Meet the Press Film Festival will focus on midterm election issues

Meet the Press Film Festival will focus on midterm election issues

Source:  American Film Institute

The 2018 Meet the Press Film Festival in collaboration with the American Film Institute will feature 23 short-length documentaries spotlighting critical issues ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.

The festival will be held on October 7 & 8 in Washington, DC.

The films — three of which will make their world premieres — will focus on issues affecting millions of Americans as they prepare to cast their ballots in November, such as immigration, voting rights, and gun control.

Selected films include those from HBO, Netflix, The New York Times, and filmmakers from across the country.

Each screening will include a Q&A with the filmmaker, moderated by NBC News correspondents and anchors, including Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Craig Melvin, Jacob Soboroff, Hallie Jackson, Kasie Hunt, Kristen Welker, and Harry Smith.

During its inaugural year in 2017, the Meet the Press Film Festival showcased 16 short documentaries exploring wide-ranging issues. Three of the films were nominated for Academy Awards.

Read the story at the American Film Institute. 

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Michael Bloomberg and National Geographic team up for global warming doc “Paris To Pittsburgh”

Michael Bloomberg and National Geographic team up for global warming doc “Paris To Pittsburgh”

Source:  Deadline

The National Geographic Channel will air Bloomberg Philanthropies’ second film, “Paris to Pittsburgh,” a film that takes on the devastating effects of global warming.

The doc will premiere Wednesday, December 12, at 9pm ET/PT and will air globally in 172 countries and 45 languages beginning in the U.S.

“Paris to Pittsburgh” brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.

Set against the national debate over coal and clean energy — and the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement — the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.

Read the story at Deadline.

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Experience infinity at the world’s largest wholesale mall

Experience infinity at the world’s largest wholesale mall

Source:  The Atlantic

Upon entering China’s Yiwu Market, Jessica Kingdon experienced a sensory overload. She had intended to capture the cinematic experience of the world’s largest wholesale mall, but she couldn’t decide what to film.

“I kept getting distracted because the number of stalls feels infinite,” Kingdon told The Atlantic. “It’s like the ultimate FOMO experience.”

Ultimately, Kingdon decided to focus on what she describes as “the quieter, more subtle moments” amidst the chaotic atmosphere of the five-mile-long consumer metropolis.

Comprised of mostly static shots, her short observational documentary, “Commodity City,” is a mesmerizing window into the daily lives of some of the 75,000 individual vendors who exhibit more than 400,000 products at Yiwu.

Read the story at The Atlantic. 

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“RBG” and “Three Identical Strangers” announce the arrival of CNN Films

“RBG” and “Three Identical Strangers” announce the arrival of CNN Films

Source:  Variety

CNN Films became the belle of the indie box office this summer thanks to a pair of unlikely popcorn-season smashes.

The film arm of the cable news channel produced “RBG,” a deep dive into the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and “Three Identical Strangers,” the incredible story of triplets separated at birth.

The two documentaries went on to gross $14 million and $11.5 million, respectively. Those are lofty numbers for niche movies, particularly of the non-fiction variety.

“Both movies benefited from a lot of water-cooler talk,” said Courtney Sexton, vice president of CNN Films. “There is a hunger out there for meaningful stories.”

Read the story at Variety.

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“The Devil We Know” exposes Dupont’s cover-up of Teflon’s harmful environmental effects on a West Virginia town

“The Devil We Know” exposes Dupont’s cover-up of Teflon’s harmful environmental effects on a West Virginia town

Source:  IndieWire

Following “An Inconvenient Sequel,” “The Cove,” and “Chasing Ice,” a pointed and thorough environmental documentary can have a lasting impact on the global conversation around pollution and climate change.

Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig has been a leading voice in the genre and adds yet another environmental atrocity to the pile in her fourth feature film, “The Devil We Know.”

The film takes aim at powerful corporations such as Dupont and 3M, following a group of whistleblowers who claim both companies knew of the harmful environmental effects that the patented chemical Teflon had on the residents of Parkersburg, West Virginia and covered up the facts for decades.

“The Devil We Know” premieres October 16 on iTunes.

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