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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...

“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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Welcome to the Hunger Capital of America: Memphis, Tennessee

Source: The Guardian In the "food deserts" of Memphis, Tennessee, dominated by fast food restaurants and convenience stores, locals lack what seems like a basic human right in the richer half of the city: a supermarket. With a big gap in life expectancy, are these...

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...

“Love Child” is one of the most absorbing documentaries of the year

Source:  IndieWire Sahand and Leila weren’t asking for much when they fled their native Iran in 2012. As Leila explains during one of many interviews during Eva Mulvad’s aching and intimate documentary “Love Child,” the couple wasn’t looking for a good life elsewhere;...

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....

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...

“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...

Veterans heal with the help of dogs in “To Be of Service”

Source:  The New York Times Many of the smiles mask deep sorrows in “To Be of Service.”  But hope still runs throughout much of the documentary. Directed by Oscar nominee Josh Aronson ("Sound and Fury"), the film looks at veterans of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and...

Austin Davis has only eaten mac and cheese for the past 17 years

Source:  VICE For most people, eating nothing but mac and cheese seems like a childhood fantasy.  But for 20-year-old Austin Davis, who has been eating nothing but mac and cheese for the past 17 years, it’s not a fantasy -- it’s his reality and has become his...

“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...

Henry Lee Lucas confessed to murdering 600 women. It was all a lie

Source:  The Daily Beast In the early 1980s, Henry Lee Lucas claimed that he had murdered 100 women.  Wait, make that 150 women.  Or was it 200?  No, 360.  Actually, he thought it could be as many as 600.  Such boasts instantly made him the world’s most prolific...

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...

Apple TV+ acquires Billie Eilish documentary for $25 million

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Billie Eilish’s big 2019 is culminating in a deal with Apple TV+ for a documentary that comes with a $25 million price tag, according to multiple sources. The documentary, which has already been filmed, was directed by R. J. Cutler...

Meet the rock star of the dogsledding world

Source:  Outside Dogsled racing may seem like a curiosity—a hobby, a sport, an anachronism—but for a long time in remote Alaskan villages, dogsleds were essential to survival, and the only way to get from place to place for much of the year. They were an intrinsic...

I was the fastest girl in America until I joined Nike

Source:  The New York Times Mary Cain’s male coaches were convinced she had to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.”  Then her body started breaking down. At 17, Mary Cain was already a record-breaking phenomenon: the fastest girl in a generation, and the youngest...

NBC Sports acquires “The Russian Five”

Source:  Deadline NBC Sports has acquired "The Russian Five," a documentary about the first five Russians to play together in the NHL. The film tells the story of how Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstatinov, Slava Kozlov, and Igor Larionov defected from...

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...

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...

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...