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Disneynature’s “Penguins” arrives in theaters in April

Source:  Nerds and Beyond Disneynature's latest film, "Penguins," opens in theaters nationwide on Earth Day, April 17, 2019. The production house's previous documentaries include ""Earth," "Born in China," and "Bears." "Penguins" follows the story of Steve, an Adélie...

Cyntoia Brown granted clemency by Tennessee governor

Source:  PEOPLE On Monday, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam granted an early release to Cyntoia Brown, who was a 16-year-old victim of sex trafficking in 2004 when she fatally shot Johnny Mitchell Allen, a 43-year-old real estate agent who solicited sex from her. The...

Corruption robs Yemen of food as country nears famine

Source:  AP Day after day Nabil al-Hakimi, a humanitarian official in Taiz, one of Yemen’s largest cities, went to work feeling he had a “mountain” on his shoulders. Billions of dollars in food and other foreign aid were coming into his war-ravaged homeland, but...

A Visitor’s Guide to America’s Big Border Wall

Source:  The Atlantic As the border between the United States and Mexico began to figure more and more prominently in the news cycle, filmmaker David Freid noticed a consistent blind spot. No one, it seemed, was talking to the people who actually lived there. Fried...

Mental illness hits close to home in “That Way Madness Lies”

Source:  Los Angeles Times The ravages of mental illness, and the toll it takes on both the sufferer and family members, have rarely been presented as vividly as they are in Sandra Luckow's documentary, "That Way Madness Lies." A highly personal portrait of her...

Zeitgeist Films debuts trailer for “Zen for Nothing”

Source:  FirstShowing Zeitgeist Films recently debuted the official U.S. trailer for "Zen for Nothing" from Swiss filmmaker Werner Penzel. The documentary opened in Switzerland and other parts of Europe in 2016, but is just now getting a limited U.S. release.  "Zen...

A Ted Bundy true crime docuseries is coming to Netflix

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Netflix is adding another true crime docuseries to its roster, this time focusing on notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The streaming service, home to "Making a Murderer," "The Keepers," and numerous other crime docuseries, will...

National Geographic acquires global rights to “Avenging Angel”

Source:  Realscreen National Geographic has acquired the global rights, excluding the UK and Ireland, to "Avenging Evil." The documentary tells the story of a small group of Holocaust survivors who attempted in 1946 to carry out the indiscriminate murder of six...

“Surviving R. Kelly” isn’t a docuseries, it’s a horror story

Source:  IndieWire As discussion around sexual assault has evolved, people once termed victims are now survivors. The Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” bluntly centers on that perspective shift, but with more nuance than you might expect from the cable...

“Avicii: True Stories” is back on Netflix

Source:  DJ Mag "Avicii: True Stories," a documentary following the life of Swedish EDM star Avicii is back on Netflix after being removed following his death on April 20th last year. Directed by Levan Tsikurishvili, film follows Avicii’s rapid rise to fame, thanks to...

“Free Solo” set for a one-week IMAX engagement in January

Source:  Deadline In the wake of being shortlisted as one of the remaining 15 documentaries in consideration for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar, E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s "Free Solo" will get a one-week engagement in IMAX theaters beginning on January 11....

Inside the Gambling Ring of NBA Referee Tim Donaghy

Source:  VICE Sports In this episode of "Red Cards," Vice Sports revisits the 2007 NBA betting scandal. Vice Sports follows the character of Jimmy "The Sheep" Battista, the mastermind behind the scandal, and the person who sparked NBA referee Tim Donaghy to bet on his...

To understand cryptocurrencies, the Wall Street Journal created one

Source:  The Wall Street Journal In 2017, bitcoin was one of the greatest investment manias in recent memory. This year, that boom has turned to bust. To understand what drives the wild cryptocurrency market—the technology, hype, and innovation, combined with the...

Disneynature’s “Penguins” arrives in theaters in April

Source:  Nerds and Beyond Disneynature's latest film, "Penguins," opens in theaters nationwide on Earth Day, April 17, 2019. The production house's previous documentaries include ""Earth," "Born in China," and "Bears." "Penguins" follows the story of Steve, an Adélie...

Blue Planet II is now available on Netflix

Source:  Decider The end of the year is always a stressful time. Not only do you have to worry about the holidays, last-minute gift giving, and the inevitable dread that comes with realizing that next year is just around the corner, but you have to add all that...

Why Costco is opening its own chicken farm

Source:  CNBC In 2019, Costco will open a chicken farming operation in eastern Nebraska. This venture will provide Costco with 40% of its yearly chicken needs, allowing it to partially escape the American chicken oligopoly run by the likes of Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride,...

“The Last Days of JFK Jr.” premieres tonight on ABC

Source:  Town & Country "The Last Days of JFK Jr." premieres tonight on ABC. The two-hour documentary explores the lives of John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, as they were just before the couple died in a tragic 1999 plane crash. Using...

The “Somm” franchise gets better with age

Source:  Eater Jason Wise’s "Somm" series continues to improve as the franchise evolves and more characters get thrown into the mix. The latest installment, "Somm 3," is a good-natured tour of the wine world that seems built to appeal to both newbies and fans of the...

Life as an Instagram star is explored in “Social Animals”

Source:  Variety Gravitas Ventures has acquired multi-platform distribution rights to “Social Animals,” a documentary feature about life as an Instagram star. Directed by Jonathan Ignatius Green, “Social Animals” follows the lives of three Instagram stars: a...

BBC launches “Congo VR” docuseries

Source:  Realscreen The BBC has released a virtual reality docuseries, taking viewers into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The three-part "Congo VR" series follows BBC Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead into the country to meet different communities, cover...

Oscars 2019: Academy unveils shortlists for documentary categories

Source:  Variety The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its shortlists in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories. The shortlists pare down the list of Oscar hopefuls from which Academy members will choose nominees...