CBS NEWS: Bryan Stevenson talks new HBO documentary

CBS NEWS: Bryan Stevenson talks new HBO documentary

June 24, 2019

Bryan Stevenson has dedicated his career to fighting racial injustice. He and his team at the Equal Justice Initiative won reversals, relief, or release for more than 135 wrongly condemned death row prisoners. He's also successfully argued five Supreme Court cases. The new HBO documentary, "True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality," shows his life story, including his fight to create the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country's only memorial dedicated to lynching victims. Stevenson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his decades-long fight for equality.
 

HUFFINGTON POST: This Death Row Lawyer Says Americans Won’t Be Free Until We Face Our Racist History

HUFFINGTON POST: This Death Row Lawyer Says Americans Won’t Be Free Until We Face Our Racist History

June 24, 2019


An HBO documentary about Bryan Stevenson sounds an urgent call to examine the nation’s past, from slavery to lynching.
 

NBC NEWS: Lester Holt in conversation with criminal justice reformer Bryan Stevenson

NBC NEWS: Lester Holt in conversation with criminal justice reformer Bryan Stevenson

June 24, 2019

In advance of HBO’s documentary “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality,” Lester speaks with the lawyer and activist about the American legacy of slavery and how it shaped the country’s justice system.

 
NY DAILY NEWS: “True Justice” and the price paid to get it

NY DAILY NEWS: “True Justice” and the price paid to get it

June 23, 2019

Bryan Stevenson lives a fairly ascetic existence, devoting his time and energy to fighting institutional racism and social injustice as a lawyer. Yet Stevenson is turning into a media star: a best-selling author and the founder of a museum and memorial, he is now the subject of a new documentary, “True Justice”, which debuts Wednesday on HBO.

EXCLUSIVE: Powerful Clip From HBO Doc on Bryan Stevenson's Liberatory Work

EXCLUSIVE: Powerful Clip From HBO Doc on Bryan Stevenson's Liberatory Work

In “True Justice,” the Equal Justice Initiative founder connects the dots between enslavement and death sentences for Black people—and breaks down why he is committed to ending mass incarceration.

 

Review: ‘True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality’ focuses on ideals

Review: ‘True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality’ focuses on ideals

June 20, 2019

Though his name is in the title and incidents from his personal story are told, “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality” is not really a biographical documentary.

Rather this coolly passionate film mostly deals with Stevenson’s thoughts rather than his life, providing an involving examination and analysis of the ideas (and ideals) that consume the man’s every waking moment.

It’s A Family Affair: Local Award-Winning Father & Son Filmmakers

It’s A Family Affair: Local Award-Winning Father & Son Filmmakers

May 31, 2019

With their complementary sets of skills at work, the Kunhardt family has made some very impressive contributions to the world of film, with new and exciting upcoming releases to note.  

Full Lineup for AFI Docs Festival

Full Lineup for AFI Docs Festival

May 15, 2019

Opening the festival is True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality, directed by Peter, George and Teddy Kunhardt, which follows Stevenson's research into slavery, segregation and mass incarceration and his subsequent founding of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama.

True Justice Opens AFI Doc Film Festival

True Justice Opens AFI Doc Film Festival

May 10, 2019

AFI Docs 2019 will open with the world premiere of HBO’s True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s First For Equality. Directed and produced by Peter Kunhardt, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, the film provides an intimate portrait of Bryan Stevenson (pictured), founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief or release for more than 140 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row.

AFI DOCS Sets Special Screenings Lineup, Opening & Closing Films

AFI DOCS Sets Special Screenings Lineup, Opening & Closing Films

May 9, 2019

AFI DOCS 2019 will open with the world premiere of HBO’s True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality, directed by Peter Kunhardt, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, and will close with Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins, directed by Janice Engel. AFI DOCS runs June 19–23, 2019, in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD.

HBO to Air Documentary on Criminal Justice Warrior Bryan Stevenson

HBO to Air Documentary on Criminal Justice Warrior Bryan Stevenson

April 29, 2019

HBO is set to air a documentary on the life of Bryan Stevenson, an Alabama public interest attorney who has led a fight against inequality for African Americans in the U.S.’s criminal justice system. The network announced Monday that “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” will debut June 26 on the premium cable network and on their streaming platforms.

HBO Sets Equal Justice Documentary 'True Justice'

HBO Sets Equal Justice Documentary 'True Justice'

April 29, 2019

The doc will center on Bryan Stevenson and his work in the the criminal justice system. The work of Bryan Stevenson, the Alabama public interest attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, is getting the documentary treatment via HBO.

25 Good Documentaries on HBO You Can Watch Right Now

25 Good Documentaries on HBO You Can Watch Right Now

March 5, 2019

Senator John McCain, who passed away from brain cancer in 2018, participates in his own memorial in this melancholy portrait, discussing his life and career alongside friends and family and colleagues from both sides of the aisle. Through fond but not flaw-dismissing portraiture, the film is also the Kunhardt brothers’ eulogy to bipartisanship in Washington.

King in the Wilderness Nominated for an NAACP Image Award

King in the Wilderness Nominated for an NAACP Image Award

February 13, 2019

Nominations for the 2019 NAACP Image Awards. 

The 30 Best Documentaries of 2018

The 30 Best Documentaries of 2018

December 20, 2018

This year more than ever, documentaries are expected to challenge our idea of what’s real and what’s fake. That doesn’t apply to this list, which is the (subjectively one person’s) true ranking of the best nonfiction films of 2018. From the conventional yet topical to the more creatively compelling, we’ve been watching them all as the year goes on, and we’ve highlighted the essentials. We recommend you check them all out (and don't forget to catch up with the best documentaries of 2017 when you're done).

LA TIMES - Kenneth Turan's best movies of 2018

LA TIMES - Kenneth Turan's best movies of 2018

December 12, 2018

Sundance documentaries. It’s a truism that the Park City festival is the U.S.’ premiere doc showcase, but in 2018 something like 20 top docs debuted there on the way to theatrical release. Just listing my favorite 15 in alphabetical order takes my breath away: “Bisbee ’17,” Crime + Punishment,” “Dark Money,” “Hal,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” “Jane Fonda In Five Acts,” “King In the Wilderness,” “The Last Race,” “On Her Shoulders,” “The Oslo Diaries,” “RBG,” “The Sentence,” “Shirkers,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

The 22 Best Documentaries of 2018

The 22 Best Documentaries of 2018

December 10, 2018

Peter Kunhardt’s spotlight on the final 18 months of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life premiered at Sundance to universal acclaim, his lens capturing not just the activist’s achievements in the Civil Rights Movement, but the turmoil, anxiety, and conflict Dr. King waded through during that time.

IDA Documentary Awards Winners Announced

IDA Documentary Awards Winners Announced

December 8, 2018

Floyd Russ’s “Zion” was awarded best short. Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country” won for best limited series and HBO’s “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” took the ABC News VideoSource Award. PBS’ “POV” won for best curated series, Showtime’s “The Trade” for best episodic series, MEL Films for best short form series, and Jayisha Patel’s “Circle” for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Westchester Magazine Profile on Peter Kunhardt

Westchester Magazine Profile on Peter Kunhardt

November 30, 2018

A family legacy of recording history, and making it, helped produce the brilliant career of celebrated documentary filmmaker Peter Kunhardt. Six Emmy Awards crowd a small shelf in a corner of Peter Kunhardt’s modest loft/office space in Pleasantville, home to his company, Kunhardt Films. The impressive statuettes, even though slightly tucked away, silently express just how good Kunhardt is at what he does.

IDA Documentary Awards Nominations Revealed

IDA Documentary Awards Nominations Revealed

October 24, 2018

The International Documentary Association is out with the nominees for its 2018 IDA Documentary Awards. Winners of the 34th edition will be announced December 8 duyring a ceremony hosted by Ricki Lake at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. See the full list of nominees below.

Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

October 15, 2018

Said Broadcast Film Critics Association president Joey Berlin: "The year 2018 has been called 'The Year of the Documentary,' and we are so happy to give these films and shows the recognition and high praise that they deserve." A full list of nominees follows.

A Deep Dive Into HBO's John McCain Documentary

A Deep Dive Into HBO's John McCain Documentary

September 18, 2018

On August 25, 2018, one more old soldier simply faded away. But this wasn’t just any old soldier. Not even three months earlier, Emmy-winning documentarians and Westchester County residents George, Teddy, and Peter Kunhardt released the HBO documentary John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, a two-hour examination of the Senate maverick’s mercurial life and times.

'John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls': TV Review

'John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls': TV Review

May 28, 2018

The HBO documentary serves as a biography, a salute and a eulogy to the ailing senator. The most pushback that we see John McCain receive in the new HBO documentary, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, is withdrawn as soon as it's put forth. 

HBO's Valedictory John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls Is Not a Puff Piece

HBO's Valedictory John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls Is Not a Puff Piece

May 28, 2018

Valediction? Validation? Both? Does it matter? For me, there’s something a little bit weird about commemorating someone’s life while they’re still alive, although of course it solves the, “If only I could ask the subject of this documentary for his own thoughts on this” problem. Senator John McCain has been living with end-stage brain cancer for about a year, and he probably doesn’t have a ton of time left, and it’s an interesting perspective from which to document a life. 

HBO’s ‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls’ is as candid as the maverick himself - LA Times

HBO’s ‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls’ is as candid as the maverick himself - LA Times

May 27, 2018

Valor, stubborn conviction and sacrifice are themes repeated throughout "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls," HBO's documentary memorializing the life and career of the Vietnam War hero and six-time Arizona senator. The 81-year-old, who revealed this year that he'd been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, is interviewed throughout the film, as are his family and some of his bitterest political rivals.

PopPolitics: Why Trump Is Left Out of HBO’s ‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls’

PopPolitics: Why Trump Is Left Out of HBO’s ‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls’

May 26, 2018

WASHINGTON — The filmmakers behind the HBO documentary “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” interview family, friends, rivals and colleagues to capture the life of the Arizona senator, who is now battling brain cancer. But the project, which debuts this weekend, does not include President Donald Trump. In hours of interviews, the filmmakers asked McCain about Trump, but chose not to dwell on the fissures between the two.

HBO’s John McCain Documentary Is Both Reverent and Candid

HBO’s John McCain Documentary Is Both Reverent and Candid

May 26, 2018

John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls is a pre-obituary for one of the most fascinating, maddening, and respected lawmakers in American history. Directed and produced by Peter Kunhardt and his sons, George and Teddy – a team responsible for other politically themed HBO documentaries, including one about Ted Kennedy that debuted as the senator was battling a brain tumor — John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls arrives as McCain is publicly contending with the same affliction.

King in the Wilderness - Roger Ebert Review

King in the Wilderness - Roger Ebert Review

March 30, 2018

In one of the most moving pieces of footage from Peter Kunhardt’s new documentary, “King in the Wilderness,” opening in select theaters today and premiering on HBO on Monday, we see Dr. King being thrown a surprise birthday party by his friends and staff, many of whom were concerned about his mental and emotional well-being.

HBO’s ‘King in the Wilderness’ Offers New Insight Into Martin Luther King Jr.’s Darkest Days

HBO’s ‘King in the Wilderness’ Offers New Insight Into Martin Luther King Jr.’s Darkest Days

April 2, 2018

It is incredibly difficult to make a documentary on a high-profile subject that feels fresh; these kinds of films often either get caught up in chronicling every single life detail or rehash facts that are already well-known, rendering the viewing experience largely unnecessary. HBO‘s King in the Wilderness does not fall victim to these plights. Instead, it blows right past them, establishing its own unique tone from the very beginning and providing new insight to final years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life

HBO documentary 'King in the Wilderness' is a powerful look at the last years of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life

HBO documentary 'King in the Wilderness' is a powerful look at the last years of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life

March 29, 2018

It is almost exactly half a century to the day since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in a motel in Memphis, Tenn., and in that span he has been apotheosized into something close to legend. So much so, in fact, that we run the risk of not spending enough time with the actual man, of not knowing as much as we should about the controversial final years that reveal an individual more radical, and more disregarded, than he has been remembered.

Sundance Film Review: ‘King in the Wilderness’ - Variety

Sundance Film Review: ‘King in the Wilderness’ - Variety

February 1, 2018

“King in the Wilderness” is a provocative title for a Martin Luther King Jr. documentary, because it creates an image so counterintuitive it’s disarming. In the twelve years he strode across the national stage — from the end of 1955, when the Montgomery Bus Boycott began, through 1968, the year he was assassinated — King was a beacon of transcendent fire and radical moral courage. That was just as true during the last 18 months of his life, the period covered by Peter Kunhardt’s eye-opening, meticulous, and haunting movie. So why, during that time, was King in the wilderness?

'King in the Wilderness': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'King in the Wilderness': Film Review | Sundance 2018

January 22, 2018

Multiple Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt examines the conflicted period between the Voting Rights Act and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in this probing study for HBO.

8.7 HBO's The Newspaperman, on the Life of Ben Bradlee, Is the Antidote to "Fake News"

8.7 HBO's The Newspaperman, on the Life of Ben Bradlee, Is the Antidote to "Fake News"

December 4, 2017

When I recommend documentaries, it’s sometimes for their high level of artistry and sometimes because the subject matter feels important. When you think about it, it should always be both, but I am the first to say it isn’t. HBO’s new documentary on storied Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee is both. Please watch this program.

‘The Newspaperman’ On HBO: A Timely, Fascinating Portrait Of Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee

‘The Newspaperman’ On HBO: A Timely, Fascinating Portrait Of Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee

December 4, 2017

“It’s been my experience that people lie… a lot of people lie in Washington. They have no reverence for the truth.” If you’re feeling a little chilled by the relevance of these opening words of The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee, you’re not alone. This portrait of legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee could not be more timely for our current era of “fake news” and journalists’ relentless pursuit of the truth.

'The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee': TV Review

'The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee': TV Review

December 1, 2017

John Maggio's documentary about legendary newspaper editor Ben Bradlee could not be more relevant at a time when such legacy media as The New York Times and The Washington Post are leading the journalistic pack with their reporting on the current presidential administration. 

Ben Bradlee gets star treatment in HBO's 'The Newspaperman'

Ben Bradlee gets star treatment in HBO's 'The Newspaperman'

December 1, 2017

The Trump administration's campaign against mainstream journalism provides a timely backdrop to "The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee," a deeply personal, utterly fascinating portrait of the late Washington Post editor's above-the-fold life.

‘The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee’ Review: Ink-Stained Idol

‘The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee’ Review: Ink-Stained Idol

November 11, 2017

As any rational person would expect, the subject of HBO’s “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of BenBradlee”—the executive editor who presided over the Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon from office—quickly emerges as a heroic figure.

Sundance Curtain Raiser,  Spotlight on JIM by Jessica Tighe

Sundance Curtain Raiser, Spotlight on JIM by Jessica Tighe

January 22, 2016

A documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday promises never-before-heard details about the James Foley story. The 1996 Marquette University graduate was kidnapped in 2012 while working as a freelance journalist in Syria. Two years later, video surfaced showing an ISIS militant beheading him. The video of the execution was seen around the world.

Mother of Murdered Journalist: Hostages’ Return Gives Hope

Mother of Murdered Journalist: Hostages’ Return Gives Hope

January 20, 2016

The mother of slain journalist James Foley said Wednesday the family was “delighted” to see the return of four Iranian-American citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap with the United States and is hopeful that the U.S. government will make hostages more of a priority.

Sting’s Concert in Memory of James Foley By Dominic Pattern

Sting’s Concert in Memory of James Foley By Dominic Pattern

January 20, 2016

A Kennedy Center honorary, Emmy winner and Oscar nominee is coming to the Robert Redford founded festival this year. Rumored for a few weeks, it is now official – Sting will be playing the Sundance Film Festival on January 23 in a performance in support of Jim: The James Foley Story.

Sundance Curtain Raiser

Sundance Curtain Raiser

January 21, 2016

The Sundance Film Festival 2016 kicks of. The world famous Sundance Film Festival is getting underway in Park City in Utah.

 

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