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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!"...

Israeli filmmaker documents fishing experience

Sep. 14, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The local seining industry is the star of a short video produced by Yonatan Belik, an Israeli filmmaker and traveler who spent the summer working as a skiffman in Kodiak. The video, titled "Why I came to Alaska," has garnered more than 17,000 views since it was posted on Belik's...

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...