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Latest Documentary News


PGA Awards Unveil Documentary Feature Nominees

Cries From Syria

The Producers Guild has announced nominees for the 2018 PGA Awards’ Documentary Motion Pictures category, with subjects ranging from Jane Goodall and Ben Bradlee to the Middle East and Earth itself. Winners will be announced January 20 at the 29th annual PGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Here’s the list in alphabetical order: Chasing Coral City of Ghosts Cries from Syria Earth: One Amazing Day Jane Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of… Read


‘Heaven Is A Traffic Jam’ Director On Doc Subject Mindy Alper: “She’s The Most Human Of Us Humans”

Artist Mindy Alper perceives the world differently from ordinary people. Take the marking of time, for instance. Where most of us talk about years, she speaks of "trips around the sun." Another example would be sitting in traffic on an LA freeway. To most Angelenos, it's maddening. To Alper, it's a little bit of bliss. "Uber drivers, they don't understand," she tells Deadline. In fact, Heaven Is a Traffic Jam On The 405 is the title of a short documentary about Alper… Read


YouTube Red Sets Jay Williams Docuseries ‘Best Shot’; LeBron James Among EPs

YouTube Red has ordered Best Shot, a documentary series featuring Jay Williams, the newly minted College Basketball Hall of Famer who was chosen second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft but whose career was ended by a motorcycle accident a year later. The series will debut in 2018. Watch a trailer above. The eight-episode series will chronicle the lives of the students he hopes to inspire – as the ESPN analyst shares his journey from his championship college career at Duke to… Read


‘Let It Fall’ Director John Ridley: Racial Progress Reversing Under Trump

In the seven months since John Ridley's documentary on the LA Riots first hit theaters and then ABC, the nation has taken a turn, the director says—and not for the better. "I ask this as a rhetorical question—why have we regressed that much between April and November? It certainly seems that way," he tells Deadline. He cites two developments that followed the debut of Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992—the march by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia last… Read


‘Step’ Documentary Competes For Oscar Attention As Director Amanda Lipitz Plans Fictional Adaptation

Get Step director Amanda Lipitz talking about the girls at the heart of her film—exuberant members of the step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women—and she's liable to tear up. "I cry when I talk about them," she tells Deadline. "The girls give me such hope… Their mothers inspire me as a mother. They’re my family. I don’t know how to put into words how much they mean to me." The bond began forming almost a decade ago when Lipitz, a Tony… Read


Oscars 2018: A Look At The Contenders In The Best Documentary Feature Race

In typical fashion, this year's Oscar race for Best Documentary Feature began at Sundance, with the festival yielding several standouts. Winner of the U.S. documentary Grand Jury Award was Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles' Dina (The Orchard)–which follows autistic couple Dina Bruno and Scott Levin's wedding preparations. STEP (Fox Searchlight) received rave reviews for its upli ing story of a transformative dance troupe at a Baltimore girls' school, while Damon Davis and… Read


‘Cries From Syria’ Director On His Responsibility To Bring Syrian Civil War To The Screen

“This movie is a lot about kids. It's a younger generation that was born, and in their first steps, they're going into the war,” Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky says, reflecting on his Syrian Civil War documentary Cries from Syria. “Their first toys are guns. It's amazing, their spirit, these kids. This was a huge inspiration for me, all these amazing kids whom you saw in the movie.” Comprised of hundreds of hours of war footage taken by Syrian activists and… Read


Viacom-Owned UK Net Channel 5 Preps Rape Doc To Help Victims Speak Out

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 is set to launch a documentary about rape that it hopes will encourage victims to "find the courage to break their silence." The timely documentary, Raped: My Story, comes as stories of rape and sexual harassment are in the headlines following allegations against a slew of U.S and international entertainment figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Ed Westwick. The feature-length doc, which is produced by Brighton-based… Read


‘Atomic Homefront’ – How A Story About The Threat To Local Journalism Joined A Crusade Against Government Inaction On Radioactive Waste

UPDATE NOVEMBER 14: The story about Atomic Homefront, below, inadvertently gave the impression that local journalists, including those at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, under-reported the disposal of radioactive waste in the northern suburbs of St. Louis, MO. The new film is indeed a deep dive into the history of the illegal dumping and government lethargy verging on indifference in the face of devastating and ongoing new evidence about the impact of the. And it does come… Read


Maz Jobrani To Host IDA Documentary Awards; ‘City Of Ghosts’, ‘LA 92’ Among Best Feature Nominees – Update

UPDATED with show host: A look at ground-level resistance in Syria and a portrait of the L.A. riots 25 years later are among the nominees for Best Feature at the 33rd IDA Documentary Awards, hosted by Superior Donuts regular Maz Jobrani. Matthew Heineman's City of Ghosts and T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay’s LA 92 will go up against Dina, Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles' "real-life romantic comedy"; Faces Places, Agnès Varda & JR's journey through rural France; and Strong Isl… Read


Greenwich Ent. Acquires ‘Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood’; Cinema Tropical Nabs Male Ballet Dancer Docu

Scotty Bowers

NYC-based distributor Greenwich Entertainment has picked up the North American distribution rights to Matt Tyrnauer's documentary Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood, which recently screened at TIFF.  The film, which is slated for a theatrical release in April, centers on Scotty Bowers, a World War II Marine combat veteran who became a legendary bi-sexual male hustler and all-purpose date-arranger for Hollywood movie stars from the 1940's through the beginning of… Read


Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Averaged 6.7M Viewers For PBS, Reached 34M In Live+7

Vietnam War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary The Vietnam War averaged 6.7 million viewers across its 10 nights in Live+7 stats, PBS said today. The epic docu enjoyed a reach of just under 34 million. These ratings results mean The Vietnam War is the second-highest-rated Burns/Novick film of the past two decades, following The War in 2007, PBS boasted. Burns’ best-known documentary for PBS, The Civil War, aired nearly three decades ago. Looking back across two decades also… Read