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2017 Ida Documentary Awards Nominees Announced, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘The Keepers,’ and ‘The Vietnam War’

The International Documentary Association has announced its initial round of nominees for the 2017 Ida Documentary Awards, including special mentions and nods for limited series, curated series, episodic series, and more. Nominees for Best Feature and Best Short, and awards for creative recognition, will be announced on November 1. The Ida will honor director Marcel Mettelsiefen’s “Watani: My Homeland” with the Pare Lorentz Award. Also receiving a special mention in the category is Joe Berlinger’s “Intent to Destroy.”

Other standouts from this first list of nominees include Bryan Fogel’s controversial “Icarus,” Ryan White’s Netflix series “The Keepers,” Ken Burns’ revelatory miniseries “The Vietnam War,” and many more of the year’s best in documentary offerings.

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The 33rd edition of the annual ceremony will take place Saturday, December
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Epix Renews ‘America Divided,’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Dates for ‘Berlin Station,’ ‘Graves’

Epix Renews ‘America Divided,’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Dates for ‘Berlin Station,’ ‘Graves’
Epix has renewed the documentary series “America Divided” and also set the Season 2 premiere dates for “Berlin Station” and “Graves,” the network announced Tuesday at the TCA summer press tour.

The 4-episode second season of “America Divided” will premiere on Epix in 2018. In Season 2, Norman Lear and Jesse Williams return as executive producers and correspondents with another cast of celebrated Americans to continue the series’ mission to explore America’s most urgent challenges. The second season will once again go cross-country to investigate the forces driving people apart and introduce viewers to ordinary people engaged in extraordinary efforts to overcome our country’s racial, class, gender, religious and partisan divides.

“’America Divided’ season one truly distinguished Epix as a destination for provocative, timely and important documentary storytelling,” said Mark Greenberg, president and CEO of Epix. “We are thrilled to be working with this team again to take a probing look at some of the most polarizing matters
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TV News Roundup: ‘Jane the Virgin’ Star to Guest on Netflix’s ‘One Day At A Time’

TV News Roundup: ‘Jane the Virgin’ Star to Guest on Netflix’s ‘One Day At A Time’
In today’s roundup, Ivonne Coll of “Jane the Virgin” will guest on “One Day At A Time,” and HBO’s “Insecure” will be available for streaming for 24 hours leading up to the premiere of the second season.

Casting

Jane the Virgin” star Ivonne Coll has booked a guest gig on “One Day At A Time,” Variety has learned exclusively. Coll, who plays the fan-favorite character Alba on the “Jane the Virgin,” will appear in an upcoming episode of the second season of the Netflix sitcom, which was renewed this spring. She will play Esme, the new love interest for Dr. Berkowitz (Stephen Tobolowsky) — Lydia (Rita Moreno) experiences unfamiliar feelings of jealousy when she discovers that Dr. Berkowitz has taken another beautiful Latina, Esme, on a date. Esme makes it clear she is no pushover when Lydia confronts her about the relationship. The role reunites her with “One Day” star Rita Moreno, who
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From the Ashes: Seeing Coal Clearly

The Tribeca Film Festival selection From the Ashes, a documentary on the U.S. coal industry and the “war on coal,” directed by Michael Bonfiglio, is available for viewing free online this week through July 3. Katherine Oliver, who executive produced along with Jon Kamen, Joe Berlinger, Justin Wilkes and Dave Marcus, pens the following guest essay on the film, its issues, and the reasons why Bloomberg Philanthropies got behind the production. (Oliver is also a board member of Ifp, Filmmaker‘s parent organization.) From the Ashes can be viewed at multiple sites now. If a picture is worth a thousand words, […]
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TV News Roundup: Josh Charles Joins ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

TV News Roundup: Josh Charles Joins ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’
In today’s roundup, Josh Charles has been cast in “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” while Sissy Spacek will star in a new Hulu drama set in the Stephen King multiverse.

Casting

Josh Charles has been added to the cast of “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” as Dr. Jerome Oziel, the Menendez brothers’s controversial psychiatrist. Charles joins previously announced cast Edie Falco as defense attorney Leslie Abramson, Heather Graham as Judalon Smyth, Gus Halper as Erik Menendez, Miles Gaston Villanueva as Lyle Menendez, and Cliff Chamberlain as Detective Tom Linehan, among others. The series is a Wolf Entertainment production in association with Universal Television, and is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer, Leslie Linka Glatter, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski.

Hulu announced that Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy have joined the cast of upcoming original drama series “Castle Rock.” Spacek plays Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Andre Holland) and
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Michael Bloomberg’s Coal Documentary Examines Complex National Issue

Michael Bloomberg hasn’t been mayor of New York City for three and a half years, but the connections he and his team made at City Hall are still coming into play — especially in the release of “From the Ashes,” the environmental documentary that is the first feature film to be produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The company partnered on Michael Bonfiglio’s film with Radical Media, the production company that worked with the Bloomberg administration on projects including the Made in NY program. “From the Ashes” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, which the mayor’s office was instrumental in founding. The documentary, which airs on National Geographic June 25, is being promoted with screenings in partnership with an international network of city mayors, as well as with short-form content for social media.

“What we’re trying to do is leverage and think creatively about the ways that we can tap into this vast network of Bloomberg’s reach,” said Katherine Oliver, the Bloomberg Associates exec who executive produced the documentary. At City Hall, she served as the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, widely credited for the post-9/11 boom in the city’s entertainment industry.

When Bloomberg and Radical embarked on “From the Ashes” more than two years ago, no one much talked about the coal industry and its effects on the environment. Since the presidential election, it’s top of mind, and the filmmakers found themselves with a feature that had taken on a new urgency. The doc’s approach is to use the data-driven focus of the Bloomberg brand to bolster an evenhanded, human story that looks at a complicated issue from all sides — and from both sides of the aisle. “We wanted to go after a really broad audience who may not all agree with us,” Bonfiglio noted.

No other feature plans are brewing for Bloomberg, but the organization will continue to focus on using its wide net of media and tech connections to get people engaged with the causes it cares about.

Radical Media chairman and CEO Jon Kamen thinks socially minded content creators should take note. “I always said one of the greatest gifts Bloomberg [Philanthropies] could give the philanthropic world was a better set of tools to talk about the issues that they care about,” he said.

Related stories'Late Show' Alum Meredith Bennett Joins RadicalMedia as Entertainment Operations ChiefCulture of Collaboration Spurs Activity at RadicalMediaFormer New York Film Commissioner Katherine Oliver Is Going Global
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Judd Apatow doc 'May It Last' lands at O-Scope

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SXSW premiere charts career of North Carolina band.

Oscilloscope has picked up North American theatrical rights to co-directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers.

The film premiered at SXSW where it received the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award and took more than two years to shoot as Apatow and Bonfiglio followed North Carolina band The Avett Brothers.

O-Scope plans a theatrical event release nationwide later this year. The documentary will air on HBO in early 2018.

May It Last is an Apatow Production in association with RadicalMedia and marks Apatow and Bonfiglio’s second collaboration following last year’s Doc & Darryl that was part of the Espn Films: 30 for 30 series.

Apatow and Bonfiglio produced and Jon Kamen, Dave O’Connor, and Justin Wilkes served as executive producers.

“Making May It Last was a three-year labour of love for us, and we are thrilled that Oscilloscope is bringing it to audiences
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SXSW Winner ‘May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers’ Lands at Oscilloscope

SXSW Winner ‘May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers’ Lands at Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope has obtained North American theatrical rights to co-directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s music documentary “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers.”

“Judd and Mike have cinematically captured something we are trying musically to present every time we make a record: an honest and artistic portrait of life as we experience it,” said founding band member Seth Avett.

The film premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival where it received the “24 Beats Per Second Audience Award.” The film is an Apatow Production in association with RadicalMedia and marks Apatow and Bonfiglio’s second collaboration, following last year’s “Doc & Darryl,” which was part of the Espn Films: 30 for 30 series and represented Apatow’s first foray into documentary filmmaking.

Oscilloscope is planning a theatrical event release nationwide later this year. The film is a portrait of the North Carolina band The Avett Brothers, charting their decade-and-a-half rise,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Ventures Picks Up ‘Elian,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Ventures Picks Up ‘Elian,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. theatrical, digital and video rights to “Elián,” the story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, and how the fight over his future sparked a flashpoint for U.S. and Cuban tensions. Directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden, the film is executive produced by Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Elián” is slated for a platform theatrical release beginning in New York and Los Angeles on May 19. The film will also be premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on
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National Georgraphic Grabs Tribeca Documentary ‘From the Ashes’

National Georgraphic Grabs Tribeca Documentary ‘From the Ashes’
National Geographic Documentary Films has acquired Michael Bonfiglio’s “From the Ashes,” the new documentary about the coal industry that will premiere later this month as part of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

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A timely look at the coal and mining industries that comes as clean power regulations stand poised to be repealed under the Trump administration, “From the Ashes” is produced by RadicalMedia (“Hamilton’s America,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?”) in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by Michael R. Bloomberg to fund awareness of the environment and push for clean energy.

From the Ashes” will premiere April 26 at Tribeca, where Bloomberg will introduce the film at a special screening. The title gets a limited theatrical release over the summer and then the will air on the National Geographic network in 171 countries later this year.
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National Georgraphic Grabs Tribeca Documentary ‘From the Ashes’

National Georgraphic Grabs Tribeca Documentary ‘From the Ashes’
National Geographic Global Networks has acquired the coal-mining documentary “From the Ashes” ahead of its April 26 premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

RadicalMedia is the production company on “From the Ashes,” directed by Michael Bonfiglio. Sidney Beaumont is producer. Executive producers are Joe Berlinger, Jon Kamen, Katherine Oliver and Justin Wilkes, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The film attempts to illustrate what is at stake for our economy, health and climate amid a push by the Trump Administration to ease environmental rules.

Distributed under the National Geographic Documentary Films banner, “From the Ashes” will have a limited theatrical release this summer and will air globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages later in 2017.

“’From the Ashes’ is an important documentary that underscores one of the most dominant and controversial industries in the history of the United States,” said National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. “The film explores the
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National Georgraphic Grabs Tribeca Documentary ‘From the Ashes’

National Georgraphic Grabs Tribeca Documentary ‘From the Ashes’
National Geographic Global Networks has acquired the coal-mining documentary “From the Ashes” ahead of its April 26 premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

RadicalMedia is the production company on “From the Ashes,” directed by Michael Bonfiglio. Sidney Beaumont is producer. Executive producers are Joe Berlinger, Jon Kamen, Katherine Oliver and Justin Wilkes, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The film attempts to illustrate what is at stake for our economy, health and climate amid a push by the Trump Administration to ease environmental rules.

Distributed under the National Geographic Documentary Films banner, “From the Ashes” will have a limited theatrical release this summer and will air globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages later in 2017.

“’From the Ashes’ is an important documentary that underscores one of the most dominant and controversial industries in the history of the United States,” said National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. “The film explores the reality of coal’s role in climate
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‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ Trailer: Netflix’s New Docuseries Is Like a ‘Chef’s Table’ for Design – Watch

If you’ve ever been curious about what drives today’s leading designers to create and build many of the world’s greatest designs, now is your chance. In Netflix’s original documentary series, “Abstract: The Art of Design,” audiences will meet eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design today.

From the shoes we wear, to the cars we drive and the buildings we see, art and design are everywhere in our lives. The docuseries will let you take a journey into their creative processes and explore their work, showcasing the designers as we discover how their innovative designs affect our every day lives.

The episodes will focus on the following artists: Bjarke Ingels (Architect), Christoph Niemann (Illustrator), Es Devlin (Stage Designer), Ilse Crawford (Interior Designer), Paula Scher (Graphic Designer), Platon (Photographer), Ralph Gilles (Automobile Designer) and Tinker Hatfield (Nike
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‘Late Show’ Alum Meredith Bennett Joins RadicalMedia as Entertainment Operations Chief

Meredith Bennett, an alum of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” and “Colbert Report,” has joined RadicalMedia as head of operations, media and entertainment.

The hire comes as Radical has seen a big increase in the volume of TV series and documentary programming that the New York-based production shop is delivering for a range of cable and streaming outlets. As part of Radical’s expansion, the company has also recruited HBO and IFC veteran Erik Batt to serve as head of communications.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Meredith and Erik join the Radical family at this particularly energetic and creative time of expansion for us,” said RadicalMedia chairman-ceo Jon Kamen. “We created these positions due to meteoric growth in our Media & Entertainment division, which is thriving with the rapid increase in demand for content, particularly for the premium non-fiction projects for which we are known.”

Radical in recent months has fielded such disparate projects as
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The Making of NatGeo’s ‘Mars’: Inside the Out-of-This-World Mission

The Making of NatGeo’s ‘Mars’: Inside the Out-of-This-World Mission
Making a documentary with crews in 19 locations around the world is tricky. Making that doc intertwined with a drama set on two planets and over two decades is out-of-this-world complicated.

Mars” is National Geographic Channel’s most ambitious solo project. Premiering Nov. 14, it features scientists explaining how humans will colonize the Red Planet. Dramatic scenes are set in 2033 when a diverse crew lands.

It’s a tough voyage. The show’s journey was almost as challenging.

RadicalMedia initially wanted to do a documentary about Elon Musk, the visionary behind Tesla and SpaceX, who is making rockets to go to Mars.

“Elon wanted to tell a bigger story about why, as humanity, we need to leave this planet and become an interplanetary species,” says Justin Wilkes, president, entertainment, RadicalMedia.

Musk suggested Ron Howard and Brian Grazer become involved in making this a major production. Luckily, Jon Kamen, RadicalMedia CEO, and Wilkes are friends with Imagine Entertainment’s Academy
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‘Hamilton’s America’: Go Behind the Scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Smash Hit Musical With New Documentary — Watch

‘Hamilton’s America’: Go Behind the Scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Smash Hit Musical With New Documentary — Watch
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” became the breakout Broadway sensation of the year, winning 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The pop culture phenomenon tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, but in a way never done before. From a poor immigrant who built himself from nothing to becoming one of the nation’s most important figures, this tale of hope is exactly what the nation needed.

As part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, the network premiered “Hamilton’s America,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Broadway hit through the three-year creative process that led to its debut. The documentary, hosted by Miranda, aired on October 21 and can now be watched in its entirety below and on PBS.org.

Read More: Watch: ‘Hamilton’ Original Cast Pays Tribute to ‘West Wing’ in Final Curtain Call

The documentary takes a closer look at the creation
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Culture of Collaboration Spurs Activity at RadicalMedia

RadicalMedia, a player on the New York production scene for nearly 25 years, has two floors worth of hustle and bustle going on most days at its heavily trafficked West Village headquarters.

The production company, founded in 1993 by producer Jon Kamen, is active in everything from film, TV, commercials, and music videos to post-production, app development, and staging live branded “experiences” for corporate clients. Radical boasts the infrastructure and the reputation that make it perfectly situated to capitalize on the explosive growth in the demand for content, particularly the documentary and music-driven projects for which the company is best known.

“We’ve gone from three to four series and three to four films in production a year, to now 12 series in production and four to five films at any given time,” says Justin Wilkes, Radical partner and president of entertainment. “It’s been a rising tide that has lifted all boats.”

Among
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Culture of Collaboration Spurs Activity at RadicalMedia

RadicalMedia, a player on the New York production scene for nearly 25 years, has two floors worth of hustle and bustle going on most days at its heavily trafficked West Village headquarters.

The production company, founded in 1993 by producer Jon Kamen, is active in everything from film, TV, commercials, and music videos to post-production, app development, and staging live branded “experiences” for corporate clients. Radical boasts the infrastructure and the reputation that make it perfectly situated to capitalize on the explosive growth in the demand for content, particularly the documentary and music-driven projects for which the company is best known.

“We’ve gone from three to four series and three to four films in production a year, to now 12 series in production and four to five films at any given time,” says Justin Wilkes, Radical partner and president of entertainment. “It’s been a rising tide that has lifted all boats.
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‘Hamilton’s America’: Behind the Scenes of Documenting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hit Musical

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Editor’s Note: Alex Horwitz had no way of knowing “Hamilton” would become a cultural phenomenon that would change Broadway and launch his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda into super-stardom. Early on, however, the genre filmmaker (“Alice Jacobs is Dead”) and documentary film editor (“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”) could tell Miranda was onto something special. Specifically drawn to the way Miranda was bringing history to life through hip-hop in his early tracks, Horwitz picked up a camera and started capturing the creation of the musical, while joining Miranda on his research and exploration of the Founding Fathers.

In anticipation of the “Hamilton’s America” premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 1 and its television premiere on PBS’s “Great Performances” on October 21, IndieWire reached out to Horwitz to find out more about his new film, backed by RadicalMedia. What we got was this detailed
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Rosario Dawson Joins Epix Documentary Series ‘America Divided’ (Exclusive)

Rosario Dawson Joins Epix Documentary Series ‘America Divided’ (Exclusive)
Rosario Dawson has joined Epix’s upcoming documentary series “America Divided.” Dawson will be featured as a correspondent in a segment about the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Dawson will profile the citizen scientists who first identified the existence of lead in the city’s water supply. She will also investigate the political decision to switch the city’s water supply from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River, a decision that precipitated the crisis.

Production on Dawson’s segment is set to begin this month.

Executive produced by Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes and Common, “America Divided” is a four-and-a-half-hour series that follows high-profile correspondents exploring subjects related to inequality and their own personal backgrounds. Among the correspondents are Lear, Common, America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Williams.

Solly Granatstein (“Years Of Living Dangerously,” “60 Minutes”), Lucian Read (“Years of Living Dangerously,” 99%), Richard Rowley (Dirty Wars, “Years of Living Dangerously”), Jon Kamen (The Fog of War, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory), Justin Wilkes (What Happened, Miss Simone?, Under African Skies) and Dave O’Connor (Whitey: The United States v. James J. Bulger, You Don’t Know Bo) also serve as executive producers on the series. Co-executive producers are Nicole Dow and Derek Dudley (Freedom Road Productions), and Brent Miller (“Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You”).
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