Best Documentaries coming out in 2012


For those familiar with my preview hubs, I've taken the liberty of categorizing them this year, in hopes of helping my readers find the films they might be looking for better. In this latest preview hub for 2012, we will be going over documentaries. For those wondering, this isn't a list of documentaries in reference to 2012, or the alleged Mayan Prophecy. No, this is merely a list of documentaries that happen to be coming out in the year 2012. Of course, this won't include TV documentaries, but this list will consist of documentaries that you can expect to hear coming soon to a theater near you.

Although most of these documentaries have yet to release any trailers, or set an exact release date. However, these are just some of the documentaries that we can expect to see come out next year. However, like the last preview hub, I'll definitely be adding more trailers and information on upcoming documentaries, as they're released up till December 31, 2011.

Remember, release dates are subject to change, so be sure to check your local listings for further details.

Update 1: Due to the continued unconfirmed U.S. release status of "The History of Canadian Humour", it's been removed from this list of documentaries. However, it's said to be released in limited Canadian theaters, but there's nothing confirmed about it arriving in any other country thus far. I do apologize for any and all inconvenience this may cause.

Update 2: Due to the continued unconfirmed release date of "Casting By", it was removed from this hub. Upon further research behind it's delay, there was nothing listed to explain why. I do apologize for any and all inconvenience this may cause.

Update 3: Due to the continued unconfirmed U.S. release date of "Dark Girls", it has been removed from this hub. Upon further research into this matter, there was no valid explanation given. I do apologize for any and all inconvenience this may cause.

Update 4: Due to the continued unconfirmed release date of "Downloaded", it has been deleted from this hub, and there hasn't been any known reason why as of yet. I do apologize for any and all inconvenience this may cause.

Update 5: Due to the recently unconfirmed release date of the documentary, "Gravity", it has been removed from this hub. I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Director: Eric Drath

Writer: Eric Drath

Cast: Mary Carillo, Bud Collins, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Renee Richards, Martina Navratilova

Synopsis: During the 1970's, Dr. Richard Raskin was a respected surgeon and a nationally ranked professional tennis player. A Yale graduate, Raskin was married to a Ford model and with whom he had recently had a son. In 1976, Raskin underwent permanent, life-altering surgery. Dr. Raskin was no longer - enter Dr. Renee Richards. The Life and Times of Dr. Renee Richards is a documentary that highlights the issues of the modern transgender life with Dr. Richards at the center. Since her time in the tennis spotlight, she has been a hero, villain, roll model and all around controversial figure. With more than 30 hours shot the documentary is a work in progress. Tennis greats are coming out to talk about Dr. Richards and what she meant to the game, including Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors. Footage includes US Open tennis coverage, family members including Renee's son, sister and former wife.

Release Date: April 21, 2012


Act Up!

Director: Scott Robbe

Cast: Larry Kramer

Synopsis: Feature length documentary film about the landmark AIDS activist group ACT UP - The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.

Release Date: February 15, 2012

The Other Dream Team

Director: Marius A. Markevicius

Writers: Marius A. Markevicius, Jon Weinbach

Cast: Ming Yao, Bill Walton, Jim Lampley, Pau Gasol, Greg Spiers, Dan Majerle, Mickey Hart, Linas Kleiza, David Remnick, David Stern, Arvydas Sabonis, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Arturas Karnisovas, Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond

Synopsis: The inspirational story of the 1992 Lithuanian National Basketball Team and their incredible journey from the clutches of Communism to the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Release Date: January 1, 2012

I Am Divine

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Cast: Ricky Lake, Divine, John Waters, Lainie Kazan, Tab Hunter, Colleen Fitzpatrick, David DeCoteau, Bruce Vilanch, Holly Woodlawn, Mary Vivian Pearce, Michael Musto, Helen Hanft, John Epperson, Pat Moran,Beverly Bonner

Synopsis: There's no official word on what this documentary could be about officially, but it does center around famous drag queen, Divine aka Harris Glen Milstead; who was not only a famous actor, songwriter, and writer, but he/she was also famous for being arguably the most shockingly controversial transvestite performer to ever grace the big screen.

Release Date: January 1, 2012


Your American Teen

Director: Charles Taylor Gould

Writer: Charles Taylor Gould, Keith Murphy

Cast: Daryl Hannah, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Charles Taylor Gould

Synopsis: A documentary about the present condition of many young adults in America. In a series of intensely honest interviews, the audience is forced to come face to face with some unfortunate truths about our kids.

Release Date: January 1, 2012


Rooted In Peace

Director: Greg Reitman

Writer: Greg Reitman

Cast: Pete Seeger, Deepak Chopra, Syd Bernstein, Desmond Tutu, The Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, David Lynch,Mairead Maguire, Donovan Leitch, Mike Love, Ted Turner, Dan Siegel, Robert Thurman, Richard Dawkins

Synopsis: 'ROOTED in PEACE' challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker, Greg Reitman takes us on film journey to take notice, stop the cycle of violence, and proactively seek ways to find personal and geopolitical balance. Relying on memoir but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, music legends Donovan and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Noble Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Doug Suisman (the chief architect of the Arc Project) neuroscientist Dan Seigel and many others, Reitman heeds former president Bill Clinton's dictum: "If we just stop and think, the world would be a better place." And so in asking viewers to do the same...

Release Date: January 1, 2012

Innocence Abandoned: Streets of Haiti

Director: Young Man Kang

Writers: Young Man Kang, Dennis James Lee, Katharine Osborne

Cast: Solomon Bendjy, Michael Brewer, Sandy Cesar, Cynthia Charles, Emmanuel Charles, Williams Deralien, Stephen Garrett, Krik Krak, Tomiko Lee, Maggie, Emerson Tuitt Malcolm

Synopsis: This extraordinary human saga that spans 10 years and starts with the story Wilner St. Fort and his fellow street kids growing up in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Their fight for survival takes us on a harrowing journey into a landscape filled with violence, death, and constant peril. Their shocking story is heart-wrenching, full of moral dilemmas, and has explosive revelations that will stun the world even in the midst of the resent historical earthquake that had devastated their country. Wilner and his fellow street kids hope for the future - to build and run their own orphanage and to protect and raise their fellow young street kids from poverty and the ever present evil that is set out to destroy them and the film crew.

Release Date: July 18, 2012

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BBA: The Unsung Ballad of the Rise & Fall of the World's Worst Band

Directors: Brent Lonkey, Brenton Lonkey

Writer: Brent Lonkey

Cast: Bryan Benjamin, Brent Lonkey, Brendan Oldham, Rob Benjamin

Synopsis: Two band members take us down the outlandish and sometimes ridiculous path they took to become known as the world's worst band.

Release Date: TBA 2012

Note: Although this film's release date has yet to be confirmed, it'll be temporarily allowed to stay on this hub because it has a trailer; thus showing that it will be released in the foreseeable future in the U.S. However, if there's still not a confirmed release date status by December 31, 2011, then it will be deleted as well.

Flesh on Fire: Addicted to a Dream

Director: Benjamin Ironside Koppin

Writers: Donnie Faught, Benjamin Ironside Koppin

Cast: Michael Arturo, Donnie Faught, Sabrina Guyll, Maxim Knight, Bri Prook, Bri Prooker, Alisha Seaton, Trevor Teichmann

Synopsis: Feature documentary film that takes the viewer on an intimate roller coaster of pain and joy as actor Donnie Faught climbs his way out of the backwoods of Arkansas to success in the city of angels. Along this journey, passionate (and volatile) relationships are ignited, but some are agonizingly sacrificed, all for the ultimate dream of making it on the big screen. Faught's unwavering determination to succeed in an industry that swallows people whole and spits them out broken, is a testament to his burning passion that refuses to be extinguished.

Release Date: January 5, 2012


Death By Elvis

Directors: John Paget, David Ross

Synopsis: Captures the true, tragicomic story of an Elvis impersonator who collapsed and died on stage in mid-performance at the annual 'Elvis Explosion' contest in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The mythic story of Larry Hass, from birth to death, unfolds in heartwarming, heroic fashion, set against the backdrop of his hometown (La Crosse), a midwestern shangri-la of mystic natural beauty and quirky characters.

Release Date: January 8, 2012

Shattered Hopes: The True Story of the Amityville Murders

Director: Ryan Katzenbach

Writer: Ryan Katzenbach

Cast: Edward Asner, David Moretti, D.T. Carney, Chris Connell, Jon Huybrecht, Jon Southwell, Susannah Hart Jones, Brenda Lee, Ryan Katzenbach, Alexandra Hölzer, Remy Bogna, Shawn Bordoff, Ric Osuna, Geraldine DeFeo-Gates, Diana Maiocco

Synopsis: In the sweat of an autumn night in November 1974, Ronald DeFeo gunned down his entire family -- father Ronald Sr., mother Louise, brothers Marc and John, and sisters Allison and Dawn as they slept. Within 48 hours, DeFeo had been arrested and was convicted the following year of the mass murder. Today, DeFeo remains incarcerated at Green Haven Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Shattered Hopes initially explores the "official" widely accepted account of the murders while conducting an extensive forensic analysis of the case which clearly suggests that DeFeo could not have committed the crime alone. For nearly four decades, DeFeo has maintained that his sister and another party played a role in the events that transpired at 112 Ocean Avenue. Now, for the first time ever, Shattered Hopes strips away the hazy of mystery behind the infamous Dutch Colonial home and investigates those claims...

Release Date: January 20, 2012


Directors: Lori Kelly, Joel Plue

Writer: Joel Plue

Cast: Steve Dillon, Michael A. Graziano, Frank Lucas, Richie Roberts, Korey Rowe

Synopsis: One man's redemption becomes another man's gift of life.

Release Date: February 8, 2012

An Indecent Exposure

Writer: Jeremy Whitten

Synopsis: The underground life of college: sex, drugs, parties, education.

Release Date: February 17, 2012

La Gasolina: Reggaeton Explosion

Director: Jonathan Winfrey

Writer: Jacqui Knapp

Cast: Tego Calderon, Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Twista, B-Real, Ray Acosta, Arturo Sandoval, Boy Wonder

Synopsis: Gasolina - The Reggaeton Explosion explores the overwhelming fascination with the driving beat of this upstart genre (the bastard child of Jamaican Dancehall reggae and Afro-Caribbean salsa, with a dash of Hip-Hop's materialism and macho swagger thrown in), this film explores the controversy surrounding the over-the-top live performances, highly-sexual lyrics and dance moves, as well as the lives of top Reggaeton stars themselves. Through interviews with recording artists, their managers, record label execs, music journalists, top radio DJ's, club owners and young Latino fans themselves.

Release Date: February 28, 2012

A Crooked Line

Director: William Sabourin O'Reilly

Synopsis: After a seven-year battle with drug addiction, 20 year old Riley Chapman journeys from New Orleans to the Peruvian Amazon on a quest to battle the demons of his past. As Riley's mentor, family friend Cheo arranges his stay with a Shipibo community. Through the village's teaching on community living, biodversity, and shamanic medicine, Riley is given the opportunity to interrupt his cycle of self-destruction and live a productive life. Back in the comfort of the Chapman's uptown home, Cheo consoles Riley's parents, Julie and Kelly, as they confront their self-doubts and the fear of what to do next. For the first time in many years, they are free of the worry that comes with their son's drug use, yet they must now look outside their own destructive patterns to find hope. Alone in the jungle, after months of waiting for his parents' blessing to return home, Riley's familiar anger and pain resurface...

Release Date: March 1, 2012

Behind the Orange Curtain

Director: Brent Huff

Writers: Brent Huff, Zac Titus

Synopsis: Behind the Orange Curtain is a documentary short film that delves into the staggering problem of teenage drug abuse in one of the most affluent counties in the country. Young, privileged teenagers are dying of drug overdoses in record numbers in Orange County, California. This documentary film will set out to ask the question.....why?

Release Date: March 3, 2012


Director: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

Synopsis: A nature documentary centered on a family of chimps living in the Ivory Coast and Ugandan rain forests.

Release Date: April 20, 2012

Welcome to the Dream

Director: Rat Skates

Writer: Rat Skates

Cast: Dee Snider, Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner, Mike Portnoy, Dave Ellefson, Vernon Reid, Jay Jay French, Rat Skates, Patricia Baszczuk, Karl Wilcox, Moses Avalon

Synopsis: Surviving the rock dream, a coalition of Recording Artists struggle with the egos and fears of young musicians to save them from the fatal mistakes of stardom.

Release Date: May 1, 2012

When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless

Director: Nina Gilberti

Cast: Joe Mantegna, Dan Lauria, Charles Durning, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Kovic, Joseph L. Galloway

Synopsis: War doesn't end when a soldier returns home, for many it's just the beginning.

Release Date: December 30, 2012

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