The DVD and Blu-ray add a bonus Poitras short film about data-gathering, plus two lengthy public interviews (one of which was moderated by journalist David Carr hours before he died). An unexpected, last-minute entry into last fall’s festival circuit, Laura Poitras’ documentary ended up landing on a hefty number of critics’ year-end best-of lists and won the Academy Award for documentary feature. Shot mostly in Hong Kong in 2013, the film follows notorious government whistleblower Edward Snowden in the days immediately leading to and following him going public with his identity and with his information about widespread NSA wiretapping.
- Documentary filmmaking legend Albert Maysles died in March after he’d completed and released one last film: “Iris,” a portrait of fashion/interior designer Iris Apfel.
- More than just another doc about government overreach, “Citizenfour” is a gripping you-are-there record of an important moment in recent history.
- A colorful character reminiscent of the Beales in Maysles’ 1975 classic, “Grey Gardens,” Apfel has an unconventional philosophy of style and is still spry and adept in her 90s as she bops around New York City, still looking for unique pieces.