rights. Humanity will take this passionate disagreement over a woman’s right to choose to its collective grave. This review acknowledges this contentious subject, eschews discussion of same, and addre

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An Art that Nature Makes: The Work of Photographer Rosamond Purcell

‘Romantic decline’ Errol Morris calls it at film’s beginning—a kinder word for one of fine art photographers’ favorite subjects, ‘decadence.’ But, as the man who wrote Shakespeare’s plays says, “A piece of rotting wood is a piece of rotting wood.” After viewing Molly Bernstein’s documentary—An Art that Nature Makes—which int

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