Watch “Border Business: Inside Immigration”

Watch “Border Business: Inside Immigration”

Source:  CBS News

Migrants trekking from Central America to the U.S. border have made a lot of headlines in recent years, but their journey wouldn’t be possible without many other people along that path whose stories get little attention.

Human smugglers, restaurant owners, activists, and immigration lawyers each play a role in a sprawling industry that’s sprung up around the migrants, and have come to depend on this human flow for their livelihoods.

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How did we get here? FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look in “The Mueller Investigation”

How did we get here? FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look in “The Mueller Investigation”

Source:  FRONTLINE

Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his final report into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

How did we get here?  FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look in “The Mueller Investigation.”

Drawing on interviews with U.S. officials, Trump advisers, legal experts, and journalists, “The Mueller Investigation” offers an inside look into the investigation that President Trump has continually deemed a “witch hunt.”

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Watch the trailer for Steve Bannon documentary “The Brink”

Watch the trailer for Steve Bannon documentary “The Brink”

Source:  Axios

After Steve Bannon left the White House in 2017, he tried to turn his bombastic nationalism into a global movement and let progressive documentarian Alison Klayman follow him for more than a year — from Arizona to Italy, Texas to France.

The result is “The Brink,” a fly-on-the-wall, cinéma vérité film coming to theaters on March 29, and being screened in Washington, D.C. tomorrow.

A keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

“The Brink” follows Bannon through the 2018 U.S. midterm elections and shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections.

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Epix is turning Slate’s “Slow Burn” podcast into a documentary series

Epix is turning Slate’s “Slow Burn” podcast into a documentary series

Source:  The Verge

Epix has greenlit a six-episode adaptation of Slate’s hit podcast “Slow Burn”, a series that explored the Watergate scandal and how it eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Podcast host Leon Neyfakh will be an executive producer and narrator for the series.

The series is expected to launch in late 2019 on Epix.  Slate launched the eight-episode podcast series in 2017 which drew parallels between the slowly-building scandal that ended the Nixon Administration, and that of the ongoing investigations into the Trump administration.

“Slow Burn” has earned widespread acclaim, and recently took home the Podcast of the Year award at iHeartRadio’s inaugural Podcast Awards last month.

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Oscar nominee “A Night at the Garden” to disrupt Fox News with historic Nazi rally footage

Oscar nominee “A Night at the Garden” to disrupt Fox News with historic Nazi rally footage

Source:  IndieWire

Marshall Curry’s Oscar-nominated short film, “A Night at the Garden,” brings viewers inside a 1939 Nazi rally held in New York City, and now distributor Field of Vision is set to disrupt Fox News with footage of the rally.

Field of Vision will debut a television spot for “A Night at the Garden” during the Monday, February 11 episode of “Hannity.”

“I hope that by showing the ‘Hannity’ audience how manipulative leaders in the past have attacked the press, scapegoated minorities, made light of violence against protesters, and wrapped hateful ideologies in the symbols of American patriotism, they might become more vigilant when they see leaders do those things today,” Curry told IndieWire about the decision to air promotional footage for the documentary short on Fox News.

Watch the television spot that’s airing on Fox News above.

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Netflix acquires Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documentary “Knock Down the House” for record amount

Netflix acquires Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez documentary “Knock Down the House” for record amount

Source:  Business Insider

It was the documentary that had all the buyers in a feeding frenzy — and won the Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary category — at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and it’s going to be on Netflix.

Yesterday the streaming giant officially announced that it had acquired worldwide rights to “Knock Down the House,” which looks at four female progressive candidates through their campaigns during the 2018 midterm elections, and includes the successful run of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

According to Deadline, the film had everyone from Neon and Focus Features, to Hulu and Amazon, interested in nabbing it.

But Netflix won out and had to pay a pretty penny.  Deadline reports the film was acquired for $10 million, which would be a record purchase for a documentary at a film festival.

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