Posts tagged documentary

INTERVIEW: Tracey Erin Smith and Charlie David Talks New Season of ‘DRAG HEALS’

With the world and culture of Drag taking on the mainstream media, Drag Heals brings heart and soul through this documentary style series now available on Amazon Prime, OutTV Canada and AppleTV. Find out more from the minds behind the show, Tracey Erin Smith (stage director) and Charlie David (director) in our interview below!

Hi Tracey and Charlie, thank you for answering our questions! Can you tell our readers about your series, Drag Heals? How did you both get involved in the project?

Tracey: Drag Heals is a documentary TV series that follows my 10-week SOULO theatre workshop teaching drag artists to transform a story from their lives into a one-person stage show. Each episode dives deep into one of the participants’ lives and explores their life outside of class. In class, it’s like being a fly on the wall in a bedazzled and soulful therapy group for drag performers. I had been teaching Drag King Workshops in Toronto called Dude For A Day and I wanted to offer the reverse for men, while combining it with my SOULO process.

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INTERVIEW: Kathryn Robson Receives Emmy Nomination for Documentary, CIRCUS OF BOOKS

Circus of Books was a bookstore and gay pornography shop, opened in the 1960s by an unlikely and unassuming straight couple who kept their business from their personal lives a secret. The documentary explores the challenges they faced, edited, written and produced by Kathryn Robson who was nominated for an Emmy (Outstanding Writing in a Nonfiction Program) for her work on the film. Find out more below!

Congratulations on your Emmy nomination for Circus of Books, Kathryn! How are you feeling? Did you know while working on this documentary as editor, producer and writer that you had something special in your hands?

Thank you so much!  I’m feeling all the things– thrilled, surprised, excited, and really humbled. I knew Circus of Books was a really special story, and while I was working on it, I definitely felt if we could get the film out, we would find an audience who loved the story as much as we did.  But getting an Emmy nomination is really beyond what I imagined. Just getting a documentary made and into the world feels like a minor miracle, so this is really rewarding.

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INTERVIEW: Francis Luta’s New Intense Documentary, ALONE ACROSS THE ARTIC with Adam Shoalts

Francis Luta directed a once-in-a-lifetime documentary in collaboration with explorer, Adam Shoalts. In this interview, he talks about the challenges of filming Alone Across the Artic and how he became a filmmaker. Read more below!

Hi Francis, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! Your documentary, Alone Across the Arctic, looks gorgeous and incredibly intense at the same time. How did you get involved with explorer, Adam Shoalts and what inspired you to film his journey?

Thank you. I made a short film with Adam back in 2015 entitled Explorer where I basically introduce him as this modern day explorer. I went camping with him where we shot tons of b-roll showcasing his survival skills. I didn’t really think anything would come out of making the short up until he invited me to make a film about his next expedition. You don’t get an invite like that every day, so I said Yes! with wide eyes and creative wheels turning without fully grasping the enormity of the project. What’s most inspiring for me is his level of focus and dedication to his craft. I respect what he does because he does it so well, so even-keeled and so logistical. I got sucked into it and to this day I carry that same level of focus and dedication to what I do best. It’s the kind of expedition that can only happen once and we captured it. 

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Legends of the Knight, Not Your Typical Superhero Flick


How do we triumph over travesty?

On the Fatman on Batman podcast, Kevin Smith recites a prayer — “Our Batman, who art in Gotham…” To many fans, Batman has become almost a deity — a symbol of strength, a role model and a representation of what is good. Legend of the Knight features people, who are not just fans but also embody what Batman means to them.

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MOVIE REVIEW: With Great Power… The Stan Lee Story

With Great Power… The Stan Lee Story is a very thorough but heartfelt look at Stan Lee’s career in the comic book industry. If you were ever lucky enough to witness Stan ‘The Man’ Lee speaking in public, you know this icon is a charmer, extremely funny and he just glows with kindness. The last time I met him personally, he planted a smooch right on my cheek! I was in heaven! I felt like I was pretty much blessed by a great man, if not a God in the Geek World.

At 89 years old, Stan has the energy of a young man and more love for life than any of us can ever imagine.

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‘The Dude’, A Short Documentary About The Man Who Inspired ‘The Big Lebowski’

“The Dude.”

“His Dudeness.”



“Duderino.” (If you’re not into the whole brevity thing).

These are some of the names used to address Jeff Lebowski, one of the most iconic characters of our time. Many fans of The Big Lebowski may already know this, but the Dude is in fact based off of a real person. That man’s name is Jeff Dowd.

Jeff Bridges and Jeff Dowd

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Documentary: The Great Happiness Space

I recently heard about this documentary via La Carmina’s twitter and immediately searched for it on Netflix. Lucky for me, it was available for instant streaming. The Great Happiness Space is a documentary by Jake Clennell about host men in Japan. Hosts clubs cater to the female clients and women can pay money to have a host entertain her– mostly, this involves talking and drinking, not sex. The more successful hosts are skilled in charming and flirting with their clients. The documentary focuses on one of the more successful host in Osaka, Issei and the boys that work at the club that he owns.

This film is extremely powerful and very revealing. I confess that whenever I walked by host clubs in Japan, it would make me giggle a little. The thought of paying hourly for the company of a pretty boy just seemed so absurd! I knew that it wasn’t so silly to a lot of girls in Japan, who would spend up to $10,000 in one night to spend time with their favorite host. The documentary selected a handful of female characters who they featured throughout the movie, just simply talking about their emotional state. You will be amazed when you hear these women talk; they are beyond intelligent and seemingly strong. The film cleverly does not reveal the fact that these women are all working as prostitutes.

One woman confesses that “deep in her heart” that she wanted to stop selling her body but she fears that she wouldn’t make enough money to go to her favorite host club… and to these girls, the host clubs are their only sanctuary. A place where they are treated beautifully by the host men. It’s like a vicious cycle of addiction of an illusion The girls confess that they feel that the hosts does not judge them because they are all in the same business.

The male hosts, in the meantime, struggle with their own internal conflicts. They can’t seem to find a balance between their business and personal life. Their work eat them up in many ways and the most difficult part is how they can control their feelings for their clients. Not that they fall in love with every girl they see, but in a strange way, they become their friends and confidants. At the same time, these men have to continue to lie in order to keep an illusion of comfort to keep the women coming back and keep the business strong.

The film revealed layers upon layers of complicated emotional issues that both hosts and clients are suffering from. We see them partying, singing, laughing, flirting, and hugging; but when they are talking about their situation, they are so aware of their own unhappiness and how much the world of hosting and prostitution has crippled them emotionally.

I was enraptured by every word spoken in this documentary, fascinated by these individuals living a life that seemed only plausible in a novel or a fictional movie. It led me to understand these people a little bit more and how this business is thriving so strongly in Japan and other countries. I recommend this documentary to everyone– fascinating, dark, emotional and heartbreaking.

The Food Industry… worst than the Tobacco Industry?

I went to watch the documentary called Food Inc., which I will have to HIGHLY recommend for everyone to watch.

The movie presented a lot of eye-opening facts about this country’s food industry. I hope everyone is already aware that the food we are eating these days are hardly manufactured to be actually nutritious. I know a lot of people are already aware of the animal abuse that is going on with our cows, pigs, chickens, etc. I know everyone is aware of something that is “wrong” in the food industry, but we all tend to turn a blind eye a lot of times.

Heck, I know I do! I love food to the umpteenth degree and I’ll shovel anything in my mouth as long as it tasted good! I’m guilty of financially serving these corrupt food corporations!

After watching this movie though, I can no longer completely feign ignorance to the truth and what is REALLY going on with the production of our food. The inhumane treatment of both animals AND people.

It’s sick.

It’s not even just about our meat products– even our greens and everything else is affected and tainted. If not with e coli, it’s affected by horrifying greed and corruption. The utter carelessness from the people making all the money and to what they are feeding us– and how our farmers are truly and sadly affected by the crisis.

Eating “cheap” has a price, people. We have kids dying from e coli on a regular basis. That should NOT be the case in the 21st century. We are moving backwards and all because a select handful are making billions feeding us absolute shit.

I can’t present all the facts myself in this blog entry, but I just hope to convince more people to go and watch this documentary if it happens to be playing close to you. There is a feeling of enlightenment at the end of it. Trust me. You WANT to know where your food is coming from.