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—

Don also contributes film reviews and filmmaker profiles to CineSource Magazine online—

His weekly film review appears in The Marin Post

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Unlikely Friends: Total Strangers, Brutal Crimes

Unlikely Friends focuses on a few victims of violent crime who have developed strong friendship bonds with their perpetrators. UnlikelyThe adjective, ‘unlikely,’ is an understatement. The reason why victims form these bonds is debatable. The immeasurable value of victims and

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Mobilize: Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Cell Phones

Most of us know there’s a problem with the electro-magnetic radiation emitted by cell phones, and some of us take some measure of caution in our use of them. If you are one of those cell phone users who is not taking precautions, that state ofMobilize Still 1 affairs will end after you watch Kevin Kunze’s film, Mobilize. In its brief 84 minutes we lear

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The Winding Stream: The Big Bang of Country Music

Documentary films have the power to bring us into worlds we never heard of, or barely know of—worlds we may have no interest in whatsoever. indexBut if we follow the filmmaker’s Yellow Brick Road we are amazed at how much fun it was, how fascinating and engaging—grateful we took the first step and kept walking. Directed by highly accomplished filmmaker Beth Harrington, ...Read More

The Horse Boy: A Family’s Quest for Healing

The Horse Boy is about a Texas family—Kristin Neff, a professor of psychology; Rupert Isaacson, a journalist, human rights advocate, and former horse trainer; and their son Rowan Isaacson who was diagnosed with autism at age two.Horseboy Rowan in Mongolia...Read More

Levitated Mass: A Moving Stone

Prolific filmmaker Doug Pray’s Levitated Mass tells the story of the moving of amichael-heizers-levitated-mass-installation-at-lacma-1340410051_org rock from one place to another. The rock in question weighs 340 tons. It was moved from a southern California

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Chely Wright: Wish Me Away

Not being connected to the worlds of pop culture or country music, I’d never heard the name, ‘Chely Wright.’ Sitting in a stack of two dozen documentary screeners all waiting to be viewed and reviewed was this screener with the title, Chely Wright: Wish Me Away; and at the top of the case the words: 'A Nashville Star Comes Out An

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Jodorowsky’s Dune: A Passionate Artist Confronts Hollywood

  alejandro_jodorowsky Frank Pavich uses his lengthy interview of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky as the spine of his documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, to tell the story of the filmmaker’s attempt to secure Hollywood’s support in the making of his interpretation of Frank Herbert’s ultra-classic science fiction novel, Dune. Sev

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Between the Folds: Origami Evolving

3da-intel-paper-panther-hiRes Vanessa Gould’s documentary Between the Folds is an exquisite work of art about exquisite works of art—and their creators. Gould interviews 16 origami artists, and at least one paper maker, presenting their compl

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Kumpanìa: Flamenco Los Angeles

a69bbf2d29fd380bbda485f75de43bf8Kumpanìa is Katina Dunn’s exhilarating documentary about the flamenco community in Los Angeles, California. Dunn interviews the dancers, singers, players and cultural historians. She provides astounding performances of music, voice, and dance. Narrator  Bruce Bisenz is our

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Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives

Produced by Marin County, California filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, Trust deftly weaves several stories. We learn about the founding and work of the Albany Park Theater Company in Chicago. Working with adolescents, David Feiner and ...Read More