Latest Documentaries News

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...

Go ahead, dive inside the mind of Bill Gates. But strap in.

Sep. 11, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There are some things about Bill Gates that are unremarkable. His favorite food: hamburgers. His favorite animal: the dog. But a few minutes into a new TV series on Gates reveals a fascinating insight. The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist is asked what his worst fear is....

In 'Women Make Film,' a 14-hr epic of an overlooked history

Sep. 10, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The length of Mark Cousin's 14-hour documentary "Women Make Film" is itself a statement. The work of female filmmakers throughout cinema history is too rich and too vast for anything less. Cousins' epic film, which has been playing throughout the Toronto International Film Festival, is not a...

HBO produces documentary to help kids understand 9/11

Sep. 10, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn't a memory. It's history. A new HBO documentary that debuts on the event's 18th anniversary treats it that way. The necessity of her project, "What Happened on September 11," struck filmmaker Amy Schatz when a...

Groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank dies at age 94

Sep. 10, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Frank, a giant of 20th-century photography whose seminal book "The Americans" captured singular, candid moments of the 1950s and helped free picture-taking from the boundaries of clean lighting and linear composition, has died. He was 94. Frank died Monday in Inverness, on Cape...

Would you be mine? Hanks unveils his Mr. Rogers at festival

Sep. 8, 2019 1:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since it was first announced, the idea of Tom Hanks playing Mr. Rogers has seemed like dream casting, a match as snug as a warm zip-up sweater. "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," starring Hanks as the host of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood," premiered Saturday night at the Toronto...

Toronto Film Festival kicks off with The Band, Iannucci

Sep. 5, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The 44th Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday with a documentary celebration of Canada's own The Band and the premiere of Armando Iannucci's adaptation of "David Copperfield." The start of North America's largest film festival heralds the beginning of the fall movie season...

Alex Gibney's 'Citizen K' looks at power in Russia

Aug. 31, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney says profiling exiled Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky allowed him to explore power in Russia from the end of communism until now. The resulting film, "Citizen K," premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday. Gibney says...

Documentary looks at political comeback of Imelda Marcos

Aug. 30, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield started interviewing former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos four years ago thinking that it might be a redemption story for the then 85-year-old. What she found is that Marcos was not only standing by the controversial history of her family...