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All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. Critics and movie buffs alike have rightfully recognized documentaries as essential contributions to the art of film. The best documentaries can be every bit as riveting as narrative films, even if they cost a fraction of the budget. And representing your subjects honestly, while making a statement about the world at large, is what puts great documentary filmmakers in a class of their own. Documentary...
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HBO's Robert Durst documentary still sets the tone for Durst's murder trial

UPDATE (09/17/2021 7:25 p.m. E.T.): A Los Angeles jury on Friday convicted Robert Durst of first-degree murder for killing his friend, Susan Berman. In an unusual and unprecedented twist, Robert Durst, the multimillionaire real estate heir charged with the murder of his close friend, returned to the courtroom after a 14-month delay. The murder trial began in March 2020, but due to the pandemic it was — like so many other life events of the past year — suspended. So this week Durst, along with the original jurors, heard the prosecution complete its opening statement ... again.
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Emmy Predictions: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special — One of the Year’s Tightest Races

Last Year’s Winner: “The Apollo” Still Eligible: No. Hot Streak: After Netflix took home back-to-back trophies in 2016 (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”) and 2017 (“13th”), HBO has rattled off three consecutive wins in the Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special category: “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” (2018), “Leaving Neverland” (2019), and “The Apollo” (2020). HBO remains the most-awarded network in the category’s 23-year-history, with 11 total wins. Fun Fact: This year, 78 documentary or nonfiction specials made the Emmy ballot, falling just three submissions shy of qualifying for an additional nomination. Due to the sliding scale the Emmys instituted last year, categories with...
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Todd Haynes Returns To Music With Documentary ‘The Velvet Underground’: “You Wouldn’t Ever Want To Have To Turn It Into A Fiction”

Todd Haynes reinvented the music biopic not once but twice, first with the controversial glam rock epic Velvet Goldmine (1998), a pastiche of the life and times of David Bowie, and then with 2007’s I’m Not There, a dazzlingly surreal look at the many faces of folk poet Bob Dylan, sanctioned by the man himself. His latest, bankrolled by Polygram Entertainment and acquired by Apple TV+, might seem tame by comparison; a documentary about The Velvet Underground, it traces how Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker—four disparate Manhattan musos shepherded by pop-art legend Andy Warhol—changed rock and roll forever.
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Ken Burns on America, selling his first film, PBS's long deadlines and more

This Independence Day, we turn to a man who tells the story of America in her glory and struggle for unity. Ken Burns' documentaries range from "The Civil War" to "Baseball," "Country Music," and this year's "Ernest Hemingway." As we first told you last fall, Burns calls himself an emotional archeologist. He excavates lost love letters, forgotten photos and overlooked heroes - research so deep, viewers can feel like strangers discovering America for the first time. His films ask what it means to be American. So, we asked, what does it mean to be Ken Burns?
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Ken Burns: The 60 Minutes Interview

The filmmaker known for his exhaustive documentaries on American subjects gives Scott Pelley a glimpse into how his films are made, the message he wants to convey with them and how he became the person he is today.
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Greek Documentary Assn. Head Marianna Economou on Growing the Local Industry

As the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival winds down, filmmaker and Greek Documentary Association (GDA) president Marianna Economou points to great strides taken by the local industry in recent years, while adding that more support is needed to sustain its growth and development. As the head of the GDA, Economou oversees an...
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South Asian Documentaries to Compete at Cannes Docs

Documentaries from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Nepal will compete for the €10,000 ($11,866) docs-in-progress grand prize and other awards at the 2021 edition of Cannes Docs. From Afghanistan, prolific short filmmaker Hezbullah Sultani’s feature documentary debut “Birds Street” explores Kabul’s showcase for avian life, a corner of the city tucked...
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TV this week: Fourth of July specials light up prime time

Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for July 4-10 DON’T MISS: Fourth of July celebrations — Last year, the pandemic kept most of us cooped up inside on Independence Day. So we can’t blame you if you don’t want to be anchored to the couch this weekend. Still, television offers some celebratory options and pyrotechnic displays look pretty cool in HD. The highlights include “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC), which features an impressive light show from New York, along with performances by Black Pumas, Coldplay, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire and more. And then there’s “A Capitol Fourth” (8 p.m. Sunday, PBS). Vanessa Williams hosts the special featuring fireworks from Washington, D.C., and performances from around the nation. The talent list includes Cynthia Erivo, Alan Jackson, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Nettles, Micky Guyton and others.
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Broaden Your Horizons with the Netflix of Documentaries

Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you'll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. They say you should learn something new every day, and that's especially true...
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Universal Dominates July 4th Box Office, but the Fireworks Fail to Support ‘F9’

Just as “F9” couldn’t come soon enough, the same applies for next weekend’s “Black Widow.” Universal leads by default with its unheard-of release of three wide titles over two weeks, but total box office declined from last weekend. As expected, “F9” led in its second frame, followed by “The Boss Baby: Family Business” and “The Forever Purge.” Three movies in the top 10 grossed over $10 million, a first since March last year.
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Britney Spears ‘called 911 to report conservatorship abuse’ the day before her testimony

Britney Spears called 911 to report herself as a victim of conservatorship abuse the day before her courtroom testimony.On 23 June, the “Womaniser” singer spoke directly to Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny about her long-running conservatorship, which has controlled her money and affairs since 2008.It was the first time she had appeared in open court during the 13 years of the conservatorship, and at the hearing she called for her father and others involved in the conservatorship to “be in jail”.As reported by The New Yorker, Spears called US emergency services on 22 June – the day before giving...
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RAY'S PICKS: 'Anacondas' sequel is good, dumb fun

Love old or unusual movies but never know when they’re on? Here are several I recommend. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004): Yeah, I know. But I can’t watch highbrow movies and classics all the time. This is actually a really fun sequel to 1997’s Anaconda. The first film featured the lovely Jennifer Lopez. This time around, it’s wall-to-wall hunks: Morris Chestnut, Nicholas Gonzalez and Johnny Messner (who memorably shaves with a machete). In the wild jungles of Borneo, the intrepid group (along with KaDee Strickland) is hunting for the titular flower that ends up being, don’t you just know it, near a nest of crazily large reticular monsters. This is good, dumb fun in a beautiful and dangerous locale. If you’re in the mood for a B movie, you could do a lot worse.
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WWE Pulls Lex Luger ‘Icons’ Documentary Ahead Of Premiere

WWE has pulled their upcoming Lex Luger “Icons” documentary which was set to premiere on Sunday, July 4. The trailer and advertising for the documentary have been pulled from WWE digital, and the company’s Youtube channel. According to PWInsider, WWE sources claim the company will no longer premiere the documentary...
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Around the Remote: Watch fireworks from the comfort of home

DON’T MISS: Fourth of July celebrations – Last year, the pandemic kept most of us cooped up inside on Independence Day. So we can’t blame you if you don’t want to be anchored to the couch this weekend. Still, television offers some celebratory options and pyrotechnic displays look pretty cool in HD. The highlights include “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC), boasting an impressive light show from New York City along with performances by Black Pumas, Coldplay, One Republic, Reba McEntire and more. And then there’s “A Capitol Fourth” (Sunday at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on KSPS and at 8 p.m. on KCDT). Vanessa Williams hosts the special featuring fireworks from Washington, D.C., and performances from around the nation. The talent list includes Cynthia Erivo, Alan Jackson, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Nettles, Micky Guyton and others.
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4th of July celebrations, ESPY Awards top this week’s TV picks

DON’T MISS: Fourth of July celebrations — Last year, the pandemic kept most of us cooped up inside on Independence Day. So we can’t blame you if you don’t want to be anchored to the couch this weekend. Still, television offers some celebratory options and pyrotechnic displays look pretty cool in HD. The highlights include “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (8 p.m. ET Sunday, NBC), boasting an impressive light show from New York City, along with performances by Black Pumas, Coldplay, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire and more. And then there’s “A Capitol Fourth” (8 p.m. Sunday, PBS). Vanessa Williams hosts the special featuring fireworks from Washington, D.C., and performances from around the nation. The talent list includes Cynthia Erivo, Alan Jackson, Gladys Knight, Jennifer Nettles, Micky Guyton and others.
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