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Watch The Trailer For Robin’s Wish 

The world was rocked to its core six years ago at the news of Robin Williams (Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire)’s death and now filmmaker Tylor Norwood seeks to find the answers from the iconic comedian’s final days in the documentary Robin’s Wish.

For the first time, Robin’s fight against a deadly neurodegenerative disorder, known as Lewy Body Dementia, is shown in stunning detail. Through a gripping journalistic lens, this incredible story sheds an entirely new light on the tragedy, beauty and power behind the mind of one of the greatest entertainers of all time.  

“When my husband Robin Williams died, the whole world grieved,” Susan Schneider Williams, Robin’s widow, said in a statement. “During the last year of his life, Robin was confronted with anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, scary altered realities and a roller coaster of hope and despair. With our medical team’s care we chased a relentless parade of symptoms but with very little gain. It wasn’t until after Robin’s passing, in autopsy, that the source of his terror was revealed: he had diffuse Lewy body disease. It was one of the worst cases medical professionals had seen. 

“Armed with the name of a brain disease I’d never heard of, I set out on a mission to understand it, and that led me down my unchosen path of advocacy, Schneider Williams continued. “With invaluable help from leading medical experts, I saw that what Robin and I had gone through, finally made sense — our experience matched up with the science. And what I discovered along the way was bigger than me, and bigger than Robin. The full story was revealed during the making of this film and it holds the truth that Robin and I had been searching for. Robin’s Wish is Robin’s story, it’s our story, and in some ways it’s a universal one — as we all understand what it means to search for answers, to experience love and loss and the power of healing that keeps us going. Finally, a note about the film title: Robin wanted to help all of us be less afraid. That was Robin’s wish. We had been discussing what we wanted our legacies to be in life; when it was our time to go, how we wanted to have made people feel. Without missing a beat, Robin said, ‘I want to help people be less afraid.’”

The documentary is set to feature interviews with Schneider Williams as well as a number of former collaborators and friends of Williams including Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum franchise), John R. Montgomery (The Crazy Ones), Rick Overton (Mrs. Doubtfire) and David E. Kelley (The Crazy Ones).

“Robin’s Wish is the retelling of an ending to a story that was never done the justice it deserved,” director Tylor Norwood said in a statement. “Robin Williams was very much an influence on my life and so when he passed with such violence and general uncertainty it affected me deeply. However, like most people, I quickly buried that uncertainty as I went about my life, too busy with my day to day affairs to treat the questions around Robin’s passing as much more than a place I’d rather not go — telling myself instead that I would remember him only as the man who made me laugh and feel so much in my life. This process of denial of Robin as a man instead of a string of characters was interrupted when his widow, Susan, reached out to me to ask if I’d have any interest in making a science documentary about a neurological disease I’d never heard of — Lewy body dementia. I told her no, and that it would take years until we’d be sitting in a theater and watching any movie I agreed to make, so I asked her what would sustain her in that. She began telling me about herself and Robin, and what they went through in the last year and a half of his life. I told her if that was the film, I was in.

“What followed was years of tracking down the facts of Robin’s case from his friends, neighbors, co-workers, widow and medical professionals that gave me a clear view of a compelling story I’d never heard before about one of the greatest entertainers to ever live,” Norwood continued. “In the end I think we’ve done the work of restoring a legacy that had been tainted by a fundamental misunderstanding. It was in the spirit of completing the record, and honoring Robin with giving the world the truth of what took him from us that I think this film shines, and can serve as a moment for the world to look deeper into this beautiful man’s story. It is a moment for us to understand the pain he felt as his talents and faculties rapidly slipped away, and moreover how in the face of that terrifying reality, he was more heroic, more compassionate than any character he ever played in any of his movies. So I hope this film rights a wrong that was done to him, and takes away a cloud that has unjustly hung over his legacy for far too long.”

Robin’s Wish is set to hit digital platforms and VOD on September 1.

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Watch The Alex Ross Art 2020 Documentary

2020 finds us stuck at home, but for Alex Ross this has become a new opportunity to create. In this documentary featurette featuring nearly 30-minutes of exclusive new interviews, Alex dives deep into a career of bringing superheroes to life.

Alex holds nothing back in extended answers to the most frequently asked fan questions, retrospectives to his most celebrated work, and of course unveiling spectacular brand new art for 2020.

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Disney+ Debuts A Sneak Peek For New Original Docuseries Marvel’s 616

Disney+ shared two exclusive sneak peek clips from the upcoming new original anthology docuseries, “Marvel’s 616.” 

Marvel 616 is named after the primary reality in the Marvel comic book multi-universe.

The first clip is from the episode “Higher, Further, Faster” directed by actor/director Gillian Jacobs, which shines a light on the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics and how they found ways to tell stories of representation and inclusion. 

The second clip is from the Paul Scheer-directed episode “Lost and Found,” following the actor and comedian’s eye-opening and hilarious journey to discover the “forgotten” characters of Marvel Comics. Individually, each documentary in this series tells a compelling story that brings its filmmaker’s vision to life.

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Watch The Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t Trailer 

Syfy has released the official trailer for its first original documentary Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t, which will be making its world premiere as the opening film for Syfy Fan Fast.

Directed by David Oster, Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t follows the titular rebel who, at the beginning of his career, was turned away by numerous comic publications. He decided that since no one was recognizing his talent, he would take matters in his own hands. McFarlane eventually became the CEO of McFarlane Toys and President of Image Comics and Legendary Artist. The docu provides an in-depth view behind the mastermind that brought us Spawn and some of Marvel Comic’s most well-known artwork. It paints a portrait of his struggles to navigate and upend the status quo in the comic and toy industries.

McFarlane will also take part in the Syfy Presents: The Untold Tales of Todd McFarlane panel during Comic-Con@Home, set for July 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET on Comic-Con’s YouTube channel.

The documentary will be released on Saturday, July 25 at 11:00 p.m. ET on Syfy’s YouTube channel, Syfy.com, and On Demand. Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t is produced by Syfy Wire through the network’s partnership with online content creation studio Tongal.

Syfy Fan Fest will take place between July 25-August 2, and will also include the Season 4 premiere of Wynonna Earp, a special extended episode of the new hit series The Great Debate, a Syfy Wire After Dark original special, movie marathons, and more.

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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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