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Kilburn TV Acquires Global Rights For Human Head Transplant Docuseries

Kilburn Television, the TV production arm of Kilburn Media, has acquired global rights to develop and produce a docuseries that will chronicle the first human head transplant surgery, to be performed later this year. The docuseries will take an in-depth look at the scientific, ethical, human and religious issues that follow Dr. Sergio Canavero and an international team of doctors and scientists as they prepare for and execute the most controversial surgery of all… Read


‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ Bow Moves After Being Boxed In By Mayweather-McGregor

Showtime has shifted the premiere date of its Whitney Houston documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me, moving it up a day to Friday, August 25 at 9 PM. It originally was scheduled to bow August 26, but that’s the now-settled date for the Floyd Mayweather Jr-Conor McGregor fight that will air on Showtime PPV live from Las Vegas. The pay network last spring unveiled the documentary about the complicated life and career of the late singer Houston, co-helmed by Kurt & Courtney… Read


Fathom Events To Spread Love Of ‘Mully’ In Special Screening

EXCLUSIVE: Fathom Events is teaming with The Hunting Ground executive producer Paul Blavin’s For Good and actor-filmmaker Scott Haze to bring Haze’s documentary Mully to theaters nationwide for a three-night run in October. The pic tells the inspiring story of Charles Mully, a philanthropist whose Mully Children's Family organization has taken in more than 12,000 homeless, abused or orphaned children in Kenya. Haze, whose acting credits include the upcoming Granite Mountai… Read


Morgan Spurlock & Stephanie Soechtig Team For Documentary ‘The Devil We Know’ Featuring Erin Brockovich

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EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning documentary filmmakers Morgan Spurlock and Stephanie Soechtig are teaming to take on The Devil We Know, a new film that exposes the evils of C8, a toxic industrial chemical used by DuPont to make Teflon and other products. The project, now in postproduction, just launched its Indiegogo campaign to help finish the film, which features activist Erin Brockovich. Check out a first-look exclusive clip featuring Brockovich above. Soechtig (Fed Up) is… Read


Epix Sets Documentaries On Danica Patrick & George Foreman, Anjelah Johnson Stand-Up Special

Epix has slated a pair of original documentaries on barrier-smashing athletes and a stand-up special  from the woman behind the MadTV character Bon Qui Qui. New sole owner MGM said last month that it plans to increase spending on Epix originals, and these three projects are the first to be announced. The two docu specials will focus on Danica Patrick, the race car driver who shook up a male-dominated sport, and George Foreman, the 1970s heavyweight champ who reclaimed the… Read


Oscilloscope Says You Are Mine To Avett Brothers Docu ‘May It Last’

May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American theatrical rights to May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers, the music documentary from co-directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio that won an audience award this spring at SXSW. A nationwide release is planned for this year ahead of a 2018 bow on HBO. Apatow and Bonfiglio, previously teamed on the ESPN 30 For 30 docu Doc & Darryl, reunited and over more than two years followed the making of the Avett… Read


‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story’ Director Jenner Furst On Documentary’s Real-World Impact

On May 15, 2010, 16-year-old Bronx native Kalief Browder was arrested for the alleged theft of a backpack. For this minor offense, Browder was imprisoned in New York’s notorious Rikers Island for three years, where he was physically and mentally brutalized, spending the majority of his time in solitary confinement, in inhumane conditions, as his trial was continually pushed back by indifferent, overworked attorneys. While Browder was offered countless plea deals that… Read


Lincoln Square Teams With Viola Davis & Julius Tennon On ABC True-Crime Docu-Series

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ABC News' Lincoln Square Productions and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon's JuVee Productions, along with XCON Productions, are developing a six-part true-crime documentary series for ABC. The 4% (working title) will follow two inmates who have been on Death Row for two decades. The project will re-examine the evidence in their cases using new forensic technologies. An often-cited 2014 National Academy of Sciences study shows that perhaps as many as 4% of the people on… Read


‘And Still I Rise’ Directors On Maya Angelou: “Whatever Story She Was Telling, She Was There”

Each with their own past experiences with Dr. Maya Angelou—the American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, most famous for her 1969 autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings—documentary filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack came together by chance on Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, PBS’ American Masters doc about Angelou’s life and times. Both intended to pursue their own separate doc projects on Angelou, with the knowledge that no documentary had… Read


Filmmaker Wim Wenders Signs With UTA

EXCLUSIVE: Wim Wenders has just signed with UTA. The move comes after the three-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker’s latest documentary, Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word, landed a worldwide rights deal from Focus Features at Cannes. Next up for Wenders: Submergence, a romantic thriller starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy based on J.M. Ledgard’s 2013 bestseller. The pic is aiming for a fall film festival run. In Pope Francis, only the second co-production the Vatican has… Read


‘Before The Flood’ Director Fisher Stevens On His Serious Concern For The Future Of The Global Climate

On a spring day in New York, Before the Flood director Fisher Stevens stands outside in the 90-degree heat, perturbed about the ever-worsening state of the environment and America’s contribution to the problem. Stevens doesn’t know that within two weeks, President Donald Trump will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, though listening to the director speak, it seems this development would not surprise him. Teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio on the climate… Read


‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’ Documentary Headed To Big Screen Via PBS

Bill Nye: Science Guy

EXCLUSIVE: PBS and Bill Nye are adding a new element to their longtime relationship. The pubcaster has acquired North American distribution rights to Bill Nye: Science Guy, the documentary that had its world premiere this year at SXSW. The plan is to give the film a significant theatrical release nationwide. It will have its TV premiere in 2018 on PBS’ long-running docuseries POV, which kicks off its 30th season later this month. Nye’s long-running Bill Nye The Science Guy… Read