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Why Did You Kill Me a Top Ten Streaming Hit

5/13/2021

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

5/6/2021

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

4/22/2021

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

4/16/2021

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

4/3/2021

 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 »

Last Blockbuster

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

3/31/2021

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

3/30/2021

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

3/18/2021

“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

3/4/2021

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

3/3/2021

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

2/19/2021

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 »

Greenwich Buys Sundance Doc ‘Whirlybird’

2/16/2021

From Deadline: Greenwich Entertainment (Echo in the Canyon, Free Solo) has acquired U.S. rights to Whirlybird from A&E IndieFilms. The doc, which premiered at last year’s Sundance, is the feature debut of Matt Yoka. It follows a husband-and-wife news helicopter team who covered some of Los Angeles’ most historic events. Encompassing high-profile stories of the 1980s… more »

“The Oxy Kingpins” to Premiere at Virtual SXSW

2/10/2021

From the LA Times: One year after COVID shut it down, the SXSW Film Festival announces full virtual lineup: Documentary Feature Competition: “Kid Candidate” directed by Jasmine Stodel; “Lily Topples The World” directed by Jeremy Workman; “Not Going Quietly” directed by Nicholas Bruckman; “The Oxy Kingpins” directed by Brendan FitzGerald; “The Return: Life After ISIS”… more »

IDA Awards Nominations Announced

11/24/2020

The International Documentary Association has announced the nominees for its 36th Annual IDA Documentary Awards, and a certain streaming service dominates. Boys State is nominated for BEST EDITING, and I Am Not Alone is nominated for BEST WRITING. The nominees are: Best Editing Boys State (USA / Apple, A24) Crip Camp (USA / Netflix) Disclosure… more »

I am Not Alone

Oscar Season is Here

10/14/2020

The Hollywood Reporter cites both Boy’s State and I Am Not Alone as top contenders for this years Best Documentary award. From the article: I Am Not Alone chronicles the incredible story of the recent Armenian revolution, is absolutely outstanding — stranger than fiction and tremendously inspiring.” Boys State, the winner of Sundance’s Grand Jury prize for… more »

I AM NOT ALONE THEATRICAL PREMIERE

3/4/2020

The film about the 2018 “Velvet Revolution” announces LA, NYC, DC, and Boston release LOS ANGELES—I Am Not Alone, the award-winning film about the 2018 “Velvet Revolution” in Armenia released its official trailer on Wednesday and announced its United States theatrical release. After sweeping awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, AFI Fest, and Doc… more »

TRUTH TO POWER to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

3/4/2020

We are excited to announce that Truth to Power, a film edited by our own Michael Vollmann, will be premiering at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2001, the band System Of A Down partnered with music producer Rick Rubin to record their sophomore album. Against all odds, and during one of the most painful and… more »

Boys State & Whirlybird are both Sundance Winners

2/1/2020

Congrats to Boys State for winning the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, and Whirlybird producers Diane Becker & Melanie Miller who won the Producers Award for Documentary Features. The full list of winners appears below: U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION Grand Jury Prize: “Minari” Audience Award: “Minari” Directing: Radha Blank, “The 40-Year-Old Version” Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award:… more »

Boys State Sets Record Festival Sale

1/27/2020

Apple and A24 have acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Boys State, a political coming-of-age story which examines the health of American democracy. A source pegged the deal at $12 million, which marks the largest sale for a documentary ever at a festival. A24 will release the film theatrically. The previous record for the largest… more »

WHIRLYBIRD Premiere

1/25/2020

Whirlybird premieres at Sundance to rave reviews. From the Hollywood Reporter: “Unflinching and often exhilarating.” “Zoey Tur’s reign as Los Angeles’ preeminent eye-in-the-sky helicopter reporter preceded my own arrival here, but her presence in the semi-recent run of documentaries tied to the O.J. Simpson trial and to the L.A. riots made it clear that in… more »

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann Scores in Netflix Ratings

12/30/2019

Netflix has unveiled its most popular titles internationally with true-crime doc The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann topping the UK list. In the United States, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann ranked as the seventh most popular documentary on Netflix. As reported in DEADLINE, “The streamer hasn’t officially revealed the methodology, but the list is thought to have… more »