Virgil Films & Entertainment has announced a trio of new documentary releases that will be making their way to the DVD market place during the month of July.
Heading home on July 8 is documentary filmmaker John Borowski’s latest, Serial Killer Culture, which is a great companion piece to his earlier documentary release, H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (also released on DVD by Virgil Films earlier this year).
Borowski examines the creepiness factor of serial killers and, as Borowski put’s it, “their impact on pop culture, including artists who are inspired to create art based on serial killers.” If you think about it, that’s almost (not quite, but close) as sick as the crazies who engage in mass murder.
The other aspect of Borowski’s focus in Serial Killer Culture is the historical significance of evidence, memorabilia and artifacts of the actual serial killers, so that experts (from all disciplines) can have a clearer understanding of what makes them tick.
The following week, July 15, we shift to the land Down Under and documentary filmmaker Ian Darling’s award-winning tribute to singer/songwriter Paul Kelly in the film titled Paul Kelly: Stories of Me.
Celebrated as an iconic treasure in Australia — a career of over 30 years as a musician, singer, poet and songwriter (over 350 published works) — Kelly is perhaps not as well known to American audiences. This documentary on his life — history, ups, downs and successes — could go a long way in exposing Paul Kelly’s body of work to the world beyond Australia.
Interviews include members of his family, plus friends and colleagues … all mixed together with both vintage and full concert presentations of his music. Well worth a look.
Lastly, and also streeting on July 15, is documentary filmmaker Deborah Scranton’s Peabody Award-winning film, Earth Made of Glass.
The horror of the 1994 Rwandan genocide has been chronicled in both director Terry George’s Hotel Rwanda (Best Actor nomination for Don Cheadle and Best Supporting Actress nomination for Sophie Okonedo) and Sometimes in April (among others).
Earth Made of Glass, looks back at the events of that spring and summer (from a distance) and blends two post-script stories together … one large (and damning) and one heartfelt.
At one end of the spectrum is the exposure by Rwandan President Paul Kagame in 2008 of the French government’s role in supporting the militant Hutus against the Tutsis.
Counterpoint to this is the intimate look at genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, who concludes a 15-year search for the murderer of his father, eventually coming face to face with the man.
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