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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