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Film recommendation- '"Clouds Over Cuba"

posted Jan 27, 2013, 8:08 PM by Ben Hill   [ updated Jan 27, 2013, 8:45 PM ]
My friend and fellow filmmaker John Richard sent me a link to a website called Clouds Over Cuba, which is a web documentary of sorts about the JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  It is a well-written documentary, narrated by Matthew Modine, with lots of great historical footage and sparse but compelling musical score.  Most interesting was the presentation of the documentary, which separated out the main narrative from the expert commentary ('talking heads' as we call them), which appeared separately as periodic detours during the main program. There is plenty of ancillary documentation provided in the form of a dossier that you accumulate as the program goes on, as well, and the connectivity between all these media assets is very seamless.  

I was very impressed with the overall presentation, but the main documentary itself was extremely well done and compelling.  The only part I didn't care for was the short 'What If...' segment at the end, but the film is still definitely worth watching, and I would love to present a documentary in this way.