Sympathy for the Devil

Documentary deluge covers everything from DJ AM to VW Bugs

A rich week of non-fiction filmmaking also tackles climate change, Pakistani jazz, Ukrainian street kids, and a Satanic cult

“Weiner” is the must-see documentary of the week, but it’s certainly not the only worthwhile non-fiction flick to grace Portland screens. In fact, you can’t hardly go a day without some new doc dropping. Check out these factual films:

“The Bug”: You don’t have to be an entomologist to love Damon Ristau’s affectionate tribute to the Volkswagen Bug, which traces the history of “the people’s car” from its suspect origins in Nazi Germany through the iconic, unconventional ad campaigns that made it a hit, to the present day efforts of appreciators (including Ewan McGregor) and restorers–one of whom gets his hands on an actual stunt car from “Herbie Goes Bananas.” If that notion shifts your gears, you’ll probably want to check this one out. (Saturday, June 11, 7 pm, Hollywood Theatre)

The star of "The Bug Movie" in its natural habitat.

The star of “The Bug Movie” in its natural habitat.

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