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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Sisters Rising: Ending Violence Against Native American Women

Sisters Rising features six Native American women who are fighting back against systemic violence against their sisters. Four out of five Native American women have experienced violence. One out of three will be raped. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women.

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The Biggest Little Farm

John and Molly Chester decided to follow in the footsteps of Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor who as Green Acres’ Oliver Wendell and Lisa Douglas left the Big City to a farm in ‘Hooterville.’ Unlike this fictional, six-season 1960s sitcom, the Chester’s left their real-life Los Angeles jobs for a 200+ acres plot of land 40 miles north of the Big City. An accomplished and prolific documentarian, John covers the couple’s eight-year, potentially Quixotic

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Denise Ho: Becoming the Song

Written and directed by veteran filmmaker Sue Williams, Denise Ho: Becoming the Song is one of those documentary films that could easily be lost in the shuffle of this genre that has finally found its way in the worlds of filmed entertainment. Thanks to ...Read More

Healing from Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation

“I was involved with the skinheads scene from the late-eighties, all the way to the mid-nineties. It was the birth of my daughter, seeing that little girl in the delivery room. My son, he was born 15 months later. They saw the magnificence in me when I couldn’t see it. They gave me the gift that allowed me to re-humanize.” Former Skinhead ...Read More

F11 and Be There: A Profile of Photographer Burk Uzzle

A portrait of photojournalist Burk Uzzle, 2018's F11 and Be There is filmmaker Jethro Waters' first documentary feature film, and it is a stunning, inspiring, unforgettable film that deserves a wide audience. Born on August 4, 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Uzzle began taking pictures as a young child, and never stopped. As o

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River City Drumbeat

"I say we live in a throwaway society. We throw everything away. Society sees our children as not good, at that moment, because we gotta put so much stuff into them, so we just throw 'em away. As we started this process, everything was scrap. And so what we do is we let children make something productive. So, they take the drums, and they design 'em, and they get 'em nice and beautiful. And then they're able to take their creative spirits, now that they found

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

'capital' — the wealth--whether in money or property--owned or employed in business by an individual, firm, corporation, etc.’ Directed by Justin Pemberton, and based on Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the documentary Capital in the Twenty-First

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The Fight: Goliath, Meet David

"All I've ever known how to do is fight. And so we just keep fighting, and even though we're tired, and know it's exhausting and maddening, it's what we do." ACLU Staff Attorney Directed by Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinber, The Fight introduces the work of the American Civil Liberties Un

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John Lewis: Good Trouble

“And I know that if John Lewis as a nineteen, twenty year-old, wasn’t doing what he did, I would not be here today.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez After reading, seeing, and hearing about the life and work of John Lewis over the past six decades, when his name comes to mind now, or appears anywhere within sight, I automatically add ‘legend’ to his name. The words, sounds, images and stories that emerge from Dawn Porter’s ...Read More

Incarcerating US

“From 1920, until 1970, this whole half-century of American history, the rate of incarceration was roughly level, at about 110 per 100,000. This is a broad spam of our history—the Roaring Twenties, prohibition, the Depression and all the social change there, World War II, the post-war economic boon, the Fifties, the explosion of suburbia, the Sixties and all the social turbulence. During this whole period the rate of incarceration is roughly level in the Unit

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