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‘A Gray State’ Director Erik Nelson On David Crowley Doc As A “Core Sample Of American Crazy” — Tribeca Studio

David Crowley was many things—”a visionary filmmaker, a political activist, an Iraq veteran, a family man—what documentarian Erik Nelson calls “an American hybrid.” In 2010, the up-and-coming voice in fringe politics embarked on a film project titled Gray State. Set in a dystopian near-future, the would-be project depicted a world where civil liberties were being violated by an overly powerful federal government, gaining a mass following from an online community of… Read


‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ Director Daniel Kaufman On The “Fierce Pursuit Of The American Dream” — Tribeca Studio

“I think Tribeca's the perfect festival for it, because it really is—bottom line—about some kids from New York, and about the landscape of New York, kind of as a microcosm for the landscape of America, and how America has changed in the last 20 years for young black men,” Daniel Kaufman says, setting up his directorial debut, hip-hop documentary Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story. “A lot hasn't changed, but in terms of our culture in the music world, so much has… Read


Abramorama Acquires ‘Hare Krishna!’ Documentary & Releases Trailer

EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has secured theatrical rights and released the trailer for Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All, a feature documentary about Srila Prabhupada, the controversial Indian swami who championed the need for a revolution in consciousness. The pic, which was directed by John Griesser and co-directed by Jean Griesser and Lauren Ross, will world premiere on June 3 at Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ, followed by a… Read


IFC Midnight Nabs ‘Darkness Rising’; Music Box Tunes Up ‘Chavela’ Docu

IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. rights to first-time director Austin Reading’s horror pic Darkness Rising, with a planned theatrical and digital bow June 30. Written by Vikram Weet. the pic follows Madison Shaw, a young woman who decides to return to her childhood home, which is filled with horrific memories. While the visit begins innocently enough, unsettling events build until she finds themselves trapped inside the house by forces beyond comprehension, forces that may… Read


Audience Network’s New Documentary From Vince Vaughn To Tackle Police & Race Relations

Vince Vaughn

As an emerging network, AT&T's Audience Network already boasts original programming with series like Ice, Kingdom, Rogue, You Me Her and Full Circle under its banner. Now it’s now producing a documentary focused on the relationship between African American communities and the police. "We haven't announced it yet, so I can't say much," network head Chris Long told Deadline today on the sidelines of a Hollywood Radio & Television Society event in Los Angeles. "We were… Read


‘Wasted!’ Directors & EP Anthony Bourdain On The Problem Of Food Waste And Ways To Combat It — Tribeca Studio

Anthony Bourdain, Anna Chai, Nari Kye, Danny Bowien - WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

If you’re looking to be surprised by a film at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, look no further than Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye, a palatable documentary about food waste that contains more than a few surprising facts. Executive produced by author, chef and globetrotter Anthony BourdainWasted! reveals that every year 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. Annually, 80% of the world’s water, 40% of the world’s land, and 10% of the… Read


‘Gilbert’ Subject Gilbert Gottfried On Seeing His Personal Life Portrayed On Screen: “This Could Be What Hell Is”

“I just wanted to be in Tribeca so that I can legally refer to Robert De Niro as 'Bob,'” Gilbert Gottfried joked, sitting down with director Neil Berkeley (Harmontown, Beauty Is Embarrassing) at Deadline’s 2017 Tribeca Studio to discuss their documentary, Gilbert A legendary stand-up comedian and actor with a voice recognizable to many who was propelled to fame in the 1980s, Gottfried was candid about his total reluctance to participate in the project, which peeks… Read


‘No Man’s Land’ Director David Byars & Producer Morgan Spurlock On Opening A Necessary Dialogue — Tribeca Studio

As an independent filmmaker tackling a complex and timely subject matter, you couldn’t ask for a more smooth process than David Byars experienced in making his feature directorial debut with the human, hot-button doc, No Man’s Land. “The financing was really easy. The best part is, [Byars] had such a great subject that once we started showing people the [film], we were able to raise all the financing we needed really fast,” producer Morgan Spurlock explains. Sitting down… Read


‘Flames’ Directors Josephine Decker & Zefrey Throwell On Confronting The Extremes Of Intimacy — Tribeca Studio

As filmmakers and multi-talented artists, you can't get much more nakedly transparent than Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell, who bare their bodies and souls with their Tribeca-premiering documentary Flames. Shot over the course of five years, the project charts the immensely passionate and profound relationship between the two artists, watching the spectacular romance, excitement and adventure of their relationship at its peak, and the fallout as Decker and Throwell… Read


Morgan Spurlock’s Next Documentary Targets Brain Matters

EXCLUSIVE: Super Size Me helmer Morgan Spurlock has set his next documentary feature. Spurlock — whose Warrior Poets produced the No Man's Land that premieres tonight at Tribeca — will next direct what he’s calling the Untitled Human Intelligence Project. Spurlock will focus on the ever increasing innovations in brain technology that are bringing closer sci-fi concepts from the elimination of depression without a pill to the ability to instantly learn a foreign language… Read


Aaron Hernandez Documentary TV Series In The Works

Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who was found dead today after hanging himself in prison, is the subject of a documentary TV series produced by Geno McDermott's Blackfin. The company had been in production on the series since early this year, working with writer Dan Wetzel who had covered Hernandez’s story for the past four years. The series tracks the most recent murder trial, in which Hernandez was acquitted of a double homicide just five days before his death. It… Read


Nat Geo In Docu-Series Business With Jay-Z & Weinstein, Katie Couric; Unveils Scripted Development Slate – Upfront

National Geographic Channel says it will team with Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company on a six-episode documentary series, with the working title Race, that will provide “a stark and provocative look into systemic injustices in America.” It’s due to air in 171 countries and 45 languages and stems from a first-look deal Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) has with TWC. The news came during National Geographic’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers tonight in New York. The network… Read