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Big game hunting is questioned in the trailer for “Trophy”

Source:  FirstShowing The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for "Trophy" that examines the world of big game trophy hunters and how it connects to wildlife conservation. The documentary premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year,...

“Whose Streets?” is even more timely after Charlottesville

Source:  Splinter Last Friday, "Whose Streets?" a documentary about the Ferguson uprising by filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, arrived in theaters. The film was released two days after the third anniversary of Mike Brown’s killing, but, in a cruelly ironic...

“Whose Streets?” is even more timely after Charlottesville

Source:  Splinter Last Friday, "Whose Streets?" a documentary about the Ferguson uprising by filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, arrived in theaters. The film was released two days after the third anniversary of Mike Brown’s killing, but, in a cruelly ironic...

Terrifying nuclear weapons documentary “The Bomb” comes to Netflix

Source:  Business Insider Aging weapons systems, evolving terrorist threats, and a worryingly hackable digital infrastructure make the danger of nuclear war greater than ever these days. That's the message that the makers of "The Bomb" — an ambitious, experimental...

How filmmaker Jeff Skoll is fighting climate change in the Trump era

Source:  CBC In the past decade, many of "An Inconvenient Truth's" ominous predictions about the consequences of climate change have come to pass. But for Jeff Skoll, it wasn't dire warnings but rather optimism and the opportunity to empower today's audiences that...

NBC’s “Meet the Press” Plans Documentary Film Festival

Source:  Variety If Chuck Todd has his way, NBC’s “Meet the Press” will be as known for political documentaries within five years as it is for snaring exclusive interviews with senators and Cabinet members. The venerable Sunday public-affairs mainstay is joining...

“The Last Dalai Lama?” asks what comes next

Source:  The New York Times A surplus of wisdom and benevolence radiates from “The Last Dalai Lama?,” written and directed by Mickey Lemle, the filmmaker of “Compassion in Exile” (1993), another documentary about this Buddhist leader, who is 82. Read the story at The...

Louis Theroux’s “My Scientology Movie” is now available on Netflix

Source:  Decider In 2014, Louis Theroux, an English documentary filmmaker and broadcaster, sent out a simple, inquiring tweet. “Open call to any #Scientologists out there,” he wrote. “I would love to speak to you for a documentary I am working on. About Scientology.”...

This Inmate Filmed His Own Jailbreak and Turned it into a Short Film

Source:  VICE In January 2016, three inmates at a jail in Orange County, California, escaped prompting a feverish manhunt that led cops more than 400 miles from where the trio broke out. Now, an attorney for one of the men has released 15 minutes of footage the...

Todd Haynes to direct Velvet Underground documentary

Source:  Variety From “Velvet Goldmine” to the Velvet Underground:  Todd Haynes, director of such acclaimed U.S. independent films as “Far From Heaven” and “Carol,” is teaming with longtime producing partner Christine Vachon of Killer Films, as well as David Blackman...

Ranking the Best “30 for 30” Documentaries (So Far)

Source:  Sports Illustrated 1.  O.J.: Made in America (2016) 2.  Hillsborough (2014) 3.  Once Brothers (2010) 4.  The Two Escobars (2010) 5.  The Best That Never Was (2010) See the rest of the list at Sports Illustrated. Receive all of today’s stories in your inbox...

J.J. Redick releases short documentary on the NBA free-agency process

Source:  CBS Philly New Philadelphia 76ers' guard J.J. Redick has released a new short documentary on LeBron James’ digital media company UNINTERRUPTED. The 15-minute mini-movie, released last week, details Redick’s decision to join the 76ers and the roller-coaster...

Mini-Doc Watch – “1997: Birth of the Camera Phone”

Source:  Film School Rejects The last half-century is pocked with amazing, life-changing inventions: the artificial heart, various vaccines and medications, the personal computer, the internet, solar panels, electric cars, the space program, cable TV, and fidget...

Watch a short documentary about robotic mannequins in South Korea

Source:  The Verge In "Plastic Girls," a short film from German director Nils Clauss, robotic mannequins have sentient thoughts like, My smiles bring comfort, Money comes easy for me, and You have to work hard and follow rules. The seven-minute short is Clauss’...

“Awaken” takes time-lapse filmmaking to new heights

Source: Engadget If you're a fan of wordless cinematic meditations on modern society, like "Samsara" and "Baraka," Tom Lowe's "Awaken" should be on your radar. Filmed over the course of five years in more than 30 countries, it's a documentary that explores humanity's...

Big game hunting is questioned in the trailer for “Trophy”

Source:  FirstShowing The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for "Trophy" that examines the world of big game trophy hunters and how it connects to wildlife conservation. The documentary premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year,...

A VR documentary on animal surveillance tracks a grizzly’s life

Source: Hyperallergic “There’s nothing natural about a grizzly bear using an overpass.” Yet the animal protagonist of "Bear 71 VR," voiced by Mia Kirshner, has a life that is far from natural. The interactive documentary starts with a three-year-old grizzly bear’s...

“Life on Bitcoin” gets VidAngel distribution

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter. “Life on Bitcoin,” a documentary about a couple who live using the digital payment system instead of U.S. money, was released Thursday on VidAngel, the movie-filtering service that has been butting heads with the major film studios for...

New Netflix doc examines the rise and fall of celebrity website Gawker

Source: /Film. When news spread of Hulk Hogan having a sex tape leaked online, it felt like nothing more than tabloid gossip. But when the former wrestler and reality TV star began a legal battle between his rights to privacy and the freedom of the press, the story...

Barbie documentary greenlighted at Hulu

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Barbie is getting the documentary treatment. In addition to an upcoming live-action feature — in which Anne Hathaway is in talks to replace Amy Schumer — Hulu has ordered a doc about the iconic doll Read the story at The Hollywood...

“Barbecue” headed to Netflix. Arrives August 15.

Source:  The Mercury News Break out the barbecue sauce and fire up the grill.  The “Barbecue” documentary that debuted at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year will begin streaming on Netflix on Aug. 15. Filmmakers Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker’s documentary...

A Zara documentary is happening for all you fast-fashion fans

Source:  InStyle A Zara documentary is in the works.  The film, dubbed "Zara: The Story of the World’s Richest Man," will offer an intimate look inside the fast-fashion retailer—from the Spanish brand’s humble beginnings to its current day-to-day operations (and...

BBC: Glasgow’s social media drug market exposed in new documentary

Source:  BBC BBC Three program "Stacey Dooley Investigates: Kids Selling Drugs Online" found dealers using social media apps to sell drugs with a few simple taps of a screen. In the show, Stacey met Corey, from Glasgow, who said he’s been buying ecstasy since he was...

Wang Bing’s “Mrs. Fang” wins top prize at Locarno Festival

Source:  Variety A jury that included high profile directors Olivier Assayas and Miguel Gomes has awarded Wang Bing’s unblinkered documentary, “Mrs. Fang,” the Golden Leopard at the 70th anniversary edition of the Locarno Festival, which ends today. In keeping with...

How One Young Filmmaker Sold His Documentary to Netflix

Source:  Fstoppers In November of last year, Jonny Von Wallström sold his feature-length documentary film, "The Pearl of Africa," to Netflix.  He had been attempting to chase down the video streaming service for several years.  This included hunting down contact...

News & Documentary Emmy nominations announced. PBS & CBS lap field.

Source:  Deadline PBS and CBS more than doubled all other networks as the 38th annual News & Documentary Emmy nominations were announced today. PBS hoarded a leading 48 noms, led by Frontline (12), POV (11) and Independent Lens (10), followed by the Eye network...

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