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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Discuss Upcoming Series ‘The Vietnam War’

Posted on · (Above: Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with documentary filmmakers Lynn Novick and Ken Burns during their visit to Houston on April 26, 2017. Photo: Abner Fletcher | Houston Public Media) Ken Burns rose to fame in 1990 for his epic, sprawling documentary film series The Civil War. His partner in filmmaking Lynn Novick, who […]

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Documentary Explores the History and Applications for Virtual Reality

Posted on · Virtual reality headsets are said to be among the hottest technology gifts this holiday season. But the technology has taken a while to evolve – and isn’t ubiquitous like maybe we all thought it would be 15 or 20 years ago. Zach Jankovic is a local documentary filmmaker who’s working on a film called VR: […]

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Houston Bank Robber Uses Film to Make Amends with His Victims and Family

Posted on · Darius Monroe was an honor student who at 16, robbed a bank. Years later, he returned home to Houston to learn how his actions affected family, friends, and victims of the robbery. He’s made a film about it, called Evolution of A Criminal. The film airs on the PBS series Independent Lens Monday, Jan. 12, at […]

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Film Critic Joe Leydon Remembers Friend Roger Ebert, As “Life Itself” Opens in Houston

Posted on · A critically acclaimed documentary opened in limited release earlier this month, and hits Houston theaters today. It’s called Life Itself. Director Steve James captured the late film critic Roger Ebert in his final months, as Ebert fought recurring health problems and surgeries, which had left the famous critic unable to speak. Instead, Ebert took to writing […]