Documentary films – Taking Sides http://taking-sides.com/ Sat, 16 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://taking-sides.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-26-120x120.png Documentary films – Taking Sides http://taking-sides.com/ 32 32 The New York Asia Society organizes a program on Iranian documentary films https://taking-sides.com/the-new-york-asia-society-organizes-a-program-on-iranian-documentary-films/ Sat, 16 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/the-new-york-asia-society-organizes-a-program-on-iranian-documentary-films/ TEHRAN — The Asia Society in New York, a nonprofit organization that focuses on educating the world about Asia, has launched a program on Iranian documentary films. The program titled “So You Think You Know Iran,” which kicked off April 1, features six documentaries that invite audiences to experience a lesser-known view of Iran, the […]]]>

TEHRAN — The Asia Society in New York, a nonprofit organization that focuses on educating the world about Asia, has launched a program on Iranian documentary films.

The program titled “So You Think You Know Iran,” which kicked off April 1, features six documentaries that invite audiences to experience a lesser-known view of Iran, the organizer said.

The program is curated by Ahmad Kiarostami, the eldest son of world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, and co-presented with Docunight, a platform that shows Iranian documentaries in North America.

The films highlight a wide range of subjects and characters that piece together a fuller picture of Iran.

“Coup 53” was one of the films screened from April 1 to 4.

Directed by Taqi Amirani and editor Walter Murch, the film is a gripping documentary about the Anglo-American coup in Iran in 1953.

The film won the Audience Award at Cinéma Vérité 2020, Iran’s leading international documentary film festival.

“20th Circuit Suspects” directed by Hesam Eslami is also among the films.

After stealing his car, Eslami develops a relationship and documents the life of the teenage gang who stole it.

The program also includes “Platform” (also known as “Zero to Platform”) directed by Sahar Mosayyebi.

A Rocky-esque tale of courage and determination, “Platform” follows the three Mansurian sisters on their quest to become international champions of Wushu, the martial art.

Directed by Kamran Heidari, “My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Do Westerns” was also selected for screening.

The film follows Negahdar Jamali, an Iranian filmmaker who has been making westerns in rural Shiraz, Iran for 35 years. His passion is making cowboy films and his neighbors play the Indians.

The lineup also includes Heidari’s 2013 documentary “Dingomaro.”

In this film, the famous Afro-Iranian musician Hamid Said travels on a motorbike in the province of Hormozgan, in order to realize his dream of organizing a concert with the best black musicians in the country.

“Narrow Red Line” is the last film that will be screened on the program from April 29 to May 2.

Directed by Farzad Khoshdast, the film tells the story of a group of young delinquents in an Iranian juvenile rehabilitation and correction center, who decide to rehearse and perform a play with the help of a few coaches. Thus, if they manage to perform their play at the theater festival, they will be able to get out of prison for a day. And this could be the occasion for some to break out the same day.

“So You Think You Know Iran” is organized as part of Asia Society at the Movies, an ongoing series of film screenings and conversations showcasing a wide range of films and filmmakers from across Asia and the Asian diaspora.

Photo: A poster for ‘Dingomaro’, a documentary that was selected for screening in the Asia Society’s ‘So You Think You Know Iran’ program.

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Taipei Film Festival honors Filipino documentaries https://taking-sides.com/taipei-film-festival-honors-filipino-documentaries/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/taipei-film-festival-honors-filipino-documentaries/ “NECESSARY FICTIONS”: The title of the program refers to the powerful creations of artists working in the country’s harsh conditions, the program director said. The Taiwan International Documentary Festival is set to present what is believed to be the biggest retrospective of Filipino cinema ever presented outside the Philippines, the organizer said in a statement […]]]>

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The title of the program refers to the powerful creations of artists working in the country’s harsh conditions, the program director said.

The Taiwan International Documentary Festival is set to present what is believed to be the biggest retrospective of Filipino cinema ever presented outside the Philippines, the organizer said in a statement on Friday.

The festival’s main program, titled “Necessary Fictions: Negotiating Realities in Post-national Philippine Documentaries,” would be a comprehensive retrospective of Philippine cinema, with 46 films organized into 11 sub-themes by 32 directors spanning 40 years of cinematic history. , said the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute.

The selection of works presents independent Filipino cinema in all its diversity by exploring the country’s history, culture, folklore, religion, ethnicities and geography, presenting multiple realities that go far beyond the impression of a single country, the institute said.

The expansive section would also offer insight into the creative trajectory of independent Filipino cinema through online forums and screenings, he added.

Many internationally renowned directors also feature in the main program, including Lav Diaz, winner of the 2016 Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival; Raymond Red, who won the Palme d’Or at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film category; and Kidlat Tahimik, widely considered the “father of independent Filipino cinema”, he said.

One of the featured films, Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? from Tahimik? from 1994, uses the rainbow as a metaphor for changes in the Philippines, reflecting on the relationship between the individual and the nation, providing a new interpretation of the term “Third World Cinema,” the statement said.

Another feature film, 2002’s Sacred Ritual of Truth, documents Manila-based director Auraeus Solito’s return to his hometown on the island of Palawan to learn more about his own indigenous culture.

The program is planned jointly with independent Filipino curator and film programmer Merv Espina, the institute said.

Festival program director Wood Lin (林木材) said Espina chose the term “necessary fictions” to encapsulate the powerful and creative works to be shown, which are representative of the aesthetic choices the filmmakers had to face. to harsh reality.

The 13th edition of the festival will be held from May 6 to 15 at four venues in Taipei – Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute, SPOT Huashan, Viewshow Cinemas Taipei Qsquare and Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab.

The festival will feature more than 150 films, as well as public and educational programs such as Q&A sessions, workshops and exhibitions.

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Metallica launches a series of live performances and documentary films https://taking-sides.com/metallica-launches-a-series-of-live-performances-and-documentary-films/ Thu, 24 Mar 2022 15:39:56 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/metallica-launches-a-series-of-live-performances-and-documentary-films/ Metallica and The Coda Collection have unveiled a series of live performances and documentary films spanning the band’s 40-year history premiering exclusively on the platform in spring 2022. As part of this partnership, seven titles will be released for the very first time, spanning Metallica’s four-decade history. The live performance films will allow fans to […]]]>

Metallica and The Coda Collection have unveiled a series of live performances and documentary films spanning the band’s 40-year history premiering exclusively on the platform in spring 2022.

As part of this partnership, seven titles will be released for the very first time, spanning Metallica’s four-decade history. The live performance films will allow fans to relive some of their most iconic performances over the past four decades, starting with trick stunts and Orgullo, Pasión, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México.

The Coda Collection will soon be releasing footage from Metallica’s 2021 40th Anniversary LIVE concerts at the Chase Center in their hometown of San Francisco. The two separate concert films feature new edits and fully remixed sound around the band’s two sets, which included deep cuts and songs the band had performed live for the first time.

Also in the movies run is A year and a half in the life of Metallicathe 1992 documentary chronicling the creation of the band’s self-titled fifth studio album. Magnetic Quebec is a concert film documenting back-to-back shows at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec, Canada, during the band’s 2009 Magnetic World Tour, while English For One Night presented the band’s set at the Arène de Nîmes in Nîmes, France in 2009.

Metallica Films Coda Collection Schedule:

March 24 – trick stunts and Orgullo, Pasión, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la CiOudad from Mexico

March, 31st – Metallica 40th Anniversary Live (First night)

April 7 – Metallica 40th Anniversary Live (Night 2)

April 21th – A year and a half in the life of Metallica

May 19 – Magnetic Quebec

June 9 – English For One Night

Photo by Ross Halfin/Nasty Little Man PR

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Breaking News – Showtime Documentary Films Announces “Sheryl” https://taking-sides.com/breaking-news-showtime-documentary-films-announces-sheryl/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 20:30:07 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/breaking-news-showtime-documentary-films-announces-sheryl/ SHOWTIME(R) DOCUMENTARY FILMS ANNOUNCES “SHERYL” The feature-length documentary from director Amy Scott will premiere at SXSW tonight ahead of the network premiere on Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT Trailer and key art released LOS ANGELES – March 11, 2022 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced today that […]]]>



SHOWTIME(R) DOCUMENTARY FILMS ANNOUNCES “SHERYL”

The feature-length documentary from director Amy Scott will premiere at SXSW tonight ahead of the network premiere on Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer and key art released



LOS ANGELES – March 11, 2022 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced today that SHERYL, an intimate story of song and sacrifice about musical icon Sheryl Crow, will have its SHOWTIME premiere Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Director Amy Scott navigates Crow’s seminal but hard-fought musical career, battling sexism, depression, perfectionism, cancer and the price of fame – before harnessing the power of her gift. SHERYL will have its world premiere at SXSW tonight (Friday, March 11). The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. To watch and share the trailer, visit:



SHERYL is told through current interviews with Crow, behind-the-scenes truth on the road and in her studio, never-before-seen archival footage spanning 20 years of touring, and interviews with close allies Keith Richards, Laura Dern, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile and others. Crow’s early gift for music and her dedication to songwriting set her on an unabashed path to perfection – which ultimately became both a blessing and a curse to overcome.

SHERYL is produced by Brian Morrow and Jonathan Lynch for Shark Pig, Van Toffler for Gunpowder & Sky and Scooter Weintraub. Executive producers are Floris Bauer, Barry Barclay, David Gale and Vinnie Malhotra.

Alongside the premiere of the documentary, UMe/Big Machine Records will release a new album titled Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary digitally and on 2CD on May 6th. The release features his greatest hits including “If It Makes You Happy”, “Soak Up The Sun”, “All I Wanna Do”, “My Favorite Mistake”, “Redemption Day” and many more, as well as deep tracks and three newly recorded songs. To pre-order Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary, click HERE.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paramount, owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME(R), which offers critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box office hits, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting movies. sports. SHOWTIME is available as a standalone streaming service on all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R) premium services, as well as on-demand versions of all three brands. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events to be shown to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R). For more information, visit www.SHO.com.




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Lynching Postcards: a poignant documentary on the confrontation with history | Documentary films https://taking-sides.com/lynching-postcards-a-poignant-documentary-on-the-confrontation-with-history-documentary-films/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 17:26:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/lynching-postcards-a-poignant-documentary-on-the-confrontation-with-history-documentary-films/ VSHristine Turner remembers one of the first lynching postcards she ever saw – but it’s not the horrific burned corpse of Will Stanley in Temple, Texas, in 1915 pictured on the front that marked the most. It was the creepy note handwritten on the back: “This is the BBQ we had last night,” it read, […]]]>

VSHristine Turner remembers one of the first lynching postcards she ever saw – but it’s not the horrific burned corpse of Will Stanley in Temple, Texas, in 1915 pictured on the front that marked the most. It was the creepy note handwritten on the back: “This is the BBQ we had last night,” it read, ending with the signature, “your son, Joe.”

“It was the thing that was etched in my mind that I will never forget,” says the Brooklyn-based filmmaker. “There was such a casual nature in the postcard. This young man shared with his parents something in which he participated and was proud of. It was this feeling that it was almost a normal activity to participate in that was most unsettling.

Turner’s documentary short Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day unveils a treasure trove of 19th and 20th century souvenir postcards commemorating the lynchings of African Americans, exposing another unsung side to the vile and continuing history of racism in America. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, more than 4,400 racial terror lynchings took place in the United States between Reconstruction and World War II, and as the film shows, many were staged by white mobs as public events. similar to carnivals or picnics.

The film, released late last year and shortlisted for this year’s Best Documentary Short Oscar, comes at the right time: last week, both houses of Congress overwhelmingly passed a draft landmark law that would make lynching a hate crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison. . Passage of the bill – named after Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black man who in 1955 was murdered in Mississippi – followed more than a century of stalled attempts.

Turner, who began working on the short after the 2020 murder of George Floyd, first discovered the postcards around the release of James Allen’s 1999 book Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America and later while working as an archival researcher on documentaries like Amend, released by Netflix last year. “I’m interested in telling unexpected or less explored and underexplored stories from the past and present,” says Turner, who also directed 2013’s Homegoings, an acclaimed feature about African-American funeral traditions. “I knew it would make a really powerful story and be something a lot of people wouldn’t know.”

Lynching Postcards, in its depiction of violence, draws the delicate line between unwavering and gratuitous, and Turner admits it’s a difficult, albeit necessary, watch: “It’s not a feel-good film. The images are so hard to watch, but to understand the present moment, we have to wrestle with our history and we have to face the ugly parts.

It’s undoubtedly a dark subject, but Turner was determined to tell a story of black resistance as well: Black activists like those in the NAACP used the postcards to mount an awareness campaign showing the horrors of lynching to the world. “I didn’t just want to do another movie about black victimization,” she says firmly. “Anti-lynching activists have reversed the original intent of the postcards, transforming them and using them as evidence to end the practice of lynching. These stories of black resistance often get lost in our history. Photography has long been a powerful tool for exposing injustice, she adds; think of Emmett Till, whose funeral images sparked the civil rights movement, to Eric Garner more recently.

The process of viewing dozens of heartbreaking postcards — many from the collections of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta as well as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture — was not a easy task. “I probably should have meditated or something,” Turner laughs. She relied on discussions with colleagues and friends “who helped me remember why I was doing it in these difficult and consuming times”. (And as the mother of a two-year-old, she was keen to keep him away from disturbing pictures on his desk.)

Christine Turner. Photography: MTV

The subject of lynching has received more attention in recent years, with the 2018 opening of the National Peace and Justice Memorial and Howardena Pindell’s Rope/Fire/Water video in 2020. But Turner refuses to say that it’s a cultural moment: “The question is who are the people who are most receptive to hearing these stories,” she says. “Because of our national race awareness, many people are more open to receiving these stories than they otherwise would have been. But we have yet to pass a federal anti-lynching bill, and there is still a huge movement to completely erase our history with this attack on critical race theory. It’s one step forward, two steps back.

But the filmmaker insists on the parallels between the story of Lynching Postcards and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, for example. “There are a lot of what people call modern lynchings that may cause some people to take our lynching history more seriously,” she says.

In terms of audience reactions, “a lot of people are horrified by the footage and don’t know the story at all and say they can’t believe it happened,” Turner said. “And they refer not only to the postcards, but to the public aspect of so many of these lynchings. We tend to think of these lynchings as more private matters or spontaneous events where a group of men rush into the woods. These were planned events, with food and concessions. You bring your kids and maybe travel far to attend. And it’s surprising to people.

While many black viewers told Turner they were unaware of these objects, others may know them too well. “The postcards were memories and keepsakes of pride for white people, but they also served as a message, a warning sign, for black people. They were a proclamation, a way to enforce white supremacy and keep black people in their place. So black people who lived in those communities where lynchings had taken place and where those postcards had been created would be well aware of the story.

Ultimately, she hopes the film will spark reflection on the country’s history, echoing the film’s chilling final words taken from the postcard of someone who witnessed a lynching and asked for the opinion of the recipient about it: “I don’t care, do you?”

“It was me speaking to the audience,” Turner says. “I throw that question back to the viewers.”

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HBO Documentaries Land Oscar Nominee ‘When We Were Bullies’ https://taking-sides.com/hbo-documentaries-land-oscar-nominee-when-we-were-bullies/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 00:44:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/hbo-documentaries-land-oscar-nominee-when-we-were-bullies/ HBO Documentary Films has acquired the rights to the Oscar-nominated short documentary “When We Were Bullies.” Directed by Jay Rosenblatt (“Phantom Limb,” “Human Remains”), the 36-minute short is a meditation on a Brooklyn schoolyard incident that happened between the director and his fifth-grade classmates. 50 years ago. “When We Were Bullies” was, so far, the […]]]>

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the rights to the Oscar-nominated short documentary “When We Were Bullies.”

Directed by Jay Rosenblatt (“Phantom Limb,” “Human Remains”), the 36-minute short is a meditation on a Brooklyn schoolyard incident that happened between the director and his fifth-grade classmates. 50 years ago.

“When We Were Bullies” was, so far, the only Oscar-nominated short film that didn’t have a distributor. ‘The Queen of Basketball’ nominee was distributed by The New York Times Op-Doc while Netflix is ​​behind three of the nominated short documentaries: ‘Audible’, ‘Lead Me Home’ and ‘Three Songs for Bashir’ .

“When We Were Bullies” premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Jury Prize.

During its tenure, HBO Documentary Films has won more than 15 Oscars in the documentary shorts category and more than a dozen feature-length documentary Oscars. This year, “When We Were Bullies” is the division’s only non-fiction nod.

“When We Were Bullies” found the perfect home,” says Jay Rosenblatt, who has made several documentary films for HBO. “I’m honored to have another film of mine airing on HBO, where creativity, originality and innovative storytelling are honored.”

The short will debut on HBO three days after the Academy Awards on March 27.

Anthony Giacchino won the Oscar for short documentary last year for “Colette”. Other recent winners include “Learn to Skate in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”; “Period. End of sentence.”; and “Heaven is a traffic jam on the 405.”

Rosenblatt’s credits date back to the 11-minute documentary short “Doubt” in 1981.

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Pamela Anderson will “tell the real story” in the Netflix documentary | Documentary films https://taking-sides.com/pamela-anderson-will-tell-the-real-story-in-the-netflix-documentary-documentary-films/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 21:33:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/pamela-anderson-will-tell-the-real-story-in-the-netflix-documentary-documentary-films/ Pamela Anderson has announced an “intimate” and “definitive” new documentary on Netflix. The actress and activist revealed on Instagram that her years-long film will land on the streamer, following the controversial Hulu series Pam & Tommy, which was made without her approval or involvement. The statement reads: “My life. A thousand imperfections. A million misconceptions. […]]]>

Pamela Anderson has announced an “intimate” and “definitive” new documentary on Netflix.

The actress and activist revealed on Instagram that her years-long film will land on the streamer, following the controversial Hulu series Pam & Tommy, which was made without her approval or involvement.

The statement reads: “My life. A thousand imperfections. A million misconceptions. Wicked, wild and lost. Nothing to live for. I can only surprise you. Not a victim, but a survivor. And alive to tell the real story.

The as yet untitled documentary comes from director Ryan White, whose credits include the Netflix docuseries The Keepers and 2019’s Ask Dr Ruth; Anderson’s son, Brandon Thomas Lee, will be among the producers. It will provide exclusive access to Anderson as well as his personal diaries.

A tweet from Netflix added that the film “will feature the pop culture icon setting the record straight as she reflects on her professional and personal journey.”

The announcement comes shortly after the launch of Pam & Tommy, the narrative series that relives the fallout from the leaked sex tape between Anderson and Tommy Lee, starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan.

Anderson was reportedly contacted by the production for her involvement but was not interested. “I wish it was different,” James said in an interview with Porter, adding that she also reached out to Anderson personally. “My only intention was to do the story and play Pamela authentically.”

Those close to the former Baywatch actor have claimed the star is unhappy the project exists. In May 2021, Courtney Love claimed that the show’s existence caused “complex trauma” to Anderson. A source also told Entertainment Tonight it was “very painful for Pamela Anderson and everyone who loves her.”

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MTV Documentary Films buys ‘Last Flight Home’ at Sundance https://taking-sides.com/mtv-documentary-films-buys-last-flight-home-at-sundance/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/mtv-documentary-films-buys-last-flight-home-at-sundance/ MTV Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to Ondi Timoner’s “Last Flight Home,” a moving and deeply personal portrait of a family grappling with the final days of their patriarch. The documentary had several bidders and the sale was very competitive. “Last Flight Home” was a critics’ favorite after its premiere at this year’s Sundance […]]]>

MTV Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to Ondi Timoner’s “Last Flight Home,” a moving and deeply personal portrait of a family grappling with the final days of their patriarch. The documentary had several bidders and the sale was very competitive.

“Last Flight Home” was a critics’ favorite after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. MTV Documentary Films is planning a theatrical release in the fall as well as an awards campaign. “Last Flight Home” was written, directed and edited by Ondi Timoner, the filmmaker behind “Dig!” and “We live in public”. She also produced the film with David Turner.

The film follows Eli Timoner, a suburban man and entrepreneur whose meteoric rise has been impacted by health issues. It charts his last remaining days, while celebrating an extraordinary life filled with crazy accomplishments, tragic losses, and enduring love from an incredibly close-knit family. Eli Timoner is also the father of the film’s director.

The film received rave reviews with Variety‘s Lisa Kennedy writes that the film is “…many things, all compelling.” It’s a tribute, a fight against mortality, an exercise in self-policing, a messy home movie, a brief retelling of aviation history, and a lesson in letting go and grief.

The deal was brokered by Lance McPherson for MTV Documentary Films and 30West on behalf of the filmmakers. It is an Interloper Films production. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

“Life must end. In many cases, how it ends is a complex individual choice,” MTV Documentary Films executive producer Sheila Nevins said in a statement. understatements, the last 15 days of 92-year-old Eli Timoner are intimately recorded by his famous filmmaker daughter Ondi Timoner.Ondi gives us the privilege of taking Eli Timoner’s final journey as we bid farewell to a dear friend, to a beloved grandfather and an unforgettable father.

“An immersive and deeply felt portrait of a remarkable family, ‘Last Flight Home’ is a sublime film about a life well lived – both the ultimate highs and the devastating lows – that leaves the viewer wholly devoted and deeply invested in this man. remarkable and loved ones left behind,” said Nina L. Diaz and Liza Burnett Fefferman, co-directors of MTV Documentary Films.

“Choosing the right home for my most personal and cherished film, ‘Last Flight Home,’ was a very difficult decision to make,” Timoner said. “I was moved by the passion that Sheila Nevins and Liza Burnett Fefferman expressed for the film, for my father and my family. I have deep respect for their impeccable track record in choosing great work and in its presenting to audiences with impact and grace, and I have personal experience working with them going back to DIG!, 18 years ago… So I’m thrilled to be teaming up with MTV Documentary Films, and I’m sure my dad agrees, that they will release my most important film in the world with love and care.

MTV Documentary Films received three Academy Award nominations, a Peabody Award, two Emmy nominations and an Emmy win. Wit recently earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature with “Ascension,” an exploration of contemporary China’s identity and its relationship to class and consumerism. Other films released by the division include “76 Days”, “American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself”, and “My Father The Mover”.

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HBO Documentary Films Presents: George Carlin’s American Dream https://taking-sides.com/hbo-documentary-films-presents-george-carlins-american-dream/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 18:07:42 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/hbo-documentary-films-presents-george-carlins-american-dream/ In May, this two-part documentary series directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio will be available on HBO Max. For all lovers of classic comedy, this news should be exciting. As HBO Documentary Films has developed a touching deep look into the acerbic life and legacy of the beloved comedian, with George Carlin’s American Dream. […]]]>

In May, this two-part documentary series directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio will be available on HBO Max.

For all lovers of classic comedy, this news should be exciting. As HBO Documentary Films has developed a touching deep look into the acerbic life and legacy of the beloved comedian, with George Carlin’s American Dream.

Follow the life and work of the legendary comedian. The series will delve into Carlin’s claim to fame, first examining his childhood in New York City, then later his lifelong struggle with drugs and how it took a toll on his health as he grew older. The documentary even examines Carlin’s run-ins with the law and examines each of his marriages, with intimate interviews with Carlin and Brenda’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, who offers insight into her family history and the love of his parents. The documentary also delves into Carlin’s tragic relationship with his first wife Brenda Hosbrook, who later died of liver cancer.

Considered the “dean of counterculture comedians,” Carlin’s half-century-long career has seen him headline 14 HBO comedy specials and host more than 130 appearances on The Tonight Show. . As the comedian continued to evolve and constantly change his routine to stay relevant until his timely death and beyond. His ability to prophesy the truth still resonates today and this documentary examines the legend from the perspective of one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time.

There will also be never-before-seen material, including photos, films, audios, letters and diaries. With a host of interviews from Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell, Sam Jay, Judy Gold, Jon Stewart and more.

Produced by HBO Documentary Films, Rise Films and Apatow Productions, the series is officially directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio; edited by Joe Bechenkovsky. And executive produced by Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio, Teddy Leifer, Jerry Hamza and Kelly Carlin.

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The Restless Billionaire’ – Deadline https://taking-sides.com/the-restless-billionaire-deadline/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/the-restless-billionaire-deadline/ “Activist or raider, call me what you want, I made this money because the system is so bad, not because I’m a genius,” Wall Street legend Carl Icahn says in a teaser trailer released today. today by HBO Documentary Films. Icahn: the restless billionaire aired February 15. Icahn, who turns 86 next week, grew up […]]]>

“Activist or raider, call me what you want, I made this money because the system is so bad, not because I’m a genius,” Wall Street legend Carl Icahn says in a teaser trailer released today. today by HBO Documentary Films. Icahn: the restless billionaire aired February 15.

Icahn, who turns 86 next week, grew up in Far Rockaway, Queens, with a schoolteacher mother and a cantor father at the local synagogue. He became a poker whiz to pay his way to Princeton (where he majored in philosophy), dropped out of medical school, joined the military, and eventually made it to Wall Street. There he tracked companies from Lionsgate and former Time Warner, Yahoo (when he was independent) and Ebay, as well as oil companies, airlines and big pharma. In the late 1990s, he took over Marvel Comics in a rivalry with Ronald Perelman.

His playbook: identifying public companies he deems undervalued, buying stocks and pressuring CEOs to make things happen. If they refuse, he has waged massive public relations campaigns to woo shareholders, lead his own slate of alternative directors at annual meetings, and coerce them into doing so if he could.

He calls himself a corporate activist. His mantra: CEOs are overpaid and incompetent, boards are subservient, and shareholders have no recourse. Yes, the companies he targets have gone bankrupt, been taken over, and lost many jobs. But he argues he’s also made a lot of money for investors, including “the little guys” (while amassing tens of billions for himself) over the past half-century.

No CEO wants Icahn – an inspiration to Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate thief of Wall Street— come knock. Its targets range from RJR Nabisco to Texaco, TWA to Lyft, Rubbermaid and Herbalife. At times, Icahn is a more passive investor, at one point owning 10% of Netflix. His high-profile investment in Apple in 2013 sent the stock up $17 billion — an effect known on Wall Street as The Icahn Lift.

In a new kind of project, the WSJ reported this week that it recently teamed up with the Humane Society to lobby McDonald’s about where it buys its pork.

The film features Icahn peppered with appearances from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Wall Street director Oliver Stone and a host of business journalists including Andrew Ross Sorkin (New York Times), Cara Lombardo (The Wall Street Journal), Rana Foroohar (FinancialTimes), Scott Wapner (CNBC) and Bryan Burrough (co-author of the legendary Barbarians at the Gate), as well as Icahn’s wife, daughter and son, who is expected to succeed him.

Carl Icahn: the restless billionaire is a production of Atlas Media Corp. It is written, produced and directed by Bruce David Klein; produced by Alexander J. Goldstein; co-produced by Marc Kusnetz and Jim Bruce; executive produced by Jay Firestone. For HBO: Senior Producer, Tina Nguyen; executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

This debuts Tuesday, February 15 (9-10:45 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

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