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Rosario Dawson has joined Epix’s upcoming documentary series “America Divided.” Dawson will be featured as a correspondent in a segment about the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Dawson will profile the citizen scientists who first identified the existence of lead in the city’s water supply. She will also investigate the political decision to switch the city’s water supply from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River, a decision that precipitated the crisis.
Production on Dawson’s segment is set to begin this month.
Executive produced by Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and Common, “America Divided” is a four-and-a-half-hour series that follows high-profile correspondents exploring subjects related to inequality and their own personal backgrounds. Among the correspondents are Lear, Common, America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Williams.
Solly Granatstein (“Years Of Living Dangerously,” “60 Minutes”), Lucian Read (“Years of Living Dangerously,” 99%), Richard Rowley (Dirty Wars, “Years of Living Dangerously”), Jon Kamen (The Fog of War, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory), Justin Wilkes (What Happened, Miss Simone?, Under African Skies) and Dave O’Connor (Whitey: The United States v. James J. Bulger, You Don’t Know Bo) also serve as executive producers on the series. Co-executive producers are Nicole Dow and Derek Dudley (Freedom Road Productions), and Brent Miller (“Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You”).
- Daniel Holloway
Though smallpox has been eradicated, stocks of the virus remain for research purposes. Should these samples be destroyed in order to prevent them from being used as a biological weapon? Demon in the Freezer, the compelling short documentary from Academy Award-winner Errol Morris (The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara), explores the issue as part of The New York Times Op-Docs series. The film is Morris’ eighth film published by Op-Docs and the 200th Op-Doc video since the series launched in 2011. “It all comes down to the question of how best to protect ourselves against ourselves. […] »
- Paula Bernstein
FilmRise has acquired the North American distribution rights for Sonia Kennebeck’s drone warfare documentary “National Bird,” which will have its North American premiere this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“National Bird,” which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, is exec produced by documentarian Errol Morris (“The Fog of War”) and Wim Wenders (“Buena Vista Social Club”). The film will have a theatrical release in the fall.
“National Bird” follows three Air Force whistle-blowers who have been distressed over their participation in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries. The film includes footage of one veteran going to Afghanistan to investigate and an interview with defense attorney Jesselyn Radack, best known for representing Edward Snowden.
Variety‘s Peter Debruge gave “National Bird” a strong review, noting, “Chilling testimony from those three veterans, each of whom helped to wage war from behind consoles half a world away, serves as »
- Dave McNary
Plus: Tyler Perry greenlights Apartheid drama; Semana Del Cine Español to kick off in Puerto Rico
Kurt Voelker directs the comedy-drama and Windowseat Entertainment is fully financing. Fortitude International handles sales outside the Us and The Gersh Agency and CAA represent North American rights.
Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films is in development on The Year Of The Great Storm, with Doug Liman and George C. Wolfe on board as executive producers. Karzan Kader will direct the story of Amy Biehl, an American Fulbright scholar whose death in South Africa during the Apartheid years prompted her parents to move to the country in an effort to bring about change. Wme is packaging the project.Spanish star Paco Leon and writer-director Daniel Guzman will be among the attractions at the »
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Are you willing to be spoiled for Code Black season 1 episode 13? If not, you don’t want to keep reading . Yes, that was your spoiler warning for Code Black 1 x 13 (and any episode prior). Before proceeding to spoil you, can I just say last week’s episode of Code Black had some major shifts going on! Even though it wasn’t a cliffhanger, didn’t it sort of feel like one? Because there is a lot of fallout from the events in Code Black “The Fog of War,” if you need to be reminded of what went down, you can
Code Black Spoilers: Angus May Have His Hands Full »
- Joy D'Angelo
“Hamilton’s America” will showcase the making of the hit Broadway musical, following creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with his team. The project will feature interviews with key thinkers and artists, plus scenes from “Hamilton,” including never-before-seen footage.
“PBS is thrilled to give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this sensational — and sold out — Broadway musical,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming at PBS. “With this level of access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team, PBS continues to live up to our mission of giving »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The winter premiere of Code Black jumped in right where the winter finale left off and then went full speed ahead! It’s amazing how much this show packs in within just a few minutes of screen time. This is the 12th episode of Code Black, and it feels like they are trying out some new things. Then there’s are the storylines we’ve been watching evolve since day one. All and all Code Black season 1 episode 12 has given us a lot things to review! First of all, “The Fog of War” reminded us of where we left off –
- Joy D'Angelo
7 items from 2016
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