Morgan Spurlock is at it again in Super Size Me 2

Morgan Spurlock is at it again in Super Size Me 2

Source:  PEOPLE

Thirteen years after his documentary, “Super Size Me,” started a national conversation about the health risks of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock is ready to take it on again in “Super Size Me 2.

This time, Spurlock is going behind-the-scenes of the chicken industry as he atempts to open his own fast food restaurant, uncovering the unsavory details that go into a successful one.

Spurlock, 48, goes after fast food restaurants that tout food as “healthy” and “organic” while still using some of the same practices that the industry has been using for decades.

From acquiring his own chicken ranch to finding the right location, Spurlock attempts to create a fast food restaurant where consumers aren’t deceived about what exactly goes on behind the counter.

“Super Size Me 2” arrives in theaters on September 13.

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How Obamacare became a symbol of America’s divide

How Obamacare became a symbol of America’s divide

Source:  FRONTLINE

Following years of legal challenges and political battles, a federal appeals court in New Orleans may now hold the fate of the Affordable Care Act in its hands.

A trio of judges there is deliberating whether to uphold a ruling out of Texas late last year that the health care law is unconstitutional.  The decision could have far-reaching consequences.

Enacted in 2010, the law has expanded health insurance for millions.

But as FRONTLINE’s 2017 documentary “Divided States of America” explored, the passage of “Obamacare” also contributed to years of political polarization, the surge of the Tea Party movement, and a wave of anti-establishment sentiment that helped fuel Donald Trump to the White House in 2016.

Watch “Divided States of America” and read the story at FRONTLINE.

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“Vision Portraits” profiles four artists, including the director, experiencing vision loss

“Vision Portraits” profiles four artists, including the director, experiencing vision loss

Source:  IndieWire

“I think I always make films about things that are the scariest for me to deal with,” says filmmaker Rodney Evans in the trailer for his latest film, “Vision Portraits,” an evocative exploration of sight and creativity.

The deeply personal documentary chronicles the filmmaker’s loss of vision due to a rare genetic eye disorder, as well as the practices of three other artists who have lost or are in the process of losing their sight.

Told in four chapters, the film is a celebration of the possibilities of art created by a Manhattan photographer (John Dugdale), a Bronx-based dancer (Kayla Hamilton), a Canadian writer (Ryan Knighton), and the filmmaker himself, who are each experiencing varying degrees of visual impairment.

“Vision Portraits” opens in New York on August 9 and in Los Angeles on August 23, with a national rollout to follow.

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Who Owns the Moon?

Who Owns the Moon?

Source:  American Experience

There was no need for space law before humans put objects in space, but the launch of Sputnik in 1957 caused Americans and nations around the world to become concerned about the potential for maleficence on the part of bad actors.

In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty was signed by the United States, the Soviet Union and 29 additional countries outlining international activity in space.

Today, commercial endeavors and increased space junk are testing the broadness of the treaty.

In “Space Law: The Next Generation,” produced in partnership with Retro Report, American Experience examines the next generation of space law.

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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.

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“Life Overtakes Me” explores a mysterious illness affecting refugee children in Sweden

“Life Overtakes Me” explores a mysterious illness affecting refugee children in Sweden

Source:  The Daily Dot

“Your child is laying here like Snow White because everything is so terrible around her.  This is a way of protection.  She is just waiting for the situation to be better.”

These words open “Life Overtakes Me,” a short, powerful Swedish documentary that explores the rise of Resignation Syndrome among refugee children.  The mysterious illness has afflicted hundreds of child asylum seekers in Sweden over the past decade, coinciding with a tightening of Sweden’s asylum restrictions.

In short, when a child succumbs to Resignation Syndrome, the body shuts down.  Not quite a coma, the illness resembles involuntary hibernation.

Children experiencing Resignation Syndrome always appear to be asleep.  They cannot move or open their eyes, and they can only eat via feeding tube or with assistance from their parents to swallow soft foods like ice cream.

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