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SeriesFest 2017 Awards: Prison Drama ‘Up North’ Leads Winners

2 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The third season of SeriesFest culminated today in an awards ceremony recognizing some of the best independent television currently in production.

In the drama category “Up North,” created by Emil Pinnock & Damaine Radcliff, picked up four awards including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Pilot, while also winning the overall Audience Award (voted on by festival attendees). The pilot digs into the brutal reality of the New York prison system, as an innocent teenager gets arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

Read More: Morgan Spurlock, Tim Heidecker, and TV Sneak Peeks Set For SeriesFest 2017

In comedy, the original series “Giving Up,” created by Kris Lefcoe, was recognized for Best Pilot and Best Director, while Brian Jordan Alvarez’s “The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo” won the award for Best Writing. “Ppl: Wizard Oz” was the winner of the inaugural Unscripted prize.

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SeriesFest 2017 Awards: Prison Drama ‘Up North’ Leads Winners

2 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The third season of SeriesFest culminated today in an awards ceremony recognizing some of the best independent television currently in production.

In the drama category “Up North,” created by Emil Pinnock & Damaine Radcliff, picked up four awards including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Pilot, while also winning the overall Audience Award (voted on by festival attendees). The pilot digs into the brutal reality of the New York prison system, as an innocent teenager gets arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

Read More: Morgan Spurlock, Tim Heidecker, and TV Sneak Peeks Set For SeriesFest 2017

In comedy, the original series “Giving Up,” created by Kris Lefcoe, was recognized for Best Pilot and Best Director, while Brian Jordan Alvarez’s “The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo” won the award for Best Writing. “Ppl: Wizard Oz” was the winner of the inaugural Unscripted prize.

In addition, the digital shorts »

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‘Rats’ Director Morgan Spurlock On Crafting A Documentary That Plays Like A Horror Film

25 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ever since his first directorial outing—with the revelatory Super Size Me—documentarian Morgan Spurlock has always been in favor of embracing experience, throwing himself into a subject, however discomfiting, to create an eye-opening experience for the viewer. Suffice it to say that with Discovery Channel’s Rats—based on Robert Sullivan’s book of the same name—Spurlock once again immersed himself in the material. A documentary that plays as a horror film, the project… »

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‘Rats’ Director Morgan Spurlock On Crafting A Documentary That Plays Like A Horror Film

25 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ever since his first directorial outing—with the revelatory Super Size Me—documentarian Morgan Spurlock has always been in favor of embracing experience, throwing himself into a subject, however discomfiting, to create an eye-opening experience for the viewer. Suffice it to say that with Discovery Channel’s Rats—based on Robert Sullivan’s book of the same name—Spurlock once again immersed himself in the material. A documentary that plays as a horror film, the project… »

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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

24 June 2017 6:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay.

Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles.

Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in accordance with the DGA tradition of presidents only serving two terms. The DGA represents more than 17,000 members.

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Schlamme has been on the DGA national board since 2005 and was most recently third VP. He was co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees together with secretary-treasurer Michael Apted.

In February, the DGA honored Schlamme with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service to the DGA and its membership. Schlamme joined the DGA in 1978.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our Guild, and »

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Why James Corden Sent 297 Copies of the Movie ‘Philadelphia’ to Donald Trump

21 June 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Late Late Show” host James Corden turned to Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winning film “Philadelphia” this week to help educate President Donald Trump on an important global issue: HIV/AIDS. Responding to the news that six of the 18 members of the Presidential Advisory on HIV/AIDS resigned last week because they said Trump simply does not care about HIV/AIDS, Corden mentioned that until he saw the 1994 film “Philadelphia,” starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, he knew relatively little about the disease.

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“I was thinking, maybe that’s the problem. Maybe Donald Trump doesn’t care because he’s never seen ‘Philadelphia,'” Corden said during on the show. “In fact, I’m almost certain that’s probably what it is.”

Rather than send a copy of the film to the White House, Corden decided it would have a better chance of reaching Trump at Mar-a-Lago. He also decided to send as many copies of the movie as “The Late Late Show” could possibly buy, which was 297, sourced from Amazon and a number of Barnes & Noble stores.

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“We hope that if Trump watches ‘Philadelphia,’ he’ll understand two things,” Corden said. “One, Tom Hanks definitely deserved that Oscar, and number two, we hope that he’ll realize that HIV and AIDS is something that you or any president of the U.S. or any world leader for that matter can never afford to ignore.”

To watch the full segment from “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” check out the video below.

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Why James Corden Sent 297 Copies of the Movie ‘Philadelphia’ to Donald Trump

21 June 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Late Late Show” host James Corden turned to Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winning film “Philadelphia” this week to help educate President Donald Trump on an important global issue: HIV/AIDS. Responding to the news that six of the 18 members of the Presidential Advisory on HIV/AIDS resigned last week because they said Trump simply does not care about HIV/AIDS, Corden mentioned that until he saw the 1994 film “Philadelphia,” starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, he knew relatively little about the disease.

Read More: Morgan Spurlock and Erin Brockovich’s ‘The Devil We Know’ Clip: Doc Exposes Environmental Scandal — Watch

“I was thinking, maybe that’s the problem. Maybe Donald Trump doesn’t care because he’s never seen ‘Philadelphia,'” Corden said during on the show. “In fact, I’m almost certain that’s probably what it is.”

Rather than send a copy of the film to the White House, Corden decided it would have a better chance of reaching Trump at Mar-a-Lago. He also decided to send as many copies of the movie as “The Late Late Show” could possibly buy, which was 297, sourced from Amazon and a number of Barnes & Noble stores.

Read More: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Trailer: Miles Teller Is a Soldier With Ptsd — Watch

“We hope that if Trump watches ‘Philadelphia,’ he’ll understand two things,” Corden said. “One, Tom Hanks definitely deserved that Oscar, and number two, we hope that he’ll realize that HIV and AIDS is something that you or any president of the U.S. or any world leader for that matter can never afford to ignore.”

To watch the full segment from “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” check out the video below.

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Morgan Spurlock and Erin Brockovich’s ‘The Devil We Know’ Clip: Doc Exposes Environmental Scandal — Watch

21 June 2017 7:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Morgan Spurlock has joined forces with consumer activist Erin Brockovich and “Fed Up” director Stephanie Soechtig to help bring the new documentary “The Devil We Know” to audiences. The film, currently in post-production, centers on the toxic chemical C8, which is found in countless consumer products and contaminated the town of Parkersburg, West Virginia, where Spurlock was born and raised.

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“The Devil We Know” centers on “one of the greatest environmental scandals of our time,” Spurlock said in an Indiegogo video shot to help raise post-production funds for the film. Found in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans, C8 is used in the making of Teflon, invented by DuPont, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, and is also found in consumer products ranging from carpeting to dental floss to waterproof clothing and pizza boxes. “The Devil We Know” is directed and produced by Soechtig and executive produced by Spurlock.

The story of how C8 contaminated the town of Parkersburg was also the subject of a 2016 New York Times Magazine story. Studies have linked exposure to the chemical to diseases including kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease and more.

“With the Trump administration gutting the Epa and filling its ranks with chemical industry insiders, the timing of this film is more important than ever,” Spurlock said in the Indiegogo video.

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To watch a clip from the documentary featuring Brockovich explaining the dangers of C8, check out the video below, via Deadline.

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Morgan Spurlock & Stephanie Soechtig Team For Documentary ‘The Devil We Know’ Featuring Erin Brockovich

21 June 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Award-winning documentary filmmakers Morgan Spurlock and Stephanie Soechtig are teaming to take on The Devil We Know, a new film that exposes the evils of C8, a toxic industrial chemical used by DuPont to make Teflon and other products. The project, now in postproduction, just launched its Indiegogo campaign to help finish the film, which features activist Erin Brockovich. Check out a first-look exclusive clip featuring Brockovich above. Soechtig (Fed Up) is… »

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Ava DuVernay, Katie Couric Talk Tackling Big Social Issues in Documentary Form

15 June 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The mass incarceration crisis for people of color. The revolution in understanding gender identity. 

Ava DuVernay and Katie Couric both gamely took on what Couric called “big honkin’ subjects” to explore in feature-length documentary form.

DuVernay earned an Oscar nomination and a slew of other plaudits for her study of discrimination in criminal justice and prisons in “13th,” which premiered on Netflix in September. Couric offered a sensitive and revealing look at the new thinking about gender identity in National Geographic TV’s “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric,” which bowed in February and will be expanded to a multi-part series.

DuVernay and Couric sat down with Variety to talk about the determination and the curiosity that led them to tackle their respective docs, the craftsmanship that goes into exploring complicated subjects and the public’s new-found interest in heady non-fiction storytelling.

Gender Revolution” and “13th” both take on very far-reaching subjects. How »

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Emmy in Reach for Docs That Ran in the Oscar Race

14 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thanks to such deep-pocketed streamers as Netflix, Amazon and now Hulu, the campaign to win an Oscar for documentary has evolved into a pricey, cutthroat endeavor. But the fight for a little gold man doesn’t end after the Academy Awards — it starts right back up again for the Primetime Emmy race.

While an Oscar and Emmy recognize excellence in film and television, respectively, docs are in a unique position. They can be eligible for both awards because without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, Netflix and PBS, the majority of docs in the Oscar race would never exist.

Mounting an Emmy campaign after an Oscar nomination or even win hasn’t always been the standard. Oscar winners including “Born Into Brothels” (2005) and “Taxi to the Dark Side” (2008) were submitted for and won the lower-profile, non-televised News & Documentary Emmy award. But in recent years, Academy Award-winning films including “Citizenfour »

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Emmy in Reach for Docs That Ran in the Oscar Race

14 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Thanks to such deep-pocketed streamers as Netflix, Amazon and now Hulu, the campaign to win an Oscar for documentary has evolved into a pricey, cutthroat endeavor. But the fight for a little gold man doesn’t end after the Academy Awards — it starts right back up again for the Primetime Emmy race.

While an Oscar and Emmy recognize excellence in film and television, respectively, docs are in a unique position. They can be eligible for both awards because without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, Netflix and PBS, the majority of docs in the Oscar race would never exist.

Mounting an Emmy campaign after an Oscar nomination or even win hasn’t always been the standard. Oscar winners including “Born Into Brothels” (2005) and “Taxi to the Dark Side” (2008) were submitted for and won the lower-profile, non-televised News & Documentary Emmy award. But in recent years, Academy Award-winning films including “Citizenfour” and this year’s Oscar winner, “O.J.: Made in America »

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Morgan Spurlock producing Mma origins documentary Tough Guys

13 June 2017 6:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Documentary maker Morgan Spurlock is set to produce an Mma origins film entitled Tough Guys.

Spurlock will executive produce the doc along with filmmaker Ross Kauffman which will tell the origins of Mixed Martial Arts.

Tough Guys will be directed by Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo, and will showcase the sport’s early days in 1979 Pittsburgh when Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri decided to pit bar dwellers against wrestlers, martial artists, boxers, bouncers, and brawlers — the contests were billed as no-holds-barred competitive fighting.

The fights became known as tough guy matches, and the film will delve into Mma’s rise as the economy of Pennsylvania was plummeting.

“When I was around 12 years old, my dad took me to my first ‘tough guy’ competition in my hometown of Beckley, W.Va.,” Spurlock said. “And I have to admit, it was one of the greatest things I’d ever seen. So when »

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Morgan Spurlock to Exec Produce MMA Origins Documentary ‘Tough Guys’ (Exclusive)

13 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentary filmmakers Morgan Spurlock and Ross Kauffman will executive produce “Tough Guys,” about the origins of the mixed martial arts fighting phenomenon.

Tough Guys” is directed by Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo, and produced by Craig Dibiase. The documentary chronicles the origins of Mma beginning in Pittsburgh in 1979 when Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri dreamed up a contest pitting barroom bigmouths against wrestlers, martial artists, boxers, bouncers, and brawlers, billed as a no-holds-barred new type of competitive fighting.

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The fights became known as “tough man,” “tough guy,” “battle of the brawlers,” or “battle of the superfighters” matches. The film explores the moment when the national martial arts craze was building to a crescendo as the economies of Pennsylvania steel towns were plummeting to record levels of unemployment.

“When I was around 12 years old, my dad took me to »

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TNT’s Snowpiercer TV Series Pilot Episode Adds Jennifer Connelly to the Cast

7 June 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, the upcoming Locke & Key pilot episode) and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) now have some company aboard the arctic train in TNT's Snowpiercer. A few weeks after the director and actor, respectively, joined the pilot episode adaptation of Bong Joon Ho’s film of the same name, Jennifer Connelly has now joined the cast as Melanie Cavill, the "Voice of the Train."

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): Turner's TNT has cast Jennifer Connelly, who earned an Oscar(R) for her performance in A Beautiful Mind, to star in the network's drama pilot Snowpiercer. She joins Tony Award(R) winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish) in the futuristic thriller, which will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange). Based on the acclaimed movie of the same name, Snowpiercer is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner's Studio T, along with Cj Entertainment. The project is being executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (Avatar 4, »

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Morgan Spurlock Says Reality Winner's Alleged Leaking Isn't Treason (Video)

6 June 2017 4:31 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_pe8rpjqk"]] Morgan Spurlock is applauding Reality Winner for "stepping up" to help Americans get closer to the truth ... even though she's been charged with leaking a classified Nsa document. We got the "Super Size Me" filmmaker at Lax, and he was very candid about Winner's arrest. He stopped short of calling it Bs, but said he thinks government whistleblowers are a necessity these days ... especially if it relates to Russia. As for what happens to Winner »

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Pilgrim Media & Rebelhouse Team On ‘Soufra’ Documentary; Russell Simmons Boards ‘Romeo Is Bleeding’ Docu

6 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Pilgrim Media Group is making its first foray into the feature documentary space, teaming with Rebelhouse Group on Soufra, a documentary feature from director Thomas Morgan (Waiting For Mamu). Kathleen Glynn (Bowling For Columbine) is producing, with Morgan, Trevor Hall and Craig Piligian serving as producers and Susan Sarandon executive producer. The docu chronicles the story of Mariam Shaar who, along with a diverse group of equally driven women, transcended the… »

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‘The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj Joins ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ From Lionsgate

6 June 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Comedian Hasan Minhaj, a Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, has come aboard Lionsgate’s comedy feature The Spy Who Dumped Me, toplined by Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis. Outlander star Sam Heughan is in talks for the male lead. Susanna Fogel is at the helm on the film, which she co-wrote with David Iserson. The release is slated for July 6, 2018. The pic follows friends Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), who become entangled in an… »

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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

2 June 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board. 

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June »

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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

2 June 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board. 

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June »

- Anne Thompson

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