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Has it come to this? Is legendary documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger now making branded content for the undeniably charismatic self-help guru Tony Robbins? Sure, filmmakers fund their passion projects through a variety of projects that pay the bills, from Errol Morris’ commercial work to Berlinger’s own helming of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, but Tony Robbins: I’m Not Your Guru is a particular beast of a concert film with an undeniable emotional power that isn’t quite the character study I had come to expect from the director of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.
Of course, the film may resist criticism as Robbins devotees receive access to his Date With Destiny, an event they might otherwise not be able to attend. Berlinger takes his camera to Robbins’ 6-day Boca Raton retreat, an “intimate” event limited to an audience of 2,500 where the cost of attendance is just »
- John Fink
Tony Robbins may be no Holy Wayne, but there’s little denying the motivational speaker and “Shallow Hal” cameo-haver’s success. Netflix’s next original movie takes a look at his annual “Date with Destiny” seminar, with the first trailer for “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” now available for all your self-actualization needs.
2,500 people make their way to Boca Raton, Florida for the six-day seminar every year, but director Joe Berlinger and his crew were the first allowed behind-the-scenes access to it. He’s as energetic offstage as he is in front of his assembled fans, who, at least in “I Am Not Your Guru,” are out of their minds with excitement to even be in the same room with Robbins.
Berlinger previously directed “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” and co-directed the “Paradise Lost” trilogy, the first of which is among the best films of the 1990s. “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” is available on Netflix on July 15.
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- Michael Nordine
The SXSW film festival kicks off on Friday with a strong lineup that once again proves the Austin gathering as a formidable player for big and small movies. As if assembled from the ingredients of Sundance meets Comic-Con, the event will have thousands of fan boys and dozens of filmmakers rubbing shoulders. It wasn’t always this way. SXSW used to focus more on micro-budgeted indie features and documentaries, but in recent years studios have also started to flock to Texas, which has given SXSW more star power and clout. Here are 16 of the buzziest titles from this year’s festival.
1. “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday”
Judd Apatow has been SXSW’s most loyal recidivist — arriving here with 2007’s “Knocked Up,” 2011’s “Bridesmaids,” the first public screening of HBO’s “Girls” in 2012 and last year’s “Trainwreck.” He aims to keeps his winning streak alive with this Netflix original feature, which he produced, »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang, Joe Leydon, Andrew Barker and Dennis Harvey
Netflix will premiere the Joe Berlinger documentary “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” exclusively to members worldwide on July 15. Berlinger, who created such acclaimed documentaries as “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” and the “Paradise Lost” trilogy, goes inside the life of world-renowned life coach, business strategist and best-selling author Robbins at his mega annual seminar, Date With Destiny. Annually more than 200,000 people attend one of Robbins’ programs, but once a year, 2,500 people from around the globe make the journey to Florida to attend his most intimate and intensive instruction. Also Read: 'Making a Murderer' Is 'Watershed Moment' in Documentary. »
- Joe Otterson
Veteran Dp Robert Richman has shot more than 60 documentary films since 1985, including such heavyweights as An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for ‘Superman’ and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. His latest work is Suited, an HBO documentary produced by Lena Dunham. The film profiles Bindle & Keep, a tailoring company in Brooklyn that caters to an Lgbtq community. Richman speaks below about direct cinema, the Maysles brothers and why “pure verite films” are his favorite kind to shoot. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being […] »
- Soheil Rezayazdi
The first slate of titles for SXSW 2016 includes the world premieres of Netflix original film "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," produced by Judd Apatow and star Paul Reubens, director Joe Berlinger's ("Metallica: Some Kind of Monster") documentary portrait " Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru," and the AMC series "Preacher," developed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin from the DC Comics title. In addition to previously announced Opening Night selection "Everybody Wants Some," Richard Linklater's first film since "Boyhood," the 2016 edition will also feature Athina Rachel Tsangari's festival-circuit favorite "Chevalier" and the North American premiere of Jeff Nichols' highly anticpated "Midnight Special." Read the full list of today's announced selections below. SXSW 2016 takes place March 11-20 in Austin, Texas. "Beware the Slenderman" (World »
- Matt Brennan
6 items from 2016
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