Documentaries

In this Sept. 5, 1983, file photo, Guion Bluford, Jr., shuttle Challenger mission specialist, is shown in portrait on returning to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The documentary "Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier" is scheduled to air on the Smithsonian Channel on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, and examines the race to get black astronauts into space. (AP photo, File)
February 20, 2020 - 1:56 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black. Years later, McNair was selected to become only the...
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In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, Robert Durst sits in a courtroom in Los Angeles. Durst faces trial in the slaying of his best friend 20 years ago. Jury selection begins Wednesday, Jan.19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool, File)
Associated Press
February 19, 2020 - 2:04 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For someone who says he doesn’t like talking with people, Robert Durst has shown a propensity to open up to strangers. It has not done him any favors. The New York real estate heir’s lengthy interviews with filmmakers led to a damning documentary on his suspected role in three...
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February 17, 2020 - 2:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There is almost no physical evidence connecting New York real estate heir Robert Durst to the slaying of his best friend in Los Angeles 20 years ago. What does link him to the killing of Susan Berman, though, is a cryptic note sent to police with her address and one word: “...
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February 14, 2020 - 10:38 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A team of U.S. award-winning documentary filmmakers pursuing a Holocaust-era story in western Poland could face charges of unauthorized excavation work, punishable by up to two years in prison, a Polish prosecutor said Friday. Seven filmmakers, mostly from Los Angeles, are...
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Greta Gerwig poses for a portrait at the 92nd Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Loews Hotel on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
February 06, 2020 - 5:29 pm
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The mood at Diane von Furstenberg’s lunch honoring this year’s female Oscar contenders could have been downbeat, given the shutout of women directors for Sunday’s awards. Instead, it was celebratory and defiant. The 30-plus nominees who gathered at von Furstenberg’s...
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This image released by Neon shows Hatidze Muratova in a scene from "Honeyland," nominated for an Oscar for best documentary and best international feature film. (Neon via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 2:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska were in a hard-to-reach area of Northern Macedonia — about as far from the Oscars as possible — when they came upon the beekeeper who would be their subject in their acclaimed documentary “Honeyland.” While working on a short video commissioned...
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Sil Lai Abrams, from back left, director Amy Ziering, director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon, bottom left, and Sheri Hines pose for a portrait to promote the film "On the Record" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
February 03, 2020 - 7:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The documentary about several women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual abuse has found a distributor after Oprah Winfrey’s exit from the film left it in the lurch. HBO Max on Monday said it acquired Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s film, “On the Record,” following its premiere...
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Han Yeri, from top left, Steven Yeun, director Lee Isaac Chung, Yuh Jung Youn, from bottom left, Alan Kim, and Noel Cho pose for a portrait to promote the film "Minari" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
February 02, 2020 - 10:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Korean-American family drama “Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung's tender autobiographical tale about his upbringing in rural Arkansas, won two top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Awards for the annual festival for independent film were handed out Saturday night in Park City, Utah...
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Writer/director Kitty Green, left, and Julia Garner pose for a portrait to promote the film "The Assistant" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
January 30, 2020 - 12:56 pm
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — “The Assistant” is one of the first narrative films to come out of the #MeToo movement and the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The film, written and directed by Kitty Green, features a predatory studio executive modeled after Weinstein, but he is unseen throughout the movie. “The...
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, and Luis Miranda attend the premiere of "Siempre, Luis" at the Temple Theatre during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
January 26, 2020 - 4:13 pm
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda knows that, for some, the story of his life is already written. “If I can put it absolutely morbidly, I know that ‘Hamilton’ is the first line in my obituary,” Miranda says with an unusually chipper tone for someone contemplating their death. “Like, good!...
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