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Obit. - The New York Times Obituary Writers
It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps--and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web--an obit writer is racing…
Dear Mr. Watterson - The Era of Calvin & Hobbes
Calvin & Hobbes dominated the Sunday comics in thousands of newspapers for over 10 years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe. When the strip's creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year's Eve in…
Bill Cunningham New York - A Portrait of the Beloved Fashion Photographer
"We all get dressed for Bill," says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The "Bill" in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society…
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel - An Intimate Portrait of a Female Fashion Icon
An intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century -- an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture. During Diana Vreeland's…
Love Between The Covers - A Look at the Billion Dollar Romance Fiction Industry
Romance fiction outsells all other genres of writing, from crime to science fiction, combined. So why is the genre so often dismissed as frivolous "scribble"? Could it be that it's because the overwhelming majority of writers and readers are women?…
Pressing On - The Letterpress Film
Wood and metal letters pressed into paper laid the foundation for the modern world. Once essential to communication, letterpress printing unexpectedly thrives in our digital age. PRESSING ON is required viewing for design centered audiences, advertising and type nerds, history…
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords
THE BLACK PRESS: SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS is the first film to chronicle the history of the Black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African American identity. It recounts the largely forgotten stories of generations of Black…
American Anarchist - The Man Who Wrote "The Anarchist Cookbook"
In 1970, William Powell wanted to help build a new society so he taught the world how to blow the old one up. As the heady days of the late 60's counterculture and political upheaval turned darker, Powell, at 19,…
Rolling Papers - The Rise of Pot Journalism
In today's media, the status quo can flip so abruptly that news outlets are forced to reshape themselves. On January 1, 2014 as recreational marijuana explodes off the shelves of Colorado dispensaries, The Denver Post is telling the story. The…
Stripped
Stripped brings together the world's best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die. Over 70 interviews were conducted, including the first-ever audio interview with Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), as…
Tell the Truth and Run - George Seldes and the American Press
Eighty years a newspaperman, Seldes was a noted foreign correspondent who became America's most important press critic. Through Seldes's encounters with Pershing, Lenin and Mussolini; the tobacco industry, J. Edgar Hoover and the "lords of the press," Tell The Truth…
Hot Type - 150 Years Of The Nation Magazine
The Nation, America's oldest weekly magazine, founded in 1865 and now in its 150th year, has long been considered one of America's definitive journalistic voices. Hot Type, the new film by Barbara Kopple, a two-time Academy Award winner for Best…
How To Make A Book With Steidl
In this age of digital media, Gerhard Steidl stands as one of the few remaining publishers to maintain an unwavering commitment to the quality and craftsmanship of the printed book. For more than forty years, Steidl has personally supervised the…
The Post
The Post looks at Cambodia through the eyes of a small group of journalists working on The Phnom Penh Post, an independent English language newspaper that has chronicled the country's recent turbulent history. The central characters are the American editor…
Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rosset and Grove Press
Obscene is the definitive film biography of Barney Rosset, the influential publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review. He acquired the then fledgling Grove Press in 1951 and soon embarked on a tumultuous career of publishing and political engagement…
44 Pages - Making Highlights Magazine
A portrait of Highlights magazine following the creation of the cultural phenomenon's 70th anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the people who passionately produce the monthly publication for "the world's most important…
Newspaper of Record - The Pittsburgh Courier: An African American Newspaper
The Pittsburgh Courier was the leading Black newspaper of the last century. No mere journal of African American life, the Courier was a muckraking crusader in the vanguard of the civil rights movement. Its fourteen national editions had a peak…
Guilty Pleasures - Romance Novels as an Escape from Reality
PBS
Every four seconds, a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere. GUILTY PLEASURES takes an amusing and touching look at this global phenomenon. Ironies abound in the contrasts between the everyday lives…
Horns and Halos - The Battle Over an Unauthorized Presidential Biography
With Donald Trump's White House battling journalists and biographers, HORNS AND HALOS is a timely film that follows an author and small publisher as they fight a legal battle to publish "Fortunate Son," a damning biography of George W. Bush.…
$100 & A T-Shirt - A Documentary About Zines In The Northwest
In just under an hour, "$100 & a T-Shirt" brings zine culture to life! Using broken and borrowed equipment, Joe Biel illuminates the world of self-publishing. He gives us glimpses of the Portland Zine Symposium, takes us on a a…