Narration-free “Apollo: Missions to the Moon” puts viewers in the thick of it. Premieres tonight on Nat Geo

Narration-free “Apollo: Missions to the Moon” puts viewers in the thick of it. Premieres tonight on Nat Geo

Source:  Space.com

National Geographic’s “Apollo: Missions to the Moon” tells the story, without narration, of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing 50 years ago.

The production team made a deliberate decision to tell the story without narration, to make the audience feel more immersed, director Tom Jennings told Space.com.

“What we wanted to do is create a time machine through film,” Jennings said, “to take people back in time — people who, perhaps, were alive then and don’t remember a lot of what went on and people who were too young to remember [now] — so that they could experience that almost in real time.”

“Apollo: Missions to the Moon” premieres tonight on National Geographic.

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Everything you need to know about Netflix’s new groundbreaking series “The Last Czars”

Everything you need to know about Netflix’s new groundbreaking series “The Last Czars”

Source:  Harper’s Bazaar

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their five children.

Netflix’s new six-part series “The Last Czars” delves into the fascinating history of the Romanov family and their devastating downfall during the social upheaval that swept across Russia in the early 20th century.  The Russian revolution abruptly and violently ended the Romanov reign of the imperial throne after a 300-year rule.

The series is a groundbreaking first for Netflix, as it blends high-octane, scripted drama with the addition of world-class historians sharing their in-depth knowledge of the era over some of the scenes.

According to actor Susanna Herbert – who plays Empress Alexandra in the series – “The Last Czars” “is about 80% drama, 20% documentary.  It’s a pretty new style because it’s a really high-quality production, and epic in scale, yet you also get the additional benefit of hearing from world-class historians to explain some of the context behind the scenes.”

“The Last Czars” is available now on Netflix.

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“Cold Case Hammarskjöld” examines the world’s biggest murder mystery or its most idiotic conspiracy theory

“Cold Case Hammarskjöld” examines the world’s biggest murder mystery or its most idiotic conspiracy theory

Source:  The Film Stage

One of the most gripping, terrifying films of the year starts fairly inconspicuously before it unfolds into something far more substantial and affecting.

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld was killed in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) under mysterious circumstances.

Beginning as an investigation into his still-unsolved death, the trail that director Mads Brügger follows in “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” is one that expands to implicate some of the world’s most powerful governments in unfathomably heinous crimes.

Or does it?

Following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a new trailer has arrived ahead of an August 16 theatrical release.

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“Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party” premieres tonight on PBS

“Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party” premieres tonight on PBS

Source:  The New York Times

Earlier this month thousands of Hong Kong residents began protesting against a bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China.

The timing of the demonstrations makes them ever more potent: This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, when the Chinese army unleashed their firepower on a throng of protesters in Beijing who were calling for democracy in the Communist country.

“Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party” revisits the seven weeks that led up to the protests and maps out how a peaceful, student-led movement ended in unthinkable carnage.

“Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party” premieres tonight on PBS.

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Acclaimed “Apollo 11” premieres tonight on CNN

Acclaimed “Apollo 11” premieres tonight on CNN

Source:  collectSpace

Acclaimed documentary “Apollo 11,” which features newly-discovered, large format footage of the first moon landing mission, premieres tonight on CNN with limited commercial interruptions.

Assembled primarily from archival footage and more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings, director Todd Douglas Miller and his production team worked closely with the National Archives and NASA to locate, digitize, and restore all of the available media related to the moon landing mission.

The result offers viewers an immersive experience of the original July 1969 mission flown by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

“Apollo 11” premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January and was released in commercial IMAX and traditional movie theaters in March.

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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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