Category Archives: Documentary

Judd Apatow Developing George Carlin Documentary

It’s been nearly 12 years since the world lost the talented comedian George Carlin (Dogma, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and now Golden Globe-nominated director Judd Apatow is ready to dive into his 50-year career and the legacy it left in a new documentary. 

In an interview with The Boston Globe for his upcoming dramedy The King of Staten Island, Apatow revealed that he’s already prepared to dive into his next project by heading back into the documentary genre with a focus on the iconic stand-up comic.

“I’m about to start work with my partner Michael Bonfiglio on a documentary about George Carlin,” Apatow said. “So I’m looking forward to watching a lot of Carlin interviews and specials. I think his work turned out to be very prophetic.”

During his break from feature-length filmmaking between the Amy Schumer-written and starring hit Trainwreck and the Pete Davidson-co-written and starring dramedy Staten Island, Apatow tried his hand at the documentary format on two separate projects. The first came in 2017 with May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, a chronicling of the making of the titular band’s album “True Sadness,” which aired on HBO in January 2018 and later won the SXSW Audience Award.

His second venture, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, was a two-part documentary focused on the late comic and featured interviews from nearly four dozen friends, family and colleagues including Jim Carrey, Conan O’Brien, Sarah Silverman and more, as well as a lifetime of personal journals, private letters and home audio and video footage. The documentary received rave reviews from critics and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, winning one for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

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40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of A Classic Documentary To Be Released Digitally On June 9

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of A Classic documentary will be released digitally on June 9.  The film chronicles the behind-the-scenes journey of a 1976 low budget movie that was written by an unknown actor, Sylvester Stallone, and when released, inspired audiences all around the world to go the distance.  

The film will stream via on iTunes/AppleTV (Pre-order HERE), Amazon (Pre-order HERE ), Vimeo On Demand and Google Play.

The documentary was written and directed by Derek Wayne Johnson, who served as producer alongside Chris May, both of Cinema 83 Entertainment and Cinema 83 Documentary Films. The doc follows the iconic “Rocky” story which became the ultimate underdog movie, and more than 40 years later, Sylvester Stallone recounts the making of the beloved classic through rare home movies filmed by “Rocky” director John G. Avildsen.

Leonard Martin raves, “I enjoyed stepping back in time with this peek behind the scenes of ‘Rocky’…and so will any fan of the movie.”

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Watch The Trailer For Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo

On a day to honor and celebrate Mexican heritage, the new trailer for the powerful documentary Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo has been released. The feature pays homage to Danny Trejo’s heritage—his Mexican roots and his Los Angeles upbringing—as he gives fans a first-hand look into the extraordinary life journey that molded him into Hollywood’s most unlikely hero. The film will be available on digital in the U.S July 7, 2020, giving viewers a raw and inspirational account of Trejo’s unbelievable transformation from hardened criminal to celebrated movie icon and beloved friend of all who cross his path.

From a life of hard drugs and armed robberies to Hollywood red carpets and mentoring addicts, this is the telling of one of the most radical and uplifting transformation stories of human character ever put to film. Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Brett Harvey (Ice Guardians), Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo is the shocking story of one man’s capacity to overcome his demons and discover redemption through the most unlikely of journeys.

With a host of celebrity interviews, never-before-seen footage and personal testimony from Trejo and his closest family and friends, audiences will witness the birth of a Hollywood icon who became a symbol of hope to the people he grew up with and fans around the world. After 46 years of sobriety, he never forgets his roots and is genuinely happy to pay it forward every single day. Trejo has made it his personal mission and debt to society to give back to Chicano communities in Los Angeles through his volunteer work donating food via his iconic Los Angeles based restaurants, buying toys for local children, motivational speaking in prisons, working with animal shelters and being a source of consistent support for those in the neighborhood he was raised in.

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Watch The I’ll Be Gone In The Dark Trailer: New HBO Docuseries Takes On The Golden State Killer

HBO has released the official trailer for Oscar nominee Liz Garbus’ upcoming six-part documentary series titled I’ll Be Gone In the Dark, offering us our first preview at the late Michelle McNamara’s thorough investigation into searching for the identity of one of America’s most notorious serial killers dubbed as “The Golden State Killer.” Based on McNamara’s best-selling posthumously true crime book of the same name, the docuseries is scheduled to air on June 28.

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark explores writer Michelle McNamara’s investigation into the dark world of the violent predator she dubbed the Golden State Killer. McNamara lived a quiet life as a writer, mother and wife, preferring to stay on the periphery of the Hollywood world of her comedian husband Patton Oswalt. But every night, as her family slept, she indulged her obsession with unsolved cases, beginning her investigation into the man who terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s and is responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 murders.

The six-part docuseries is a comprehensive exploration of the case of an elusive, violent predator by McNamara, who suddenly died at the age of 46 due to an accidental overdose while investigating the unsolved crimes. It is also a haunting personal memoir and self-examination of McNamara’s obsessive quest for justice on behalf of the victims and survivors of the crimes. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and afterword by McNamara’s husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by McNamara’s lead researcher, Paul Haynes, and a close colleague, Billy Jenkins.

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is directed by Oscar nominee Liz Garbus (Who Killed Garrett Phillips, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper). It will feature McNamara’s original recordings and excerpts from her book read by Amy Ryan. The docuseries will also feature new interviews with the detectives, survivors and family members of the killer.

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Watch The Trailer For The Disney+ Documentary Series, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian

Today, Disney+ shared the trailer for its upcoming eight-episode documentary series, “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” which premieres on Monday, May 4.

In “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” Executive Producer Jon Favreau invites the cast and crew to share an unprecedented look at the making of the series which quickly became a pop culture phenomenon after premiering in November. Debuting on the day that a worldwide community of fans celebrate all-things-Star Wars — Monday, May 4 — “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” is an eight-episode documentary series that pulls back the curtain on the first season of “The Mandalorian.” Each chapter explores a different facet of the first live-action Star Wars television show through interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations hosted by Favreau.

New episodes of “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” will stream every Friday on Disney+.

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Watch The Resurgence of The Movie Poster Short Documentary

This short documentary by Zachary Pridding and Amelia Hendrick focusses on the world of movie posters and the surrounding community. 

Featured artists include: 

Paul Shipper

Matt Ferguson

Rhys Wootton

Doaly

Andy Fairhurst

Andrew Swainson

Chris Thornley

Sam Gilbey

During the 16 minute long doc they interview these artists and chat about the origins of movie poster art to how licenses limit artists. 

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Watch The Trailer For Home, Apple TV+’s New Documentary Series

After being announced as part of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival lineup, Apple debuted “Home” on April 17, exclusively on Apple TV+.

“Home” is a new documentary series that offers viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most innovative homes. Each episode in the nine-episode first season unveils the boundary-pushing imagination of the visionaries who dared to dream and build them.

 

“Home” is executive produced by Joe Poulin, Matthew Weaver, Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Doug Pray, Collin Orcutt, Matt Tyrnauer, Corey Reeser and Kim Rozenfeld. Nick Stern serves as co-executive producer, and the series hails from MediaWeaver, Four M Studios and Altimeter Films.

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Watch The Screened Out Trailer

Check out the trailer for director Jon Hyatt’s new documentary Screened Out, which asks the question, how much screen time is too much?

All over the world, as technology grows and advances, so does our addiction to our devices. Join filmmaker Jon Hyatt and his family on a journey through the life-changing effects of screen addiction, how the tech industry hooked global consumers and its greater impact on our lives. From smartphones, portable tablets and social media, the tech industry has designed these fun immersive technologies, but are they good for us? Are we too dependent on our devices? What keeps us hooked and how is it impacting our children and the world as a whole?

Screened Out will be available On Demand on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from Dark Star Pictures.

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Watch The Beastie Boys Story Trailer 

Apple has shared a new trailer for its upcoming “Beastie Boys Story” documentary that will debut on April 24 on Apple TV+.

The story of 3 friends who inspired each other and the world. Beastie Boys Story coming April 24 to ‌Apple TV‌+ and in select IMAX theaters on April 2.

Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator and former hall monitor, Spike Jonze.

“Beastie Boys Story” is described as a live documentary experience that focuses on the history and the legacy of the group and its personal story. It’s based on the “Beastie Boys Book,” published in October 2018, and will feature Horovitz and Diamond discussing their long running friendship and rise to fame.

The film will be available in IMAX theaters in a limited release on April 3 before launching on ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+ on April 24.

The release of the documentary comes ahead of the 26th anniversary of the release of “Ill Communication,” the band’s fourth album. Spike Jonze originally directed the music video for the hit song “Sabotage.”

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Walt Disney Studios To Release Peter Jackson’s Documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” In Theaters September 4, 2020

The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson’s previously announced Beatles documentary. The film will showcase the warmth, camaraderie and humor of the making of the legendary band’s studio album, “Let It Be,” and their final live concert as a group, the iconic rooftop performance on London’s Savile Row. “The Beatles: Get Back” will be released by The Walt Disney Studios in the United States and Canada on September 4, 2020, with additional details and dates for the film’s global release to follow.

“No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday,” says Iger of the announcement. “I’m a huge fan myself, so I could not be happier that Disney is able to share Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary with global audiences in September.”

“The Beatles: Get Back,” presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd., is an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles, the most influential band of all time, and three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy). Compiled from over 55 hours of unseen footage, filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the “Let It Be” album sessions, “The Beatles: Get Back” is directed by Jackson and produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen (“They Shall Not Grow Old”) and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.

The footage has been brilliantly restored by Park Road Post Production of Wellington, New Zealand, and is being edited by Jabez Olssen, who collaborated with Jackson on 2018’s “They Shall Not Grow Old,” the groundbreaking film which featured restored and colorized World War I archival footage. The music in the film will be mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios in London. With this pristine restoration behind it, “The Beatles: Get Back” will create a vivid, joyful and immersive experience for audiences.  

Peter Jackson says, “Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces. I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”

Paul McCartney says, “I am really happy that Peter has delved into our archives to make a film that shows the truth about The Beatles recording together. The friendship and love between us comes over and reminds me of what a crazily beautiful time we had.”

Ringo Starr says, “I’m really looking forward to this film. Peter is great and it was so cool looking at all this footage. There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the version that came out. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that. I think this version will be a lot more peace and loving, like we really were.”

“The Beatles: Get Back” is also being made with the enthusiastic support of Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

Although the original “Let It Be” film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and the accompanying album were filmed and recorded in January 1969, they were not released until May 1970, three weeks after The Beatles had officially broken up. The response to the film at the time by audiences and critics alike was strongly associated with that announcement. During the 15-month gap between the filming of “Let It Be” and its launch, The Beatles recorded and released their final studio album, “Abbey Road,” which came out in September 1969.

Shot on 16mm and blown up to 35mm, the 80-minute “Let It Be” movie was built around the three weeks of filming, including an edited version of the rooftop concert. The GRAMMY-winning “Let It Be” album topped the charts in the U.S. and the U.K.

The new documentary brings to light much more of the band’s intimate recording sessions for “Let It Be” and their entire 42-minute performance on the rooftop of Apple’s Savile Row London office. While there is no shortage of material of The Beatles’ extensive touring earlier in their careers, “The Beatles: Get Back” features the only notable footage of the band at work in the studio, capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they create their now-classic songs from scratch, laughing, bantering and playing to the camera.

Shot on January 30, 1969, The Beatles’ surprise rooftop concert marked the band’s first live performance in over two years and their final live set together. The footage captures interactions between the band members, reactions from fans and employees from nearby businesses, and comical attempts to stop the concert by two young London policemen responding to noise complaints.

A fully restored version of the original “Let It Be” film will be made available at a later date.

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