‘Meltdown: Three Mile Island’ Is a Methodical Look at an American Disaster


“Meltdown: Three Mile Island” is launching on Netflix to great reviews, including today’s from VARIETY: The partial meltdown at the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 was a perfect coalescing of factors in two senses. First, a series of cascading mechanical and human errors brought the plant close to a… more »

The Last Movie Stars @ SXSW


SXSW previewed the first episode of “The Last Movie Stars” today at The Paramount Theater at SXSW. Richard Linklater was there to do the Q&A with Ethan. From IndieWire: With five additional chapters to “The Last Movie Stars” still to go, it’s unknown whether the doc will maintain the balance of documentary with acting class… more »

Make|Shift wins a Clio


Today we learned that our branded feature documentary Make|Shift won a Clio for Branded Entertainment & Content within the Business-to-Business category. alongside mega-brands like NFL, Chipotle, Amazon, Google and the Simpsons. Only 11 projects in the world medaled.



The IDA announced today that: Whirlybird, a film about the couple who pioneered helicopter news coverage in Los Angeles, has won the ABC News VideoSource Award. This Award goes to the film that best utilizes contemporary or historical factual footage shot for use in context such as newsreels, news specials, magazines or nightly news. Whirlybird (USA… more »

Matt Yoka Remembers Whirlybird Premiere


Talkhouse just published a great piece written by director Matt Yoka recollecting the premiere of WHIRLYBIRD. For those of us who were there, it brought back a lot of memories. From the article: It was a new chapter in the ongoing saga of a city built on dreams and nightmares. Another mythical L.A. icon had… more »

“The Cleaner” Premiere


Congratulations to Matt Prekop and Erin Elders… The world premiere of their film “The Cleaner” took place at the Catalina Film Festival as the festival’s closing night film at the historic Avalon Theater. King Orba was awarded Best ACTOR for the festival. Screen Magazine calls the film “a taut and moving emotional drama.” Here is a… more »

R.I.P. Alley


Tulsa TV-6 news reports on the moving tribute given to ALLEY, the subject of our heart warming festival-favorite short film, OPERATION ALLEY. We are currently making a feature length documentary on Anthony Marquez and his squad who served together — with Alley — in Afghanistan. A U.S. Marine said goodbye to the dog he served… more »



“Whirlybird” opens this weekend in major markets. Some early reviews: “Whirlybird” proves a memorably evocative time capsule of 1980s and ’90s Los Angeles and the people who made – and captured – the news, as well as a stirring portrait of regret. — Los Angeles Times Drawing on an amazing video stockpile from the 1980s… more »

Boys State Nominated for an Emmy


BOYS STATE directors/producers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine from this morning following their two Emmy nominations this morning for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program. “Our journey with Boys State has been one of continuous surprise. This latest turn of events is as thrilling as Steven Garza’s underdog campaign for… more »

AMERICAN MOVIE on the Criterion Channel


American Movie will be arriving on The Criterion Channel in July. Their synopsis: “It takes a village to make a movie, but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the results are bizarre, comical, and quintessentially American. With the help of his mother, his eighty-two-year-old uncle, and a local cast of oddballs, DIY filmmaker Mark… more »

Why Did You Kill Me a Top Ten Streaming Hit


Nielsen has “Why Did You Kill Me?” at 253 million minutes streamed in our first 5 days, which put us as the #2 most viewed movie that week across all streaming platforms even though the movie wasn’t out for the full week. From the Hollywood Reporter: Nielsen’s streaming top 10s for April 12-18 are below…. more »

The Last Blockbuster is The Marketplace Movie of the Month


On today’s MARKETPLACE MORNING REPORT, David Brancaccio reacts to “The Last Blockbuster” and gleans some financial lessons, selecting it as his documentary pick of the month. From the Marketplace website: While our movie this month runs thick with people nostalgic for Blockbuster video stores (may those stores rest in peace), I am not one of… more »

Make/Shift honored by Webby’s


Just got word that make/SHIFT was named a 2021 Webby Honoree for video/documentary. That puts us in the top 9 finalists of the year (others included Roblox, Google, National Geographic and WebMD). Congratulations to Casey Suchan, Matt Prekop, Tim Cawley, and the entire team who worked on this amazing piece of brand marketing. Check out this… more »

Why Did You Kill Me Debuts at #1


In the last month we’ve had 3 of the top 10 highest rated films on Netflix — THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER, MURDER AMONG THE MORMONS, and now WHY DID YOU KILL ME? The New #1 Movie on Netflix Is a Must-Watch True-Crime Doc Where the Victim’s Family Tries to Catfish the Killer During our daily Netflix… more »

The Oxy Kingpins Premieres at Virtual SXSW


 From Variety: “The Oxy Kingpins” is a documentary that feels like it could be a Martin Scorsese movie. It’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” meets “The Insider” — the story of a scurrilous illegal business, and one of the hotshot thrill junkies who rode it to riches, and how that business connects up to… more »

World’s last Blockbuster video store more popular after Netflix show


First, it debuted at the #4 position on Netflix Most Watched Movie’s list, and now comes this news on The Last Blockbuster, from The Chicago Tribune: “Since the documentary aired March 15, people from all over the world have sent flowers and called the store just to say “thank you” for staying open. In the… more »

Film Threat Explores Make|Shift


Just before the pandemic hit last year, we finished a documentary about advertising (produced for WP Engine) called Make|SHIFT. It is hitting streaming platforms this week. Launching to some great press and attention, our favorite so far is this above FILM THREAT interview between the iconic Chris Gore and the directors, Casey Suchan and Tim… more »

The Last Blockbuster Netflix Premiere’s at #4


“The Last Blockbuster” premiered at an amazing #4 of all movies on Netflix! Netflix’s New #4 Movie Tells the Story of the Last Remaining Blockbuster Video It’s been more than a decade since Blockbuster Video declared bankruptcy and announced that it was closing all but one location. And now, Netflix is making us feel nostalgic… more »

Murder Among the Mormons Debuts at #2


This New True-Crime Series Is Already Netflix’s #2 Show After Just One Day Netflix just dropped a brand-new true-crime documentary yesterday and it’s already made its way onto Netflix’s most popular TV show list. Yup, the doc series is officially the number two show on the streaming platform after only one short day. And how… more »

Murder Among the Mormons A Critical Smash


Our latest Netflix true-crime documentary Murder Among the Mormons is a critical smash. We are proud to congratulate Matt Prekop for his work as editor of “Murder Among the Mormons”, working with the amazing Greg O’Toole. Chicago Sun-Times: “…an invaluable, extensive and journalistically sound record of events that will fascinate.” The Wall Street Journal: “…a combination detective… more »

Truth to Power in Theaters and on VOD


On March 19, Oscilloscope Laboratories will release Truth to Power, an acclaimed documentary on Serj Tankian, the Grammy-winning lead singer of System Of A Down. With exclusive interviews, adventures, and original footage personally filmed by Serj, TRUTH TO POWER allows audiences backstage access to an international rock star whose faith in music not only revolutionized… more »