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Architect Mario Botta is having a major moment

Source:  Architectural Digest Architect Mario Botta’s work can be found around the world, from San Francisco to Switzerland.  Now the Swiss architect’s work can be seen on the big screen in the new documentary "Mario Botta: The Space Beyond," which will be screened...

Can Dungeons and Dragons help fight screen addiction?

Source:  Retro Report on PBS These days parents are worried about their kids' addiction to Fortnite and other video games. A generation ago, Dungeons and Dragons was the game that seemed like a menace.  But in a surprising twist, its role-playing strategies are now...

Now Streaming on FRONTLINE: “Flint’s Deadly Water”

Source:  FRONTLINE "Flint’s Deadly Water" is the result of two years of on-the-ground reporting from a team of FRONTLINE journalists — all of them Michigan natives — who set out to determine the true toll of the Flint water crisis. As it turns out, it's likely far...

HBO orders two more seasons of Axios news series

Source:  ABC News HBO has ordered two new seasons of its Sunday night news series "Axios on HBO" which has produced newsmaking interviews with presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and business leaders Elon Musk and Tim Cook. The announcement means 12 new episodes...

Nobel Prize winner Jim Allison takes on cancer in “Breakthrough”

Source:  The New York Times Documentaries about innovative figures don’t always offer correspondingly innovative filmmaking.  But even coloring within the lines of conventional biographical storytelling, “Jim Allison: Breakthrough” provides an accessible introduction...

“Say Amen, Somebody” sings the praises of gospel music

Source:  Los Angeles Times What has been a very good year for gospel music on film is about to get better.  First came the release of “Amazing Grace,” the record of a legendary 1972 Aretha Franklin gospel performance in Los Angeles, and now comes the re-release of the...

A new documentary exposes the dark truth of a west Texas massacre

Source:  Texas Monthly Tensions along the border ran high in the final years of the Mexican Revolution.  Violence spilled across from northern Mexico into the Texas frontier, where recent Anglo settlers clashed with Mexican-Americans who had lived there for...

HBO produces short documentary to help kids understand 9/11

Source:  AP For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn’t a memory.  It’s history.  A new HBO documentary that premieres on the event’s 18th anniversary treats it that way. The necessity of her project, “What Happened on September...

1091 Media and REI team up for “Return to Mount Kennedy”

Source:  Deadline 1091 Media is teaming with outdoor retailer REI to release "Return to Mount Kennedy," a documentary helmed by Eric Becker that combines elements of history, politics, mountaineering and even some grunge, with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder providing...

“Blink of an Eye” tells a NASCAR tale of triumph and tragedy

Source:  Los Angeles Times What should have been the ultimate Cinderella story — Michael Waltrip’s 2001 Daytona 500 victory snapping a 462-race losing streak — proved to be tragically bittersweet when his friend and team owner Dale Earnhardt Sr. fatally crashed...

“Maiden” is one of the best films of 2019

Source:  Los Angeles Times If you haven’t seen “Maiden” yet, you're missing out on one of the year's best films. Edge-of-your-seat exciting and blessed with numerous unexpected and dramatically satisfying story lines, the documentary is much more compelling than even...

Can Dungeons and Dragons help fight screen addiction?

Source:  Retro Report on PBS These days parents are worried about their kids' addiction to Fortnite and other video games. A generation ago, Dungeons and Dragons was the game that seemed like a menace.  But in a surprising twist, its role-playing strategies are now...

“Sing Me A Song” reveals the impact of the internet in Bhutan

Source:  Deadline Online dating has been a staple in Western culture since the inception of Match.com, but in a monastery deep in the mountains of Bhutan, the internet is being introduced for the first time. In the Thomas Balmes-directed documentary "Sing Me A Song,"...

WATCH: The Rise and Fall of Blackberry

ColdFusion TV presents "The Rise and Fall of Blackberry." Receive the day’s documentary news every morning.  Sign up for DocumentaryNews Daily. 

“The Great Hack” brings our data nightmare to life

Source:  Wired If you'd rather not think about how your life is locked in a dystopian web of your own data, don't watch the new Netflix documentary "The Great Hack." But if you want to see, really see the way data tracking, harvesting, and targeting takes the strands...

Season 38 of NATURE kicks off October 2 on PBS

Source:  NATURE Season 38 of NATURE on PBS kicks off on October 2 with "Octopus: Making Contact" and continues through the spring of 2020 with new episodes providing an awe-inspiring look into the lives of a diverse group of wildlife. Catch a sneak peek of a few of...

Would you swim with polar bears for the perfect photo? Amos Nachoum does

Source:  San Francisco Chronicle In an early scene in the new documentary “Picture of His Life,” Amos Nachoum sits alone in a dark San Francisco studio projecting slides on the wall. Nachoum, one of the world’s most accomplished wildlife and underwater photographers,...

The Rise of Chick-fil-A: Chicken Sandwiches and Culture Wars

Source:  CNBC Chick-fil-A is now the third largest restaurant chain by total sales in the U.S. after overtaking KFC, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Its ascent has occurred so rapidly that other fast-food brands are taking note of its unique business model. Popeyes recently...

WATCH: The Magic of In-N-Out

PolyMatter presents "The Magic of In-N-Out." Receive the day’s documentary news every morning.  Sign up for DocumentaryNews Daily. 

In the wake of hurricanes, crisis investors see opportunity

Source:  The Wall Street Journal As the frequency of costly natural disasters rises in the U.S., real-estate speculators are seeing opportunity. One such investor has found a profitable niche in the region hit hardest by Hurricane Michael. The Wall Street Journal...

Architect Mario Botta is having a major moment

Source:  Architectural Digest Architect Mario Botta’s work can be found around the world, from San Francisco to Switzerland.  Now the Swiss architect’s work can be seen on the big screen in the new documentary "Mario Botta: The Space Beyond," which will be screened...

Oprah’s Book Club is coming to Apple TV+

Source:  TechCrunch Apple and Oprah Winfrey will be working together to bring Oprah’s Book Club to the Apple TV+ streaming service. In the new series, the talk show host and producer will interview the authors of her book club picks, starting with Ta-Nehisi Coates,...

In mini doc “The Magic of Chess” kid champions share their secrets

Source:  The Atlantic The benefits of teaching chess to children are numerous.  Studies suggest that the cognitive-boosting board game, which has endured around the world for more than 15 centuries, improves a child’s visual memory, attention span, spatial-reasoning...