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Zimbabwe Government Upholds Ban on Sundance-Winning Political Doc ‘President’

The government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has banned Camilla Nielsson’s award-winning political documentary President, saying the movie, which details alleged election fraud and violence during Zimbabwe’s 2018 presidential elections, has the “potential to incite violence.” Nielsson’s documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Special […]

Miami Herald Partners With 101 Studios, Grain Media on Surfside Condo Collapse Documentary

The Miami Herald is partnering with 101 Studios and Grain Media on a documentary that will investigate the deadly 2021 collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida. Surviving Surfside will interrogate the failure of the 12-story building in the early morning of June 24, 2021 that left 98 people dead and is still under […]

Jigsaw Productions Options Wired Writer’s Cryptocurrency Book (Exclusive)

Jigsaw Productions has optioned the upcoming nonfiction book Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency and is developing adaptations in multiple media forms, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Doubleday title, penned by Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg, follows a group of investigators that developed means of tracing cryptocurrency […]

Discovery+ Nabs Rights to Alex Holder’s Trump 2020 Election Footage Documentary

Streamer Discovery+ revealed Wednesday that it has purchased Unprecedented, documentary filmmaker Alex Holder’s three-part series on former president Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that has gained the attention of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. “Alex Holder’s Unprecedented three-part docuseries about the 2020 election will be released on Discovery+ […]

‘Bitterbrush’ Director Discusses Why the Observational Documentary Required “A Leap of Faith”

Though director Emelie Mahdavian planned some of the story structure for her latest film, Bitterbrush, well in advance, there was only so much she could anticipate when it came to making a documentary about two young female range riders responsible for hundreds of cattle over the course of one summer. Chasing the women with a […]

Sony Pictures Classics Takes Robert Caro Doc ‘Turn Every Page’

Sony Pictures Classics has taken the worldwide rights to Turn Every Page — The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb. The Topic Studios doc, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Caro and his longtime editor Robert Gottlieb, who worked together on The Power Broker and Caro’s Lydon […]

Sony Pictures TV Inks Overall Deal With Former ‘New York Times Presents’ Showrunner’s New Company (Exclusive)

Sony Pictures Television has inked an overall deal with Maxine, the new production company from Emmy-winning executive producer and director and former The New York Times Presents showrunner Mary Robertson. Maxine’s mandate is to tell “extraordinary” nonfiction stories from journalists and filmmakers, and the company is already developing projects in association with The Hollywood Reporter, […]

Boy Scouts Doc Trailer ‘Leave No Trace’ Explores Alleged Century-Long Sexual Abuse Cover-Up (Exclusive)

The first trailer for Leave No Trace offers a revealing look inside the alleged century-long cover-up by the Boy Scouts of America that resulted in over 82,000 men coming forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Directed by Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Irene Taylor and presented by ABC News Studios, the Imagine Documentaries and Vermilion […]

Lizzo Is Getting Her Own HBO Max Documentary

A documentary about Lizzo is officially in the works, and honestly, it’s “About Damn Time.” The singer announced the news on Wednesday at the Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront presentation at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and revealed that HBO Max will be taking on the yet-to-be titled project, which is set to arrive this fall. […]

Apple Lands Michael J. Fox Doc From Davis Guggenheim

Apple has landed a feature-length documentary about actor and activist Michael J. Fox, tracking his stratospheric rise in Hollywood with Family Ties and the Back to the Future films as well as his personal journey with Parkinson’s disease. Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala) is set to direct the doc […]

‘The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes’: Film Review

Emma Cooper’s documentary for Netflix explores the murky circumstances surrounding the legendary star’s shocking death in 1962 at age 36.

‘Flee,’ ‘Summer of Soul’ Top IDA Documentary Awards

Flee and Summer of Soul topped the 2022 IDA Documentary Awards on Friday night. Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, which is also nominated for the best documentary Oscar, won the top prize of best feature. Meanwhile, fellow Oscar nominated documentary Summer of Soul won three awards: best director for Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, best music documentary and […]