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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October 3rd, 2016
Written, directed, and starring Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
is another look at the usurpation of the United States’ government—and many states’ governments—by the wealthy and powerful. The film is as entertaining as it is infuriating.
Palast portrays an amalgam of journalist and noir film detective as he doggedly seeks the per ...Read More
September 25th, 2016
Josh Aronson’s Talent Has Hunger
follows legendary cello teacher Paul Katz and a group of students over a period of seven years. The film is a rare opportunity and treat to experience the depth and breadth of skills required to master an instrument, and the dedication it takes to stay with the challenges of learning and changing over so many years—let ...Read More
September 23rd, 2016
Whatever the etiology, the number of children who develop autism has increased dramatically, if not exponentially. This tragic phenomenon has created an inevitable subculture—with micro-cultures within that subculture. One of those sub-subcultures is individuals ‘on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum.’
How to Dance in Ohio
follows a group of adolescents who receive a variety of serv ...Read More
September 20th, 2016
You See Me
is a documentary film about the filmmaker’s family. Veteran documentarian Linda J. Brown tells her family’s story. She is searching for meaning, understanding, and resolution in the lifelong dynamics of this family. Her father, Stanley, is the central character, the central mystery.
Brown uses interview, n ...Read More
September 15th, 2016
Directed by Niles Heckman and hosted by Rak Razam, Shamans of the Global Village
covers the resurgence of shamanistic practices in the West. Each episode will cover a shaman and a particular ethnogenic medicine she or he incorporates in their practice. The series’ planned episodes are listed below.
The first episode—premier date is October 1, 2016—features Dr. Octavio Rettig, a medical s ...Read More
September 15th, 2016
First Run Features’ Enter the Faun
is about two subjects: The creation of a dance piece and the transformation of Gregg Mozgala’s body and mind.
Mozgala is an actor, playwright, artistic director, and has cerebral palsy.
Tamar Rogoff is a prolific choreographer who specializes ...Read More
September 4th, 2016
‘the Great Song
’ in Michael Stillwater’s beatific In Search of the Great Song
is a metaphor, a reference to the sacred, to the spiritual connections with our world, to the grace and dignity of nature, and to the power of music, voice and sound.
September 2nd, 2016
Fimmakers Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott have taken interviews of legendary author/speaker/activist Noam Chomsky and woven them into a coherent narrative of the corruption of our American socio-economic-political systems. In addition to being a requiem, the film is also a post mortem—descriptions of the strategies and tactics that have transformed the United States of America into an oligarchy.
The Ten Principles are:
Redesign the Economy
August 30th, 2016
When Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel make a film, it is a must-see. They’ve given us The Real Dirt on Farmer John
and Queen of the Sun
—strong, hard-hitting films about agriculture.
Their latest, Seed: The Untold Story,
is both inspiring and demoralizing.
The unhappy yet predictable aspect is the extent to which we have lost seeds. 94% o ...Read More
August 22nd, 2016
Joseph Dorman’s and Oren Rudavsky’s documentary, Colliding Dreams
is an objective exploration of the core Middle East conflict between Israel and its neighbors. The filmmakers use the ideas and history of Zionism as their springboard into this seemingly unending and hopeless conflict.