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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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

“Relations between police and Negroes across the country are getting worse. One of the cities most troubled by animosity between police and Negroes is Oakland, California.” 1960s black-and-white network news report Donald J. Trump and his Republican cohorts have ripped off the thin, translucent scab that covers America’s congenital racism. Although Stanley Nelson’s ...Read More

Beyond the Fear of Singing: Unlock Your Voice. Release Your Song.

“Most children learn very, very quickly that they don’t have that kind of sound. They don’t have that kind of voice to compare with that. Most children just stop at some point. There’s also a sort of a ritual that happens at some time where in the school, or at home, the children are put in front of a crowd of people—their school mates, their family—where they’re asked or forced to sing a song. For many, many children—but also adults—this is like

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The Bleeding Edge: Injury and Death Caused by Medical Devices

iatrogenic: (adjective of a medical disorder) illness, injury or death caused by the diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician In The Bleeding Edge well-lauded director Kirby Dick focuses on the harm that has been done, and is being done on patients who are treated with medical devices—a $400 billion industry. The injuries are life

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Alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins: The Truth Behind the Fiction

Scott O’Dell’s childrens book Island of the Blue Dolphins was published in 1960. Every November, half a million fourth graders read this classic tale of loss and survival. The book is a speculation of what life may have been like for a 12 year old girl stranded on San Nicolas Islan

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Forbidden Films & Hitler’s Hollywood: 2 Docs about Cinema and Propaganda in Wartime Germany

For history and war buffs, cinephiles, politicos, and other interested parties, Kino Lorber has released Hitler’s Hollywood by Rudiger Süchsland and ...Read More

Invisible Hands: The Destruction of Childhood

“Willfull ignorance”—That is the term one speaker in Shraysi Tandon’s Invisible Hands calls our attitude toward the use of 200 million children around the world to manufacture the products the ‘civilized’ world consumes with gleeful abandon. The hands, of course, are not invisible, we simply have y

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

“His pathos was seeking to entertain and please. He felt when he wasn’t doing that, he was not succeeding as a person, and that was hard to see. Because in so many senses, he is the most successful person I know, and yet he didn’t always feel that.” Zak Williams When Robin died I felt like I’d lost a beautiful friend I met in 1979, when I joined the rest of the world and bought his first record, ‘Reality... What A Concept’. Over the decades I’d

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All The Queen’s Horses: Small Town. Large Fraud. Global Problem.

Antisocial Personality Disorder: The presence of a chronic and pervasive disposition to disregard and violate the rights of others. Manifestations include repeated violations of the law, exploitation of others, deceitfulness, impulsivity, aggressiveness, reckless disregard for the safety of self and others, and irresponsibility, accompanied by lack of guilt, remorse, and empathy. It is among the most heavily researched of the personality disorders—a

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Antarctica: In the Footsteps of the Emperor

Antarctica: In the Footsteps of the Emperor contains three films on a 2-DVD set: “Antarctica: In the Footsteps of the Emperor” /// “Antarctica: Living on the Edge

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A Good American: The Odyssey of William Binney

Buried within the terabytes of data at one or more of Netflix’s server farms is the most incendiary documentary film I’ve seen to date: A Good American—a film about malfeasance, corruption, and ineptitude at our National Security Agency, and above. Director Friedrich Moser tells the story of a tragically terminated NSA program called ThinT

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