Absorbing documentary “Haunters: The Art of the Scare” is available on Netflix

Absorbing documentary “Haunters: The Art of the Scare” is available on Netflix

Source:  MUSE

Jon Schnitzer’s insanely absorbing 2017 documentary “Haunters: The Art of the Scare” takes a fascinating look at the people behind both traditional and extreme haunts.

“Haunters” interviews some of the biggest names in horror including John Murdy, creative director of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, and Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, as well as some of the most controversial including Russ McKamey of McKamey Manor.

McKamey Manor, known for being the most extreme haunt, was not only notorious for waterboarding, shaving heads and dragging people, but also for not having a safe word.

Post “Haunters” a safe word has been put into place in case you decide that voluntary torture is not your cup of tea.

Watch “Haunters: The Art of the Scare” on Netflix.

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Oprah’s Book Club is coming to Apple TV+

Oprah’s Book Club is coming to Apple TV+

Source:  TechCrunch

Apple and Oprah Winfrey will be working together to bring Oprah’s Book Club to the Apple TV+ streaming service.

In the new series, the talk show host and producer will interview the authors of her book club picks, starting with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Water Dancer.”  A new episode will then be available every two months, allowing viewers time to read the titles being discussed.

The series will debut alongside Apple TV+’s launch on November 1, and is part of a larger, multi-year partnership that Apple and Oprah announced last year.

In addition to the book club, Oprah is also developing two documentaries for Apple: “Toxic Labor,” about sexual harassment in the workplace, and another, in partnership with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, that will focus on mental health.

Read the story at TechCrunch.


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In mini doc “The Magic of Chess” kid champions share their secrets

In mini doc “The Magic of Chess” kid champions share their secrets

Source:  The Atlantic

The benefits of teaching chess to children are numerous.  Studies suggest that the cognitive-boosting board game, which has endured around the world for more than 15 centuries, improves a child’s visual memory, attention span, spatial-reasoning ability, critical thinking, mental discipline, creativity, math skills, and logical reasoning.

In Jenny Schweitzer Bell’s mini documentary “The Magic of Chess,” a cadre of pint-size chess champions reveals how the game has enriched their lives.

The film was shot on location at the 2019 Elementary Chess Championships, a high-stakes tournament held annually in Nashville, Tennessee.

The children interviewed in the film are articulate and wise beyond their years.  “When I asked the kids questions like, ‘What has chess taught you?,’ I was surprised, given their limited life experience, that they could formulate a response beyond the obvious mechanics of the game,” Schweitzer Bell told The Atlantic.

Watch “The Magic of Chess” above and read the story at The Atlantic.


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Michael Kors mini-documentary debuts on YouTube

Michael Kors mini-documentary debuts on YouTube

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

As he was exiting La Colombe d’Or after lunching at the fabled Saint-Paul-de Vence restaurant during the Cannes Film Festival in May, fashion designer Michael Kors paused for a brief conversation in which he acknowledged that his team had fielded requests from documentarians eager to portray his life and work on screen.

But the former reality TV star — who became globally recognized during his time as a judge on Project Runway — admitted that the process of hunkering down with a production unit for a prolonged period of time was, ultimately, unappealing.

A concession to the demand for a Kors documentary is “Michael Kors: A Portrait.”

The “mini documentary” (as the New York fashion house describes this short nonfiction film) is an abridged account of Kors’ personal and professional background.  The film’s running time of just over seven minutes is far too brief to capture the contribution he has made to fashion since he launched his eponymous brand in 1980.

Nevertheless, “Portrait” is as sophisticated and glamorous as a Kors runway show.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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“Wrinkles the Clown” profiles a creepy clown hired by parents to terrify misbehaving children in southwest Florida.

“Wrinkles the Clown” profiles a creepy clown hired by parents to terrify misbehaving children in southwest Florida.

Source:  Variety

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired the global rights to “Wrinkles the Clown.”

Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Beach Nichols (“Welcome to Leith”), the documentary is eyeing an Oct. 4 theatrical release.

The documentary profiles a creepy clown who is hired by parents to terrify misbehaving children in southwest Florida.

Wrinkles went viral in 2014 after a silent black and white surveillance video was uploaded to YouTube, depicting a child sleeping peacefully before a disheveled old man disguised as a clown slides out from under her bed.

The video led to an outpouring of similar videos and the creation of an internet sensation that rivals Pennywise in sheer, malevolently cheery creepiness.

Read the story at Variety.

Season 2 of “Abstract: The Art of Design” premieres Sep 25 on Netflix

Season 2 of “Abstract: The Art of Design” premieres Sep 25 on Netflix

Source:  Architectural Digest

Design fans, get excited.  Over two years after the docuseries “Abstract: The Art of Design” first premiered on Netflix, the streaming service has revealed that a second season will air this fall.

Season two will once again take viewers into the minds of the world’s greatest designers.

In the first season, viewers learned about eight of the world’s most innovative designers, including Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, illustrator Christoph Niemann, graphic designer Paula Scher, and car designer Ralph Gille.

Though the designers featured in season two have not yet been announced, directors for the various episodes include Morgan Neville (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, “20 Feet From Stardom”), Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (“Free Solo”), Brian Oakes (“Jim: The James Foley Story”), Jason Zeldes (“Ugly Delicious”), and Claudia Woloshin (“The Mind of a Chef”).

“Abstract: The Art of Design” premieres September 25 on Netflix.

Read the story at Architectural Digest.