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.
Watch the Justin Timberlake documentary trailer after the jump. Read More »
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 »
On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and shot 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members. It’s the kind of horror that you hope one can’t even imagine, but it became a real life nightmare for the parents and families of the murdered children and school employees. Now a new documentary looks at how the small town is recovering a few short years later.
Newtown premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was acquired this past summer for a release this fall. Now the first trailer for the documentary has arrived, profiling the parents who lost their children in the vicious act, as well as a surviving teacher, one of the emergency room doctors who took care of the victims, and even some of the survivors who witnessed this tragedy firsthand.
Watch the Newtown trailer after the jump. Read More »
The case of Amanda Knox has made headlines around the world as the woman who was studying abroad was convicted of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Due to the many twists and turns of the case, the media and public around the world absorbed every detail they could about the case, and it’s still debated to this very day. Now a new Netflix documentary aims to look at both sides of the story by digging through all the information available.
Amanda Knox debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and now it’s coming to the streaming service at the end of September. A new trailer shows us some of the talking heads we’ll be listening to as they unpack this case all over again, and maybe helping us determine if Amanda Knox is really innocent. Read More »
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BBC Film Productions has released a trailer for Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Documentary which seems to take a more comical approach to the subject of the Church of Scientology. Structured in a first-hand journey format as we’ve seen from Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, the film tries to confront the church to get some answers. And as expected, the Church of Scientology wants nothing to do with Theroux. Watch the My Scientology Documentary trailer after the jump.
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Morgan Spurlock‘s new documentary Rats takes a look at the history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world. The film premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now the first trailer is online. Edited almost like a part horror movie, part pre-apocalyptic disaster warning movie, the trailer looks nothing like any of Spurlock’s previous films. We don’t even glimpse the documentary filmmaker on screen, and the trailer is as grave and uninviting as Spurlock’s films are usually extremely accessible. Hit the jump to watch the Rats trailer, if you dare.
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