“Couples Therapy,” a new Showtime documentary series premiering turns four couples’ actual therapy sessions into riveting TV.
Filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg had the ambitious goal of capturing the therapeutic process on camera — but they weren’t sure it would work.
There’s never been a show like “Couples’ Therapy” before, but there wouldn’t be a “Couples Therapy” without Dr. Orna Guralnik, the accomplished New York-based clinical psychologist and author who patiently shepherds couples toward difficult, hard-won plateaus of mutual understanding.
Guralnik gives the series its sense of forward momentum, despite the sessions’ seemingly constant back-and-forth.
With her background in film and psychology, the 55-year-old Guralnik was fascinated by the project from a theoretical standpoint. Could the therapeutic process, so intensely private, be captured on camera with the knowledge that it would later be shown to millions?
Less than ten minutes into “Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America,” a brief conversation between the widow and the sister of a man who is about to have an unconventional funeral highlights just how much attitudes to death, dying, and grieving are starting to change in America.
The sister begins by saying that she and her brothers used to hate going to funerals; they were always big old-fashioned affairs on a Sunday in the family plot in a Brooklyn cemetery. “We just didn’t like it,” she says. “So this is a very different way to honor somebody. It’s a very good thing to do.”
It’s one of many quietly moving moments in this HBO documentary, which takes a subject most people are wary of thinking of, are keen to avoid, and looks at it straight on.
The starting point of the film is that, in 2018, cremations overtook ordinary, mostly very expensive burials in America in popularity.
Increasingly people want to have more control over how and when they die; and, once they’re dead, their relatives want to celebrate their lives in ways that don’t conform to the notion of a traditional funeral.
“Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America” is available now on HBO.
Netflix has announced an August 16 release date for “Diagnosis,” an eight-part docuseries inspired by The New York Times Magazine‘s long-running column “Diagnosis,” written by Dr. Lisa Sanders.
The series documents the lives of patients dealing with mysterious illnesses as they attempt to find a diagnosis and a potential cure.
By combining the power of global crowdsourcing, social media, and established medical expertise, each case is untangled with new insights that had previously eluded doctors.
Produced in association with The New York Times, the series documents the life-changing impact that receiving a diagnosis can have on individuals who have been searching for answers, as well as the healing that comes with connecting with others who can empathize with their experiences.
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.
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.