Hulu releases official trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries

Hulu releases official trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries

Source:  CNN

Hulu has released the official trailer for its upcoming four-part docuseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

For “Hillary,” director Nanette Burstein sat down with Clinton for 35 hours and culled together more than 1,700 hours of behind-the-scenes footage for a portrait of the one-time Democratic presidential nominee.

The docuseries covers several periods of Clinton’s life, from her upbringing and years in law school to public scandals and her presidential campaign.

“There was nothing off limits,” Clinton said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday.

“Hillary” premieres March 6 on Hulu.

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Tonight on FRONTLINE: “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump”

Tonight on FRONTLINE: “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump”

Source:  FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE begins its 2020 election year coverage tonight with a two-part, four-hour documentary series investigating America’s increasingly bitter, divided, and toxic politics.

From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump” draws on new interviews with key political and cultural figures, as well as an archive of in-depth broadcast reporting across two presidential administrations, to offer crucial context for the current moment.

Part one traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural, and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.

Part two examines how Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions, how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide, and what America’s polarization could mean for the country’s future.

FRONTLINE’s “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump” premieres tonight on PBS.

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Marcus Vetter’s new doc provides a rare behind-the scenes look at the World Economic Forum

Marcus Vetter’s new doc provides a rare behind-the scenes look at the World Economic Forum

Source:  Screen Daily

As the first independent filmmaker in 50 years to be granted behind-the-scenes access to the World Economic Forum, filmmaker Marcus Vetter achieved quite a feat before he even set the camera rolling.

“The Forum” is a fascinating and admirably balanced deep dive into the organization that brings together the elite from the worlds of politics, big business, and more than justifies its near two-hour running time.

Shot across two years and featuring footage from the meetings at Davos in Switzerland in 2018 and 2019, the film touches on a raft of global issues, from Brazilian deforestation and Brexit to the rise of populism and corporate tax avoidance.

“The Forum” recently screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas talks about his confirmation fight in new documentary

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas talks about his confirmation fight in new documentary

Source:  TIME

Clarence Thomas, arguably the most conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, may be known for his silence on the bench during oral arguments, but now he’s speaking out.

In the upcoming documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” Thomas describes his faith, his political awakening, his judicial philosophy, and the role that race has played in his life, offering viewers rare insight into the mind of a justice known for his reticence on the public stage.

“‘This is the wrong black guy, he has to be destroyed,’” Thomas says at one point in the film, characterizing those who opposed his nomination to the Supreme Court nomination in 1991.  “Just say it.  And now at least we’re honest with each other.”  Remembering the moment that Anita Hill’s allegations that he had sexually harassed her were made public, Thomas says, that’s when “all heck broke loose.”

The film was produced by Manifold Productions, which is led by Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker who has worked with Steve Bannon.  In 2018, Donald Trump nominated Pack to be the head of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

“Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words” is set to air in May 2020 on PBS.

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Hillary Clinton to moderate Q&A with the directors of Netflix documentary “The Great Hack”

Hillary Clinton to moderate Q&A with the directors of Netflix documentary “The Great Hack”

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 presidential campaign was hindered by the hacking and dissemination of Democratic National Committee emails, will moderate a Q&A with the directors and one of the subjects of the Netflix documentary “The Great Hack” following a Nov. 1 screening in New York City for Academy members and others.

Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer’s film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and began streaming on Netflix on July 24, explores the questionable actions of the UK-based company Cambridge Analytica during the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Brexit vote in the UK, and the efforts of a select few investigative journalists, including UK journalist Carole Cadwalladr, to expose them.

Noujaim, Amer, and Cadwalladr will be questioned by Clinton at the gathering, which is being hosted by filmmaker Geralyn Dreyfous (a producer of the film) and Chris Hegedus.

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HBO orders two more seasons of Axios news series

HBO orders two more seasons of Axios news series

Source:  ABC News

HBO has ordered two new seasons of its Sunday night news series “Axios on HBO” which has produced newsmaking interviews with presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and business leaders Elon Musk and Tim Cook.

The announcement means 12 new episodes each year in 2020 and 2021.

“Axios on HBO” wraps up its second season with four new episodes beginning on Oct. 20.

Axios’s daily newsletter and website concentrates on politics, business, and technology with an emphasis on brevity, which producers Matthew O’Neill and Perri Peltz use as models for the HBO series.

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