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The 25 Best Documentaries of the 21st Century, from ‘Amy’ to ‘The Act of Killing’

21 July 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Non-fiction cinema never stops evolving. From the Actualités of the Lumière brothers to the heavily manipulated ethnographic films of the 1920, from the vérité Americans of the Maysles brothers to the man-on-the-street approach popularized by Michael Moore, documentaries have naturally always been more responsive to their times than any other mode of filmmaking.

Not only do they reveal our world to us, but they shape how we view it, and the early years of the 21st century have proven that to be more true than ever before. On one hand, digital technology has infinitely expanded our range of vision, and some of the modern era’s most essential docs have been shot on consumer-grade equipment like iPhones and GoPro cameras. On the other hand, these tools haven’t just granted us new ways of seeing, they’ve also galvanized our desire to look, which in turn has stoked an unprecedented degree »

- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland and Zack Sharf

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Ava DuVernay to direct Central Park Five series for Netflix

9 July 2017 5:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Netflix has announced that Ava DuVernay is set to write and direct a five-episode series telling the story of The Central Park Five, five teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of brutally assaulting and raping a jogger in central Park in 1989. Each episode will focus on one of the five teenagers, and will tell the story from their initial questioning by police through to their exoneration in 2014.

“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on 13th and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said DuVernay. “The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn – from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for »

- Amie Cranswick

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Ava DuVernay, Netflix Plot Central Park Five Series

6 July 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ava DuVernay will write and direct a limited series about the Central Park Five for Netflix. The five-episode drama is set to premiere on the video streaming service in 2019.

DuVernay previously worked with Netflix on the documentary 13th, which explored race and justice in America following the prohibition of slavery as deemed by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year's ceremony.

"I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on 13th and am overjoyed to »

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Ava DuVernay & Netflix announce Central Park Five series

6 July 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Jul 7, 2017

Ana DuVernay follows up 13th with a hard look at the Central Park Five, for Netflix...

The Central Park jogger case divided New York City at the end of the 80s. A group of young men attacked, raped and sodomized a complete stranger, Trisha Meili, leaving her in a coma for 12 days. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, were convicted.

Because of the press, it became embedded in the minds of New Yorkers, and beyond. Donald Trump put out $85,000 full-page ads calling for New York to reinstate the death penalty. Almost to this day, the president states with conviction that those Five Harlem teenagers are guilty. But the Central Park Five didn’t do it: their confessions were coerced, and they spent years locked up for a crime they didn't do.

Now, filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, and the upcoming A Wrinkle In Time »

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Ava DuVernay, Netflix line up Central Park Five limited series

6 July 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drama centres on wrongful conviction true story.

Ava DuVernay is returning to the streaming service with a five-episode limited series based on the notorious true story of The Central Park Five.

Each episode will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise – who were wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in New York’s Central Park.

The series will span the spring of 1989, when each was first questioned about the incident, to 2014, when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.

DuVernay will write and direct the series. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey through Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions will serve as executive producers alongside DuVernay.

This marks DuVernay’s second project for Netflix following this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. DuVernay is also »

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Ava DuVernay returns to Netflix with limited series

6 July 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

DuVernay’s drama centres on the story of The Central Park Five.

Ava DuVernay is returning to the premium streaming service with a five-episode limited series based on the notorious true story of The Central Park Five case.

Each episode will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise - wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park.

The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.

DuVernay will write and direct the series.  Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey through Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions will executive produce the series alongside DuVernay.

This marks DuVernay’s second project for Netflix following the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. DuVernay also has »

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Central Park Five Scripted Miniseries Coming to Netflix From Ava DuVernay

6 July 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Netflix is jumping on the scripted true-crime wave with a look back at the Central Park Five case.

The streaming service has announced a five-part scripted miniseries based on the infamous case, with acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) on board to write and direct. In 1989, five Harlem teenagers were accused of raping a female jogger in New York’s Central Park, and their case became a tabloid sensation. (Donald Trump took out a full-page newspaper ad calling for the teens to face the death penalty.) The teens were convicted and sentenced to prison, but years later, after another man confessed to the crime, »

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Ava DuVernay To Direct Limited Series Netflix Drama About The Central Park Five

6 July 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After debuting“13th”, her sprawling and searing documentary about the prison industrial complex, on Netflix, “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay is returning to the streaming juggernaut.

DuVernay will write and direct a new dramatic limited series based on the historic case of The Central Park Five. The narrative will be a five-episode series and for the uninitiated, the infamous true-life Central Park Five case was a huge miscarriage of justice that took place in the late 1980s in New York.

Continue reading Ava DuVernay To Direct Limited Series Netflix Drama About The Central Park Five at The Playlist. »

- The Playlist

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Ava DuVernay Will Write and Direct Netflix Series on Central Park Five

6 July 2017 11:28 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Ava DuVernay will write and direct a limited series slated for Netflix based on the case of the Central Park Five.  From the press release: The historic case of The Central Park Five »

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Ava DuVernay Reunites With Netflix to Write and Direct Central Park Five Limited Series

6 July 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Ava DuVernay and Netflix are teaming up once again. The duo earned an Oscar nomination last year for the acclaimed documentary “13th,” and now the director is set to write and direct a five-part miniseries for the streaming giant based on the historic case of The Central Park Five. Netflix is targeting a 2019 release date.

Read More: Anthony Bourdain Lashes Out at ‘Baby Driver’ and Ava DuVernay Comes to Its Defense

The Central Park Five was the name given to five young black men — Antron McCray, Korey Wis, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam — who were wrongly convicted of raping 28-year-old Trisha Meili. The attack left the woman in a coma for 12 days. The five men weren’t proven innocent until 2014, when DNA evidence proved they were not responsible for the attack. The case was the subject of a 2012 Ken Burns documentary of the same name.

“I had an »

- Zack Sharf

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Ava DuVernay Reunites With Netflix to Write and Direct Central Park Five Limited Series

6 July 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ava DuVernay and Netflix are teaming up once again. The duo earned an Oscar nomination last year for the acclaimed documentary “13th,” and now the director is set to write and direct a five-part miniseries for the streaming giant based on the historic case of The Central Park Five. Netflix is targeting a 2019 release date.

Read More: Anthony Bourdain Lashes Out at ‘Baby Driver’ and Ava DuVernay Comes to Its Defense

The Central Park Five was the name given to five young black men — Antron McCray, Korey Wis, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam — who were wrongly convicted of raping 28-year-old Trisha Meili. The attack left the woman in a coma for 12 days. The five men weren’t proven innocent until 2014, when DNA evidence proved they were not responsible for the attack. The case was the subject of a 2012 Ken Burns documentary of the same name.

“I had an »

- Zack Sharf

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Ava DuVernay Tackling "Central Park Five" in Netflix Mini

6 July 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Ava Duvernay is adapting the story the Central Park Five for Netflix. The multihyphenate, currently one of the most in-demand talents in film and television, has signed on to write and direct a five-part miniseries about the notorious case of five young black men wrongly convicted of a brutal rape that took place in Manhattan's famous park during the spring of 1989.

For DuVernay, it's her second project at Netflix after 2016's Oscar-nominated documentary feature 13th — which focused on the criminal justice system, private prisons and the mass incarceration of black men in America.

"I had an extraordinary experience »

- Michael O'Connell

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Ken Burns’ Next Documentary Will Profile Muhammad Ali

29 March 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon are producing and directing a documentary for PBS about the legendary American boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away last June. Production of the two-part, four-hour documentary began in early 2016 and the film is expected to premiere in 2021.

Read More: HBO Announces Multi-Part Muhammad Ali Documentary From Director Antoine Fuqua

Muhammad Ali’s passing last year gave us reason to celebrate his boxing feats as well as his contributions as an ambassador for human rights, and as a voice and symbol of pacifism,” said Sarah Burns in a statement. “But it’s easy to forget how divisive a figure he was, proudly associating with the Nation of Islam, refusing induction into the Army before the Vietnam War had become deeply unpopular. We’re eager to get beyond the archetypes and examine who and what influenced his choices, and how he maintained the courage of »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Ken Burns’ Next Documentary Will Profile Muhammad Ali

29 March 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon are producing and directing a documentary for PBS about the legendary American boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away last June. Production of the two-part, four-hour documentary began in early 2016 and the film is expected to premiere in 2021.

Read More: HBO Announces Multi-Part Muhammad Ali Documentary From Director Antoine Fuqua

Muhammad Ali’s passing last year gave us reason to celebrate his boxing feats as well as his contributions as an ambassador for human rights, and as a voice and symbol of pacifism,” said Sarah Burns in a statement. “But it’s easy to forget how divisive a figure he was, proudly associating with the Nation of Islam, refusing induction into the Army before the Vietnam War had become deeply unpopular. We’re eager to get beyond the archetypes and examine who and what influenced his choices, and how he maintained the courage of »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Ken Burns Sets Muhammad Ali Documentary for PBS

29 March 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ken Burns is producing a four-hour PBS documentary on Muhammad Ali that is targeting a 2021 premiere.

The filmmaker said Wednesday has been working on the project since early 2016 with Sarah Burns and David McMahon. The same trio collaborated on 2013’s “The Central Park Five” and 2016’s “Jackie Robinson.” “Muhammad Ali” hails from Burns’ Florentine Films banner.

Muhammad Ali may be the most iconic figure of the 20th century. He arrived at exactly the right moment, amidst the tumult and upheaval of the 1960s, and he shaped his times with his powerful voice, mesmerizing presence, and achievements in the ring,” said Ken Burns. “But beyond the astonishing athletic gifts and mountain of charisma, there’s a very complex, dynamic man whose life story has yet to receive the comprehensive treatment it deserves.”

The legendary boxer died last June at the age of 74. The scope of his influence makes him a ripe subject for the deep-dive treatment that is »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Which Documentaries Help Make Sense of the World Today? — IndieWire Critics Survey

6 February 2017 10:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: This past Friday saw the release of Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary that speaks to our present moment through the writings and actions of the late James Baldwin. What other documentaries — recent or not — might help people better understand and / or respond to the state of the world today?

Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker

“The state of the world today” is too big a matter for any one documentary, because there’s no one state of things, there’s an overwhelming diversity of experiences — and the history of movies is as much the history of the ones that it doesn’t show. »

- David Ehrlich

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DPs Bob Richman, Buddy Squires and Thorsten Thielow on Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

19 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

It took a team of four seasoned documentary DPs to capture the stories of Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman. Shot in Montana, Kansas and Louisiana, the film documents the lives of three men (the titular rancher, farmer and fisherman) who act as environmental conservationists in their respective fields. Directors Susan Froemke and John Hoffman have the action unfold in a vérité fashion, which stresses the land and the people who work it. Among the DPs they hired for the project were Bob Richman (An Inconvenient Truth), Buddy Squires (The Central Park Five) and Thorsten Thielow (30 for 30). Below, these three cinematographers discuss the unique challenges […] »

- Filmmaker Staff

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Fight the power: documentaries to unleash the activist in you

2 January 2017 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Children in poverty, rape in the military, mass murderers at large … Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker picks 10 powerful documentaries to galvanise you into action

More inspiring culture for 2017

The documentaries praised on these pages are all ones that fired me up, galvanised me into action, which are also magnificent works of film-making well worth watching now. I’m proud to look around and, as that there are far too many non-fiction films to choose from, please forgive the omissions as I’m spoiled for choice by my inspiring film-maker colleagues.

There are brilliantly energising films that have brought real-world justice, such as The Central Park Five (directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon) about five black and Latino teenagers wrongly convicted of raping of a white woman jogging in New York in 1989. In this category, I would also mention The Jinx (directed by Andrew Jarecki) about the real estate heir Robert Durst, »

- Lucy Walker

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