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“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...

“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...

2019’s Must-See Documentaries…So Far

Source:  Entertainment Weekly The Biggest Little Farm (In Theaters) - Mature and brimming with uneasy hope, "The Biggest Little Farm" tells the years-long story of a senselessly optimistic couple who exit their Los Angeles life to start a farm from scratch 50 miles...

“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...

“Slay the Dragon” is the most important political film of the year

Source:  Variety “Slay the Dragon” is the most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade. It’s a documentary about gerrymandering, and offhand it would be hard to think of a subject less sexy — or a...

Watch “Border Business: Inside Immigration”

Source:  CBS News Migrants trekking from Central America to the U.S. border have made a lot of headlines in recent years, but their journey wouldn't be possible without many other people along that path whose stories get little attention. Human smugglers, restaurant...

Short documentary “The Shift” shows the trauma of being a 911 operator

Source:  The Atlantic “Do you see flames or smoke or both?” “Do you know what she took?  Is she breathing?” “I just want you to take a deep breath.  You’re pretty hysterical.  Ma’am, why are you screaming?” These are just a few of the high-stakes situations that 911...

“KOREA: The Never-Ending War” premieres tonight on PBS

Source:  AP To escape the poverty of south Texas migrant camps, Homer Garza joined the U.S. Army.  Months later he and his company found themselves surrounded in South Korea by an invading North Korean force. Garza’s story is one of many shared in the PBS documentary...

Watch this forgotten documentary about the history of Oklahoma

Source:  NonDoc “Oklahoma: A Past Preserved” is a 12-minute film about the history of Oklahoma. Made in 1975 by the Oklahoma Historical Society, the film captures nearly 30,000 years of the state’s history.  It was surprisingly ahead of its time in many ways....

“Memory: The Origins of Alien” set for a summer release

Source:  Deadline Screen Media and Legion M have acquired the North American rights to Alexandre O. Philippe's "Memory: The Origins of Alien," an exploration of the classic sci-fi film "Alien." "Memory: The Origins of Alien" unearths the largely untold origin story...

“The Russian Five” get the terrific documentary they deserve

Source:  Los Angeles Times One of the most dramatic and emotional of sports stories gets the expert film it deserves in “The Russian Five,” a documentary that is moving in ways you won’t see coming. The sport is professional ice hockey, specifically the saga of the...

“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...

“Sakawa” exposes the underbelly of Ghanaian internet scammers

Source:  The Austin Chronicle How much flirting does it take to unlock a lonely man’s wallet? Spoiler alert: For the Ghanaian scam artists in "Sakawa," the answer is “roughly seven days’ worth.” Much of "Sakawa" takes place inside a cramped house where a dozen...

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...

“Framing John DeLorean” blends documentary and drama

Source:  Entertainment Weekly While the real-life rise and fall of auto business tycoon John DeLorean isn't as fantastical as the plot of the DeLorean car-featuring "Back to the Future," it's nevertheless pretty darned strange. The maverick auto executive found fame...

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...

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...

Apple names A+E’s Molly Thompson as Head of Documentaries

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Apple is continuing to fill out its executive ranks. AppleTV+ has named former A+E executive Molly Thompson as the company's head of documentaries.  She brings with her three decades of experience in the field, having founded A&E...