Here’s the official poster for Mudbloods, the first feature documentary about Quidditch. I premiered it exclusively over at TheWrap.
Synopsis: Mudbloods follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could’ve never imagined–until now.
Film premieres at AFI Docs in DC on June 21st and hits theaters and VOD in October.
Trailer: ‘Life Itself' - July 4
Directed by Steve James, featuring Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and the documentary’s subject Roger Ebert.
Trailer: ‘Springsteen & I' - July 22nd
Directed by Baillie Walsh, produced by Ridley Scott.
Trailer: ‘Broadway Idiot’
So I just learned that a documentary was made about the creation of ‘American Idiot’ on Broadway and Billie Joe Armstrong’s journey to performing in it. AND that it will be premiering at SXSW.
(by Broadway Idiot)
NOW HEAR… NOW. HERE. THIS. - A Documentary on Making the Original Cast Recording of Now. Here. This. (by Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records)
For fans of ‘[Title of Show]’ and Broadway in general. Many lengthy song clips included. (Also it’s 40 min long.)
The doc will take the ‘Life in a Day’ approach by stringing together fan-submitted video of how Bruce Springsteen has affected their lives.
Your dad will love it.
I know you’ve caught things about the new documentary Marley in the New Yorker and Slate and other cool places. They’re mostly brief, albeit well-written and thoughtful, reviews—just reviews (which is fine!). I tried to write a deeper dive that incorporates a long talk I had with director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) as well. I love the documentary and am very proud of this piece. Hope you read and have fun and also see the movie. The article is over at Fast Company’s Co.Create.
(PS: This is Cool Thing One for today. Cool Thing Two is coming in a sec. It’s different and even more awesomer.)
Trailer: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
Directed by Morgan Spurlock, produced by Joss Whedon and Stan Lee, with appearances from Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, and Eli Roth.
Brooms Up! - Quidditch World Cup IV
This is a 30 minute documentary about the creation of Muggle Quidditch and the 2010 World Cup. I can not recommend it enough.
Back when I was a freshman at Syracuse University in 2007, I read that Quidditch teams were forming at colleges around the east coast. I decided to make a facebook page to see if other students at SU were interested. Although the facebook group grew in size, it never gained enough momentum to actually launch and I quickly lost interest. The facebook page still exists, and still has the goofy logo I made for it, although I am no longer the admin.
Watching this documentary and reading about the IQA, I wish that I had worked harder to Make ‘CUSE Quidditch Happen. Luckily, someone else took up the cause and today Syracuse has it’s very own IQA Quidditch team. This past month they made it to the quarter finals in the 2011 World Cup.
David Bianculli explains why the new four-part documentary series called America in Primetime, which premieres this Sunday on PBS, is “the smartest TV show about television I’ve seen in about 20 years.”