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Acclaimed “Apollo 11” premieres tonight on CNN

Source:  collectSpace Acclaimed documentary "Apollo 11," which features newly-discovered, large format footage of the first moon landing mission, premieres tonight on CNN with limited commercial interruptions. Assembled primarily from archival footage and more than...

The Stonewall Inn: The Bar That Started It All

Source:  The New York Times Few places are so closely identified with the birth of a movement as the Stonewall Inn and the streets that surround it in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village. This month marks 50 years since the Stonewall riot, which...

“17 Blocks” is essential viewing about race and class in America

Source:  The Playlist A documentary with cinéma vérité sensibilities and no qualms whatsoever about the honest presentation of its subjects, “17 Blocks” is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Director Davy Rothbart wisely removes himself from the effort to allow the...

Will a documentary take down the Polish government?

Source:  The New York Times Following sexual-abuse scandals in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland and Australia, it appears the Roman Catholic Church may be on the verge of a similar catastrophe in Poland. But whereas the blowback from previous scandals has...

Clinging to Coal: West Virginia’s Fight Over Green Jobs

Source:  CBS News For generations, coal has been the backbone of West Virginia, until jobs were eliminated by the tens of thousands. While some are counting on promises made to bring coal back, a new generation is embracing the next opportunity: green energy. But in...

HBO acquires mental health doc “Ernie & Joe”

Source:  Deadline HBO Documentary Films has acquired the North American TV and streaming rights to Jenifer McShane’s "Ernie & Joe."  The film features San Antonio police officers Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, who are diverting people from jail and into mental...

New doc­u­mentary enters the rings of boxing and religion

Source:  NY1 Boxing is a brutal sport so why do many fighters turn to religion as they engage in such violence?  A new documentary aims to find out. Craig Tubiolo spent three years working on "Ring of Faith."  He’s the Director of Programming and Production at DeSales...

Why Are We Obsessed With Serial Killers?

Source:  The Atlantic In 1979, the American discourse on serial killers was irrevocably changed.  Ted Bundy’s serial murder trial, which was nationally televised, ushered in a new era of live entertainment. Fifteen years later, O. J. Simpson’s trial became the next...

Acclaimed “Apollo 11” premieres tonight on CNN

Source:  collectSpace Acclaimed documentary "Apollo 11," which features newly-discovered, large format footage of the first moon landing mission, premieres tonight on CNN with limited commercial interruptions. Assembled primarily from archival footage and more than...

Meet the 23-year-old woman who pioneered investigative journalism

Source:  The Atlantic “In my time, women usually had their life stories written for them.  But I didn’t like the story I was given, so I wrote a new one.” That’s Nellie Bly, the nom de plume of Elizabeth Cochrane.  The story she wrote—in a newspaper in 1887, and,...

“The Cold Blue” is a superb tribute to a powerful World War II film

Source:  Los Angeles Times Fans of classic war stories and aerial action are in for a stirring mix of audio and visuals in Erik Nelson’s “The Cold Blue.” The handsome, lovingly reconstructed, if brief, documentary is based on unearthed footage shot by director William...

“I Am Human” explores the future of neurotechnology

Source:  The Verge We’re in a dark moment for the tech industry: a time when some new technologies have been adopted recklessly and backfired terribly, and others have developed far more slowly than their creators hoped. Against the backdrop of this pessimism, a film...

“Picture Character” explores the mysterious emoji approval process

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Chances are you use them every day and know very little about them.  We're talking about emojis, those cute graphics which apparently no email or text message can be without these days. Martha Shane and Ian Cheney's documentary, whose...

Bred to be shot: Inside America’s exotic hunting industry

Source:  CBS News Texas is the epicenter of the exotic animal industry in the U.S. 5 Star Outfitters is one of the many hundreds of hunting ranches in Texas that stock their grounds with exotic animals like the wildebeest. There's no official count, but some estimates...

The Smithsonian Channel dives into “Russia’s Wild Sea”

Source:  Realscreen The Smithsonian Channel is prepping a two-part documentary on the Sea of Okhotsk, one of the world’s richest and most dangerous seas. "Russia’s Wild Sea" explores the wildlife and environment of the sea, located 4,000 miles from Moscow in the far...

How Best Buy cheated death and took on Amazon

Source:  CNBC Amazon has shattered traditional brick-and-mortar stores across sectors, but there's one retail giant that still stands amid the rapidly changing retail market: Best Buy. In 2012, the electronics chain almost declared bankruptcy.  Then, somehow, it...

The case against Huawei explained

Source:  The Verge Earlier this week, chip designer ARM announced that it was cutting ties with Huawei, in the interests of “complying with all of the latest regulations set forth by the U.S. government.”  It’s a catastrophe for Huawei’s device business, halting its...

Gravitas Ventures acquires U.S. rights to “Inside Lehman Brothers”

Source:  Variety Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. rights to “Inside Lehman Brothers,” which chronicles the story of Lehman employees who paid the price for trying to expose the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. The film is director Jennifer Deschamps’ account of...

Shutting Down the Streets of LA: Sideshow Takeovers

Source:  VICE Originating in the San Francisco Bay Area, sideshows are events where participants shut down busy public intersections and perform car stunts such as donuts, burnouts, and drifts. In Los Angeles, one of the biggest sideshow car clubs is TAKING 0VER and...

David Attenborough talks climate change in BBC One special

Source:  New Scientist Global warming will enjoy a rare moment in the UK spotlight when the BBC airs a one-hour film on the subject on April 18. “Right now, we’re facing our gravest threat in thousands of years: climate change,” says narrator David Attenborough at the...

Newsweek announces plans for film and distribution unit

Source:  Variety Newsweek magazine intends to start Newsweek Studios, a film and distribution company that will focus on newsworthy and documentary content from filmmakers around the world. Pierce Cravens, a producer and actor, has been named president and will lead...

MTV hires HBO’s Sheila Nevins to lead new documentary division

Source:  Fast Company Sheila Nevins, former President of HBO Documentary Films, is heading to Viacom to launch MTV Documentary Films, a new division under MTV Studios that “will embrace a new generation of filmmakers exploring the social, political, and cultural...