Apple TV+ to Bow ‘Gutsy’ Docuseries With Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

“Gutsy,” an eight-part documentary series following Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton as they celebrate the women who inspire them, will premiere on Apple TV+ Sept. 9.

Based on the Clintons’ New York Times best-selling book, The Book of Gutsy Women, the docuseries features the duo as they embark on a journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders and everyday heroes. 

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Appearing in the series are Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and many more.

Election Doc ‘Win, Lose, or Draw Straws’ Due on Digital Oct. 13 From Virgil

The documentary Win, Lose, or Draw Straws will come out on Digital HD Oct. 13 from Virgil Films.

The feature exposes one particular oddity of the U.S election system, the increasing existence of and wildly varied ways of determining elections that end in perfect ties. Told by the people who experienced the emotional highs and lows of a political campaign that was determined by a random game of chance and exposing the way random luck affects our lives from local races all the way to the White House, the film travels the country to uncover the most peculiar election tiebreakers in American history, while exposing the backroom dealing and insider trading of local politics.

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Along the way viewers meet colorful characters who have participated in, worked on, and voted or not voted in real elections that ended in perfect ties. They meet the woman who lost a bowl-drawing in Virginia that shifted the power of government and nearly installed a new governor. The documentary also delves into the Mississippi house election that swung the supermajority control after being reversed three times. It also investigates the coin flips between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Iowa caucus.

Coupled with historical context from the presidential campaign of 1800 to the 2000 Bush-Gore debacle in Florida, and the 2016 Iowa and Nevada caucus coin flips and high-card draws, the documentary explores important themes such as why people want to seek office in the first place and the cultural perceptions of luck, destiny and America itself.

Win, Lose, or Draw Straws from Virgil Films on Vimeo.

 

Hulu Celebrates Women’s History Month

Hulu is celebrating Women’s History Month by bringing viewers a wide selection of TV series, films and documentaries featuring women in front of and behind the camera. The celebration includes the launch of “Defining Moments,” a documentary series that provides an intimate look at 10 people who have left impacts on their communities and broader culture.

Beginning March 5, “Defining Moments” is featuring different subjects as they navigate moments in their lives that forged them into making change. The first episode features “Pose” actress and LGBTQ advocate Dominique Jackson and details the first Christmas in 20 years that Jackson shared with her estranged mother. New episodes of the series will be released monthly on Hulu and YouTube and will feature stories from Sophia Chang, Amy Purdy and Jameela Jamil.

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Hulu is also curating this content into three different female-centric collections. Collections include:

  • “Written & Directed by Women” (March 1-31), featuring titles such as “The Mindy Project,” “Dollface” and Booksmart, that break stereotypes around women in the industry;
  • “International Women’s Day” (March 8), honoring iconic women throughout history and entertainment, including new Hulu Original, Hillary, an intimate portrait of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and
  • “Made by Her” (March 15-31), which spotlights content on Hulu that was awarded the ReFrame stamp, which serves as a mark of distinction for projects that put women in leadership roles across major areas of production.

 

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To help further drive gender parity in film and TV, Hulu has partnered with ReFrame, a partnership co-founded and led by Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles, to support ReFrame Rise. The ReFrame Rise program, of which Hulu is a 2020 sponsor, provides high-level endorsement and career acceleration for eight experienced female directors who are poised to lead commercial features and high-profile television shows.

 

Docuseries ‘Hillary’ to Bow on Hulu March 6

The four-part docuseries Hillary will bow exclusively on Hulu March 6, the service announced.

Directed by Oscar nominee Nanette Burstein (On the Ropes), Hillary is a portrait of a woman in the public eye, providing unprecedented personal access to former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Executive produced by Burstein, Howard T. Owens and Ben Silverman for Propagate, the series gives viewers an up-close view of the woman who has permeated American culture for more than 30 years and her historic presidential run.

Hillary is a deeply personal, reflective and unflinching look at the woman who is arguably the most recognizable female political figure in history,” Randy Freer, Hulu CEO, said in a statement. “Hillary is yet another example of Hulu’s continued commitment to elevating powerful and relevant stories about the human experience and joins our growing slate of original documentaries including award-winning Minding the Gap and Ask Dr. Ruth.”

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“This was a fantastic opportunity,” said Burstein in a statement. “Secretary Clinton gave me extraordinary access to her life story, which is utterly compelling.  Beyond that, given the particulars of her narrative, we were able to highlight the history of the women’s movement over the last fifty years, and especially what happens to women who aspire to take on roles traditionally inhabited by men.”

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for viewers to see a real, unvarnished look at the incredible career of Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the most influential politicians in American history,” said Owens, co-founder of Propagate, in a statement. “Thanks to extensive interviews with Secretary Clinton, her family, friends, staff, and politicos from both sides of the aisle, this is one of the most compelling political documentaries in history. Hulu has been a terrific partner, and we look forward to doing much more together.”

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Featuring exclusive interviews with Clinton herself, her husband former President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, staff, friends and journalists, the series offers revealing moments from never-before-seen 2016 campaign footage alongside biographical chapters of Clinton’s life and seeks to examine how she became at once one of the most admired and vilified women in the world.