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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Rebels on Pointe: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

"I love dance. I’m putting my heart on stage. My soul is dancing. It’s not just me. It is like I am living a dream." Carlos Hopuy, a dancer and a Trock. Americans’ perspectives on gender identity and sexual behavior are going through a dizzying expansion. Having seen Bobbi Jo Hart’s Rebels on Pointe it is obvious that the more th

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TWISTED: A Balloonamentary

When viewing documentary films on a regular basis, one must include whimsy and lightness—for one’s mental and spiritual health.

When I discovered Sara Taksler’s and Naomi Greenfield's TWISTED: A Balloonamentary I took my own advice and consumed it immediately.

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California Typewriter

Doug Nichol’s California Typewriter has been covered by Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter—amongst many other publications. The film deserves this adulation. It is a masterpiece. Nichol has taken an obscure topic, brought it to life, and told many stories along the way. The film’s s

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VAXXED: From Coverup to Catastrophe

Preface: It is a filmmaker’s dream. Having your film pulled from the internationally-renown Tribeca Film Festival. I am not being sarcastic. The censor’s demand gave Vaxxed countless thousands of dollars of complimentary publicity, and now countless more people have seen ...Read More

All The Rage: Saved By Sarno

“It’s a real practice-killer.” Roy Seidenberg, MD, on the impact of John Sarno’s book, Healing Back Pain Produced by David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley, All The Rage shares crucial information about Dr. John Sarno’s approach to treating back pain, and tells the story of filmmaker Galinsky’s healing from back pain and the m

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Human Flow: Global Immigration

“I want the right of life, of the leopard at the spring, of the seed splitting open—I want the right of the first man.” Nazim Hikmet, Turkish Poet, (1902-1963) Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow is as challenging to view as it is imperative to view. In two hours, the legendary artist/activist/filmmaker takes viewers to the Middle East, Afghanistan, Europe, Af

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Tickling Giants: The Epic Journey of Bassem Youssef, MD

Back in the old days, when Jon Stewart was hosting 'The Daily Show,' he had a guest on named Bassem Youssef who was introduced as ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart.’ Even with my cursory—to be generous to yours truly—knowledge of Middle East politics, religion, and culture, I had a bad feeling about this. It’s about authoritarian leadership. Like diarrhea and smart-phone addiction, us humans are vulnerable to this ilk of leadership. Back in the Jurassic period,

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Sonic Sea: Saving Whales from Human Enterprise

“I listen to the world, and to me song is life. It is the essence of who we are. And, it joins us all.” Christopher W. Clark, Ph.D. Johnson Senior Scientist, Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Directed by Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld, and narrated by Rachel McAdams, Soni

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Long Strange Trip: Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead

I write this review particularly for those who never heard of The Grateful Dead, never heard their music, and/or have preconceived notions and permanently installed negative attitudes toward the band. I certainly did. I was a progressive rock snob. It took a massive amount of peer pressure and a measure of life experience to see the band, to listen to their songs, to appreciate the immeasurable contribution this phenomenon has made to our world. Amazon’s ...Read More

HAPPENING: A Clean Energy Revolution

HAPPENING is James Redford’s most personal film, and I mean that literally. The veteran filmmaker hosts and narrates his journeys across America, and includes his daughter and wife in the story. Redford is making a point. Renewable energy

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