In 2007, following the loss of Steve Augeri to a chronic throat infection, American rock band Journey was looking to put out an album and start a new tour without a lead singer. Scouring the Internet for a suitable replacement, Neal Schon happened upon a YouTube video that would help launch the band’s most profitable tour in decade and discover a star halfway around the world.
The Imposter is nearly impossible to believe, even when you know going in it’s a documentary of real events. The British film focuses on the story of a young American teenager named Nicolas, who reappears in France years after his disappearance. But that’s only the beginning.
For those who haven’t heard much about the film I’m hesitant to give too much away. Needless to say not everything about Nicholas is exactly what it seems. Told through a mixture of first-person accounts and recreations, The Imposter has a bit of an Unsolved Mysteries feel to it, but it’s far more bizarre than any tale Robert Stack brought to viewers’ attention.
Director Bart Layton‘s documentary is a disturbing look at a story so unbelievable Hollywood would have to make it up if it wasn’t already true. Filled with several twists and turns, the film will continue to surprise, even if you already know the big twist (although it’s given up pretty earlier in the film I won’t spoil it here).
The new feature documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me takes a candid look at the commercial failure and enduring legacy of Big Star, the early 1970s rock band formed in Memphis by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel. The documentary has been making the festival circuit, including playing at this year’s SXSW and New York’s upcoming Documentary Festival, but does not yet have a distribution deal or general release date. You can find more information about the project on the film’s official site and check out the press release for the movie inside.
I don’t get a lot of opportunities to interview filmmakers, so when I got an email last week telling me that Wim Wenders was available for phone interviews, I sort of exploded. Not just because of his new 3D Dance film, Pina, which has been rightfully nominated the Best Documentary Oscar, but because I rank his 1984 master-heart-breaker picture Paris, Texas among my all time favorites.
We only had fifteen minutes, so I stuck mostly to his current film. Read on for his thoughts on 3D, how to fit one art form into another, and the Documentary format.
Remedy Editorial‘s Scott Compton spent 45 minutes interviewing My Morning Jacket in Oakland for their performance at the Fox Theater which resulted in the following video. The 21 minute documentary short, made for Boing Boing, incorporates music from the band’s performance with pieces of the interview.