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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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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Growing Cities: Urban Farms in America 

With Growing Cities, Director Dan Susman and cinematographer Andrew Monbouquette take us on a tour of urban farms in the United States, meeting their creators, and, of course, promoting much-needed urban farming. Beginning with the apparently and ironically urban-farmless Omaha, Nebraska, weScreen_Shot_2013-05-03_at_2.28.48_PM_2(1)...Read More

A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma

Directed by Aaron Yeger, released in the United States by First Run Features, and distributed in Canada by KinoSmith, Inc., A People Uncounted is an introduction to the porrajmos—the killing of 500,000 people alternately called Gypsy, Roma, or Sinti during the Holocaust. This figure, 500,000, represents 90% of the then-Roma population in Europe. peopleA People Un

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Surfwise: The Life and Times of Dorian Paskowitz

Take Alan Arkin’s black comedy Little Murders, mix it with Peter Weir’s dark drama The Mosquito Coast, add a large shovel-full of reality, and you’ve got Doug Pray’s documentary, Surfwise—about the life, times, and cult of physician Dorian Paskowitz. ...Read More

Uranium Drive-In: Half Life of the American Dream 

Directed by Suzan Beraza, and released by First Run Features, Uranium Drive-In tells the now classic story of people versus polluting industry—in this instance, the uranium mining and processing industry. ...Read More

The Curse of the Gothic Symphony: The Struggle for Release

Caveat emptor: Read this review at your own risk. This symphony’s curse can transfer quickly and easily. I will not be held responsible for any subsequent unhappy experiences you may have if you chose to read on. Okay. You asked for it.Curse-of-the-Gothic-Symphony_w The Curse of the Gothic Symphony tells the story of

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The Newburgh Sting: Massive Governmental Malfeasance

The official website for HBO’s The Newburgh Sting includes a Resources link which lists several organizations: Council on American-Islamic Relations, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, American Civil Liberties Union, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Center for Constitutions Rights, and Human Rights Watch. I’m out of</p> 
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The Parking Lot Movie

LOTIn 1986, Chris Farina purchased a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2009, Meghan Eckman produced and directed a documentary, The Parking Lot Movie, about the attendants working at Farina’s ‘The Corner Parking Lot.’ Located near the University of Virginia, adjacent to the backs of several bars as well as train tracks, and featuring a wooden shack built in 1986,

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To Be Takei: A Star’s Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love

Produced and directed by San Francisco filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot, To Be Takei is both a profile and biography of actor/activist George Takei. Sulu2266I never cease to be amazed by how much information – and entertainment – a talented filmmaker can weave into a 90-minute film. Kroot’s film is no exception. In that short period of time we see and hear Takei and his

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Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields

Produced and directed by Dulanie Ellis, Ground Operations tells an almost literal swords-to-ploughshares story of the solving of two American problems with one solution.ground Problem One: Our nation’s treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is shameful – as evidenced by unemployment, homelessness, suicide, mental illness, and the well-documented in

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AYA Awakenings: Into the World of Ayahuasca

Aya Awakenings is a superbly crafted, highly sophisticated cinematic journey into psychedelic and transcendent consciousness. abstract-multicolor-fractals-psychedelic-fresh-new-hd-wallpaperProduced and directed by Timothy Parish and Rak Razam, based on Razam’s book

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