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Rosario Dawson Joins Epix Documentary Series ‘America Divided’ (Exclusive)

15 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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”).

 

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- Daniel Holloway

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A&E IndieFilms Thrives After Decade of Backing Steady Stream of Quality Docs

12 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tucked into the Manhattan skyscraper that serves as the home base of A+E Networks is a small division that looks like nothing you’d expect to find in a broad corporate portfolio of television holdings: a feature film production company with an emphasis on premium content and robust theatrical releases.

But for 10 years now, A&E IndieFilms, with a dedicated staff of two led by senior VP Molly Thompson, has parlayed an unorthodox business model and a keen eye for story into a low-volume but enduring generator of noteworthy independent features, especially documentaries such as “Cartel Land,” “The Imposter” and “The September Issue.”

“Molly and A&E have an established position in the space, and they have impeccable taste and amazing instincts in terms of finding stories,” says Paul Davidson, senior VP of film and TV at distributor The Orchard. “If we see they’ve got something at a festival, »

- Gordon Cox

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American Documentary Film Festival Reflects Growth in Nonfiction Genre

29 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A superstar of the self-help world, doctors aiding Syrian refugees and an array of relationships ranging from intimate to obsessive are among the subjects showcased at the fifth annual American Documentary Film Festival. The event will feature more than 150 feature-length and short-form documentaries, including 50 world premieres, during its six-day run from March 30 to April 4 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs and the Indian Wells Theater and Oliphant Auditorium on the Palm Desert campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, whose latest film, “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” officially opens the festival March 31, will receive the annual Seeing the Bigger Picture Award, which has been previously bestowed on Oliver Stone, Harvey Weinstein and Peter Bogdanovich.

“Joe is one of today’s most important auteurs in the world of documentary film, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him at this year’s festival, »

- Paul Gaita

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