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Film academy honors 16 Student Academy Award winners

Oct. 18, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "I'd like to thank the academy" is a phrase many only ever get to say in front of their bathroom mirrors. But 16 student filmmakers actually got to utter those words on stage Thursday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in Beverly Hills. Not only that: They're all...

Conde Nast, Cup team Stars+Stripes strike documentary deal

Oct. 8, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Conde Nast Entertainment announced a development deal with Stars+Stripes USA on Tuesday for an unscripted show that will follow the coed, all-American sailing team in its America's Cup campaign. The documentary series will explore the boat design and building process, crew...

Film explores Latina union leader who organized farmworkers

Sep. 23, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Years before Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta began organizing poor farmworkers in California, a woman named Maria Moreno sought to sign up impoverished farmworkers for a fledgling union. The Mexican American mother of 12 coordinated rallies, recruited members in isolated areas and...

Convicted Nazi who escaped justice dies in Germany at 96

Sep. 23, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Karl Muenter, a former SS soldier who was convicted in France of a wartime massacre but who never served any time for his crimes, has died in northwestern Germany. He was 96. Marcus Tischbier, a representative of the district mayor's office in Nordstemmen, the village where Muenter lived,...

AP Explains: Brownface part of racist face makeup history

Sep. 20, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scandal surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after a yearbook photo showing him in brownface at a 2001 costume party was published is bringing attention to a practice that scholars say white people have been using for years to demean minorities. In the picture,...

Review: From god to devil: Doc tells Maradona's mythic tale

Sep. 18, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

Who's that amazingly expressive actor they got to play Diego Maradona? The one you can't take your eyes off of, whose every facial muscle can project joy, pain, sadness, humor or anger from miles away, and sometimes all at once? Oh wait — this is a documentary, and this is Maradona himself, one of the most...

Video deleted from Minnesota first lady's tense policy forum

Sep. 16, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A deleted video from a forum that turned tense over racial issues demonstrates some of the political risks in Minnesota first lady Gwen Walz's push for criminal justice reform. Walz and staffers in the governor's office wanted to promote an upcoming PBS documentary about rigorous...

Morgan Spurlock takes a second bite of the fast food world

Sep. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Last time out, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate only fast food for a month. This time, he's the one dishing out the fried stuff. Spurlock has gone from being an avid Big Mac consumer in "Super Size Me" to serving his own chicken sandwiches in "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!"...

Underground singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston dead at 58

Sep. 11, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Daniel Johnston, a quirky folk singer-songwriter and visual artist whose offbeat career and struggles with mental illness brought him a cult following and inspired a documentary film, has died at age 58. According to a statement issued by his family, Johnston died of natural causes Wednesday...

New film explores legacy of Puerto Rican actor Raúl Juliá

Sep. 11, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of Generation X may know Raúl Juliá for his energetic and playful role as Gomez Addams in the 1991 movie adaptation of "The Addams Family." Others may think of Juliá in his critically acclaimed role in the 1985 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" as revolutionary...