FROM Matt Holzman
The best documentaries at Sundance Matt Holzman, host of KCRW’s The Document, just got back from the Sundance Film Festival, where he judged the documentary competition. This means he got to see a lot of films, and he shares some of his favorites.
'Brimstone and Glory' documents Mexico's love for fireworks One Mexican town hand-makes most of the fireworks for the entire country. They also have a crazy weeklong fireworks festival every year. They’re the focus of the new documentary “Brimstone and Glory.”
Cinefamily shuts down for good The independent movie house Cinefamily is shutting its doors in the wake of sex abuse allegations against the men who ran it. We look back at what made Cinefamily so fun, and what we lose and gain from its closing.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?