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‘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 […]

HBO’s Carl Icahn Doc Director On Negotiating Terms With Financier, No “Off-Limits” Topics

When a mutual acquaintance introduced Bruce David Klein to legendary activist investor-slash-corporate raider Carl Icahn, the documentary filmmaker leaped at the opportunity. Klein, the helmer of docs on the late rocker Meat Loaf and the MIT blackjack team that took casinos for millions, says he is drawn to subjects that are “over-the-top successful” but whose […]

Kanye “Ye” West Makes Surprise Appearance at Screening of Netflix Doc ‘jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’

The first act of jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy is called “Vision” and takes us back to 1998 when Kanye West was a young, up-and-coming Chicago producer living “beat to beat,” absorbed in the pursuit of rap stardom, his feverish dream. Fittingly, the three-part documentary — the first installment of which is out on Netflix Feb. […]

How Saudi Arabia Misappropriated a SXSW Doc for “Nefarious Purposes”

At a press conference on Jan. 8, Saudi Arabian Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Arab coalition fighting for control of Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, presented video evidence that he alleged justified an imminent attack on the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The port serves as a lifeline for humanitarian aid into […]

How PBS’ ‘Reopening: The Broadway Revival’ Tells the Story of Theater’s Return Through Its Biggest Stars

It was March 12, 2020, and NY1 reporter and “On Stage” host Frank DiLella’s phone was lighting up. “I was at my desk and was starting to get text messages from friends who were in this Broadway League meeting. The texts were saying ‘Broadway’s shutting down, Broadway’s shutting down,'” DiLella recalls of the meeting with […]