HBO Documentary Films has acquired the North American TV and streaming rights to Jenifer McShane’s “Ernie & Joe.” The film features San Antonio police officers Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro, who are diverting people from jail and into mental health treatment.
“Ernie & Joe” made its world premiere in March at the SXSW Film Festival.
Part of the San Antonio Police Department’s ten-person mental health unit, the titular Ernie and Joe are putting compassionate policing practices into action.
The film chronicles their daily encounters with people in crisis, showing how the department’s innovative approach to policing – which takes mental health into account – is having a dramatic effect on the way that police respond to these challenges.
“Midnight Family” and “Earth” took home the two top awards at the 26th annual Sheffield Doc/Fest last week.
Luke Lorentzen’s “Midnight Family” won the Grand Jury award. The film follows a family trying to make a living by operating a private ambulance service in Mexico City. The jury praised the film for providing a “timely warning to the dangers of privatized healthcare.”
The respected UK documentary festival awarded its inaugural International Award to Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s “Earth,” which charts the environmental destruction wrought by large-scale mining.
Cooked – The original 2016 Netflix series “Cooked,” based on the best-selling book of the same name is a gem waiting to be discovered. Food author Michael Pollan shows the audience how cooking, braising, and baking changes the chemical makeup of food. The purpose of the series is to make the point that we must start cooking for ourselves in order to avoid future food-related health problems such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
That Sugar Film – “That Sugar Film” is perfect for the person with the major sweet-tooth. But beware that the truth of your late-night candy binges might be harming you more than you think. Damon Gameau experiments by eating only foods that are “healthy” but are really packed with sugar. Audiences will get to see the drastic effect of the sugars on his healthy body and shows just how dangerous sugar can be.
Bite Size – The film made waves for its reporting about childhood obesity and its dangers. “Bite Size” shows how childhood obesity affects kids, their families, and society. It also explains how obesity not only diminishes a child’s health but can be a catalyst for bullying, teasing, and low self-esteem.
Why Are We Getting So Fat? – This BBC documentary introduces audiences to new methods that are being experimented with in order to reduce the remarkably high cases of obesity in both children and adults all over the world. It might sound odd, but it seems that the old diet and exercise method just isn’t working for everyone.
Sustainable – The featured character of “Sustainable” is Marty Travis, who is a 7th-generation farmer and food supplier. Travis, who resides in rural Illinois, witnesses his long-running farm fall victim to big-business agriculture sweeping the nation and destroying the sustainability of food in America. This motivates Travis to transform his farm with a bigger picture in mind and start the sustainable food movement in Chicago.
The film is an inventive and wildly entertaining account of the late reporter’s pioneering work in investigative journalism.
It uses animation and a mix of documentary-style and reenacted interviews—drawn from primary sources, including Bly’s own writing and published interviews—to tell the story of a dynamic woman whose reportage is still being emulated today.
Watch “Nellie Bly Makes the News” above and read the story at The Atlantic.