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Silverdocs 2009

posted by Nell Minow

Silverdocs is now the biggest documentary film festival in the United States. It opens tomorrow in Silver Spring, Maryland, with an outstanding line-up of documentaries — old, new, long, short, funny, sad, domestic and international. Some of the highlights include a tribute to Albert Maysles (of “Salesman,” “Grey Gardens,” and “Gimme Shelter”), opening night film “More than a Game” about an Akron, Ohio basketball team featuring future superstar LeBron James, and films about a facial hair competition, the Washington D.C. “mayor for life” Marion Berry, a prison rodeo, being struck by lightning, an environmental struggle between indigenous people and multi-national oil companies in Ecuador, Vogue’s monumental September issue, and the acknowledged worst movie ever made (followed by a screening of the film itself, “Troll 2″).

  • Dustin Putman

    Nell–Thanks for bringing the screening of “Best Worst Movie” to my attention. I have been dying to see this documentary and will definitely be in attendance on Friday night. I urge you to also attend if you have nothing else going on. No self-respecting film buff can call themselves such if they haven’t seen “Troll 2.” It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience…

  • Dustin Putman

    Darn, I spoke too soon. I just tried to buy tickets and both screenings of the film, on Fri and Sat night, are sold out.

  • Alicia

    I saw several good documentaries at Silverdocs last year, but am not able to attend too many this year.
    One from last year that is a tremendously sad true crime story that I recommend is “Dear Zachary.” Nearly every woman in the audience that I could see during and after the screening was in tears.

  • Nell Minow

    I have been traveling this week and had to miss Silverdocs — I am truly sorry as there were many films on the schedule I really wanted to see. “Dear Zachary” is heart-breaking.

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