Documentary Movies Coming This Summer

Summertime cinema is best known for blockbuster escapism, but there are a number of interesting documentary films scheduled for release during the summer months of 2010.  Here are the ones that caught my eye.  (Don't worry, I will take a look at the popcorn flicks too sometime this week!)

Best Worst Movie - Michael Stephenson brings us behind-the-scenes of the cult classic horror movie, Troll 2.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money - Alex Gibney directs this investigation of the financial scandal that Jack Madoff set into motion.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - The life and career of the septagenarian comedienne is revealed, warts and all, in this documentary directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg.

Great Directors - Angela Ismailos features interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater, and John Sayles.

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel - Brigitte Berman presents a revealing look at the icon.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child - Tamra Davis documents the life and impact of the artist.

The Oath - Laura Potras directs this documentary that follows two men who end up embroiled in the 9/11 attacks and the repercussions of the War on Terror.

Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies - Arne Glimcher presents an intriguing look at the influences of early motion pictures on Cubist art.

Restrepo - Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger follow an American platoon in Afghanistan.

South of the Border - Oliver Stone's controversial interviews with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, Bolivia's Evo Morales, Brazil's Lula da Silva, Argentina's Cristina Kirchner and Nestor Kirchner, Parguay's Fernando Lugo, Ecuador's Rafael Correa, and Cuba's Raul Castro hits the screen.

The Tillman Story - Amir Bar-Lev looks into the fascinating life and tragic death of the football star turned soldier.