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Paris Hilton Gets Candid About Social Media Highs & Lows In ‘The American Meme’ — Tribeca Studio

A documentarian who is no stranger to the Tribeca Film Festival, director Bert Marcus is back at the fest this year with his latest outing, The American Meme, in which he takes on the bizarre current climate of social media, with a little help from Paris Hilton. The film charts the evolution of the social media landscape since the time Hilton—by her own account—invented the selfie, demonstrating a path to celebrity success and, in essence, creating a career template… Read


Andrea Nevins Documents Moment Of Barbie’s Transformation With ‘Tiny Shoulders’ — Tribeca Studio

“The through line in my films is really people in moments of transformation. I think it's the moment where we go through a dark night of the soul, and how we find the light is something that I think we all look for in our stories,” Oscar-nominated documentarian Andrea Nevins told Deadline today. “For me, that's the hero's journey that I like to follow.” Certainly, this notion of transformation is at hand in Nevins’ latest effort, Hulu documentary Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking… Read


Disneynature Celebrates Earth Day With Trailer Drop For ‘Penguins’

Disney’s all-ages fauna division Disneynature is celebrating Earth Day by dropping a new full-length trailer (see below) for Penguins, which will be released on this same weekend in 2019. As with the distributor’s previous, species-specific features like Chimpanzees and Bears, Penguins is non-fiction, but it aims to hook viewers by turning the anthropomorphism dial up to 11. While its striking visuals show Antarctica and the familiar waddling formations, predatory leopard… Read


Robert Durst Admits He May Have Said Too Much In HBO Series ‘The Jinx’

At a pre-trial hearing earlier this week in Los Angeles, real estate mogul Robert Durst was heard on a jail house recording regretting the interviews he provided HBO documentarians for its study, The Jinx, a series of conversations which ultimately led to his arrest. In the jail call, which he made in 2015, Durst said that he realized while watching the HBO series that he “definitely had a problem.” Durst was arrested in New Orleans on March 14, 2015 and charged with… Read


‘The Devil And Father Amorth’ Review: Friedkin’s Docu Look At A Real Exorcism Is Perfect Companion To His 1973 Classic

In a chilling new documentary, Oscar-winning director William Friedkin returns to the roots of one of the most successful horror films of all time, his frightening film of William Peter Blatty’s bestseller The ExorcistThat 1973 classic had audiences fainting in their seats, became a box office sensation and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture and won two. But that film was fiction. As I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), his… Read


Tracey Martin & Sybrina Fulton, Parents Of Trayvon Martin, Hope To Effect Change With ‘Rest In Power’ — Tribeca Studio

Seeing their teenage son Trayvon Martin gunned down in 2012 by George Zimmerman — a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed self-defense and later was acquitted of all charges related to Martin’s death — Tracey Martin and Sybrina Fulton did what anyone in such a tragic situation might do. They grieved, and they sought to process their experience. Writing their own book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, the pair were able to retain a sense of… Read


‘Songwriter’ Director Murray Cummings On Evolution In Ed Sheeran’s Songwriting Process — Tribeca Studio

Setting his sights on the songwriting process of Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheehan with Songwriter—his feature debut, which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival before moving on to Tribeca—Murray Cummings’ documentary came about as unusually and organically as any could. The Songwriter journey began with a family connection, Cummings being Sheeran’s cousin. “Our family's really close, so all the way through growing up, we would hang out and… Read


‘Hula Girl’ Short Doc, Reminiscent Of ‘The Founder’, Stars 94-Year-Old Who Is Still Hula Hooping

The late Wayne Deforest Anderson and Joan Anderson, now 94 and the oldest person featured in a film at Tribeca, were the couple who brought the original bamboo Hula Hoop to this country from Joan’s native country of Australia. In 1958, there was a handshake deal made with a Wham-O executive who was, at the time, a friend. That “friend” then went on to manufacture and monetize it, giving neither credit nor funds to the Anderson’s. Sounds like Wham-O had their own version… Read


Netflix Unveils New Projects, Says It’s “A Voice For European Entertainment”

Netflix rolled out the red carpet at Rome's Villa Miani on Wednesday to unveil new projects and expound on its international ambitions. CEO Reed Hastings and CCO Ted Sarandos made brief appearances high above the Eternal City introducing a series of panels and announcements that revealed details of such upcoming offerings as a continuation of the Peabody Award winning true crime mini The Staircase; a documentary about the November 2013 Paris Attacks; a Julian Fellowes-penn… Read


Harvey Weinstein Doc ‘The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret’ To Premiere At Hot Docs

In 2010, filmmaker Barry Avrich wrote, directed and produced Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, a documentary about the micro-managing, hair-trigger tempered but ultimately genius Hollywood producer. Now Avrich and producer Melissa Hood's new documentary The Reckoning: Hollywood's Worst Kept Secret will have its world premiere at the 25th Hot Docs Film Festival. It will bow as part of the festival’s Special Presentations program Avrich’s new feature length… Read


Hulu Sets Docuseries On Fyre Festival Debacle

The 2017 luxury music festival that seemed too good to be true and ultimately became a disaster is the subject of a new Hulu docuseries. It will stream the untitled project about the Fyre Festival and produce along with the Cinemart, Billboard and Mic.  Set for a 2019 premiere, the series recounts the events leading up to and during the Bahamian festival, as well as its eventual collapse and aftermath. The show will feature interviews with inside sources ranging from… Read


PBS Dominates Peabody Awards For Documentaries With Five Of Nine Winners

While Netflix and Spike projects were among the winners of Peabody Awards for documentary, the category was dominated by PBS, whose titles took five of the nine total prizes. The honorees include “stories that give insight to the lingering grief of communities after mass shootings, the impact of climate change on Earth's oceans, and young activists fighting for a path to citizenship,” the organization said in announcing the prizes. The Peabody Awards are based at the… Read