HBO acquires mental health doc “Ernie & Joe”

HBO acquires mental health doc “Ernie & Joe”

Source:  Deadline

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.

Read the story at Deadline.

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HBO’s “Chernobyl” footage compared with actual documentary footage from the 1986 disaster

HBO’s “Chernobyl” footage compared with actual documentary footage from the 1986 disaster

Source:  GeekTyrant

A video created by Thomas Flight provides a side-by-side look at the footage from the HBO series “Chernobyl” and actual documentary footage from the tragic 1986 disaster.

It’s pretty incredible and insightful and, if you know what’s really going on in this footage you’re seeing, you can’t help but feel for the people who were forced into those situations.

You’ll also meet the creator of the HBO series, Craig Mazin, and the rest of the talent involved with the show who did a stunning job of bringing the story to life.

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“Midnight Family” and “Earth” take top honors at Sheffield Doc/Fest

“Midnight Family” and “Earth” take top honors at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Source:  Deadline and Realscreen

“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.

See the complete list of winners at the Sheffield Doc/Fest website.

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10 Eye-Opening Health Documentaries Available Right Now

10 Eye-Opening Health Documentaries Available Right Now

Source:  Culturess

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.

Available on Netflix.

 

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.

Available on Amazon Prime.

 

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.

Available on Hulu.

 

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.

Available on Netflix.

 

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.

Available on Netflix.

 

See the rest of the list at Culturess.

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Meet the 23-year-old woman who pioneered investigative journalism

Meet the 23-year-old woman who pioneered investigative journalism

Source:  The Atlantic

“In my time, women usually had their life stories written for them.  But I didn’t like the story I was given, so I wrote a new one.”

That’s Nellie Bly, the nom de plume of Elizabeth Cochrane.  The story she wrote—in a newspaper in 1887, and, figuratively, of her life—would change the course of journalism in America.

Penny Lane’s new short film, “Nellie Bly Makes the News,” from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Glassbreaker Films brings Bly’s intrepid spirit to life.

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.

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