2011 Summer Documentaries

1 Jun

By Open Book

There are so many great documentaries released each year but many go unnoticed by movie going audiences. So we thought we do a quick overview of some interesting documentaries coming out this summer.

June 2011

  • One Lucky ElephantThis film chronicles the life of Flora an African Elephant. After being abandoned as a baby David Balding a circus producer adopts Flora. After sixteen years of performing David Balding realizes the circus is no place for Flora and she need’s to be with other elephants.
  • Just Like Us This is a comedic look at the misconception often assumed of Arab culture. It laughs at the common stereotypes often assumed and illustrates how they are just like us.
  • Rejoice and Shout-Please check out the trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyFMnI7PQP0

July 2011

  • Love Etc.This film follows five different couples over the course of a year. Their age range from 18 to 89 and is set entirely in New York.
  • Life in a DayThis follows thousands of people over the course of one day who uploaded videos of their lives on YouTube.
  • Tabloid-Please check out the trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq_ogQtpteQ

August 2011

  • The Missing PieceThis is about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa that was kept in the apartment of a housepainter for two years.
  • The Magic Trip-Please check out the trailer

  Please join us for a discussion: Thursday  6/02/2011@7pE/12UTC

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39 Responses to “2011 Summer Documentaries”

  1. Littlebells June 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM #

    Oh my gosh! I want to see every single one! Especially the Magic Trip

  2. in2flix June 1, 2011 at 6:02 PM #

    Hello Littlebells

    What do you think of the Love Etc. Documentary?

    The reason I’m asking because you did an article on “Can Men & Women Be Friends” and I thought this Documentary seems to answer that age old question. I personally agree with the psychologist in your article on the subject.

    • Littlebells June 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM #

      Hi in2flix! 🙂

      If I had my way, my local theater would show all of these films, but I doubt even one will play! Booo!!

      Love Etc. sounds great and I am very interested to see how everything unfolds. I am dying to know how the couple married for 50 years made it work and still be so in love. All the couples and non couples sound so intriguing and I can’t ait to see the trailer.

      what other documentaries peaked your interest?

  3. Open Book June 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM #

    Welcome new and returning visitors to our discussion tonight. First before we begin I would like to share with u information on one of the documentaries featured here tonight.

    One Lucky Elephant will be featured on Oprah’s new Network OWN as part of her monthly documentary film club. Please check it out!

    http://lisaleeman.com/films/one-lucky-elephant.html

  4. Open Book June 2, 2011 at 6:52 PM #

    Here’s also the trailer for

    Michael Rapaport’s Documentary Beats & Rhymes

    http://thefilmstage.com/2011/06/02/beats-rhymes-life-the-travels-of-a-tribe-called-quest-trailer/

  5. ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 7:01 PM #

    Hello all! So glad I remembered as I’ve been thinking it’s Friday for the whole day!

    • Open Book June 2, 2011 at 7:17 PM #

      Hi Ozzie!

      Me too I was excited thinking it was TGIF then realized it was Thursday. LOL!!

  6. Open Book June 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM #

    Is anyone familiar with any of the Doc film Directors other work?

    • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 7:28 PM #

      No, I don’t think so.

      • Open Book June 2, 2011 at 7:38 PM #

        Michael Rapaport is a actor. U probably would know him if u saw him. Here’s his IMDb info. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001650/

        • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 7:46 PM #

          Oow, I do know him! Only because Rami Malek played his charcter’s son’s friend on a show!

  7. Open Book June 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

    Ozzie-

    I know a lot of these docs are limited release. But are any of these docs opening in the UK?

    • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 7:49 PM #

      I assume they will be at one point in time but I’ll check to see if they are. BRB!

      • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:04 PM #

        The only ones I could get a solid date for was Life in a Day (17th June) and Magic Trip (5th August). All the rest have no release date.

  8. Open Book June 2, 2011 at 7:58 PM #

    Well let me mention Errol Morris documentary Tabloid as one of the docs I’m looking forward to seeing. It’s really different then his other docs which are wonderful. If u are interested they are:

    The Thin Blue Line
    The Fog of War
    Standard Operating Procedure
    A Brief History of Time

    • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:09 PM #

      I don’t think I’ve seen any of them unless A Brief History of Time has Stephen Hawkins in it!

      • Open Book June 2, 2011 at 8:19 PM #

        What did u think of it? Do u like his work?

        • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:29 PM #

          So Stephen Hawkins A Brief History of Time was his?
          I loved it!

          • Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:32 PM #

            Yes and dang’t I can only save it on netflix! 😦

  9. Open Book June 2, 2011 at 8:16 PM #

    “The Magic Trip,” “Beats, Rhymes” and “Tabloid” were all Sundance favorites last year.

    Ozzie- “Just Like Us” was at the London International Documentary festival. Here’s the trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/justlikeus/

    • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:25 PM #

      What it’s already come out? *kicks self* That was my favourite out of the list you gave! I love that area and it’s history plus it features one of my favourite comedians, Omid Djalili. I may have to sulk now!

    • Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:37 PM #

      That looks great!

  10. Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:26 PM #

    Aaahhh!!! Ozzie you are rubbing off on me!!! I totally forgot!!!!

    • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:34 PM #

      Lol! You’re here now that’s all that matters. I was contemplating singing if no one else joined in. I don’t think OB would be too impressed with me filling up the posts with my adapted songs “All By Ourselves” or “Hello, Is It Us You’re Looking For”! 🙂

      • Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:36 PM #

        hahahahaha!!!! 🙂 My ribs hurt!

      • Open Book June 2, 2011 at 8:42 PM #

        LOL!

  11. Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:28 PM #

    Thank goodness for netflix! Apparently I need to hole myself up in my living room for a week to watch all these! haha 🙂

    • Open Book June 2, 2011 at 8:38 PM #

      Hi LB!

      I’m glad u made it. However, I need to go now. Sorry!

      But if u have any Q I will check back later and try to answer them.

      Ozzie-It was fun chatting with u as always. TC!

      • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:40 PM #

        Like wise OB! 🙂

      • Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:41 PM #

        Bye OB!

  12. Open Book June 2, 2011 at 8:34 PM #

    If u are into Gospel music or want to know more about it’s history in Black American Culture then “Rejoice and Shout” is the best documentary out there. It illustrates the major acts in gospel music in great detail.

    • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:35 PM #

      I liked the look of that one too. It was very hard for me to pick a favourite out of them!

    • Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:37 PM #

      It did look really good. I’m still bummed that I probably won’t get to see any of these until they come to DVD.

      • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:38 PM #

        Yes, I’ll have to wait for the DVDs most likely too.

      • Open Book June 2, 2011 at 8:41 PM #

        Well before I go let me share this info. I think it’s a must have if u love docs like me.

        http://www.snagfilms.com/

        • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:49 PM #

          Great site!

  13. Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:41 PM #

    The Magic trip made me think of The Bright and Shiny Company from Bubble Boy! 🙂

  14. Littlebells June 2, 2011 at 8:46 PM #

    Hey ozzie, I’m going to take off as well. 🙂 GET SOME SLEEP!!!!! 🙂

    • ozzie20 June 2, 2011 at 8:51 PM #

      Lol! Ok, ok. I’ll go to bed! Hahahahahahahaha! 🙂

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