Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s latest PBS series does a good job of telling the writer’s life story, but doesn’t probe his thornier aspects.
Filmmakers Condemn Lack of Diversity at PBS and Critique Overreliance on Ken Burns
The BIPOC documentarian collective Beyond Inclusion has drafted an open letter to the broadcaster.
9to5 Strikes at a Missing Piece of Feminist History
In the late 1970s and early ’80s, women office workers banded together in a labor movement that sprouted up in 25 cities across the country.
The Undocumented Activists Who Turned Themselves In to Infiltrate ICE
Hyperallergic talks to Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, the directors of the documentary The Infiltrators, about how they filmed this “reverse heist.”
The Timely Resonance of PBS’s Asian Americans
The new miniseries offers an informative overview of history through personal, often deeply emotional testimony.
These Interactive Documentaries Look at 3D-Scanned Desserts and Earth From Orbit
Public Update, a new series from POV Spark, presents its first slate of unconventional nonfiction works.
A New TV Show Looks at Family Albums Across the USA
The PBS series Family Pictures USA suggests that “sharing photographs reminds us of our common roots and strengthens connections with our friends, families and neighbors.”
Two Artists Are Alla-bout Bob Ross, and a Forthcoming Book on His Painting Techniques
Two artists went on a journey towards Bob Ross, what they discovered were happy little accidents.
In Ken Burns’s Vietnam War Documentary, Claims of Objectivity Obscure Patriotic Bias
By accepting patriotic doctrine even as it claims to present all sides, the epic documentary takes some slippery liberties with truth and history.
A Cinematographer’s Documentary About Making Documentaries
In Cameraperson, documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson turns the lens back on her own experiences working on films.
The Homes, Parks, and Towns that Shaped the United States’ Built Environment
The built environment of the United State was constructed on grand ideas, including parks that inspired morality, towns designed to curb strikes, and homes that offered everyone their own slice of the land.
A New Documentary Champions the Photographer Who Captured Wright, Calder, and Nevelson
Photographers who shoot the work of famous artists are rarely celebrated in their own right, but a new documentary shifts the focus onto the man responsible for some of the most iconic images we have of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder, and Louise Nevelson.