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Morgan Neville On Mr. Rogers, Anthony Bourdain & Ingredients For Emmy-Contending Doc Series ‘Ugly Delicious’

Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville has been keeping one eye on the box office of late, and another eye on the Emmy race. The director's latest documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, expanded to 96 screens over the past weekend, collecting over $1 million, according to audience measurement firm comScore. The film focuses on the late children's television pioneer Fred Rogers and his message of inclusion, decency and mutual respect. "I wanted to make a film about why we… Read


‘Crime + Punishment’: Hulu Acquires Sundance-Winning Docu For August Bow

Crime + Punishment

Hulu has acquired rights to Crime + Punishment, the Stephen Maing-directed documentary that won this year’s U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. The streaming service will team with IFC Films to release the docu simultaneously August 24 in theaters and on Hulu. The deal marks the latest Hulu-IFC Films tie-up, which includes an output agreement for non-documentary, narrative films. The docu offers fly-on-the-wall… Read


‘Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood’ Trailer: Doc Opens Golden Age Closets

Scotty Bowers

“I felt good that I made so many people happy," says caterer to the stars Scotty Bowers in this new trailer for Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. And as you might infer from the film’s title, Bowers wasn’t your typical caterer. Based on the memoir Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, the cinema-vérité documentary profiles the man who says he connected some of Hollywood’s Golden Age greats… Read


History-Making Director Yance Ford Goes From Oscars To Emmys Race With Personal, Political ‘Strong Island’

Strong Island director Yance Ford didn't come away with the Oscar for Best Documentary in March, but he did make history—becoming the first openly trans filmmaker nominated for an Academy Award. Ford's film—about the racially-charged killing of his brother William in 1992 and what his death did to the Ford family—not only earned Oscar recognition, but prizes from Sundance, Frameline and other festivals, as well as multiple Cinema Eye Honors. Next month the Netflix… Read


‘Hearts Beat Loud,’ Fred Rogers Documentary Have Solid Debuts At Specialty Box Office

Hearts Beat Wild

Two Sundance alums, Hearts Beat Loud and Won't You Be My Neighbor? bonded nicely with audiences in limited release over the weekend, beginning their theatrical runs with solid numbers. Brett Haley's Hearts posted the higher per-theater average, debuting in four locations Friday, grossing $74,053 for an average of $18,513. Morgan Neville's Fred Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? launched over the weekend in more than two dozen theaters, however, grossing $470K… Read


Director Matthew Heineman On His Goal With Docuseries ‘The Trade’: “To Put A Human Face” On Opioid Epidemic

Statistics give some idea of the immense scale of the nation's opioid crisis: in 2016 more than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of the year before the CDC estimated over 2.5 million people in the U.S. were abusing prescription opioids and heroin. But the numbers only tell part of the story. To sense the full dimensions of the epidemic—from suppliers in Mexico to users here and members of law… Read

‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ HBO Documentary – First Trailer Out

The first trailer from the forthcoming documentary on comedian Robin Williams is out from HBO Documentary Films. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind bows on July 16 on HBO, offering an intimate portrait of one of the world's most beloved and inventive comedians, Told largely by Williams himself, the documentary examines his life, career, and what drove him to give voice to the characters in his mind. The documentary promises never-before-seen footage and in-depth… Read


‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Musicians Join For Feature Doc About Newly Found 90 Year-Old Cuban-American Songwriter

EXCLUSIVE: A featured documentary is on its way about Angela Alvarez, a 90 year-old woman who just had her lifetime's work of songs discovered and just recorded her first album. The project is being produced by Paul Toogood and Lloyd Stanton (Dying Laughing, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap). The film follows the story of Alvarez’s flight from Cuba in the 1960's and subsequent life as wife, mother and working woman who hid her childhood ambition to be a singer and… Read


Robin Williams Documentary From HBO: First Trailer For ‘Come Inside My Mind’

Robin Williams Monty Python Absolutely Anything

The first trailer for the HBO documentary about the late comedic genius Robin Williams has just been released. The film, directed by Marina Zenovich and produced by Alex Gibney and Shirel Kozak, is an intimate — and heartbreaking — portrait of one of the world's most beloved and inventive comedians. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind follows the comedian/actor through his extraordinary life and career and reveals what drove him to give voice to the characters in his… Read


‘The Defiant Ones’ Director Allen Hughes Reveals Which Music Mogul Nearly Bailed On Acclaimed Docuseries

HBO's docuseries The Defiant Ones heads into Emmy nomination voting season with considerable momentum. The four-parter about music industry impresarios Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine has already captured a major documentary award over some prestigious competitors. In December it won Best Limited Series at the IDA Awards, defeating—among others—another likely Emmy nominee, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War. The victory came as a major surprise to director Allen… Read


Tribeca Film Institute And ESPN Offer Grants To 3 Documentary Shorts

EXCLUSIVE: The Tribeca Film Institute and ESPN have awarded three grants in their annual Short Documentary Program. This year's recipients are Jessie Adler for The Boxers of Brule, Matt Kay for Little Miss Sumo and Taylor Hess and Erin Sanger for Mack Wrestles. All three of the 2018 grantees showcase athletes as fighters overcoming battles of various kinds both in and out of the ring. Each filmmaking team chosen will receive a grant ranging from $15,000 to $20,000 to use… Read


Nat Geo Doc ‘Inside North Korea’ Sets Premiere Two Days Before Trump Summit

Two days before the June 12 summit with President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, National Geographic will premiere Inside North Korea: Race to Peace, a new documentary from writer/producer Robert Zakin that taps archival footage and new interviews to chronicle the diplomatic milestone. Among the dignitaries and experts featured in the film are former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico and U.S… Read