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The world’s longest-running reality series continues with “63 Up”

Source:  WBUR There’s an old Jesuit saying sometimes attributed to Aristotle, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.” It struck the fancy of filmmaker Paul Almond, who in 1963 conducted interviews with over a dozen seven-year-old children...

“Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” opens May 2020 in theaters

Source:  Deadline Ric Burns' "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life," about the famed neurologist and author has been acquired by Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber.  As part of the U.S. rights deal, the documentary will open theatrically in New York City, followed...

“For Sama” named best feature documentary at IDA Awards

Source:  TheWrap “For Sama,” Waad al-Kateab’s wrenching story of raising a young daughter in war-torn Syria, was named best feature documentary of 2019 at the International Documentary Association’s 35th annual IDA Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday...

Veterans heal with the help of dogs in “To Be of Service”

Source:  The New York Times Many of the smiles mask deep sorrows in “To Be of Service.”  But hope still runs throughout much of the documentary. Directed by Oscar nominee Josh Aronson ("Sound and Fury"), the film looks at veterans of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and...

Apple TV+ acquires Billie Eilish documentary for $25 million

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Billie Eilish’s big 2019 is culminating in a deal with Apple TV+ for a documentary that comes with a $25 million price tag, according to multiple sources. The documentary, which has already been filmed, was directed by R. J. Cutler...

Henry Lee Lucas confessed to murdering 600 women. It was all a lie

Source:  The Daily Beast In the early 1980s, Henry Lee Lucas claimed that he had murdered 100 women.  Wait, make that 150 women.  Or was it 200?  No, 360.  Actually, he thought it could be as many as 600.  Such boasts instantly made him the world’s most prolific...

The Ten Best Documentaries on Disney+

Source:  Collider Empire of Dreams: The Story Of The Star Wars Trilogy (2004) - Created for the DVD release of the "Star Wars" trilogy in 2004, you aren’t going to find a more expansive making-of documentary on George Lucas’s original saga than "Empire of Dreams." ...

“After Parkland” explores the aftermath of a mass shooting

Source:  Los Angeles Times As its title implies, “After Parkland” was filmed by directors Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman in the days, weeks, and months following the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February...

“In a Whisper” and “Sunless Shadows” win top awards at IDFA

Source:  Realscreen and Variety Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez Fernández’s "In a Whisper" took home the award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Wednesday. The film centers on two emigrated Cuban filmmakers...

Welcome to the Hunger Capital of America: Memphis, Tennessee

Source: The Guardian In the "food deserts" of Memphis, Tennessee, dominated by fast food restaurants and convenience stores, locals lack what seems like a basic human right in the richer half of the city: a supermarket. With a big gap in life expectancy, are these...

The Sisyphean Solitude of a Migrant Shepherd

Source:  The Atlantic Some films don’t need words.  "El Desierto" is one of them. Carly and Jared Jakins’s short documentary follows a lone migrant worker as he shepherds thousands of sheep in the Great Basin desert amid a formidable drought. Without a single line of...