Gravitas Acquires ‘Fallen’, A Polarizing Police Officer Documentary Narrated By Michael Chiklis
Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to Fallen, a documentary that puts the lens on fallen police officers and the battle that law enforcement faces to maintain their reputations in media and the public eye. Directed by Thomas Marchese, the polarizing doc is narrated by Michael Chiklis.
Marchese, a former police officer, serves as director, producer and writer of the documentary that takes a critical look at the deaths of police officers and the untold stories… Read
O.J. Simpson Documentary Special Set At A&E For October Premiere
On the day of O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing for his armed robbery conviction, A&E has announced a new documentary special Guilty: The Conviction of O.J. Simpson (working title) for premiere in October.
The two-hour special analyzes new details and revelations in the case that led to Simpson’s conviction for armed robbery, stemming from a 2007 sting operation in which he tried to recover sports memorabilia from two collectors in a Las Vegas hotel room.
The special includes… Read
Kristen Bell To Sing Closing Song On “Chasing Coral” Documentary
UPDATED to June 5 exclusive with music video: Kristen Bell has been tapped to sing the closing tune in the Jeff Orlowski-directed Sundance documentary Chasing Coral, which will begin streaming July 14 on Netflix. The original song, “Tell Me How Long,” was composed by Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger and is described as a rousing plea about the climate crisis and the devastating phenomenon of global bleaching coral reefs.
Bell unveiled the song today on her Twitter… Read
SXSW Docu ‘Served Like A Girl’ Enlisted By Entertainment Studios
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Served Like A Girl, the documentary feature from first-time director Lysa Heslov that bowed at this year’s SXSW. A mid-August theatrical release is planned ahead of a digital bow via Freestyle Digital Media, ESMP’s sister unit in Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios empire.
The deal comes after Entertainment Studios’ success with the bow of 47 Meters Down, the Mandy Moore-toplined horror… Read
‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set For October On HBO
Steven Spielberg is the subject of a new feature-length documentary set at HBO. Directed and produced by Emmy and Peabody-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, Spielberg premieres Saturday, October 7 on HBO.
The documentary, which includes extensive interviews with Spielberg, chronicles the filmmaker’s nearly 50-year-career and includes insights from industry notables including J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig… Read
Hulu Strikes Deal For Two CNN Films And Six More Original Series
CNN and Hulu have struck a new content deal for two films and six series produced by the cable news network. The deal announced this morning is a first between the two outfits for CNN Films, the cable news network's brand for nonfiction documentaries. It’s their second deal on CNN Original Series, which is the net’s brand for nonfiction series content.
The new deal includes the film 9/11 Fifteen Years Later, a co-production with Goldfish Pictures, which is available now… Read
‘Icarus’ Trailer: Bryan Fogel’s Russian Doping Exposé Sets Netflix Date
“Were you the mastermind that cheated the Olympics?” filmmaker Bryan Fogel asks at the start of this new trailer for Netflix’s Icarus. And with the one-word answer from Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov — “Yes” — the doping exposé is off to the races.
Icarus nabbed the Sundance Film Festival’s inaugural Orwell Award this year, and last month it opened the 2017 AFI Docs fest in Washington, D.C. The film won an audience award at Sundance London.
The film chronicles… Read
Amazon Greenlights Tour De France Docuseries Inspired By Hannah Grant Book
Amazon has given the green light to an untitled documentary adventure series inspired by Hannah Grant’s book The Grand Tour Cookbook, about the athletes competing in the 104th Tour De France and the food that keeps them alive.
The untitled Hannah Grant series follows Grant, known as the Queen of Performance Cooking among pro cyclists, as she and her crew source and prepare healthy, high-performance meals for Team Orica-Scott’s nine riders during the 23-day endurance race… Read
‘Rats’ Director Morgan Spurlock On Crafting A Documentary That Plays Like A Horror Film
Ever since his first directorial outing—with the revelatory Super Size Me—documentarian Morgan Spurlock has always been in favor of embracing experience, throwing himself into a subject, however discomfiting, to create an eye-opening experience for the viewer.
Suffice it to say that with Discovery Channel’s Rats—based on Robert Sullivan’s book of the same name—Spurlock once again immersed himself in the material. A documentary that plays as a horror film, the project… Read
‘Bright Lights’ Directors Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens On Two Hollywood Icons Who Never Stopped Performing
Pulling double duty this year as an Emmy contender for two equally powerful and entirely different documentaries—including NatGeo’s climate change doc Before the Flood—Fisher Stevens teamed with his partner Alexis Bloom on HBO’s Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a look at the unique and enduring love shared by two of Hollywood’s most beloved icons.
Premiering the film at Cannes last year, the pair could scarcely imagine that at the close of 2016… Read
Abigail Disney’s Fork Films Gives Out Grants To Help Complete 16 Documentaries
EXCLUSIVE: Fork Films has given out grants to 16 documentaries chosen from a pool of more than 300 applicants looking to complete films in various stages of development. The grants went projects that promote peacebuilding, human rights and social justice; the focus is to help women behind or in front of the camera complete their films. The total in grant money was $515K this year, and the film company has given out more than $4M in grants and investments to nearly 90… Read
‘A World In Disarray’: Vice Examines American Foreign Policy In Special Report On HBO
HBO will premiere Vice Special Report: A World in Disarray, a documentary that examines the past, present and future of American foreign policy, at 10 PM Friday, July 21.
In the exclusive HBO presentation, Vice founder Suroosh Alvi and other Vice correspondents examine the foreign policies that have shaped the modern world and meet people living through today's major conflicts. It features interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, Samantha Power, Ash Carter and… Read