January 28, 2021
Global nonfiction streaming platform Documentary+ launched Jan. 28 offering feature-length and short documentary films.
The service, with a library ranging from Oscar winners to festival films, is available at no charge on streaming platforms including Apple TV, Amazon and Roku, mobile devices and www.docplus.com.
Documentary+ is a joint venture between nonfiction studio XTR and the late Tony Hsieh.
The service includes content from award-winning and nominated filmmakers including Spike Jonze, Kathryn Bigelow, Terrence Malick, Brett Morgen, Andrea Nevins, Roger Ross Williams, Zana Briski, Davis Guggenheim and Werner Herzog, as well as up-and-coming filmmakers including Lana Wilson (Miss Americana), Ramona S. Diaz (A Thousand Cuts), Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation), Clay Tweel (Gleason), Kareem Tabsch (Mucho Mucho Amor) and Laura Gabbert (Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles).
The library includes classics such as The Imposter, Born into Brothels, Cartel Land, My Best Fiend, and Life, Animated, and features pop culture icons such as Michael Jordan (One Man and His Shoes), Christian Dior (Dior and I), Evel Knievel (Being Evel), Janis Joplin (Festival Express) and Pearl Jam (Hype!) alongside important political and historical figures such as Cory Booker (Street Fight), Elian Gonzalez (Elian) and Neil Armstrong (Armstrong).
“There has never been a more exciting time for nonfiction — we’re seeing visionary new directors emerge and streaming has given documentary films wide new global audiences,” Bryn Mooser, co-founder of Documentary+ and CEO of XTR, said in a statement. “With Documentary+, not only are we building a home for some of the best documentary films of our time, but we’re giving filmmakers another option for distribution as competition continues to increase. The COVID pandemic created this great digital acceleration and we are building Documentary+ to be a key cornerstone in the future of the industry.”
Mooser’s documentary studio XTR has eight films premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, making up 60% of all the documentaries in the U.S. competition. Since the company’s inception, XTR has invested in more than 40 documentaries, including You Cannot Kill David Arquette, Feels Good Man, 76 Days, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, The Fight and more.