Veteran documentarian Ken Burns is in the news for his latest film, The Central Park Five co-directed by daughter, Sarah and son-in-law, David McMahon. Raw footage from the film, including extensive interviews with the five men convicted (and later exonerated) of rape in 1989, is being subpoenaed by New York City as part of their defence in a federal lawsuit.
Each year the MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships of $500,000 paid over five years to individuals across a broad range of fields. In 2012, two documentary filmmakers were amongst the 23 Fellows selected for the “no strings attached” stipend, colloquially known as “genius” grants.
Here at SBS Documentary Online, we take non-fiction films seriously. Which is why we get such a kick out of filmmakers who make fake ones and the fake ones they make. And we don’t mean “mockumentary,” a term which can be traced back to 1950s Britain but really gained traction when director Rob Reiner used it in interviews to describe his massively influential 1980s comedy, This is Spinal Tap.
Gotham Chopra is a journalist and filmmaker. He is also the son of spiritual icon Deepak Chopra. In his new documentary Decoding Deepak, Chopra follows his father over the course of a year to decipher the ‘real’ man behind the public figure who is followed by so many across the globe. The documentary, distributed by Snag Films, opens in select U.S. cinemas on October 5. Gotham spoke to Kylie Boltin on the eve of his film’s release.
Physicist and author Brian Greene, brings us a mind-blowing new exploration of space, time, and the very nature of reality.
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.
A fresh perspective on the birth of civilisation in the Near and Middle East and its dynamic influence on the West.