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Brown Girls Doc Mafia Names Board Of Directors

The Brown Girls Doc Mafia, a 2,400-strong organization advocating for women and nonbinary people of color in the documentary industry, has announced its Board of Directors ahead of Sundance. Filmmaker Ursula Liang, Denae Peters of Film Sprout and Nicole Tsien of POV American make up the board and will work with its Co-Directors Iyabo Boyd and Tracy Nguyen-Chung. Boyd founded the group — eight of whom will premiere their latest projects in Park City next month — in… Read


‘Fries!’ Doc Being Cooked Up By Emmy-Winning ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Producers

EXCLUSIVE: Fries!, a documentary about the globe’s obsession with the fried potato, has currently started filming from the Emmy-winning production company behind Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Zero Point Zero (ZPZ). Emmy and James Beard Award-winner Michael Steed (photo above), is directing the non-fiction title which will cover the variety of fries in various countries and the food’s untold stories from well-known chefs, celebrities, food scientists, and farmers. Sir… Read


HBO Sets Natalie Wood Documentary From Her Daughter & Amblin TV

Production has begun on the HBO Documentary Films presentation Natalie Wood: What Remains Behindwhich will explore the life of the Hollywood icon through the perspective of her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and others who knew her best. The film is slated to debut on the premium cable network in 2020. Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind will feature previously unseen home movies, photographs, diaries, letters and artifacts, as well as intimate interviews with her… Read


‘Amazing Grace’ Documentary On Riveting Aretha Franklin Gospel Performance Makes Late Bid For Oscar Attention

Amazing Grace

A late entrant into the Oscar documentary race could prove a formidable contender. Amazing Grace, which documents the live recording of Aretha Franklin's gospel album in 1972, had been mired in technical and legal limbo for 46 years before its dramatic and unexpected debut at the DOC NYC festival last month. Since then it has rapidly picked up steam with a last-minute Oscar-qualifying run in New York and LA theaters, earning a rapturous response from a legion of admirers—S… Read


Fyre Festival Documentary Acquired By Netflix For January Release

Netflix said Monday it has acquired Chris Smith’s Fyre, a documentary about the uber-fail 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas that spawned lawsuits over its poor organization and false claims. Smith, who directed Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, connected with the organizers to tell a behind the scenes tale. Netflix will bow the docu on January 18. Created by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island featuring bikini-clad… Read


IDA Documentary Awards: ‘Minding The Gap’ Takes Best Feature – Winners List

The 34th Annual IDA Documentary Awards were handed out Saturday night at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles with Bing Liu's Minding The Gap taking top honors in the Best Feature category. Hosted by actress and producer Ricki Lake, the ceremony also honored Floyd Russ's Zion as Best Short as well as Netflix’s Wild Wild Country which won for Best Limited Series. Other winners for the evening included  HBO's John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls for the ABC News VideoSource… Read


Werner Herzog & Andre Singer Film ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ North American Rights Go To The Orchard

A film memoir of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev featuring exclusive interviews has had its North American rights acquired by distributor The Orchard from History Films. Meeting Gorbachev is a documentary directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer for Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. The behind-the-scenes look at the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union features interviews of Gorbachev by Herzog on three occasions across a six-month period… Read


Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ Acquired By Neon, Will Get Early 2019 Release

Amazing Grace

Neon has acquired North American rights to Amazing Grace, the Aretha Franklin concert film that has taken 45 years to get to a big screen. The 1972 concert documentary, shot by Sydney Pollack, chronicles Franklin’s famed performance with the choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts when she was 29, which became the genesis of the biggest-selling gospel album of all time. It has been mired in legal technicalities ever since. The pic finally had its world premiere at… Read


Of Studio 54, Michael Jackson, Cary Grant And A Hollywood “Pimp”: Director Matt Tyrnauer On His Two Awards-Contending Docs

Director Matt Tyrnauer finds himself in contention for awards this year with not one but two feature-length documentaries. Taken together, they offer a unique social and cultural history of America from the late 1940s into the 1980s. Studio 54 centers on the latter end of that time period, when entrepreneurs Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager transformed an old theater space in Manhattan into "the greatest nightclub of all time," as Tyrnauer and many others consider it. "You… Read


Firelight Media Documentary Lab Reveals 2018-20 Fellows

Firelight Media has its 12 filmmakers for the 2018-20 Firelight Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship supporting filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities. See their names and project below. The filmmakers are culturally diverse, with impressive backgrounds ranging from public and commercial media to investigative journalism and digital production. The projects they bring to the fellowship tell stories of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's… Read


‘Pope Francis’ Director Wim Wenders On His Charismatic Subject: “I Haven’t Seen Anybody Who Could Resist His Appeal”

Pope Francis provoked criticism with his recents remarks about homosexuality, in which he told the author of a new book that men with "deep-seated" gay tendencies shouldn't be admitted to seminaries. And he has also faced an insurrection from within the Vatican itself, over doctrinal issues and his handling of a sex abuse scandal involving a cardinal. But the pontiff has found an ardent admirer in Academy Award-nominated director Wim Wenders, who returns to Oscar… Read


Sean Penn Working On Jamal Khashoggi Documentary In Turkey, Local Media Reports

As controversy continues to swirl around the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reports are surfacing that Sean Penn is working on a documentary in Turkey about the Washington Post columnist and outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. Al Jazeera and other regional news outlets report that the two-time Oscar winner and a small crew were filming outside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul where Khashoggi last was seen alive in early October. This tweeted photo… Read