Leonardo DiCaprio has been rather vocal when it comes to fighting for environmental issues. He’s produced several documentaries about climate change, clean energy and more such as The 11th Hour, Catching the Sun and Before the Flood. Now he’s turned his attention to the threat of extinction facing African elephants due to the illegal ivory trade around the world.
Directors Richard Ladkani (The Devil’s Miner) and Kief Davidson (A LEGO Brickumentary) spent 16 months with a team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking. The result is The Ivory Game, a documentary of this surprisingly dangerous criminal underworld that shows the total lack of respect given to some of the most majestic animals on the planet, all for some rich jerks.
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The other day we got the surprise news that Michael Moore has a new movie coming out. Not only has he finished a brand new doc, but it was also shown to audiences this week. Michael Moore in Trumpland, based on the director’s one-man play, premiered this week, just three weeks before the November 8th presidential election. When will the rest of the world get to see Moore’s latest? A release date isn’t set in stone, but the director is going to self-distribute his movie.
Below, learn more about Michael Moore’s TrumpLand distribution plans.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
You didn’t really expect Michael Moore to just sit out the madness of this presidential election cycle, did you? The filmmaker and activist has announced a late-breaking October surprise in the form of Michael Moore in Trumpland, based on his own one-man play. The movie will have its world premiere in New York City tonight (Tuesday, October 18), exactly three weeks before the November 8 election, and officially begin its theatrical run tomorrow. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There are days where Werner Herzog threatens to become a meme, a joke thrown around by people who find his unique presence and offbeat/nihilistic worldview intoxicating and amusing. And then the man turns around and releases another movie and reminds you that he is one of the great artists of the past century or so, a monumental figure whose work makes every single imitation and joke look pale in comparison. Even when his movies aren’t especially good, they’re singular and the work of a true genius doing things in a way that are totally unique to him.
Into the Inferno is the latest documentary from Herzog and it finds him once again taking on one of his favorite subjects: the power of nature and the awe-inspiring grip it has on tenuous human civilization. More specifically, this is a movie where Mr. Herzog visits a whole bunch of volcanoes and the trailer sure looks impressive.
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With just a few weeks left until the United States votes for the next President of the United States of America (as well as plenty of other important political offices and issues, the election is really heating up. We’re now in the month where campaigns pull out all the stops and do everything in their power to win the election. Thanks to what is known as the “October surprise,” that usually means digging up dirt on opposing candidates and running smear campaigns to besmirch their reputation. And it sounds like documentary filmmaker Michael Moore might be getting involved in that election tradition. Read More »
For many children of the ’90s, much time was spent with their eyes glued to Nickelodeon. Touted as the “first kids network,” the channel became a staple of entertainment for children with original game shows like Legends of the Hidden Temple and Double Dare, animated shows like Doug and Rugrats, and other favorites such as All That, Clarissa Explains It All, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and more.
Now the new Nickelodeon documentary The Orange Years seeks to tell the story of the famed network from its origins to their great success with the Saturday night SNICK line-up and beyond. But the producers need your help to make it happen. Check out a tease for The Orange Years after the jump, and find out how you can help the documentary get off the ground. Read More »
Next month, Netflix will be releasing a new documentary film titled Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang. The film takes a look at a revolutionary new contemporary artist who creates art that is beautiful, explosive, and can only be experienced in a singular moment. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Touching the Void) film chronicle’s Cai’s journey to create his most ambitious piece yet, a 1,650 foot ladder of fire that will connect Earth with the universe. Watch the Sky Ladder trailer now, embedded after the jump.
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Justin Timberlake is one of the best singers and songwriters working in the music industry today. While he started off as just another breakout pop star, his music in recent years has begun to throw back to a different era with a contemporary edge. He doesn’t just deliver the shorter three-minute, radio-friendly songs, but extended indulgences with amazing instrumentals.
Now you can see what it’s like to witness Justin Timberlake in concert with a new documentary coming to Netflix next month. While that might not sound very special to you, this particular documentary, called Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, is directed by Silence of the Lambs helmer Jonathan Demme.
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Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
2014’s Selma launched Ava DuVernay to a whole new level of fame and acclaim, but the filmmaker hasn’t been content to rest on her laurels. For the past couple of years she’s kept mostly off the radar, plugging away at her next few projects. This fall, we finally get to see two of them come to fruition. One is the OWN drama Queen Sugar, which debuted earlier this month to high praise. The other is The 13th, a documentary about mass incarceration in the United States.
The title refers to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery “except as a punishment for crime.” The film chronicles the path from the 13th Amendment to our modern-day criminal justice system. The 13th trailer opens with a shocking statistic — that nearly 1 out of 4 prisoners in the world are locked up in the U.S. — and promises a film that looks at how, exactly, we got here. Watch The 13th trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Those who want a Hamilton movie are just gonna have to wait for it, but in the meantime PBS will try and tide us over with a TV special. As part of the long-running Great Performances series, the network is airing Hamilton’s America, a documentary special that delves into the creation of the Broadway smash hit, the real-life history behind it, and its relevance to current hot-topic issues.
Fans can look forward to interviews with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), and others involved with the production, plus new footage of performances by the original cast. But you can really tell what a phenomenon this show is by the kinds of talking heads this documentary has attracted: everyone from Nas to Stephen Sondheim to President Barack Obama. Watch the Hamilton documentary trailer below. Read More »