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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Teenage Paparazzo: Shooting the Shooters

Adrian Grenier, the lead actor in HBO’s long-running Entourage series, discovers his life, inevitably, imitating his art. austin20visschedyk_xlargeOn his journey through celebrity-land Grenier has, inevitably again, become annoyed by and curious about the world of celebrity photographers – the ones with whom you don’t have an appoint

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The Tao of Blue Grass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan

Singer/songwriter, artist, story teller, world traveler, mystic. Having viewed Christine Funk’s The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan, I now add ‘legend’ to the above list. indexUtilizing interviews of Rowan and a large handful of his contemporaries, woven with clips of performances over the last five decades, Funk’s mosaic presents a soul of great beauty and countless

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The Age of Stupid

“It’s amazing,” the Archivist asks, “what state of mind were we in, to face extinction, and simply shrug it off?” He sits in a vast room, atop a tall tower – The Global Archive. It is 2055 AD. The Earth’s ecosphere has been decimated by global warming. Small bands of humans roam the planet. The Archive is humanity’s memory. aptallik-cagi-age-of-stupid ...Read More

Growing Cities: Urban Farms in America 

With Growing Cities, Director Dan Susman and cinematographer Andrew Monbouquette take us on a tour of urban farms in the United States, meeting their creators, and, of course, promoting much-needed urban farming. Beginning with the apparently and ironically urban-farmless Omaha, Nebraska, weScreen_Shot_2013-05-03_at_2.28.48_PM_2(1)...Read More

A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma

Directed by Aaron Yeger, released in the United States by First Run Features, and distributed in Canada by KinoSmith, Inc., A People Uncounted is an introduction to the porrajmos—the killing of 500,000 people alternately called Gypsy, Roma, or Sinti during the Holocaust. This figure, 500,000, represents 90% of the then-Roma population in Europe. peopleA People Un

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Surfwise: The Life and Times of Dorian Paskowitz

Take Alan Arkin’s black comedy Little Murders. Mix it with Peter Weir’s dark drama The Mosquito Coast. Add a large shovel-full of reality, and you’ve got Doug Pray’s documentary, Surfwise – about the life, times, and cult of physician Dorian Paskowitz. surfPray examines Doctor Paskowitz’s life from childhood, through physician-hood, through bohemia-lan

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Uranium Drive-In: Half Life of the American Dream 

Directed by Suzan Beraza, and released by First Run Features, Uranium Drive-In tells the now classic story of people versus polluting industry – in this instance, the uranium mining and processing industry. Ayngel_rson_ColorBeraza does a textbook job of covering the human side of the conflict in a small Colorado town whose people believe that their only

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The Curse of the Gothic Symphony: The Struggle for Release

Caveat emptor: Read this review at your own risk. This symphony’s curse can transfer quickly and easily. I will not be held responsible for any subsequent unhappy experiences you may have if you chose to read on. Okay. You asked for it.Curse-of-the-Gothic-Symphony_w The Curse of the Gothic Symphony tells the story of

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The Newburgh Sting: Massive Governmental Malfeasance

The official website for HBO’s The Newburgh Sting includes a Resources link which lists several organizations: Council on American-Islamic Relations, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, American Civil Liberties Union, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Center for Constitutions Rights, and Human Rights Watch. I’m out of breath.the.newburgh.st</p> 
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The Parking Lot Movie

LOTIn 1986, Chris Farina purchased a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2009, Meghan Eckman produced and directed a documentary, The Parking Lot Movie, about the attendants working at Farina’s ‘The Corner Parking Lot.’ Located near the University of Virginia, adjacent to the backs of several bars as well as train tracks, and featuring a wooden shack built in 1986,

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