Why “American Gospel: Christ Alone” is dividing Netflix viewers

Why “American Gospel: Christ Alone” is dividing Netflix viewers

Source:  Decider

A new documentary on Netflix is stirring up controversy for its portrayal of religion, faith, and Christianity in America.

“American Gospel: Christ Alone,” a 2018 film that arrived on the streaming service last month, is dividing viewers between those who think the film is “demonically inspired” and others who like the message it sends.

The film explores the prosperity gospel, promoted by preachers like Joel Osteen, which equates faith with financial success, and questions this health and wealth approach to Christianity.

The documentary ignited a controversy online after evangelist Todd White gave a speech about “American Gospel,” calling it “a demonically inspired movie.”

Watch “American Gospel: Christ Alone” on Netflix.

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“Screened Out” explores the long-term effects of too much screen time on children

“Screened Out” explores the long-term effects of too much screen time on children

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Too much screen time:  Parents agonize about it, and kids scream when it’s taken away.  Now with schools shut down across the globe, many children are getting more time than ever with devices, whether as part of homeschooling via apps and classroom Zoom calls or simply because parents who are juggling too much during lockdown park their kids in front of them.

Director Jon Hyatt — making his feature-length documentary debut following a career making a shortform videos and branded content ­­— meets with a variety of experts on such topics as pediatrics, marketing, video games, technology, and mental health to present an image of screen time as an addiction that’s’ been created by design by large technology companies.

Hyatt admits that many of the effects of constant use of these immersive platforms is unknown, partly because tech companies keep their data (including use by children and teens) closely guarded.

That’s why the filmmaker has created a social-impact campaign to support the CAMRA Act, a proposed bill in the U.S. Congress by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) that would authorize and fund the National Institutes of Health to create a research program that would study the effects of technology and media on kids and adolescents.

“Screened Out” is available now on iTunes.

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Sports Illustrated to develop and produce film and TV content with 101 Studios

Sports Illustrated to develop and produce film and TV content with 101 Studios

Source:  TheWrap

Sports Illustrated is launching its own studio to develop, produce, and distribute sports content based on the magazine’s stories and photography.

Sports Illustrated Studios launcheded earlier this month as part of a joint venture between 101 Studios and Authentic Brands Group (Sport Illustrated’s parent company).  The newly formed studio will develop for film, TV, and scripted podcasts.

The studio’s inaugural project though will be “Covers,” a docuseries based on the magazine’s top cover stories throughout its nearly seven-decade run.

Each episode will chronicle a specific sports moment in history and do so through a new lens, as well as provide insight into how the iconic magazine cover images were selected and created by the magazine’s current and former staff.

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“John Lewis: Good Trouble” recalls the life of the longtime civil rights activist

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” recalls the life of the longtime civil rights activist

Source:  TIME

A new documentary about U.S. Rep. John Lewis traces the life of the legendary civil rights activist and congressman through interviews and rare archival footage.

The film, “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” covers over 60 years of Lewis’s work as an activist and lawmaker in the Democratic party, from protesting for voting rights to calling for gun control and health care reform.

Director Dawn Porter, whose previous documentaries include “Gideon’s Army” and “Spies of Mississippi,” weaves together interviews with Lewis and his family members and footage of his social activism, which spans thousands of protests and 45 arrests in total.

She blends these two elements with insights from his colleagues in Congress and across American politics, from the late Rep. Elijah Cummings to Stacey Abrams, who detail how his experience and influence have shaped his approach to political organizing, policy, and legislation across 33 years as a U.S. representative for Georgia.

“John Lewis: Good Trouble” arrives in theaters and on demand on July 3.

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Watch the trailer for ESPN’s upcoming 9-part documentary series on Tom Brady

Watch the trailer for ESPN’s upcoming 9-part documentary series on Tom Brady

Source:  Deadline

After the towering ratings success of the Michael Jordan ten-part documentary series “The Last Dance,” ESPN is working with Tom Brady and Religion of Sports on “Man in the Arena,” a nine-episode multi-platform documentary series premiering in 2021.

The focus will be on another GOAT for his sport: Brady himself.

The series will be Brady’s firsthand account of the most iconic moments of his NFL career, including each of his nine Super Bowl appearances as quarterback of the New England Patriots.

Also included will be smaller, seemingly insignificant instances that became pivotal events and paved the path of the future Hall of Famer’s journey, which takes a new chapter after his move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the upcoming 2020 NFL season.

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