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Questlove to Direct Documentary ‘Black Woodstock’ About 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival

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Questlove to Direct Documentary ‘Black Woodstock’ About 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival
Ahmir Thompson, better known as Questlove, is set to make his feature directorial debut on the documentary film “Black Woodstock” about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The film’s producers Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein announced Monday that the film has begun production.

The festival held in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park in 1969 drew 300,000 attendees and was and known locally as the “Black Woodstock,” and yet it received almost no attention from the media in comparison to Woodstock. Even so, the outdoor festival featured performances from luminaries such as Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone, B.B. King, the Staple Singers, the 5th Dimension, David Ruffin, Mahalia Jackson and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

The documentary will be derived from 40 hours of never-before-seen footage shot by TV producer Hal Tulchin, who kept the footage in storage for the past 50 years.

Also Read: 'Woodstock' Film Review: Anniversary Doc Takes Boomers
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Questlove to Make Directorial Debut With ‘Black Woodstock’ (Exclusive)

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Questlove to Make Directorial Debut With ‘Black Woodstock’ (Exclusive)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will direct “Black Woodstock,” a feature documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival, Variety has learned.

Held in 1969, the outdoor festival featured performances from some of the leading black musicians of the day — a group of heavy-hitters that includes Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, the 5th Dimension, David Ruffin, Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. The festival took place one year after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and was intended to celebrate African American culture and politics, as well as to promote black pride and unity.

It unfolded in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park during the same summer that Woodstock captured the attention of the world. Despite drawing over 300,000 people, the Harlem Cultural Festival received virtually no coverage from mainstream media, a staggering omission that Thompson’s film hopes to rectify. “Black Woodstock” will
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TV News Roundup: Ovation Announces ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ Lineup

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In today’s TV news roundup, Ovation announces its “Twelve Days of Christmas” programming lineup and Sony Pictures Television announced “The Good Dish.”

Dates

Ovation announced its “Twelve Days of Christmas” programming lineup will start Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. with “Eve’s Christmas.” The 13 nights of programming will feature modern classic holiday programming that also includes “An Accidental Christmas” on Dec. 10; “Christmas Caper” on Dec. 11; “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” on Dec. 12; “Chasing Christmas” on Dec. 13; “12 Dogs of Christmas” on Dec. 16; “His and Her Christmas” on Dec. 17; “A Very Murdoch Christmas” and “Crazy for Christmas” on Dec. 18; “A Christmas Grace” and “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’s” eighth season holiday special on Dec. 19; “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’s”sixth season holiday special, “The Librarians’s” first and fourth season holiday episodes and “A Frosty Affair” on Dec. 20; “Deck The Halls” on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24; “Travel Man,” “Amazing Hotels’s” second season holiday episode,
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Fashion Designer Alexander Wang Is Ready For Some ‘Potty Talk’ At Quibi

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There’s one place where everybody talks about the juiciest gossip and tells their biggest secret: the bathroom. That’s why Quibi has set the new celebrity talk series Potty Talk hosted by acclaimed fashion designer Alexander Wang.

In Potty Talk, the traditional talk show format is “flushed down the toilet” as Wang hosts intimate conversations in one of the most intimate places. He will be dishing it out with the biggest celebrities inside the restrooms of the most highly sought-after events in entertainment, fashion and pop culture.

“Being given the opportunity to recontextualize the talk show format is a dream,” said Wang. “Pushing the boundaries on an institutionalized model is something I’m always up for. I’m very excited to work with the innovative and creative team at Quibi who are leading the conversation in short-form entertainment.”

Each episode will feature Wang and a guest host serving as
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Oprah Winfrey, Apple And Prince Harry Tap RadicalMedia, Reveal Initial Creative Team For Mental Health Series

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Apple, Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, have set RadicalMedia as creative and production partner on their previously announced documentary series about mental health for Apple TV+.

In addition, the principals announced three key members of the show’s creative team: directors and executive producers Dawn Porter and Asif Kapadia, and showrunner and executive producer Kahane Cooperman. Along with Winfrey and Prince Harry, RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen and Dave Sirulnick will serve as executive producers on the series, which aims to dispel the stigma surrounding mental health.

While a premiere date for the mental health project has not yet been confirmed, Winfrey’s involvement with Apple could offer the tech giant a way to stand out from the streaming pack.

Apple TV+ is launching November 1, less than two weeks before Disney+ hits the market. WarnerMedia’s HBO Max and a to-be-named streaming effort from NBCUniversal are planned for next spring,
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Oprah Winfrey-Prince Harry Apple Docuseries Assembles Creative Team

Apple's docuseries about mental health, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, has found key members for its creative team.

Daily Show veteran Kahane Cooperman will serve as showrunner on the as-yet untitled series, and Dawn Porter (Trapped, Gideon's Army) and Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) will direct episodes. All three will serve as executive producers. Winfrey's Harpo Productions has also tapped RadicalMedia as its creative and production partner on the show; the company's Jon Kamen and Dave Sirulnick will also exec produce along with Winfrey and Prince Harry.

The docuseries, which will air on the Apple ...
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Netflix’s ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ Season 2 First Look and Premiere Date — Exclusive

Prepare for another inside look into the art, science, and philosophy of design for the world that we take for granted around us. Scott Dadich and Morgan Neville’s “Abstract: The Art of Design” is returning for a second season on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The series lets the designers themselves offer insight into how they first conceive of and then execute their visions in a variety of disciplines. In Season 1, the series examined craftspeople ranging from illustrator Christoph Niemannn and Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield to stage designer Es Devlin and graphic designer Paula Scher.

In its review of Season 1, IndieWire said, “There’s real excitement in hearing a creator explain his inspirations, when it’s done right — and that’s something ‘Abstract’ is rich with. You never know, after all, where a great idea might come from…It is fascinating to see this sort of focus applied to the creation
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Starz Renews ‘Wrong Man’ For Second Season As Supreme Court Strikes Conviction Of Season One Subject

Starz Renews ‘Wrong Man’ For Second Season As Supreme Court Strikes Conviction Of Season One Subject
Starz has picked up original series Wrong Man for a second season, the announcement coming the same week the Supreme Court struck down the conviction of death row inmate Curtis Flowers, whose case was examined in the series’ first season.

The six-episode second season from filmmaker Joe Berlinger re-investigates three cases of inmates who have been incarcerated for decades but claim they were wrongfully convicted of the brutal crimes.

“With Wrong Man, Joe and his team have created a format unique to the true crime genre that is both compelling for viewers and has had real life implications for the wrongfully accused individuals involved in these cases,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, Starz COO. “With a second season, we look forward to deploying our team of experts on three new cases, to continue to explore whether justice was in fact served.
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Starz Renews Joe Berlinger’s ‘Wrong Man’ Docuseries for Season 2 (Exclusive)

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Starz Renews Joe Berlinger’s ‘Wrong Man’ Docuseries for Season 2 (Exclusive)
Starz has picked up a six-episode second season of the true crime docuseries “Wrong Man,” the network said Friday.

The new season of the series from filmmaker Joe Berlinger will re-investigate the cases of three new inmates who, having been incarcerated for decades, claim they were wrongfully convicted of brutal crimes.

The investigative team featured in Season 1, made up of civil rights attorney Ron Kuby, former prosecutor Sue-Ann Robinson, retired NCIS investigator Joe Kennedy and Ira Todd of Detroit’s elite Homicide Task Force, will return for Season 2 to look into the new cases.

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In contrast to the first season, two of the three inmates featured on the upcoming season will be women. Read Starz’s description of all three below:

Vonda Smith, a grandmother with no criminal history, was convicted of beating her grandchild’s mother — 21-year-old Jessie Morrison
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Leonardo DiCaprio-Produced Documentary ‘And We Go Green’ Premiering at Cannes (Exclusive)

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“And We Go Green,” a new documentary about electric street racing, will have its world debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Variety has learned.

The film is directed by Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville. It is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is in the South of France for the Cannes premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the Quentin Tarantino film he stars in alongside Brad Pitt.

The behind-the-scenes vérité look at the Abb Fia Formula E Championship chronicles how the groundbreaking electric car racing series has matured from upstart championship to the world’s fastest-growing sport in four short years. In addition to offering compelling racing footage “And We Go Green” also dovetails with DiCaprio’s interest in combating global warming and air pollution. Stevens and DiCaprio previously teamed up on “Before the Flood,” a 2016 documentary about climate change.

“And We Go Green
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Listen: Jon Kamen Takes Radical Approach to Independent Production

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Listen: Jon Kamen Takes Radical Approach to Independent Production
Jon Kamen has built RadicalMedia into a stalwart of the New York independent production scene since the early 1990s, although the company’s roots in documentary and unscripted production extend back to the 1970s.

Key to maintaining a vibrant operation is the “community-based” approach that Kamen and his partners have adopted at the company’s Greenwich Village headquarters.

As Kamen explains in the latest episode of “Strictly Business,” Variety‘s weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the business of entertainment, RadicalMedia is home to a number of “artists in residence” who have the flexibility to work out of RadicalMedia’s spacious digs in exchange for brainstorming power and other intangible benefits.

RadicalMedia, known for such documentaries as “The Fog of War” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and a host of unscripted docuseries, is home to post-production facilities as well as plenty of space for creative endeavors.

RadicalMedia-affiliated filmmakers including notable documentarians Liz Garbus,
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TV Roundup: Netflix Orders Ted Bundy Docu-Series

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In today’s TV roundup, Netflix has ordered a docu-series on serial killer Ted Bundy and “Love, Gilda” sets a premiere date on CNN

First Looks

Variety has obtained an exclusive clip of “Into the Okavango,” the upcoming National Geographic film. Premiering Dec. 14 on Nat Geo, the film, six years in the making, follows a group of explorers who encounter the adventure of a lifetime while trying to save the Okavango delta in Botswana.

Greenlights

Netflix has ordered a docu-series on notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” will provide exclusive, never-before-heard interviews from the “Jack the Ripper of the United States,” himself. True crime director and producer Joe Berlinger will direct and executive produce. Justin Wilkes, Jon Doran and Jon Kamen will also executive produce, with Sara Enright producing. RadicalMedia will produce in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company. The series will launch Jan.
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Netflix Orders True Crime Series on Ted Bundy

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Netflix Orders True Crime Series on Ted Bundy
Netflix has ordered “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” a true-crime docuseries about serial killer Ted Bundy.

The docuseries will be directed by Joe Berlinger, who is helming a separate scripted film about the serial killer, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which stars Zac Efron as Bundy, and will premiere at Sundance.

The four-part series will feature previously unheard audio of interviews with Bundy while he was on death row in Florida. This unique and gripping doc series focuses on the man whose personality, good looks and social graces defied the serial-killer stereotype, allowing him to hide in plain sight as he committed the brutal sex-crime slayings of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978. While on trial, Bundy received extraordinary adoration from American women, which made his gruesome crimes doubly haunting, even in an era of anything-goes mayhem.

It will premiere on Jan 24, 2019, 30 years after the date of his execution in Florida.
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‘Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ Docuseries Set At Netflix

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Netflix has announced a new docuseries titled Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The four-episode series will feature never-before-heard audio interviews with Ted Bundy on death row. The series will launch on January 24 — 30 years after the date of his execution in Florida.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes brings the infamously twisted mind of serial killer Ted Bundy into the light for the very first time. The chilling series will invade our psyche with exclusive interviews that come from the “Jack the Ripper of the United States,” himself. This unique and gripping doc series focuses on the man whose personality, good looks and social graces defied the serial-killer stereotype, allowing him to hide in plain sight as he committed the brutal sex-crime slayings of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978. While on trial, Bundy received extraordinary adoration from American women, which made his gruesome crimes doubly haunting,
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Climate Change Doc ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Draws Support From Celebrity Activists, Mayors

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Climate Change Doc ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Draws Support From Celebrity Activists, Mayors
Edward Norton, Mariska Hargitay, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are among the environmentally conscious celebrities and politicians attending early screenings of upcoming climate change documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh.” Though the film’s official air date is Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on National Geographic, the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Des Moines, Charleston, Minneapolis, and Orlando will hold early screenings on Dec. 4, some of which will be hosted by the local mayors, including Garcetti and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. Additional screenings have been scheduled for Puerto Rico, London, and Poland.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies documentary is backed by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and comes as a response to the Trump administration pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The premise revolves around tweets from Bill Peduto sent to President Trump the moment the U.S. left the Paris Agreement, and includes details from
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Gotham Awards: ‘The Rider’ Best Feature; Two Each For ‘First Reformed’ And ‘Eighth Grade’ – Complete Winners List

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Gotham Awards: ‘The Rider’ Best Feature; Two Each For ‘First Reformed’ And ‘Eighth Grade’ – Complete Winners List
The 28th annual Ifp Gotham Awards offered a few surprises to kick off awards season, honoring dark horse The Rider as Best Feature, its only win of the night. First Reformed and Eighth Grade each took a pair of competitive awards.

The Favourite had ample presence, taking home a previously announced ensemble acting award and having star Rachel Weisz honored with a career acting tribute. But the Fox Searchlight release did not win in three other competitive categories, Best Feature, Best Screenplay and the Audience Award.

Best Actress, in another twist, went to Toni Collette for horror hit Hereditary. A24, which released the film along with Eighth Grade and First Reformed, dominated the distributor standings with five total awards.

In addition to the nine competitive categories, the ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street included several non-competitive salutes. In addition to Weisz, recipients included Willem Dafoe (Actor Tribute), Paul Greengrass (Directors Tribute
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Gotham Awards 2018 Winners: The Complete List

Gotham Awards 2018 Winners: The Complete List
The unofficial start to award season kicked off with a bang thanks to the 2018 Gotham Independent Film Awards.  Hollywood's A-list gathered Monday evening at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City to recognize the independent movie and TV world's greatest achievements from across the past year.   The Favourite, a period comedy-drama garnering plenty of Oscars buzz, received the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance. Its star Rachel Weisz was honored with one of four Gotham Tribute Awards alongside Willem Dafoe, director Paul Greengrass and producer Jon Kamen.  In addition to The Favourite, fellow notable nominees included First...
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Gotham Awards 2018 Winners List

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Gotham Awards 2018 Winners List
The 2018 IFP Gotham Awards are being handed out in New York City on Monday night by the Independent Filmmaker Project.

The first award of the night went to Hale County This Morning, This Evening, which won the documentary award over a field of nominees that included Minding the Gap, Shirkers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Paul Schrader won the screenplay award for First Reformed.

TheWrap will update the winners as they are announced.
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Gotham Awards: A24 Sweeps With Five Wins, Including ‘First Reformed,’ ‘Eighth Grade’ (Full Winners List)

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Gotham Awards: A24 Sweeps With Five Wins, Including ‘First Reformed,’ ‘Eighth Grade’ (Full Winners List)
A24 had a big night at the 28th annual Ifp Gotham Awards, which kicked off awards season Monday night in New York City.

The company, which has been behind major award winners like “Moonlight” and “Ladybird,” nabbed five awards at the show, held at Cipriani Wall Street, which marks the first show during awards season on the road to the Oscars.

Sony Pictures Classics western drama “The Rider” topped the night, winning the biggest prize, best feature.

The Gotham Awards have gained prominence over the past few years by honoring films that went on to win Academy Awards from “Birdman” to “Spotlight” to “Get Out” and “Moonlight.”

First Reformed” and “Eighth Grade,” both hailing from A24, won two awards each on Monday night — Ethan Hawke for best actor and Paul Schrader for best screenplay, while “Eighth Grade’s” Elsie Fisher walked away with the breakthrough actor award, and Bo Burnham won breakthrough director.
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Gotham Awards winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees in all categories

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Gotham Awards winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees in all categories
The 28th Annual Gotham Awards were handed out in New York City on Monday night, November 26. So who won at these kudos, which celebrate the best in independent film? Scroll down to see the complete list of winners below.

These awards are handed out by the Independent Filmmaker Project. Nominees were decided by committees that included film critics, journalists, and festival programmers, while the winners were picked by juries of film insiders including actors, directors, producers and writers. Though these awards haven’t aligned closely with the Oscars in the past, they have agreed on the best film in three of the last for years: both groups picked “Birdman” (2014), “Spotlight” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2016).

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This year “The Favourite” went in as a top contender with nominations for Best Feature and Best Screenplay and a previously announced Special Jury Prize for the ensemble performance of Olivia Colman,
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