Coldplay career-spanning documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” arrives Nov. 16 on Amazon Prime

Coldplay career-spanning documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” arrives Nov. 16 on Amazon Prime

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Coldplay is getting the documentary treatment.

“A Head Full of Dreams,” announced Friday, is being billed as an in-depth and intimate portrait of the band’s rise from starting 20 years ago in the pubs of London to selling out stadiums worldwide.

The film will be available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 16. Prior to its release on Amazon, Trafalgar Releasing will be giving the film a special one-night showing on Nov. 14 in 2,000 theaters around the world.

“A Head Full of Dreams,” is directed by Mat Whitecross — helmer of the acclaimed 2016 documentary “Supersonic”who met the four members of Coldplay at college in London before they’d even formed the band.

From the very first rehearsal in a cramped student bedroom, Whitecross has been there to capture the band’s music and relationships on tape.

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11 documentaries about trendsetting women available on Netflix

11 documentaries about trendsetting women available on Netflix

Source:  Buzzfeed

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold – As a bona fide New Journalism legend and the author of “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion is a woman who has some serious stories to tell, especially about life in the U.S. during the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. In this documentary, her own nephew gets us closer to both the woman and the myth, giving us a chance to get to know Didion’s real life and her work. This is the documentary that lovers of journalism and U.S. history buffs won’t want to miss.

Seeing Allred – Meet Gloria Allred, who is arguably the most famous women’s rights attorney in the United States. You might know her from representing Nicole Brown’s family in the case against O. J Simpson, but also because she’s been taking on big-name Hollywood sex offenders and has joined hands in solidarity with Trump’s own accusers. In this documentary, we get a better look at the woman behind the media personality and hear her talk frankly about sexual abuse, race, and gender like nobody else can.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise – “Still I Rise,” one of the most well-known poems by poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou, is a piece on the difficulties in overcoming prejudice and injustice. It’s also the title that the directors have chosen for this documentary that celebrates the story of a woman who truly persevered in the face of adversity — including being a victim of sexual assault as a minor and dealing with encounters with the Ku Klax Klan while living in the South — to become a hugely important activist for black people and women.

Mission Blue – Oceanographer Sylvia Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, but there’s more to her than that. Her life mission: to save the oceans from its greatest threats, including toxic waste and overfishing. In this award-winning 2014 documentary, we come to know the woman who turned ocean environmentalism on its head at a time when the field was dominated by men.

Ladies First – Growing up, Deepika Kumari was told that girls belong at home, not on a sports field. And despite being born into poverty in rural India where women’s rights are severely limited, she went on to become the the best female archer in the world at just 18 years of age. This documentary chronicles her journey and triumph.

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DOC NYC announces its 2018 lineup

DOC NYC announces its 2018 lineup

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

DOC NYC, the documentary film festival set to run Nov. 8 -15 in New York City, will open with the New York premiere of John Chester’s “The Biggest Little Farm,” which recounts efforts to establish a biodynamic farm and will close with the world premiere of “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists,” a portrait of journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill directed by Jonathan Alter, John Block, and Steve McCarthy.

The festival’s centerpiece presentation will be the world premiere of “Original Cast Album: Co-op,” an episode of IFC’s Documentary Now! series that parodies D.A. Pennebaker’s classic doc “Original Cast Album: Company,” followed by a conversation with creators Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas, director Alex Buono, writer-star John Mulaney, and star Renee Elise Goldsberry.

The upcoming festival will screen 135 feature-length documentaries among more than 300 films and events overall, organizers announced Thursday as it revealed its lineup.

The complete lineup and schedule can be found at DOC NYC.

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Peter Jackson restored and colorized 100 hours of World War I footage for “They Shall Not Grow Old” and the results are remarkable

Peter Jackson restored and colorized 100 hours of World War I footage for “They Shall Not Grow Old” and the results are remarkable

Source:  IndieWire

Peter Jackson is beloved by moviegoers for bringing J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, and the Oscar winner is up to his usual ambitious tricks in his latest project, the World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.”

Jackson utilized modern production techniques to restore and colorize nearly 100 hours of original WWI footage from Great Britain’s Imperial War Museum.

“The First World War, for good or for worse, is defined in people’s imaginations by the film that is always used in all the documentaries, and it looks bloody awful, for obvious reasons,” Jackson told ITV News. “There were technical limitations and also a hundred years of age – of shrinkage and duplication and starches. I think it’s the best gift I can give at the moment, as well as this movie, to restore footage.”

The film utilizes 90 minutes of footage from the overall total that Jackson restored. The footage has been colorized and even converted to 3D for the movie’s upcoming theatrical release.

“They Shall Not Grow Old” will have its world premiere on October 16 at the BFI London Film Festival.

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BBC One commissions first primetime film on climate change since 2007

BBC One commissions first primetime film on climate change since 2007

Source:  Carbon Brief

The BBC has commissioned its first primetime film on climate change since 2007. No further details about the film have yet been provided by the BBC. However, Carbon Brief has exclusively obtained more information about the project.

“Two Degrees” is the working title of the 90-minute film, and it’s scheduled to air in a primetime slot on BBC One at the end of March 2019. It will be part of a week-long series of environmentally themed programs.

It will be the first time BBC One has aired a primetime documentary dedicated to the topic of climate change since 2007 when the network aired Sir David Attenborough’s “Climate Change: Britain Under Threat” in January of that year.

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