The Ken Burns documentary The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science is being released on digital, DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 25 from PBS Distribution.
Executive-produced by Burns, and directed by Burns, Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, the documentary features interviews with patients, including John McCain and the Dalai Lama, to tell the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in Rochester, Minn.
Mayo laid the foundation for a medical center that now treats over a million patients every year from 50 states and 150 countries. Blending historical narrative with contemporary patient stories, the program also looks at what the Mayo Clinic’s history can teach us about facing the challenges of patient care today.
The Coolest Guy Movie Ever, a tribute to the John Sturges classic The Great Escape, is available now on DVD ($14.99), EST and VOD from Virgil Films.
The documentary follows hardcore fans that return to the locations where the film was made, revealing little known facts about The Great Escape, which starred Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and James Coburn.
Narrated by an actor in the film, Lawrence Montaigne, The Coolest Guy Movie Ever celebrates the 55th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Great Escape.
An in-depth look at the influential music festival, The Us Generation blends rare concert footage and interviews with both organizers and performers.
The 1982 Us Festival was a three-day event boasting some of the biggest names in music, performing live in front of more than 1 million people at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, Calif. It was the brainchild of Apple’s Steve Wozniak, who wanted to create something that was a true celebration of Americana, building a sense of community through the power of technology and music.
Highlights of the film include performances by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, The B-52s, and The Cars; as well as archived appearances by Johnny and Joey Ramone, Carlos Santana, Sting, Ric Ocasek, Danny Elfman, and Fred Schneider. The documentary also includes exclusive interviews with Wozniak, Mick Fleetwood, Eddie Money, Marky Ramone, Kate Pierson, Stewart Copeland and Mickey Hart, among others.
The documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami will debut Aug. 14 from Kino Lorber on Blu-ray and DVD.
A journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones, the documentary contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, highlighting Jones’s bold aesthetic. Director Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, going home with Jones to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie and backstage at gigs around the world. The film includes performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love Is the Drug” and more.
Special features on the DVD ($29.95) and Blu-ray ($34.95) include audio commentary with Jones, Fiennes and associate professor of Africana studies Judith Casselberry; audio commentary with Fiennes and critic Ian Haydn Smith; and a Q&A with Jones and Fiennes moderated by Piotr Orlov (courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center).
Hulu announced the acquisition of whistleblower documentary Crime + Punishment.
The streaming service will partner with IFC Films to release the documentary simultaneously in theaters and on Hulu Aug. 24th. The deal also expands Hulu’s relationship with IFC Films, which includes an output agreement for non-documentary, narrative films.
After debuting at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the film went on to win the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. It also won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Independent Film Festival in Boston. Stephen Maing directed, produced and filmed, and Academy Award Winner Laura Poitras serves as an executive producer.
Crime + Punishment goes behind the scenes and undercover to expose discriminatory policing practices, intimidation and corruption within the New York Police Department. Told from multiple perspectives and precincts throughout New York City, the film chronicles the actions of a band of minority whistleblower officers known as The NYPD 12, as well as the efforts of ex-cop turned private investigator Manuel Gomez as they seek to expose the illegal use of arrest and summons quotas. The NYPD 12 find themselves weathering harassment and retaliation from within their own departments.
“It was an act of bravery and defiance by all the cops and families who allowed their stories to be documented over the past four years so I’m heartened to know their efforts will not be in vain and this story made widely accessible,” Maing said in a statement. “It’s exciting to have Hulu’s amazing partnership and share this film theatrically, pursue an ambitious social impact campaign and present these previously unheard voices of active duty officers into the national dialogue around police reform. I am grateful for the collaborations and support I’ve received along the way, but most importantly to the brave participants of the film who have stepped forward for the sake of other citizens and officers.”
The film is the latest to join Hulu’s documentary slate, which includes the recently-released Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie and March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step, as well as Grammy and Emmy Award winning film The Beatles: 8 Days a Week — The Touring Years, Too Funny to Fail, Obey Giant, Becoming Bond, Dumb, and Batman and Bill.
Both were originally filmed for and seen in IMAX and Giant Screen theaters.
Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure comes from filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and offers a sweeping overview of the national parks’ history.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World, narrated by Jeff Bridges, celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. The first Giant Screen film for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative, Dream Big aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become innovators and will be accompanied by ongoing educational, museum and community efforts to expose young people from all backgrounds to engineering.
An education-focused 2-DVD edition of Dream Big: Engineering Our World will also be available featuring the movie along with a 150-page educator’s guide (12 lesson plans, including handouts), 10 educational shorts, eight behind-the-scenes featurettes and eight more short “Fun Fact” videos.
PBS Distribution will release POV: Bill Nye: Science Guy on Blu-ray and DVD April 24 and Digital HD April 19.
The Blu-ray retails at $29.99; the DVD at $24.99.
The documentary is a behind-the-scenes portrait of Bill Nye, known as the “Science Guy,” former host of a popular kids’ show and now the CEO of the Planetary Society. Nye is on a mission to stop the spread of anti-scientific thought and action, and he’s leading an undertaking to launch LightSail, a satellite propelled by sunlight, while in turn fulfilling the legacy of his late professor and Planetary Society co-founder Carl Sagan. As Nye takes on climate change deniers and evolution opponents, the documentary explores his life and work through supporters and critics.
In addition to Nye, the film features Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan and many other notable voices in the field.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Selma Vilhunen’s latest documentary, Hobbyhorse Revolution, will hit digital services April 24 from Filmrise.
It will be available for sale and rental on Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu.
The documentary spotlights a group of bullied teenage girls from Finland who spark a new organized sport called “hobbyhorsing” into a national obsession, igniting a global fascination. Visually unusual and sometimes amusing to the spectator, hobbyhorse competitors strive to place in equestrian style jumping and dressage events while riding their personalized homemade stick horses. The film’s worldwide festival release has generated features about the sport appearing in The Wall Street Journal, on ESPN and on the talk show “Ellen.” Finland now boasts more than 10,000 hobbyhorse competitors between the ages of 10-18 with leagues and competitions beginning to sprout in the United States.
Hobbyhorse Revolution had its North American premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs Festival, won the Main Prize and the Risto Jerva Prize at the Tempere Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Visions Du Reel Festival.