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Author Archives: Melanie Votaw

Melanie Votaw
Melanie Votaw is a New York City-based freelance writer and the author of 15 non-fiction books. She’s a former actress/singer/dancer who started performing at age 4 and now loves to write about film, TV, and theater. Visit her Web site, Rule the Word, and follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

‘Food Chains’ Doc Chronicles Continuing Abuse of Farm Workers

A still from "Food Chains" showing the workers demonstrating.

"Food Chains" documentary shows the abuses suffered by the farm workers we rely upon to bring produce to our grocery stores and how easily we could fix it.

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Movie Review: ‘Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police’ Documentary

Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, and Sting in the early days of The Police

Melanie Votaw reviews the new documentary, "Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police," based on Andy Summers' memoir about his days with Sting and Stewart Copeland from the early days to their reunion tour.

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True False Film Fest: Documentaries Show Political Unrest, Horrors in Egypt, Ukraine, Syria

A still from "Maidan"

Three documentaries at the True False Film Festival depict the Arab Spring in Egypt, the horrors of war in Syria, and the fight for freedom in Ukraine.

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True/False Film Fest: Jerry Rothwell Talks Early Days of Greenpeace in Doc ‘How to Change the World’

A still from "How to Change the World"

Director Jerry Rothwell talks his new documentary about Greenpeace, "How to Change the World" at the True/False Film Festival.

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True/False Film Fest: Nick Broomfield on Investigating a Serial Killer in Doc ‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’

Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. after his arrest

Nick Broomfield appears at the True/False Film Festival to talk about his documentary, "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," about a serial killer in south central Los Angeles.

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True/False Film Fest: Morgan Neville on Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley in Doc ‘Best of Enemies’

Gore Vidal looks at William F. Buckley with disdain in 1968 during one of their debates on ABC

At True/False Film Fest 2015, Morgan Neville talked about "Best of Enemies," a doc about the famous 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr.

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True/False Film Fest: Matthew Heineman Talks Barely Escaping With His Life While Filming Doc ‘Cartel Land’

"Cartel Land"

At the True/False Film Festival, filmmaker Matthew Heineman talks about barely escaping with his life while filming his shocking documentary, "Cartel Land," about Arizona's vigilantes and Mexico's drug cartels.

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True/False Film Fest: Troubled Life of Nina Simone Depicted in Doc ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’

Nina Simone

Melanie Votaw reports from the True/False Film Festival on the new Nina Simone documentary, "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

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Interview: Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Patricia Field Talk New Sitcom ‘Younger’ From Creator of ‘Sex and the City’

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Interview: Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Patricia Field talk new TVLand sitcom, "Younger," from Darren Star, creator of "Sex and the City." Sutton plays a 40-year-old who pretends to be 26 in order to land a much-needed job.

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True/False Film Fest: Alex Gibney Talks Doc ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’

Going clear

At the True/False Film Festival, Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about his shocking documentary, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief"

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True/False Film Fest: Brett Morgen Talks Doc ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ & Soundtrack of Previously Unreleased Cobain Music

Kurt Cobain in an MTV Unplugged appearance with Nirvana

Filmmaker Brett Morgen talks about his new documentary, "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," at the True False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, including the soundtrack, which will contain new found music by Kurt that has never been released.

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Movie Review: Anthony Hopkins in ‘Kidnapping Mr Heineken’

Anthony Hopkins as Freddy Heineken in "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken"

Melanie Votaw reviews Anthony Hopkins' new film, "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken"

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