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.

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His weekly film review appears in The Marin Post

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The Dying of the Light: The Extinction of Film Projection

The Dying of the Light is a prime example of the magic of documentary filmmaking. A talented filmmaker takes a topic one might have never considered as worthy of documentary coverage, and transforms the topic into a thoroughly engaging film. LightOne-man-band filmmaker Peter Flynn—he wrote, produced, di

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Print The Legend: Life in the 3-D Printing Jungle

Idyll curiosity. That was the motivating force that caused this Netflix flick to stream on my TV. I simply wondered ‘what’s the deal with 3-D printing?’ PTL Max Lobovsky of FormlabsWell, the deal—what caused the flick to be produced—is the technology’s inevitable arrival to our consumer market. At an hour and forty minutes, the

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México Pelágico: Young Eco Activists Saving Our Oceans

‘pelagic’ – of or relating to the open sea. MexicoLet’s face it. The narrator’s voice doesn’t fit the tone of this film. The opening narration is unnecessary, if not pretentious. Sometimes it’s not clear who he’s talking about. Who is going where? Is this an organization? If so, what or who are they called? I wanted and needed more introductory context. Despite these.

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Matthew Barney: No Restraint

Petroleum jelly—aka Vaseline®—is iconic, prolific artist Matthew Barney’s most oft used medium. That detail is just the tip of the iceberg of information about the jaw-dropping life and work of an artist who has taken the ‘multi’ in multi-media into the stratosphere. BarneyAlthough Alison Chernick’s 2006  ...Read More

Everything Is Copy: Nora Ephron Scripted and Unscripted

everythingiscopy01Directed by her son Jacob Bernstein, Everything Is Copy: Nora Ephron Scripted and Unscripted is a brilliant, loving and powerful documentary about a brilliant, loving and powerful woman. Bernstein tells his mother’s story from early ch

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Mission Blue: Our Chance to Save Our Oceans

Mission Blue documents the life and work of environmental activist Sylvia Earle. 'Mission Blue' is also the name of Earle’s organization dedicated to reversing the damage done to Earth’s oceans by human beings. EarleDirected by Rober

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How to Change the World: The Story of Greenpeace

March 23, 2016 “Carbon Emissions Haven’t Been This High Since The Dinosaurs” screams the headline of a feature story in today’s Huffington Post. The statement derives from a study funded by the prestigious National Science Foundation. This is the context within which I put on and watched this brilliant documentary about the origins of Greenpeace International. ...Read More

Sembène!: The Father of African Cinema

HQ1017801Written, produced, and directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, Sembène! is the biographical documentary about Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007) who, as the subtitle states, is the father of African cinema. Born, rais

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Vessel: Promoting Access to Safe Abortions

1396292934Produced, directed, and shot by Diana Whitten, and released on DVD by Kino Lorber, Vessel tells of the birth and development of Women on Waves<

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SlingShot: Clean Water for the World

SlingShot is a profile of inventor/entrepreneur Dean Kamen and the story of his development of SlingShot—a portable, high-efficiency distiller which produces clean water from dirty water. unspecifiedVeteran write

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