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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His Way: The Life and Times of Jerry Weintraub

His Way opens with a series of quick cuts of famous people sharing observations of legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub. They sketch a portrait of a man equally noble and ignoble – depending on your perspective and, especially, on which of his two lists you're on. his-way-1024 Douglas McGrath directs this affectionate look at Weintraub who – with his J

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Into the Arms of Strangers

Winner of the 2000 Oscar for best feature documentary, Into the Arms of Strangers tells of the humanitarian exodus, in 1938-1939, of children from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to The United Kingdom. Strangers #1 (1)The transport was initiated and supported by the people and government of Great Britain. Ten thousand children were saved by the ‘Kindertrans

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A Model for Matisse: The Story of Henri Matisse, Sister Jacques-Marie and the Vence Chapel

Produced for television in 2003,  A Model for Matisse is a sweet, simple, gratifying story of the friendship between the aging artist and 21-year old nursing student Monique Bourgeois – who eventually became Sister Jacques-Marie. 435375-a-model-for-matisse-filmThe two met in Nice, in 1941, when Matisse was recovering from canc

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Daddy I Do

Cassie Jaye's Daddy I Do opens with a close-up of a beautiful young woman sensually painting lipstick on her lips. Stevie Ray Vaughn's "You Better Leave My Little Girl Alone" smothers the scene with its hot-and-heavy moaning guitar. Cut to a handsome, middle-age, clean shaven man tying his tie. Both are at home, Still1preparing for a ceremony, a Pledge of Purity, to be conducted a

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Kings of Pastry

Produced by a team of accomplished filmmakers, Kings of Pastry documents, for the first time, the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF) an every-four-years international competition of pastry chefs in Lyon, France. pastry2Although the word ‘competition’ is used, the chefs are not competing with each other. Instead, there are a group of judges who evaluate the chefs

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Life According to Sam

Life According to Sam is an utterly spectacular life-affirming documentary about the ‘aging disease’ called progeria and the life of a child, Sam Berns, who was born with this genetic anomaly. Boston Herald MediaProduced by the Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning team of Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine, and cablecast by HBO, the f

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Paper Clips: A Holocaust Memorial in the American South

Paper Clips documents the conception and emergence of a Holocaust memorial in Christian-White-Rural-Conservative Tennessee. paperclipsThe story begins at Whitwell Middle School, in Whitwell, Tennessee – 24 miles northwest of Chattanooga. The film’s central character is Principal Linda Hooper who provides a good portion of the narration. Her on-screen presence is as p

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More Than the Rainbow: Street Photographers of New York

Born and raised in New York City, arrested a couple times, maybe more, and with a difficult family background, Matt Weber found meaning and passion with photography – street photography, to be specific – with a film camera rather than digital, and in black and white. RainbowProduced and directed by Dan Wechsler, More Than the Rainbow focuses on Weber’s work as well as t

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pianomania

When Louis Malle's My Dinner with Andre was released in 1981, the film asked and answered the question: Can two guys talking at dinner make a movie? The answer, of course, was 'yes.' I was as surprised as the next guy to find myself enraptured by Wallace Shawn's and Andre Gregory's conversation. pianomania-stefan-k</p> 
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Public Speaking: Introducing Fran Lebowitz

Although I was raised in the American South, I never felt more like what Fran Lebowitz calls a ‘hillbilly’ – her term for New York tourists – until I watched Martin Scorsese’s documentary about this writer/speaker/actor I’d never heard of before seeing this HBO film. FranSince Lebowitz was brand new to me, I have no idea if you, dear reader, know her work. In either case, you may

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