Staff Pick: Columbus Documentary Week

From the March 14, 2013 edition

“West of Memphis” is the highlight of a weeklong celebration of one of my favorite arms of filmmaking: documentaries.

Think documentaries are boring? Well, then I think you’re boring. Here are some highlights of the week.

“Samsara”: The only doc to crack my top-10 list last year, this “non-narrative” doc is an experience unlike any other. This is one you need to see on the big screen.

“5 Broken Cameras”: This 2013 Oscar nominee is a firsthand account of life and political activism in the West Bank.

“A Place at the Table”: Here’s the requisite political-cause documentary, a sobering look at the hunger problem in America. This one will drive your uncle who listens to Glenn Beck mad.

“My Amityville Horror”: I’m intrigued by this doc about Daniel Lutz, who was just a boy when his Long Island house became a horror cottage industry.

“Citizen Hearst”: A look at the wide-reaching media empire of William Randolph Hearst (inspiration, of course, for “Citizen Kane”) both then and now.

Check back for more reviews and recommendations from Documentary Week as it unfolds.