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Emmy Contenders Expose Corporations and Institutions

Multiple Emmy contenders this season are focused on the downfall of or investigations into large corporations and institutions: Hulu’s The Curse of Von Dutch: A Brand to Die For, Netflix’s White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, Netflix’s Downfall: The Case Against Boeing and Amazon Prime Video’s LuLaRich. Here’s what The Hollywood […]

‘Of Medicine and Miracles’: Film Review | Tribeca 2022

Ross Kauffman’s documentary braids leukemia survivor Emily Whitehead and scientist Dr. Carl June’s experiences to tell the story of a novel cancer treatment.

Comedy Docs Are Among Emmy Contenders This Season

Multiple documentary Emmy contenders this season turn their focus on the people who have made us laugh — and the complicated legacies of their place in comedy history. Four doc titles examine the careers and controversies of stand-ups George Carlin and Bill Cosby, Canadian sketch troupe the Kids in the Hall and I Love Lucy […]

‘Loving Highsmith’: Film Review

Gwendoline Christie voices Patricia Highsmith’s diary entries and prose in Eva Vitija’s emotionally candid portrait of the writer and her place in the queer literary firmament.

CNN Taps ‘Mandalorian’ Star Pedro Pascal for New Series ‘Patagonia’ (Exclusive)

CNN is turning to actor Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones) to lead its next original series, Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World, which is set to debut Sunday, July 10 at 9 p.m. Pascal will narrate the six-part nature docuseries, which uses visual storytelling in the style of programming like Planet […]

‘The Janes’ Doc Directors on “Unfortunate Truth” of Releasing Abortion Film as Roe v. Wade Could Be Overturned

[The following story contains spoilers from HBO doc The Janes.] When a draft opinion from the Supreme Court leaked last month, suggesting the court could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the directors of underground abortion network documentary The Janes, which premiered on HBO on Wednesday night, were stunned. The moment reflected the duality […]

Religion of Sports Raises $50M in Series B Funding Round Led by Shamrock Capital

Religion of Sports, the media production company founded by Gotham Chopra, Michael Strahan and Tom Brady, has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round led by Shamrock Capital and joined by Elysian Park Ventures and Cerro Capital. Chopra tells The Hollywood Reporter that the raise will be used to help “grow the company […]

Independent Lens Releases Report Measuring Social Justice Impact of Watching Docs (Exclusive)

In the summer of 2019, the weekly PBS documentary series Independent Lens (from San Francisco-based nonprofit ITVS) began developing Stories for Justice, a multi-year initiative to present criminal justice-focused docs on public television. By the end of the first season last summer, Stories for Justice included five features, 16 shorts and one eight-part series for […]

Kino Lorber Lands North American Rights to Sundance Doc ‘Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power’ (Exclusive)

Kino Lorber has landed the North American rights to the Sundance documentary Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power, which scrutinizes the “male gaze” and visual objectification of women in film. Brainwashed, which debuted in the Park City fest’s Premieres section and later screened at the Berlin Film Festival, argues that many of cinema history’s most iconic and acclaimed films […]

Magnolia Pictures Lands North American Rights to Sundance Doc ‘Riotsville, USA’ (Exclusive)

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to the Sundance documentary Riotsville, USA, which uses a model town constructed by the U.S. military as a lens by which to examine the militarization of law enforcement. The doc, which world premiered at Sundance in the NEXT category and is currently playing at Film at Lincoln […]

Andrea Arnold on Directing Her First Documentary and Her Dedication to the “Collective Experience” of Theatrical Releases

Even before embarking on her first documentary, Cow, director Andrea Arnold incorporated certain nonfiction elements into her scripted films. There were the naturalistic shots of animals, insects and nature interspersed through 2009’s Fish Tank, her 2011 adaptation of Wuthering Heights and 2016’s American Honey, the nonactors and unknowns that have populated so many of her […]

Ken Burns on Benjamin Franklin, the State of Documentary and “Trying to Tell Really Complicated Stories About Us”

In many ways, Benjamin Franklin — an extraordinary polymath who ran his own newspaper and wrote a popular almanac, invented the lightning rod and bifocals, played a key role as a diplomat with France and signed the Declaration of Independence — was a one-of-a-kind American talent and a true product of his era. But also, […]