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Why Ron Howard had to tell the story of “Rebuilding Paradise”

Source:  The Source In the fall of 2018, the Camp Fire wreaked havoc on the Northern California town of Paradise, destroying more than 14,000 homes, taking 85 lives, displacing tens of thousands of residents, and earning its place in history as the most destructive...

Watch FRONTLINE’s “Battle for Hong Kong”

Source:  FRONTLINE For months, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets in a massive movement initially sparked by a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China. Now, as anger...

How an ICE immigration raid tore apart a small midwest town

Source:  The Daily Beast In his prior feature-length and short documentaries, director Rodrigo Reyes has investigated the North American immigrant experience via both intimate character studies ("Lupe Under the Sun") and expansive expressionistic portraitures...

“After Parkland” explores the aftermath of a mass shooting

Source:  Los Angeles Times As its title implies, “After Parkland” was filmed by directors Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman in the days, weeks, and months following the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February...

FRONTLINE presents “Ebola in Congo”

Source:  FRONTLINE In eastern Congo, a region already devastated by a quarter century of war, an Ebola outbreak has spiraled into the second-largest epidemic on record, killing more than 2,200 people since August 2018. The outbreak has been compounded by public...

The New York Times presents “The Church Forests of Ethiopia”

Source:  The New York Times Over a century ago, the Ethiopian highlands were covered with trees.  Now, that forest is little more than a memory, and what remains is preserved in small pockets of greenery surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Jeremy Seifert’s new...

The Sisyphean Solitude of a Migrant Shepherd

Source:  The Atlantic Some films don’t need words.  "El Desierto" is one of them. Carly and Jared Jakins’s short documentary follows a lone migrant worker as he shepherds thousands of sheep in the Great Basin desert amid a formidable drought. Without a single line of...

“The Hottest August” turns climate change into a sci-fi film

Source:  Vox One of the best documentaries of the year is also, on its surface, one of the simplest.  To make "The Hottest August," director Brett Story spent the month of August 2017 talking to New Yorkers about their hopes for the future as well as their anxieties....

Watch FRONTLINE’s “Battle for Hong Kong”

Source:  FRONTLINE For months, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets in a massive movement initially sparked by a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China. Now, as anger...

Hulu releases official trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries

Source:  CNN Hulu has released the official trailer for its upcoming four-part docuseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. For "Hillary," director Nanette Burstein sat down with Clinton for 35 hours and culled together more than 1,700 hours of...

Coping with severe OCD as a teenager

Source:  VICE Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder that often involves ritualization, anxiety, and intrusive thoughts. While millions suffer from OCD, the mental disorder is often misunderstood by the general public and misrepresented in the media...

The Hidden Crisis in Rural America

Source:  The Atlantic It’s prohibitively difficult to access mental-health services in rural America.  That’s because, relative to urban areas, rural counties have so few mental-health professionals. The majority of non-metropolitan counties in the U.S. don’t have a...

“Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” opens May 2020 in theaters

Source:  Deadline Ric Burns' "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life," about the famed neurologist and author has been acquired by Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber.  As part of the U.S. rights deal, the documentary will open theatrically in New York City, followed...

“The Poison Squad” premieres January 28 on PBS

Source:  American Experience By the close of the Industrial Revolution, the American food supply was tainted with frauds, fakes, and legions of new and untested chemicals, dangerously threatening the health of consumers. Based on the book by Deborah Blum, "The Poison...

“Saigon Metalhood” spotlights Vietnam’s metal scene

Source:  MetalSucks Metal is a music genre that brings fans together regardless of their geographical location by virtue of cathartic liberation and a sense of community. "Saigon Metalhood" tells the story of three generations of metalheads spearheading the...

New Kids on the Blockchain

Source:  VICE Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation-states are more interested in the underlying blockchain...

This real-life invisibility cloak was designed for military use

Source:  Futurism Canada’s Hyperstealth Biotechnology already manufactures camouflage military uniforms for countries around the world. Now the company has patented a new Quantum Stealth material that disguises a military's soldiers — and even its tanks, aircraft, and...

Sony Pictures Classics acquires “The Truffle Hunters”

Source:  TheWrap Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Truffle Hunters,” a documentary about truffle hunting dogs in Italy that premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, “The Truffle...

Nature shows are hot again

Source:  The New York Times At a time when millions of species are at risk of extinction and deep-pocketed streaming services are spending billions on content, an old television genre, the nature show, is booming. The latest big-budget nature documentary series from...

Zeitgeist Films, Kino Lorber acquire “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes”

Source:  Realscreen Zeitgeist Films, in association with Kino Lorber, has acquired Allison Reid’s documentary, "The Woman Who Loves Giraffes." The film tells the story of Anne Innis Dagg, who in 1956 at the age 23, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to...

“Amazon Empire” examines how Jeff Bezos took over the world

Source:  FRONTLINE Jeff Bezos is not only one of the richest men in the world; he has built a business empire that is without precedent in the history of American capitalism. His power to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future...

The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork

Source:  Bloomberg In less than one year, WeWork went from having a $47 billion valuation and being the darling of the venture capital world to needing an $8 billion infusion to avoid running out of money. "The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork" is the story of Adam...

The Rise of Listening Bars in Europe

Source:  Resident Advisor The past few years have seen a wave of listening bars opening across Europe. Taking inspiration from Japan's culture of audiophile venues, these spots put a unique twist on a long-standing tradition, creating an environment for discovering...

The world’s longest-running reality series continues with “63 Up”

Source:  WBUR There’s an old Jesuit saying sometimes attributed to Aristotle, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.” It struck the fancy of filmmaker Paul Almond, who in 1963 conducted interviews with over a dozen seven-year-old children...

BBC Stories presents “The Instagram Suicide Network”

Source:  BBC Stories on YouTube A BBC investigation based on the phone of a 17-year-old Norwegian teenager who killed herself has revealed the shocking scale of self-harm and suicide material being shared on private Instagram accounts. The BBC was able to see inside...

Oscars 2020: Nominations announced in documentary categories

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Below are the nominees in the documentary categories. Documentary Feature American Factory The Cave The Edge of Democracy For Sama Honeyland...

“For Sama” named best feature documentary at IDA Awards

Source:  TheWrap “For Sama,” Waad al-Kateab’s wrenching story of raising a young daughter in war-torn Syria, was named best feature documentary of 2019 at the International Documentary Association’s 35th annual IDA Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday...

“Apollo 11” wins big at Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter "Apollo 11" was named best documentary at the fourth annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards on Sunday night. The ceremony took place at BRIC in Brooklyn. Overall, "Apollo 11" was the night's biggest winner.   Along with best...