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Oscars 2019: Academy unveils shortlists for documentary categories

Source:  Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its shortlists in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories. The shortlists pare down the list of Oscar hopefuls from which Academy members will choose nominees...

A Ted Bundy true crime docuseries is coming to Netflix

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Netflix is adding another true crime docuseries to its roster, this time focusing on notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The streaming service, home to "Making a Murderer," "The Keepers," and numerous other crime docuseries, will...

The 10 Best Documentaries of 2018 – Rolling Stone

Source:  Rolling Stone 1.  Amazing Grace - It only took 46 years to see it, but this legendary concert film chronicling Aretha Franklin’s two-night stand at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles — the same 1972 shows that gave her the best-selling...

“Springsteen on Broadway” premieres today on Netflix

Source:  IndieWire Beginning today, just a few hours after Bruce Springsteen plays the final song of his Broadway residency, Netflix subscribers around the globe will be gifted front-row seats to one of the most exclusive shows the Great White Way has ever seen....

He was a narcotics officer. Then his daughter overdosed.

Source:  The Atlantic Kevin Simmers is a former police sergeant in Hagerstown, Maryland. During his tenure as a narcotics officer, he aggressively pursued drug arrests—especially those related to heroin. “I believed my entire life that incarceration was the answer to...

Why Colombia has taken in 1 million refugees from Venezuela

Source:  Vox Colombia is currently dealing with a massive wave of refugees coming from Venezuela. A severe economic crisis under current President Nicolás Maduro is causing them to flee; inflation rates are sky high, and there isn’t enough food in the country....

Artists strive to make climate change “visceral”

Source:  Scientific American A new art installation by British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah that focuses on climate change will open in the Boston Harbor next spring. "Purple" is an immersive six-channel video installation that sheds light on climate change's...

“The Clinton Affair” premieres Sunday night on A&E

Source:  USA Today With "The Clinton Affair," Monica Lewinsky is ready to revisit the 1998 sex scandal that nearly unraveled Bill Clinton's presidency, and she hopes by doing so she can retire the term "Lewinsky scandal" once and for all. "I think 20 years is enough...

A Ted Bundy true crime docuseries is coming to Netflix

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Netflix is adding another true crime docuseries to its roster, this time focusing on notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The streaming service, home to "Making a Murderer," "The Keepers," and numerous other crime docuseries, will...

National Geographic acquires global rights to “Avenging Angel”

Source:  Realscreen National Geographic has acquired the global rights, excluding the UK and Ireland, to "Avenging Evil." The documentary tells the story of a small group of Holocaust survivors who attempted in 1946 to carry out the indiscriminate murder of six...

“Springsteen on Broadway” premieres today on Netflix

Source:  IndieWire Beginning today, just a few hours after Bruce Springsteen plays the final song of his Broadway residency, Netflix subscribers around the globe will be gifted front-row seats to one of the most exclusive shows the Great White Way has ever seen....

Here’s a first look at Ken Burns’ “Country Music”

Source:  The Tennessean Through his lens, Ken Burns has made epic explorations into "Baseball," "Prohibition," and several wars. Next year, the documentary filmmaker will take audiences on a 16-hour journey through "Country Music." The eight-part film is set to...

New documentary explores the DIY metal scene inside the Navajo Nation

Source:  Revolver "There's a lot of bands, heavy metal bands, on the Navajo reservation. And for some reason this music, this subculture, seems to permeate with the youth," says Jerold Cecil, manager of Arizona act I Dont Konform. "What Rez Metal is — 'rez' is sort of...

Inside the Gambling Ring of NBA Referee Tim Donaghy

Source:  VICE Sports In this episode of "Red Cards," Vice Sports revisits the 2007 NBA betting scandal. Vice Sports follows the character of Jimmy "The Sheep" Battista, the mastermind behind the scandal, and the person who sparked NBA referee Tim Donaghy to bet on his...

Larry Brown’s Last Stop: The Euroleague

Source:  EuroHoops The EuroLeague Insider Documentary Series is back, and legendary coach Larry Brown is featured in the first episode of its 2018-19 season. Larry Brown is the only basketball coach to ever win both NBA and NCAA titles, and. at the age of 78, he's...

“Willie” explores the life of the NHL’s first black player

Source:  Deadline The success of recent documentaries about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Fred Rogers proves that people are craving heroes right now. Enter Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. He's the subject...

Meet the researcher building robots for your grandparents

Source:  Bloomberg For decades, we've dreamed of robots that can be our companions. Now, Danielle Ishak is trying to build one. Named ElliQ, the robot is aimed at the elderly who live alone, and it's in the homes of about a dozen beta testers in the San Francisco Bay...

Blue Planet II is now available on Netflix

Source:  Decider The end of the year is always a stressful time. Not only do you have to worry about the holidays, last-minute gift giving, and the inevitable dread that comes with realizing that next year is just around the corner, but you have to add all that...

WATCH: “Burmese Python Invasion: Fighting Invasive Species”

Source:  CBS News What would you do if you saw a snake in your backyard? Not just your ordinary garden snake, but a python. Introduced through human error or carelessness, invasive species like the Burmese python, lionfish, and Asian carp are threatening a delicate...

How IKEA gets you to impulsively buy more

Source:  VOX IKEA has mastered the “Gruen effect.” Researchers estimate that 50 percent of purchases are unplanned. These purchases, especially impulse buys, present an opportunity for retailers who can entice consumers to deviate from their shopping lists. One of the...

Life as an Instagram star is explored in “Social Animals”

Source:  Variety Gravitas Ventures has acquired multi-platform distribution rights to “Social Animals,” a documentary feature about life as an Instagram star. Directed by Jonathan Ignatius Green, “Social Animals” follows the lives of three Instagram stars: a...

Legendary designer Dieter Rams thinks we’re buying too much stuff

Source:  Wired On a weeknight at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, the celebrated German industrial designer Dieter Rams ambled up to a podium in his uniform of a black shirt, thinning silver bowl cut, and cane. He was there to introduce a movie, of which he is...

CuriosityStream serves up “The History of Food”

Source:  Realscreen Streaming and on-demand platform CuriosityStream will launch its original docuseries "The History of Food" later this month. The five-part culinary series explores the science, history, culture, and lore behind the foods of the world with renowned...

Oscars 2019: Academy unveils shortlists for documentary categories

Source:  Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its shortlists in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories. The shortlists pare down the list of Oscar hopefuls from which Academy members will choose nominees...

166 titles submitted to Academy for Best Documentary Feature Oscar

Source:  IndieWire Last year, the Academy documentary branch had to grapple with a record 170 documentary feature submissions for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. This year, it’s not so bad; only 166 were entered. The short list of 15 will be announced on December...