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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Meet the Patels

Meet The PatelsRavi Patel is torn. He has a great relationship with his American girlfriend, but his Indian culture calls. His parents want him to not only marry a woman of his ethnicity, she needs to be a ‘Patel’ which is ‘a thing’—that is, there is a very large collection of people in India with that last name who live within a 50 square mile region. Marriage

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Becoming Bulletproof: The Melding of Two Worlds

BPDirected by Michael Barnett, Becoming Bulletproof is a documentary film that follows the production of a western movie entitled 'Bulletproof' which features a cast of disabled actors some of whom are severely disabled. The movie’s production is part of the activities of the Vermont-based collective called

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The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid

10923710_1550159841908929_822159711370954885_oWritten, produced and directed by Nicolas Rossier, The Other Man tells the s

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Beyond The Call: Vigilante Altruism

Ed Artis is talking about his work, Adrian Belec is filming him: ED__JIM__ADRIAN__GUY__FLAG“We’re not in the God Business. We don’t want to change their politics or their religion. It must be high adventure. It must be humanitarian. And it’s got to be in an area where few would ever go. If it doesn’t hit those criteria, we’re not inte

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Women Behind the Camera: Special Edition 2-Disc Set

001_STEPHM300dpiIn Women Behind the Camera filmmaker Alexis Krasilovsky covers the emergence and expansion of women cinematographers and Directors of Photography. Through interview a

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Racing To Zero: Eliminating Waste in San Francisco

The standard environmental documentary film presents evidence and stories of our destruction of our ecosphere. The information is overwhelming, the prospects for the necessary massive changes in our behavior are bleak. But, as a perfunctory nod to the idea of positivity, a few solutions are mentioned at the end. "You see, it’s not all bad." Well, not according to what I just saw.

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Paper Tigers: Educating Traumatized Youth

Directed by James Redford, Paper Tigers follows a small group of students in Lincoln High School, an alternative school in Walla Walla, Washington that specializes in educating traumatized youth. PT screencap - Kelsey reflectingRedford’s film int

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The Brainwashing of My Dad: A History of Right-Wing Media

It was sometime in the mid-eighties. I was visiting my parents. I walked into the den where my father was watching the news on a new-to-me cable channel, Fox News. After watching it for a few minutes, I walked out of the room with my own name for this channel, TRC, The Republican Channel. I am amazed at the many JPGyears it took before there was a widespread public acknowledgment of the propaga

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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman is Mary McDonagh Murphy’s follow-up to her Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. T

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Welcome to Leith: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Produced and directed by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, “Welcome to Leith” tells the story of the attempt by a small group of white supremacists to take over a very, very small town in North Dakota. Although racism is the topic of this film, and although the players include organizations and governmental institutions, the focus is on the characters. ...Read More