‘Hemingway’ Coming to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel April 5

Hemingway, a documentary from filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick chronicling the life of literary icon Ernest Hemingway, will be available to stream on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel on April 5.

The channel will also be streaming a 4K Ultra High-Definition version of the program beginning April 11. The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

The title will come out on Blu-ray and DVD April 13.

The three-part, six-hour film examines the life and work of Hemingway, one of the most influential writers America has ever produced. Narrated by long-time collaborator Peter Coyote, the series features an all-star cast of actors bringing Hemingway (voiced by Jeff Daniels), his friends and family to life. Through letters to and from his four wives — voiced by Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Mary-Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson — the film reveals Hemingway at his most romantic and his most vulnerable, grappling at times with insecurity, anxiety and existential loneliness.

Burns and Novick paint a picture of Hemingway, who captured on paper the complexities of the human condition in profound prose, and whose work remains deeply influential around the world. Informed by interviews with celebrated writers, scholars and Hemingway’s son Patrick, the filmmakers explore the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most notable works of fiction, in novels such as The Sun Also RisesA Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea; short stories “Hills Like White Elephants,” “The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” “Up in Michigan,” “Indian Camp” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro;” as well as the nonfiction works Death in the Afternoon and A Moveable Feast.

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His relationships with women — his mother, sisters, wives and the World War I nurse who broke his heart — profoundly affected his work. Yet for all his bravado and hyper-masculine posturing, Hemingway wrote about relationships between men and women with sensitivity, nuance and clarity.

The filmmakers were granted unusually open access to the treasure trove of Hemingway’s manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks and photographs housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. The film also explores Hemingway’s limitations and biases as an artist and a man of his time.

BritBox Streaming New ‘Up’ Installment Showcasing Lives of 14 Brits Since 1964

BritBox Feb. 11 announced it would exclusively premiere of the latest installment of the acclaimed “Up” series, 63 Up, on March 9. The series began in 1964 called 7 Up, showcasing the lives of 14 British children, with follow-up docu-series every seven years thereafter. 

Directed by Emmy-nominated, DGA and BAFTA award-winning director Michael Apted (The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Coalminer’s Daughter, Gorky Park, The World is Not Enough, Amazing Grace), the documentary anthology series aims to offer insight into the premise of whether or not our adult lives are pre-determined by our earliest influences and by the social class in which we are raised. 

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Following a successful theatrical run, The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote, “there’s a great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped.” 

“Michael Apted brought one of the most astonishing and innovative documentary series into our homes and hearts,” Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America, said in a statement. “We are honored to be the exclusive home to the entire ‘Up’ series and to offer Michael’s last installment of this important feat in storytelling on BritBox.”

The original 7 Up was broadcast as a one-off “World in Action Special” inspired by the founding editor Tim Hewat’s interest in the Jesuit saying, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,” and his anger at what he saw as the rigidity of social class in England. The series featured select children talking about their hopes and dreams for the future. As members of the generation who would be running the country by the year 2000, what did they think they would become?

The result was groundbreaking and the follow-up films every seven years have won an array of awards. Over six decades, the films have documented the group as they became adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between. Now, as the group reaches retirement age, the film is back to discover what they are doing. 

Apted died Jan. 7 at age 79.

The entire “Up” Series (7 Up, 7 + 7 Up, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, 49 Up, 56 Up and 63 Up) as well as a documentary about the impact of the series, “7 Up and Me are available on BritBox. 

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month/ $69.99 annually — after an introductory free trial period—on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online at www.britbox.com. BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels.

HBO Max Celebrates Black History Month

HBO Max has launched a “Black History Is Our History” spotlight page, highlighting its slate of content in honor of Black History Month.

The page links to curated programming, featuring films, documentaries, biopics, original programming and animation that focus on the Black experience.

It will showcase documentaries and biopics that highlight civil rights icons, including one of the next Warner Bros. Same Day Premieres, Judas and the Black Messiah, (available in theaters and on HBO Max and streaming on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release), Black Art: In the Absence of Light, Between the World and Me, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland and King of the Wilderness. Original programming from black leads includes the HBO Max Original “Charm City Kings,” “Lovecraft Country,” “Watchmen,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Euphoria.” Family-friendly titles include “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Teen Titans” and animated series, such as “The Boondocks” and “Black Dynamite.”

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The spotlight page will also include the 2020 finalists of HBO’s Short Film Competition in partnership with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF): “Dolapo Is Fine,” “A Storybook Ending,” “Black Boy Joy,” “A Rodeo Film” and “The Cypher.”

HBO subscribers in the U.S. have free access to the HBO Max app as part of their HBO subscription through participating providers. HBO Max is offering a limited time savings of 20% when prepaying for 6 months, now available through March 1. Terms and conditions apply.

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Content includes:

OUR PAST (Documentaries, Biopics, and Original Films)

  • 4 Little Girls, 1997 (HBO)
  • 40 Years a Prisoner, 2020 (HBO)
  • 1968, 2018
  • Amistad, 1997 (HBO)
  • Being Serena (HBO)
  • Bessie, 2015 (HBO)
  • Between the World and Me, 2020 (HBO)
  • Black Art: In The Absence of Light, 2021 (HBO) (premieres Feb. 9)
  • Boycott, 2001 (HBO)
  • Confirmation, 2016 (HBO)
  • Ebony: The Last Years of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 2016
  • Equal, 2020
  • Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ’68 Summer Games, 1999 (HBO)
  • Harriet, 2019 (HBO)
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble, 2020
  • Just Mercy, 2019 (HBO)
  • Kareem: Minority of One, 2015 (HBO)
  • King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis, 1970
  • King in the Wilderness, 2018 (HBO)
  • Malcolm X, 1992
  • Mavis!, 2015 (HBO)
  • Miss Evers’ Boys, 1997 (HBO)
  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist, 1979
  • Ray, 2004 (HBO)
  • Red Tails, 2012 (HBO)
  • Roots, 1997
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, 2018 (HBO)
  • Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights & Dark Shadows of a Champion, 1998 (HBO)
  • The Apollo, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, 1974 (HBO)
  • The Hurricane, 1999 (HBO)
  • The Loving Story, 2011 (HBO)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, 2017 (HBO)
  • “The Shop: Uninterrupted” S3, E2 (HBO)
  • The Soul of America, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Tuskegee Airmen, 1995 (HBO)
  • Tiger, Parts 1 & 2 2021 (HBO)
  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, 2019 (HBO)
  • Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story, 2020 (HBO)
  • We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, 2020 (HBO)
  • We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, 2016
  • What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali Parts 1 & 2, 2019 (HBO)
  • Women of Troy, 2020 (HBO)

 

OUR JOY (Classic Comedy Series, Films, and Stand-Up Specials)

  • Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’, 2019 (HBO)
  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)
  • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, 1996
  • Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker, 1999 (HBO)
  • Dave Chappelle: Killing Them Softly, 2000 (HBO)
  • Eve
  • Fifty Shades of Black, 2016 (HBO)
  • How to Be a Player, 1997 (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • “Key & Peele”
  • Legendary
  • Life, 1999 (HBO)
  • Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw, 2019 (HBO)
  • Loiter Squad
  • Love and Basketball, 2000
  • Love Jones, 1997
  • Purple Rain, 1984
  • “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (HBO)
  • The Photograph, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Wayans Bros
  • Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It!, 2020 (HBO)

 

OUR FUTURE (Series and Films)

  • “2 Dope Queens” (HBO)
  • Above the Rim, 1994 (HBO)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012 (HBO)
  • Betty (HBO)
  • Charm City Kings, 2020
  • Chewing Gum
  • David Makes Man
  • “Euphoria” (HBO)
  • Flight, 2012 (HBO)
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain, 1985 (HBO)
  • He Got Game, 1998 (HBO)
  • Home Videos (HBO)
  • Industry (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Lean on Me, 1989
  • “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Malcolm X, 1992
  • Native Son, 2019 (HBO)
  • New Jack City, 1991
  • Nightingale, 2014 (HBO)
  • “O.G.”, 2018 (HBO)
  • Queen and Slim, 2019 (HBO)
  • Random Acts of Flyness (HBO)
  • Rosewood, 1997
  • Sermon on the Mount (HBO)
  • Something the Lord Made, 2004 (HBO)
  • The Color Purple, 1985
  • The Last King of Scotland, 2006 (HBO)
  • The Little Things, 2021(Streaming for a limited time)
  • “True Detective” (HBO)
  • Us, 2019 (expires Feb. 22) (HBO)
  • “Watchmen” (HBO)
  • We Are Who We Are (HBO)
  • Yuli, 2018 (HBO)

 

OUR IMAGINATION (Animation)

  • “Black Dynamite’
  • “Codename: Kids Next Door”
  • “Craig of the Creek”
  • “gen:LOCK”
  • “Laser Wolf”
  • “Static Shock”
  • “Steven Universe”
  • “Steven Universe Future”
  • “Teen Titans”
  • “The Boondocks”
  • “The Jellies”
  • Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (HBO)
  • Vixen
  • “Young Justice”

 

Additionally, the select titles below will be available for free on HBO.com and HBOMax.com.

 

Titles available on HBO.com

  • 40 Years a Prisoner (HBO)
  • “Being Serena” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • Between the World and Me (HBO)
  • Bessie (HBO)
  • Black Art: In the Absence of Light (premieres 2/9) (HBO)
  • “I May Destroy You” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • “King in the Wilderness” (HBO)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (Episode 1) (HBO)
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (HBO)
  • The Apollo (HBO)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
  • The Loving Story (HBO)
  • “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (Season 3 Episode 2) (HBO)
  • We Are the Dream (HBO)
  • What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali (HBO)
  • Women of Troy (HBO)

 

Titles available on HBOMax.com

  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “Being Serena” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • Between the World and Me
  • Black Boy Joy (premieres Feb. 2)
  • “Insecure” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “I May Destroy You” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (Episode 1)
  • “Watchmen” (Episode 1)

Documentary+ Streaming Service Launches

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).

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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).

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“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.

HBO Max Bowing ‘The Mystery of D.B. Cooper’ Doc Nov. 25

HBO and subscription streaming video platform HBO Max Nov. 25 are set to launch documentary The Mystery of D.B. Cooper, about the infamous unidentified man who in 1971 successfully hijacked and parachuted from a 727 Boeing passenger plane over Washington State with $200,000 in cash — and disappeared without a trace. The hijacker had identified himself to airplane personnel as D.B. Cooper.

Drawing from a combination of dramitizations and archival footage, as well as interviews with those most connected to the infamous case and its likeliest culprits, the documentary also explores how the heist inspired copycat hijackings and elevated Cooper to cult status and folklore.

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Directed by Emmy-nominated director John Dower (Thrilla in Manila, My Scientology Movie), the doc explores the stories of four individuals fervently believed by their family and friends to be the mystery man who hijacked the plane flying out of Portland, Ore., traded the passengers’ lives for cash and four parachutes, bailed out at 10,000 feet and was never heard from again. Almost 50 years later, the case continues to confound the FBI and inspire wild speculation as it remains the only unsolved airplane hijacking in U.S. history.

D.B. Cooper is part of a collection of five crime-focused docs that premiere on Wednesdays beginning Nov. 18. Each title goes beyond the sensational headlines to explore the human toll on all sides of a crime and delves deep into the internal and external worlds of perpetrators, victims, and survivors.

The anthology includes Academy Award winner Alex Gibney’s profile of a pioneering forensic psychiatrist who has studied some of the most notorious serial killers in Crazy, Not Insane (Nov. 18); a shocking examination into Las Vegas fertility specialist, Dr. Quincy Fortier in Baby God (Dec. 2); the tale of an attempted murder by a religious snake handler in Alabama Snake (Dec. 9); and the search for justice in the aftermath of a bishop and human rights activist’s murder in Guatemala in The Art of Political Murder (Dec. 16).

‘Frontline: The Choice 2020,’ ‘And She Could Be Next’ Among Political Titles Available on PBS Documentaries Prime Channel

PBS Distribution is streaming several political titles on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in time for the upcoming Nov. 3 election.

Among the titles available are Frontline: The Choice 2020, American Experience: The Vote, And She Could Be Next, Ken Burns: The Congress, American Experience: The Presidents and Frontline: Whose Vote Counts.

The subscription rate for PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Frontline: The Choice 2020 offers interwoven investigative biographies of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden and examines the defining moments that shaped Trump and Biden’s lives, their approaches to power, and their visions for America’s future at this pivotal juncture.

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One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, American Experience: The Vote tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. In its final decade, from 1909 to 1920, movement leaders wrestled with contentious questions about the most effective methods for affecting social change, debating the use of militant, even violent tactics, as well as hunger strikes and relentless public protests. The battle also upended previously accepted ideas about the proper role of women in American society and challenged the definitions of citizenship and democracy. Exploring how and why millions of 20th-century Americans mobilized for — and against — women’s suffrage, The Vote brings to life the unsung leaders of the movement and the deep controversies over gender roles and race that divided Americans then — and continue to dominate political discourse today.

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And She Could Be Next follows a defiant movement of women of color as they transform politics from the ground up. Filmed during the historic 2018 midterm elections, the series follows organizers and candidates (including Rashida Tlaib and Stacey Abrams) as they fight for a truly reflective government, asking whether democracy can be preserved — and made stronger — by those most marginalized.

In Ken Burns: The Congress, Burns profiles a durable American institution in his portrait of the U.S. Congress. Narrated by David McCullough, the film uses historic footage and interviews with “insiders” David Broder, Alistair Cooke and Cokie Roberts to detail the first 200 years. The film chronicles careers of notable members and charts the continuing growth of the Capitol building, in readings from diary entries, letters and famous speeches.

American Experience: The Presidents, including JFK, Nixon, George W. Bush, Clinton and George H. W. Bush, includes five programs taking a look at some of America’s most influential presidents of the 20th century. Focusing on the intersection of public and private, character and history, these programs examine pivotal moments in each of the presidencies and how they affected the country. Viewers will look at George W. Bush and his unorthodox road to the presidency; George H. W. Bush and his life and career as the 41st president; Clinton and his meteoric rise in state politics; JFK, with a new perspective on his private life and reevaluation of his time in the Oval Office; and Nixon, with a look at one of American history’s most powerful figures, exploring a fateful mix of strength and weakness that made him president, and then brought him down.

Finally, Frontline: Whose Vote Counts, available Oct. 21, investigates allegations of voter fraud and disenfranchisement in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

‘Chicago 10’ Animated Documentary Reissued On Demand

Participant, River Road Entertainment and Giant Pictures will re-release Chicago 10, the acclaimed 2007 feature documentary written and directed by Brett Morgen (On the Ropes, Jane).

The documentary, about the arrest and trial of eight Vietnam War protesters on charges of inciting a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, will be available on demand via Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video and FandangoNow.

Chicago 10 explores the build-up to and the unraveling of the protesters’ conspiracy trial. The protesters include such famous counter-culture figures as Abbie Hoffman,  Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, and Tom Hayden. After numerous outbursts, Seale was severed from the case and sentenced to four years in prison on 16 contempt charges. The title of the film is drawn from a quote by Rubin, who said, “Anyone who calls us the Chicago Seven is a racist. Because you’re discrediting Bobby Seale. You can call us the Chicago Eight, but really we’re the Chicago 10, because our two lawyers went down with us.”

The trial resulted in five of the seven convicted for inciting riots. All were acquitted of conspiracy, but sentenced to lengthy jail terms for contempt of court. Later, the contempt charges were reversed, and all of the convictions for inciting riots were overturned.

The film blends interviews with narration, and archival footage with animation. The film moves back and forth from the streets of Chicago to the courtroom, merging the past and present.

Animated segments are voiced by actors Hank Azaria, Mark Ruffalo, Jeffrey Wright, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber and Nick Nolte.

Docs ‘Pizza, A Love Story’ and ‘Seniors: A Dogumentary’ Due on DVD Sept. 29 From MVD

Two documentaries, Pizza, A Love Story and Seniors: A Dogumentary, are coming out on DVD and VOD Sept. 29 from MVD Entertainment Group and What Were We Thinking Films.

Pizza, A Love Story explores three pizza places in New Haven, Conn., Sally’s, Pepe’s and Modern. They are not only a cornerstone of New Haven’s Italian-American heritage but also the establishments that set the bar for this immediately recognizable comfort food.

Filmmaker Gorman Bechard tells the story of the evolution of this modern day food staple from the landing of Italian immigrants on our shores to the rusted wheels of Frank Pepe’s bread cart, taking a journey from old world Italy into present-day New Haven.

Pizza, A Love Story is not just a tale of three restaurants but of three families. Extras include commentary from director Gorman Bechard and co-producers Dean Falcone and Colin M. Caplan; Lyle Lovett on Pepe’s Pizzeria; Michael Bolton on Wooster Street; Making Pizza with Modern’s Bill Pustari; “Italian American culture in New Haven”; “Urban Renewal in New Haven”; “Hy Katz Explains the Pizza Boy Song”; “There Can Be No Favorites”; Q&A with director Gorman Bechard and co-producers Dean Falcone and Colin M. Caplan on opening night in New Haven; the original opening; and original trailers.

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Seniors: A Dogumentary is a portrayal of the vitality of senior dogs and features Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, the celebrated forever-foster home-based sanctuary in Mount Juliet, Tenn., and Chaser the Border Collie, known as the smartest dog in the world.

Their stories are brought together through the lens of famed photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky. Klonsky is the author of the book Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love. She specializes in capturing the cherished relationship between senior dogs and their owners.

The film follows Zina and Michael Goodin, the Old Friends founders, as they relocate into their current facilities, and introduces viewers to Leo, a social media phenom who became the most popular dog in the sanctuary’s history. Viewers also meet Dr. John W. Pilley Jr. and his beloved Chaser. Not only had Chaser learned the names of over 1,000 toys, she could also differentiate between nouns and verbs, understand full sentences, and mimic Dr. Pilley’s actions after just observing them once. Director Bechard also made A Dog Named Gucci (winner of the 2015 ASPCA Media Excellence Award).

Extras include a Q&A at the world premiere in Nashville; watching the total solar eclipse at Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary; “Jane photographs Leo and Friends”; “Michael’s Thoughts on Senior Dogs”; “More about Leo”; “Springsteen vs. the Paper Towel Roll”; Jane’s photographs of the dogs at Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary; behind-the-scenes photographs; director’s commentary; and trailers.

Doc ‘The Blech Effect’ Coming to VOD and EST Aug. 25 From Virgil

The documentary The Blech Effect: The Rise and Fall of the King of Biotech will come out on VOD and electronic sellthrough Aug. 25 from Virgil Films.

The film chronicles the life of David Blech, who would be a multi-billionaire — if only he were in a coma for the last 15 years. In his early 20s, David was a pioneer investor in biotech companies and helped create an industry that has grown to be on the cutting edge of the world’s greatest medical cures, saving countless lives. Blech’s wealth grew with the industry. According to Forbes Magazine, he was once worth more than $300 million, and he was on the Fortune 400 list. He became known as the “King of Biotech” and his influence on the market coined the term “The Blech Effect.” But Blech struggled with bipolar disorder and a gambling addiction. He once hoped to be remembered for helping to create an industry that saves lives; instead he ended up $11 million in debt, struggling to keep his family afloat and awaiting a jail sentence.

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The Blech Effect follows a protagonist all too self-aware yet still unable to control his worst impulses, a wife and mother who is both a saint and enabler, and a beloved child heartbreaking in his beauty and disability.

PBS Launches PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel

PBS Distribution Aug. 4 will launch a new documentary-focused Prime Video Channel called PBS Documentaries.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel, which allows access to PBS content outside the PBS Video App, is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription via Prime Video Channels and is available in the United States only.

The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel library will include the entire Ken Burns collection as well as programs from “Nova,” “Frontline,” “American Masters,” “Nature,” “American Experience,” “Independent Lens,” “POV” and many independent producers.

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“PBS is the leader of high-quality, compelling nonfiction entertainment, and the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a natural addition to our current streaming offering on Prime Video Channels — PBS Masterpiece, PBS Living and PBS Kids,” Andrea Downing, co-president of PBS Distribution, said in a statement. “This channel will not only help bring engaging stories about life in all corners of our country to a new audience, it will provide needed revenues to sustain public broadcasting’s public-private partnership model for the benefit of all stations and the communities they serve.”

The entire Ken Burns collection will also be available via PBS Passport, a member benefit available within the PBS Video App.

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“We had long hoped to be able to have all of our films available in one place so the public would have access to the body of work,” added Ken Burns in a statement. “We’re thrilled that this is now possible thanks to the efforts of PBS Distribution and Amazon to launch the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel and also through PBS’s Passport initiative that allows viewers to support their public television stations. Both will also contribute to the larger mission of PBS.”

“’Frontline’ was founded on the belief that long-form documentaries could inform, educate and inspire public television’s audiences — and during these historic times, deeply reported and easily accessible journalism is invaluable,” “Frontline” executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath said in a statement. “Through this new channel, we’re excited to see our documentaries reach new and existing streaming audiences.”

At launch, the channel will feature nearly 1,000 hours of programming, including Ken Burns’ series The Civil War and Country Music, Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Academy Award-Nominated films such as “Frontline’s” For Sama and American Experiences Last Days in Vietnam.

“I’m thrilled to see that my work will find a new home on this channel,” Nelson said in a statement. “PBS has become a premier destination for documentary programming in the U.S. and has been hugely invested in giving films by diverse storytellers and emerging filmmakers much-needed national exposure. I’m so glad that my film on the Black Panther Party, which can inform communities in our current historical moment, will be able to reach different audiences on this new service.”