Rocky Braat is the ideal documentary “good guy,” a young American in India caring for orphaned children with HIV and AIDS. Not as a part of any NGO or the Peace Corps or official cause, it seems. He just fell in love with the kids while passing through Chennai as a tourist. Of course there’s a film about him. He’s the kind of guy who wins audience awards for docs — and maybe some jury prizes, too — in spite of the fact that the honors are intended for filmmaking rather than the heroic and heartwarming subjects on screen. People bring their checkbooks to screenings specifically for this sort of thing. But the film he stars in, Blood Brother, does not have one of those common credits at the end of issue films indicating how we can help. Maybe that’s because the documentary is not about Braat so much as it’s about Steve Hoover, the director of Blood Brother and longtime best friend of its central do-gooder. Hoover is not on screen much, but he narrates in the manner of a first-person filmmaker. Occasionally he even sounds like he’s modeling his voiceover on the present-tense style of Ross McElwee. He starts sentences with “I find myself wondering… ,” which is classic phrasing for this approach. Hoover has made a movie about his own experience attempting to understand why Braat ditched Pittsburgh to live among poor and ailing people on the other side of the world. With no experience or expertise […]


The Shining Triplets

On this week’s show, we launch a new feature called Convince Me, and in our inaugural edition, Geoff tries to convince me that The Shining deserves a remake (or re-adaptation if you’re nasty). We tie all of that up nicely with a pink bow by discussing the Torrance family conspiracy doc Room 237 with Nonfics editor-in-chief Chris Campbell (who also tells us a bit about the brand new site and how he plans to convert more people into documentary lovers). So come play with us. You should follow Chris (@thefilmcynic), Katy Perry (@katyperry),the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more on a daily basis. And, as always, if you like the show (or hate it with seething fervor), please help us out with a review. Download Episode #35 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes



A destination for nonfiction enthusiasts. We at Film School Rejects have something we’d like to share with you. Today, we’re launching a sister site to FSR and it’s called Nonfics. Partnering with our weekend editor Christopher Campbell, one of the web’s most respected voices on the world of documentary filmmaking, we’ve created a new water cooler for people passionate about the stories of real life. From documentary films to reality TV and beyond, Nonfics will bring you reviews, features, trailers and much more. We’re even launching with episodes of the documentary podcast, “The Realness,” hosted by Christopher Campbell and Daniel Walber. We hope that you’ll join us for the launch of Nonfics, as we’ll have an assortment of great content rolling out over the weekend and beyond, including coverage of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Visit for more. You can also follow Nonfics via the links below:     “I want Nonfics to be both informative and interactive. I can provide some authority, but mainly I’m just a fan of nonfiction, like you. We have room for your recommendations and thoughts about docs, as well, no matter what level of fan you are.” – Christopher Campbell, Founding Editor

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