documentary

Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom

Longtime Broward County resident Randall James Hamilton Zwinge, better known to the world as “The Amazing Randi,” is a self-professed conjurer, prestidigitator, liar, cheat and fake.

Just don’t call him a “debunker.”

“That means I look at something and say ‘Oh, this is fake and I’m going to show you that it’s fake,’" says Randi.

Beacon Films

Even if the name "Henry Stone" doesn't ring a bell, if you're a music lover, you can bet you know the hit records he's responsible for.  (Including Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell.")

Here's a partial list: Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin' "; Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love"; K.C. and The Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight"; and international smash hit "Rock Your Baby" by George McRae, a 1974 tune that many believe paved the way for the disco craze that would soon take the world by storm.

WLRN

11/12/14 - Today’s Topical Currents tells the story of a new WLRN Public TV documentary,  Journey to the Macy’s Parade.

Natalie Edgar

This story was initially published on April 25, 2013. Since our interview with the producers, the film has won Best Documentary Short at the Miami Film Festival. This documentary also recently became available online and can be viewed below. 

The Wynwood neighborhood in Miami has changed so much over the last 10 years, and it's not by accident. A group of investors set out to re-invent the area and make it into an arts district.

10/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents shares the background of the new WLRN-TV documentary, TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS. It premieres Tuesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 17.  Check your cable listings. The program is an emotional presentation of the history of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious extermination camps.  Some 900,000 Jews were slaughtered there in a 13-month period. TREBLINKA’S LAST WITNESS features the last known survivor of the death camp . . .  Samuel Willenberg. Tune in for Topical Currents Monday at 1pm only on 91.3 WLRN.

New Documentary Explores The Birth Of Miami's Motown

Sep 11, 2014

During the mid-1960s, Florida A&M University classmates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall had an idea to make records.

Clarke was an art education major and former A&M band drummer. With the business-savvy Pearsall, he founded Deep City Records, Florida's first black-owned record label. They ran it out of Pearsall’s Liberty City record store.

Papa Machete / Courtesy

The Haitian Revolution in 1791 was the first (and only) successful slave rebellion against a crushing colonist regime. And the revolt didn’t only result in a new state, it was also achieved with the edge of a machete.

The short film “Papa Machete” opens somberly, telling how Haitians developed a martial art called Tire Machèt during that bloody, turbulent period. A versatile agricultural tool in dense tropical climates, the machete makes a valuable weapon.

When Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, a local writer who developed “Papa Machete,” first read about it, he was floored.

Magnum Photos

Saturday, the MDC Live Arts series will present the live documentary "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller." It's a live doc because director Sam Green will live narrate the presentation while indie-rock band Yo La Tengo will lend its musical notes to the score.

Natalie Edgar

Crowds frequenting Wynwood's eccentric bars and restaurants likely don't think of the old neighborhood's longtime residents, some of whom have had to leave their homes after the area's recent art revival.

But some Wynwood natives have been pushed out. The neighborhood's gentrification is explored in the documentary "Right to Wynwood."

Flickr

Cuban American producer Adriana Bosch’s new six-hour series, Latino Americansairs on WLRN TV.

This series examines Hispanic contributions to American history that began over 500 years ago.

Latino Americans airs on Sunday, October 13 at 7 p.m., Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m.

Become a part of the LATINO AMERICANS project. Make a video describing what being Latino means to you, share your family traditions, tell us how you celebrate your heritage and culture or let us know about your role models. Share your story and become part of ours.

Pages