New HBO documentary explores the devastating toll of USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar scandal

New HBO documentary explores the devastating toll of USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar scandal

Source:  PEOPLE

It’s been a little over a year since former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing hundreds of women and girls, under the guise of being a trusted medical provider and friend.

The aftermath of his actions and the testimonies of the 156 survivors who came forward during his trial still reverberate across the gymnastics community.

Now, a new HBO documentary — “At The Heart Of Gold: Inside The USA Gymnastics Scandal” directed by Erin Lee Carr — aims to reveal the dangerous system that allowed Nassar to exploit his position, providing him with opportunities to take advantage of unsuspecting athletes, and get away with it for more than 30 years.

“At The Heart Of Gold: Inside The USA Gymnastics Scandal” premieres May 3 on HBO.

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The Intercept imagines a world where we successfully fight climate change

The Intercept imagines a world where we successfully fight climate change

Source:  The Intercept

Yesterday, The Intercept released “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a seven-minute film narrated by the congresswoman, conceived by Naomi Klein, and illustrated by Molly Crabapple.

It’s a project unlike The Intercept has done before crossing boundaries between fact, fiction, and visual art.

The Intercept asked: what if the United States actually pulled off a Green New Deal?  What would the future look like?

Set a couple of decades from now, “A Message From the Future” is a flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion.

Instead, the film offers a thought experiment: what if we decided not to drive off the climate cliff?  What if we chose to radically change course and save both our habitat and ourselves?

Watch “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” above and read the story at The Intercept.

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New Netflix series from the creators of “Chef’s Table” celebrates the street food of Asia

New Netflix series from the creators of “Chef’s Table” celebrates the street food of Asia

Source:  Eater

The makers of “Chef’s Table” have a new series headed to Netflix later this month that will focus on the renowned street vendors who sell inexpensive food in modest, family-run restaurants and hawker stalls in Asia.

In the just-released trailer for “Street Food,” vendors are shown preparing a dizzying array of noodles, seafood dishes, roasted meats, soups, and snacks.  It’s clear from the trailer that, much like “Chef’s Table,” the new show will cover the life stories of these talented cooks while also highlighting their signature dishes.

Each episode focuses on one destination and three or four local street food stars.  For its first season, dubbed “Street Food: Asia,” the series will take viewers to Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.

One of the vendors included in the series is Jay Fai, the first Bangkok street-side cook to receive a Michelin star.

“Street Food” premieres April 26 on Netflix.

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Peabody Awards honor eight documentaries, Kartemquin Films set for Institutional Award

Peabody Awards honor eight documentaries, Kartemquin Films set for Institutional Award

Source:  Deadline

The first Peabody Awards of 2019 were announced yesterday, with eight documentaries honored and Kartemquin Films (“Minding the Gap,” “Hoops Dreams”) set for an Institutional Award for its “commitment to unflinching documentary filmmaking and telling an American history rooted in social justice and the stories of the marginalized.

The eight documentaries — six of which aired on PBS — are HBO’s “A Dangerous Son,” Hulu’s “Minding the Gap,” and PBS’s “Independent Lens: Dolores,” “Independent Lens: The Judge,” “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” “POV: the Apology,” “The Facebook Dilemma” and “The Jazz Ambassadors.”

The Peabody Awards ceremony will take place on May 18 in New York City and will be hosted by New Yorker contributing writer Ronan Farrow.

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“We Believe in Dinosaurs” focuses on a Kentucky museum built to recreate Noah’s Ark and debunk evolution

“We Believe in Dinosaurs” focuses on a Kentucky museum built to recreate Noah’s Ark and debunk evolution

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

The intriguing and timely documentary, “We Believe in Dinosaurs,” had its world premiere last week at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

The film focuses on the creation of a massive museum in Kentucky that’s a kind of theme park version of Noah’s Ark.

The creators of the museum had an agenda.  It’s part of a program designed to verify the teachings of the Bible and debunk the theory of evolution.

Although the film is frustratingly incomplete at times, it convincingly and sometimes frighteningly explores the big-business connections to fundamentalist religion.

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