Addie Morfoot


United States

Addie Morfoot has been covering the entertainment industry for the last 17 years. Her work has appeared in Variety, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Crain's New York Business, Documentary Magazine and Adweek. Her personal essays have been published in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Salon,, Brain, Child, The LA Times and The New York Press.

Originally from Connecticut, Addie began her writing career at Variety's headquarters in Los Angeles before transferring to their Manhattan bureau in 2005. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned an MFA in Creative Writing - Nonfiction from The New School in 2012.

In 2019, a short film that Addie co-wrote called BOY BOY GIRL GIRL was released on PBS. Starring Katie Holmes, BOY BOY GIRL GIRL is a dark comedy about a gay couple trying to adopt a newborn from a drug-addict and her abusive girlfriend.



How HBO's 'Music Box' Series Digs Into Kenny G and Juice WRLD

When HBO renewed Bill Simmons' " Music Box " documentary series for a second season in December, it wasn't exactly surprising. Critics, film festival programmers and audiences were immediately taken with the series of six docs, which launched in July. But the road to success was a long one.

Rory Kennedy Makes Persuasive 'Case Against Boeing' With Sundance Doc

In "Downfall: The Case Against Boeing," director Rory Kennedy investigates two Boeing 737 MAX crashes that occurred within five months of each other in 2018 and 2019 that killed a combined 346 people. Guided by aviation experts, news journalists, former Boeing employees, the U.S.

Sundance Doc 'Aftershock' Probes U.S. Maternal Health Crisis

Black women, along with Native Americans and Alaska natives, are three times more likely to die before, during or after having a baby, and more than half of these deaths are preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee take a deep dive into that statistic in their Sundance documentary "Aftershock."

'Jeen-Yuhs' Directors Talk Kanye West and Creative Control

Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah spent 22 years chronicling the life and career of rapper Kanye West. In October 2019, Coodie, a former stand-up comedian turned music video and documentary director, and his longtime creative partner and co-director, Ozah, successfully pitched the project to Time Studios.

Why 'Mayor Pete' Director Jesse Moss Relied So Heavily on Chasten Buttigieg's Input

In January 2019, Pete Buttigieg, a young, gay mayor from South Bend, Indiana, announced that he was exploring a bid for president of the United States. Producers Dan Cogan and Jon Bardin of the production company Story Syndicate immediately took notice and contacted Buttigieg about possibly documenting his campaign journey.

DOC NYC Fest Gets Underway, Throwing Heat Behind a Bevy of Awards Hopefuls, Including 'Flee,'...

The 12th edition of DOC NYC kicks off today - exactly one month before the AMPAS documentary branch begins voting to determine the 2022 Oscar documentary shortlist. The nine-day affair, which runs until Nov. 18, will feature over 125 short docus and 127 feature-length nonfiction films that will screen at New York City's IFC Center, SVA Theater and Cinépolis Chelsea.

'Frontline' Exec Producer Raney Aronson-Rath on YouTube, Representation and Narrator Will Lyman

When PBS launched " Frontline " in 1983, the docuseries was considered the "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries." While these days the longform investigative-journalism series is certainly not the only hope for docus looking for a home on the small screen, the program remains one of the cornerstones of not only PBS' documentary efforts, but also of the nonfiction industry.

Netflix Brings Award Hopefuls 'Procession' and 'A Cop Movie' to Paris Theater for Doc Showcase...

Netflix's awards hopefuls Robert Greene's " Procession" and Alonso Ruizpalacios' " A Cop Movie " are heading to Manhattan's Paris Theater as part of its "New Directions in Documentary" series. Both hybrid features, which are vying for a spot on this year's Academy Award doc shortlist, will screen alongside previously celebrated form-bending docus in the upcoming series beginning Oct.

'Flee' Revs FYC Campaign as Hot Documentaries Shop for Deals at Woodstock Film Festival

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. - Indie film distributor Neon is hoping to make a statement with its awards consideration plan for the animated documentary " Flee." Tom Quinn, co-founder of Neon, told Variety that Jonas Poher Rasmussen's story of a gay refugee who fled to safety in Denmark from his home in Afghanistan as a child, will be submitted for Oscar best picture consideration in addition to the documentary, animation and foreign language categories.

Diane Weyermann, Participant Executive and 'Inconvenient Truth' Producer, Dies at 66

Diane Weyermann, chief content officer at Participant and former director of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program died Thursday of cancer in New York. She was 66. For the last three decades, Weyermann played a seminal role in supporting the documentary community and shaping the nonfiction landscape during stints at Participant and the Sundance Institute.

Paramount Plus Begins Streaming MTV Documentary Oscar Hopefuls (EXCLUSIVE)

MTV Documentary Films' Hogir Hirori's " Sabaya" and Jessica Kingdon's " Ascension " will make their streaming debut on Paramount Plus today as the MTV ramps up its awards campaign for both. Both feature docs are in the running for an Oscar nomination and will become available to stream today at 10 a.m.

'A Different Ballgame': Streamers Shake Up the Oscar Documentary Race

Less than a decade ago the campaign to win an Academy Award for feature documentary did not include billboards on Sunset Boulevard, six-figure one-page ads in the New York Times and incessant screenings at New York's Crosby Hotel or Los Angeles' Four Seasons followed by free food and cocktails for Academy documentary branch members.

Filmmaker Chris Smith on '100 Foot Wave,' Surfing and 'Tiger King'

Two decades after his breakthrough as a documentary filmmaker, Chris Smith is on a tear in the non-fiction realm, having directed "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond," "Fyre," and "Operation Variety Blues: The College Admissions Scandal" in the past four years, while also serving as an executive producer of last year's pandemic docuseries sensation " Tiger King."

IDA's Rick Perez on the Dangers of Relying on a Documentary A-List: 'We Need a Chorus of Diverse...

In May, Richard Ray "Rick" Perez became the first person of color to serve as executive director of the Intl. Documentary Assn., taking over for outgoing leader Simon Kilmurry following a six-year run. A documentary filmmaker turned exec, Perez most recently was the director of acquisitions and distribution strategies at GBH's World Channel, in charge of curating and acquiring documentaries for the digital platform's three original series.

How Fair Use Has Transformed Docuseries

In February HBO released " Allen v. Farrow," a four-part docuseries that examined the events that led up to Dylan Farrow's sexual abuse allegations against her father, Woody Allen. That same month Skyhorse Publishing threatened a copyright infringement lawsuit against the premium cabler and the docuseries' directors, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, over the series' use of unauthorized audio excerpts from Allen's 2020 memoir, "Apropos of Nothing."

'The Jinx' Ignited Demand for Lengthy Docuseries, but the Pendulum Is Swinging Back to Shorter...

Six years ago, " The Jinx," HBO's six-part series about murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, reinvigorated the long-form docuseries format. A mad rush by premium cablers and streamers to come up with the next "Jinx" followed, with Netflix's 10-part "Making a Murderer" later that year and ESPN's format busting "O.J.: Made in America" in 2016 further whetting the appetite for long-form docuseries.

Inside the Shark Week Vs. SharkFest Battle for Cable and Streaming Viewers

Discovery and National Geographic's annual battle for shark programming supremacy has crossed platforms to include both of their streaming services, with exclusive feature-length documentaries a notable part of their broader programming mix this summer. Together, the companies will air 66 hours of new shark programming through the remainder of summer, the majority of it on Discovery's Shark Week, now in its 33rd year.

Study Finds Pandemic Presented Women With New Challenges and Opportunities

"Women leaders in particular are finding that empathetic leadership - when they bring their whole self to work, when they are a little bit vulnerable, and when they share with fellow employees what they are going through - enables them to better connect with employees who are struggling," says Laura Newinski, deputy chair and chief operating officer of KPMG.

Cinemagoing at Iconic Venue Makes a Comeback in Sag Harbor

In 2016 a fire nearly destroyed the only arthouse cinema on the East End of Long Island. Five years and $18 million dollars later, the iconic, century-old Sag Harbor Cinema is once again open for business. A former whaling village, Sag Harbor, NY, located between Southampton and East Hampton, was at one point a thriving working-class community full of artists like John Steinbeck.

How Davis Guggenheim Turned Concordia Studio Into a Doc Powerhouse

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson's " Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)," released nationwide in theaters July 2 and simultaneously on Hulu's streaming service, is the latest in a series of high-profile documentaries from L.A.-based Concordia Studio since it formally launched early last year.

'A Teacher' Delivers Compelling Lessons on Predatory Relationships

Salacious headlines involving teachers who prey on students have segued into the storylines of plenty of movies and television series over the years. But with FX's "A Teacher," creator Hannah Fidell wanted to go beyond the sensational clickbait and thoroughly explore the damaging consequences of teacher-student sexual abuse.

Laura Dern Steps Up to Support Animated Short About Grief in the Face of Tragedy

When the animated short "If Anything Happens I Love You" debuted on Netflix, it soon became a viral sensation. Viewers found the dialogue-free film, about two parents grappling with grief after losing their daughter in a school shooting, so moving it spawned a "Can you get through this film without crying?"

How Docuseries Balance the Need to Educate as Well as Entertain

The white-hot market for the next entertaining, obsessive, engaging, gasp-inducing docuseries that leads to real-world change is still very much alive and well. In the past six months alone, docuseries including HBO's "Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children," Lifetime's " Surviving R.

Russell Simmons Accusers Don't Think Music Business Will Have Its #MeToo Moment

In January at the Sundance Film Festival, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's " On The Record," a searing look at sexual harassment allegations against music mogul Russell Simmons, debuted and received two thunderous standing ovations. The warm reception came after the film was engulfed in a media firestorm, one sparked by Oprah Winfrey's decision to remove herself from the project as executive producer.

Hamptons Festival Mixes Online and Drive-In Screenings and Events

For the past 27 years the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival meant fancy cocktail hours, plenty of celebrity sightings and the unspooling of award season's buzziest films. The 28th annual edition, like everything in 2020, will feel different. The Long Island-based fest, which runs Oct. 8-14, will be virtual and offer a select number of drive-in screenings.

Tom Paul Talks Sound Mixing for Sundance's Biggest Films

Tom Paul can finally exhale. At the end of each November, for more than 20 years, the New York-based sound designer turns nocturnal. Forgoing sleep means he'll have just enough time to complete the sound edit and mix for the multitude of films he was hired to work on that are premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the most recent edition of which wrapped on Sunday.

Braun Brothers Sail Their Submarine Into Oscar Doc Waters

Heading into sundance 2020, twin brothers Josh and Dan Braun keep fielding the same question: "What is this year's ' Honeyland?'" It's not a surprising question because the Braun brothers are the co-founders and co-presidents of Submarine Entertainment, the New York-based sales, production and distribution company that sold Oscar-nominated " Honeyland " to Neon 12 months ago after its Sundance premiere.

Oscar Documentary Branch Proves Surprisingly Consistent

It's been said time and again that the Academy's documentary branch is a consistently unpredictable bunch. But are they? Given their Oscar nomination track record, it certainly doesn't seem like it. The group has made their likes and dislikes perfectly clear in recent years.

The Kids Are All Right: Sundance Docs Showcase Inspiring Young People

At this year's Sundance Film Festival four documentaries spotlight adolescents who inspire change while also holding a mirror up to a society that provoked their pain and path to resistance. In Kim Snyder's " Us Kids " the director focuses her lens on a handful of teenagers who survived the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

How Charlize Theron Helped Save Her 'Bombshell' Production

Exactly two weeks before " Bombshell" was set to begin shooting, Annapurna backed out of the $35 million production. Producer Charlize Theron, who also stars in the film, was on a location scout with production department heads when she heard the bad news.

Norman Lear Award Recipient Marta Kauffman Got Her Start From the TV Icon

As fate would have it, Norman Lear gave Marta Kauffman, recipient of this year's Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at the PGA Awards, her first job in television development close to 35 years ago. The result was "The Powers That Be," which Kauffman created with David Crane and Lear executive produced.

How Mark Monroe Helps Keep Documentaries on Track

It was November 2018 and Nanfu Wang had four weeks before picture-lock on her third feature documentary, " One Child Nation." The film, which Wang co-directed and edited, had already been accepted to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival but wasn't quite ready. "I was debating and really struggling with what note to end the film on," Wang says.

Documentaries Made in the Aftermath of Crime Tread a Careful Path

Every year, documentaries that examine crimes are made. Some, such as Ezra Edelman's "O.J.: Made in America," Joshua Rofe's "Lorena" and most recently Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park," study a single crime decades after the fact in hopes o...

Oscar Documentary Race Shaping Up to be Year of the Woman

When it comes to the film industry's non-fiction arm, 2019 has proven to be the year of the woman. Not only are females behind the majority of this year's high-profile documentaries, they are also, thus far, dominating the non-fiction feature awards race.

IFP Boss Jeffrey Sharp Wants the Gotham Awards to Have a Broader Reach

Nineteen years after he attended the Gotham Awards for the first time, Jeffrey Sharp is overseeing the closely watched kudofest as the Independent Filmmaker Project's new executive director. Under former exec director Joana Vicente's nine-year tenure at IFP, the Gotham Awards expanded from a small New York-centric dinner that honored the year's best under-the-radar films to a critical early campaign event for underdog Oscar contenders.

Producers Guild Program Combating Sexual Harassment Kicks Into High Gear

Producers Guild co-presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher are headed to the org's annual awards celebration Jan. 18 with a big accomplishment under their respective belts: its anti-harassment program kicked into high gear in 2019, providing free training to 350 people in six months.

Impact Partners Names Jenny Raskin Executive Director (EXCLUSIVE)

Jenny Raskin has been named executive director of Impact Partners, a documentary film funding company. Raskin replaces Impact co-founder Dan Cogan, who will continue his involvement with the company in an advisory role. Raskin will work closely with Impact's co-founder and veteran producer Geralyn Dreyfous, who serves in an advisory role to the company.

IFP Gotham Awards Gets Animated About TV Offerings

The IFP tweaked its Gotham Awards categories this year to better reflect the rich landscape on the small screen, and nominated two animated series in the process. "Tuca & Bertie" and " Undone" will both compete for breakthrough short-form series honors this year, vying with "Pen15," "Ramy" and "Russian Doll."

Streamers Make Positive Impact on Docs, but Filmmakers Keep Eye on Theatrical Future

It is the best of times and, arguably, the trickiest of times when it comes to the documentary industry. There's no doubt that 2018 was a banner year for documentaries at the box office with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin's Academy Award-winning "Free Solo" garnering $29 million; Morgan Neville's "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks 'Seinfeld,' 'Sexist' Environment at 'SNL' in Q&A With Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus swapped stories about "Saturday Night Live," Northwestern University, "Seinfeld" and the possibility of running for office during a Q&A held Saturday as part of Montclair Film Festival's annual "Evening with Stephen Colbert " fundraiser. Colbert, a Montclair resident, has long been a booster of the festival, which is going into its ninth year in May.

Streamers Give the Documentary Field a Boost

It's been said that the golden age of nonfiction filmmaking is upon us. From "The Jinx" to "CitizenFour" to "Free Solo," the documentary sector has exploded creatively and commercially in the past few years. Key to the docu spike has been Netflix's decision to enter the arena in a big way - and with a fat checkbook.

AFI Fest Puts Nonfiction in the Spotlight

Documentaries will play a more prominent role than ever before at the AFI Fest, which kicks off Nov. 14. While AFI Fest 2018 featured 15 documentary features playing in various categories, this year's edition of Los Angeles-based fest will play host to 22 feature docs, 16 of which will screen i...

NYFF Docs Illuminate Gotham's Hidden Byways

The documentary lineup at the New York Film Festival showcases largely hidden worlds of the city and nearby environs. When Tania Cypriano began filming Dr. Jess Ting at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital in 2017, he was one of only 40 surgeons in the United States who performed gender-confirming surgery.

CNN Films' Sexton Talks About the Impact of Strong Documentaries

Last year, two CNN original documentaries, "RBG" and "Three Identical Strangers," garnered $14 million and $12 million, respectively, at the box office. The abnormally lofty B.O. numbers made the film arm of the cable news channel an unlikely belle of the nonfiction community. Behind both docs was executive producer and CNN Films vice president, Courtney Sexton.

Global Issues, Foreign Power Dominate Toronto Documentary Lineup

Fueled by streamers and strong B.O. on high-profile titles, the documentary genre has exploded, and Toronto Intl. Film Festival documentary programmer Thom Powers sifted through 850 possibilities before determining this year's non-fiction lineup. While these 25 films vary widely, "politics is going to be ever-present in this section," Powers says.

Why the Relationship Between Director and Editor Is Essential for Emmy-Nominated Docus

Unlike narrative projects, documentaries are created in the edit suite. There, hundreds of hours of verité footage, archival materials, talking heads and even animated sequences need to be sorted through, digested and culled together to form a comprehensive, succinct and, with any luck, interesting and entertaining nonfiction series or specials.

Portrait Docus Dominate at Sundance

It's not entirely surprising that portrait documentaries dominate this year's Sundance nonfiction lineup. Two of the biggest nonfiction films of 2018 - "RBG" and "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" - are profile films that premiered at last year's Sundance and later made the Oscar docu s...

Santa Barbara Fest Pumps Up Local Fare After Disasters

It's been one year since deadly fires and mudslides came close to shutting down the 33rd edition of the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival. The Thomas Fire and subsequent flooding devastated the city and left 23 dead in the Montecito area. After some soul searching, organizers decided to carry on as scheduled.

Oscar Documentary Nominees Break the Mold

Known as a notoriously unpredictable bunch, the Academy's documentary branch has become rather predictable in the past two years. The evidence lies in the films they choose not to recognize come Oscar time: Films such as Brett Morgen's 2017 Jane Goodall docu, "Jane," and two of last year's biggest nonfiction box office successes - Morgan Neville's "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

IFP/Gotham Awards Became an Oscar Bellwether Under Outgoing Joana Vicente's Watch

Since becoming the Independent Film Project's executive director in late 2009, Joana Vicente has made her mark. In addition to increasing IFP's grant support, she also helped found the Made in NY Media Center and transitioned the org from a film-based foundation to an org that supports various media including film, television, web, podcasts and virtual reality.

Why Uplifting Documentaries Took Over the Box Office in 2018

Documentaries have a reputation for being, as Jerry Seinfeld put it at the 2007 Oscars, "incredibly depressing." But not this year. While 2018 has seen its share of high-profile political docus, including Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" and Errol Morris' "American Dharma," audiences seem to be in serious need of inspirational non-fiction films that don't deal directly with politics.

AFI Fest Boosts Female Directors Under New Leader

In June, a mere five months before the American Film Institute's 32nd annual film festival, Michael Lumpkin took over the reins from fest director Jacqueline Lyanga, who exited after eight years at the helm.

Emmys Love Docs but There's Confusion About the Categories

In 2005, when the public's love affair with theatrical feature documentaries was at an all-time high, the Television Academy decided to create a juried Emmy award for nonfiction projects. The new kudo, called exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking, would not be part of the overall Primetime Emmy ballot.

Doc Series Grow in Popularity, More Filmmakers Are Drawn to the Storytelling Format

Once upon a time, a feature-length documentary that did well theatrically was the holy grail of nonfiction film. But in 2015, the nonfiction world began to change. That year, HBO's six-part series "The Jinx," about murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst, aired to great acclaim and became a pop-cultural phenomenon.

Toronto Docs Tackle Politics and Current Affairs

It's been close to two years since the 2016 presidential election and although a few documentaries about President Trump have been released, including Jack Bryan's "Active Measures" and Maxim Pozdorovkin's "Our New President," there has yet to be a seminal film about the making of America's 45th president. Until TIFF 2018.

How TV Series Can Break Into the Emmy Race at Any Age

Television academy voters have been known to snub series that originally missed the Emmy boat in subsequent seasons: Consider "The Leftovers," "Oz" and "The Wire." None of those shows were ever nominated in the drama series category despite overwhelming critical acclaim.

New Jersey Film and TV Tax Credit Returns

After three years in the dark, New Jersey 's film and television production tax credit has officially returned. In May, the Garden State's newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy vowed to restore the tax incentive. At a Montclair Film forum in Montclair, N.J., the state's Motion Picture and Television Commission associate director, David W.

Current Events Get Quick Greenlights as Doc Series Tackle Big Issues

Gone are the days when HBO, PBS and Showtime ruled the documentary marketplace. Netflix and Amazon - as well as the recent emergence of digital distributors including Apple, Facebook, Hulu and YouTube Red - have changed the face of the docu genre: There is a newfound excitement around unscripted projects.

At Tribeca, Documentaries Dig Deep Beyond the Headlines

Frank Wuterich, Sandra Bland and Rachel Dolezal captured the attention of the country for weeks, sometimes months, only to eventually be eclipsed by fresher faces in the news. But documentary filmmakers couldn't forget their stories - or those of other news makers.

Discovery Orders Docu Series 'Why We Hate' From Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (EXCLUSIVE)

Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney have teamed to produce a docu-series for Discovery Channel examining the origins and dangers of hate. The two Oscar winners will executive produce the six-part series tentatively titled " Why We Hate." Spielberg's Amblin Television partnered with Gibney's Jigsaw Productions on the project, which began production earlier this year and will air on Discovery in 2019.

Netflix Nabs 'Bobby Kennedy for President' Documentary Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix will revisit the political legacy of Robert F. Kennedy with the four-hour documentary series "Bobby Kennedy For President." The series, which launches globally on April 27, is timed to correspond with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's 83-day presidential run, which officially began ...

Rachel Dretzin's 'Far From the Tree' to Open Montclair Film Festival

Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Ethan Hawke and Rachel Weisz are heading to New Jersey for the seventh annual Montclair Film Festival. Kicking off on April 26 with Rachel Dretzin's "Far From the Tree," the 11-day fest will feature 77 feature films, 94 shorts and 13 special events including pane...

Documentary Patrons Impact Partners Make Splashes at Sundance

Michelangelo had Pope Julius II and the Medici family. And socially minded documentary filmmakers have Impact Partners. While they aren't popes or an Italian dynasty, Impact Partners' 43 members are patrons of the arts. Specifically they are 43 high-net-worth individuals - multi-millionaires, and in some cases, billionaires - who seek to promote social change through nonfiction film.

TV Hijacks Film Fests for High-Profile Bows

As rival top-tier film festivals across the globe began to program episodic television, Cannes' artistic director Thierry Fremaux remained a notable holdout - until recently. SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders Earlier this year, he relented and invited David Lynch's " Twin Peaks" TV reboot and Jane Campion's " Top of the Lake 2: China Girl" to the Croisette for special screenings, the former with full red-carpet treatment.

Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination. Unlike "Moonlight," "Spotlight" and "12 Years a Slave," nonfiction feature Oscar winners including "CitizenFour," "Taxi to the Dark...

Female Directors Break Down Barriers in Documentary Awards Race

It's been well documented that Hollywood is no picnic for women. But when it comes to documentaries, females thrive. SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders This story first appeared in the November 10, 2015 issue of Variety. When Laura Poitras won the Academy Award for "Citizenfour" last year, she joined a group of 10 female nonfiction directors who have also won an Oscar.

Tribeca Documentaries Showcase Timely Political Issues

While social justice and eco-themed documentaries are once again prevalent at Tribeca, portrait docs focusing on politically controversial subjects dominate the nonfiction lineup. Ronald Reagan, Elián González, Frank Serpico, Roger Stone, Rodney King and WeCopwatch member Ramsey Orta, who filmed Eric Garner's fatal Staten Island arrest, are among the many famous and infamous figures being explored by 11 directors including Sierra Pettengill, Camilla Hall and Academy Award winners Dan Lindsay...

Sundance Documentaries Focus on More Human Side of Life

While political and eco-themed documentaries are once again prevalent at Sundance, portrait docus dominate this year's nonfiction lineup. This story first appeared in the January 20, 2015 issue of Variety. Kurt Cobain, Barry Crimmins, Marlon Brando, Tig Notaro, Robert "Evel" Knievel, Warren Jeffs and Nina Simone are among the many famous and infamous figures being explored by Sundance veteran directors including Bobcat Goldthwait, Amy Berg, Liz Garbus and Brett Morgen.

Stephen Colbert Would 'Love' to Headline a Trump Correspondents' Dinner

If President Trump is looking for a celebrity to host the White House Correspondents Dinner, Stephen Colbert is available. On Saturday, the late-night host was at a 1980s dance party fundraiser benefiting the upcoming Montclair Film Festival. Colbert, a Montclair resident, has long been a booster of the event, which is going into its sixth year in April.

Examining Gender Bias in the Documentary World

The institutional bias against minorities and women within the Academy has been widely discussed. However, encouraging Oscar docu statistics as well as an impressive roster of female nonfiction gatekeepers suggest that women in the documentary arena are not only breaking down barriers but also successfully steering the ship.

Emmy in Reach for Docs That Ran in the Oscar Race

Thanks to such deep-pocketed streamers as Netflix, Amazon and now Hulu, the campaign to win an Oscar for documentary has evolved into a pricey, cutthroat endeavor. But the fight for a little gold man doesn't end after the Academy Awards - it starts right back up again for the Primetime Emmy race.

Full Frame: 'King Georges,' 'From This Day Forward' Among Doc Fest Hits

In its 18-year history, Full Frame has become one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the nonfiction community. While it's not a marketplace, the Durham, N.C.-based four-day fest gives well received Sundance and SXSW docs a boost, while also showcasing smaller films seeking distribution.

Toronto: Morgan Spurlock Takes a Bite Out of 'Chicken' in New Documentary

Morgan Spurlock is back baiting the big food industry with "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!" In 2004's Oscar-nominated "Super Size Me," the filmmaker took on McDonald's, and now tackles the chicken industry by opening his own fast-food chicken franchise to investigate and challenge the multibillion-dollar business of chicken.

Documentary Community Embraces Tribeca Fest

Documentaries "Street Fight," "Jesus Camp," "Which Way Home" and "Taxi to the Dark Side" have two things in common: Oscar nominations (which "Taxi" would go on to win) and world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. This story first appeared in the April 15, 2014 issue of Variety.

In Oscar Documentary Race, First Time Can Be the Charm

It's never easy being green, but if you're a documentary filmmaker it can have its advantages. Especially come Oscar season. In the past two decades, 12 directors have taken home the Academy Award for their very first documentary theatrical feature. They include Ezra Edelman ("O.J.

PGA Honorees Sound Off on Risk, Reward and Storytelling

Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy, and Charles Roven will all be honored at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20. DuVernay, the guild's Visionary Award honoree, first picked up a movie camera 13 years ago. She was 32. Since then the L.A.

Personal Essays

Real Simple
A Scarcity Mindset Can Make or Break Women's Retirement

Far too many women fear losing their job, their income, and their savings. It's a logical fear, but there is a way to stop feeling powerless about money and shift out of the scarcity mindset. The phrase "Bag Lady Syndrome" was coined in the 1970s to describe a fear specific to women: That we'll somehow lose our jobs, our savings, and end up homeless.

Marie Claire
My Boyfriend, His Ex, and Their Oscar

After my boyfriend accepted his Oscar for Best Documentary, my dad called to tell me to "get rid of that loser." Ross and I had only known each other for six weeks by the time Leonardo DiCaprio presented him with that golden statue, but things were serious.

Spinning With My Shrink

On the stationary bike in front of me was a person who probably knew more about me than I knew about myself. How did that make me feel? "I saw you." I swallowed hard and looked up at my therapist. I began a rapid mental inventory of where I'd been in the week since our last meeting.

I Lost My Wedding Dress

En route to my Mexican nuptials, I left my wedding dress on a plane. The three-and-a-half-hour journey from New York City to Cancun started smoothly. Flight attendants were abnormally cordial and offered to hang my ivory silk chiffon knee-length dress in the plane's first class closet. "It's roomier," the flight attendant explained.

Town & Country Magazine
How I Went From Trophy Wife to Career Woman

My eye was swollen shut, and my blond hair was tinged orange from my bruised and bloodied face. This was the aftermath of the accident that made me see my life very differently. "You're lucky you didn't die," the nurse told me. It was 3 AM.

The Cut
My Husband Left Me on the Side of the Road

My husband and I were looking for a house to rent when he left me on the side of an unfamiliar road in New Jersey. I was not entirely surprised. The topic of going our separate ways was not an unfamiliar one in our Brooklyn household.

Our impossible parenting choice

The first time I saw a clear image of Annie was at the doctor's office three and a half years ago, on a gray afternoon in the beginning of January. I was 30 years old and approaching my fourth month of pregnancy. As my OB-GYN ran a transducer across my stomach, she laughed.

Brain, Child
Notes on a Marriage

By Addie Morfoot It was 10:30 PM on New Year's Eve when a shot was fired and a car slammed into our front door. This was as close to a party as my husband and I were going to get. In the eleven and a half months since giving birth to our first child, I still didn't feel like myself.

Broadcasting Cable
Angela Courtin

The daughter of a career military officer, Angela Courtin moved every two and a half years as a child to different states and countries, subsequently becoming a citizen of the world. Now, as the global head of brand marketing at YouTube, she gives the platform's 2 billion users the opportunity to also become worldwide citizens.

Broadcasting Cable
Susan Levison

When choosing which projects to produce, Susan Levison, WWE senior VP and head of WWE Studios, thinks about it from a selling and buying standpoint. "We have to be aggressive and constantly talking to the marketplace and pushing our projects forward in that seller mode," Levison explained.

For Netflix and Amazon, Long Road to Oscar Dominance Could Culminate Sunday

(Image credit: Amazon Studios) Coming off a pandemic year, in which most of Oscar Best Picture nominees were either produced by big streaming companies, or at least debuted on streaming services, we have perhaps arrived at the point at which Silicon Valley has not only seized economic control of film and TV from Hollywood, but the creative juice, as well.

Peter Stern

In 2016, Apple hired the former Time Warner Cable executive to handle cloud-based subscription services. At the time, the Wall Street Journal speculated that in addition to increasing Apple's investment in Apple Music, Apple Books and iCloud, Stern's duties would include helping the tech giant tap into the television streaming service industry, which had been on the table for years.

Discovery Plus to Launch with 1,000 Hours of Originals, Despite COVID

(Image credit: Discovery) While Discovery seems months late to the "plus"-themed launch party for subscription streaming services, its upcoming Discovery Plus does appear to rising up to a promise Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, HBO Max and Peacock weren't able to fulfill because of pandemic-caused studio shutdowns-that is, a large stable of original shows at launch.

Nielsen: 'The Office' Goes Out at No. 1

Speaking to investors on Dec. 7, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell noted that, with The Office set to shift its exclusive streaming rights to his company's Peacock service in less than a month, the big incumbent platform was doing everything it could to make the show "pretty hard to find" for its users.

'The Mandalorian' Rises to No. 1 in Nielsen's Top 10 SVOD Rankings

(Image credit: Disney Plus) The Force was clearly with Disney Plus in mid-December 2020. The season 2 finale of The Mandalorian did the seemingly impossible and stole the top spot from Netflix on Nielsen's weekly SVOD Top 10 ranking list for the first time.

Netflix's 'Ozark' was Streaming's Most Watched Original Show of 2020, Nielsen Says

Turns out that a white, male antihero is all the rage with stuck-at-home American audiences. From December 30, 2019 through December 27, 2020, Netflix's Ozark was the most watched original series in the U.S. SVOD market, according to Nielsen. The series' 30 posted episodes over three seasons garnered more than 30,462 billion minutes of total viewing, the research company said.

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In January, just ahead of the introduction of new streaming service Peacock, NBCUniversal introduced its One Platform advertising initiative. Created to streamline ad buys across all Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky platforms by uniting linear, digital and streaming ad inventory, the initiative provides marketers with tools to target key consumers.


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Female filmmakers: Montclair Film Festival highlights NJ talents

The seventh annual Montclair Film Festival - so close we can smell the popcorn - includes discussions with actors Rachel Weisz, Jeff Daniels and Ethan Hawke, all moderated by Stephen Colbert; a discussion with actor Nick Offerman moderated by Patrick Wilson; post-screening Q&A's with actress Claire Danes and director Paul Schrader; and a performance by larger-than-life creative hyphenate Taylor Mac.

Boy Boy Girl Girl | Montclair Film

Based on a true story, BOY BOY GIRL GIRL is a dark comedy about a gay couple trying to adopt a newborn from a drug-addict and her abusive girlfriend. Co-written by Ross Kauffman and Addie Morfoot....

Boy Boy Girl Girl

Boy Boy Girl Girl. 28 likes. Based on a true story, BOY BOY GIRL GIRL is a dark comedy about a gay couple trying to adopt a newborn from a drug-addict and her abusive girlfriend.

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Going Rogue With WLIR | Long Island Pulse Magazine

U2, The Clash, Duran Duran, Blondie. Today these bands are rock royalty but once upon a time they were outsiders looking in on American popular music. And they may have never gotten in if not for an unsuspecting Hempstead radio station desperate to make some noise. Founded in 1959 by John R.

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Tribeca's Expanding Scope | Long Island Pulse Magazine

Last year the Tribeca Film Festival shook things up a bit, both on screen and behind it. Most notably it introduced TV programming, allowing festival goers to view premieres of some of the industry's most buzzed-about shows. Then Cara Cusumano was promoted to director of programming.

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Strong Island | Long Island Pulse Magazine

Nearly 26 years ago, Yance Ford's brother William was murdered in Central Islip. It was April 1992 and William, a black 24-year-old teacher, was confronted by an auto body shop owner about the quality of a car repair. The interaction turned deadly when Mark Reilly, a white 19-year-old mechanic on the premises, shot William once in the chest, killing him.


Journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner on How to be a Successful Features and Profile Writer

In the short span of seven years, she went from prolific personal essay writer to prolific feature writer for The New York Times Magazine and GQ Magazine. At The Times, she won the New York Press Club award for her profiles of Gaby Hoffmann and Damon Lindelof, and at GQ, she won the same award for her profile of Don Lemon, which also garnered a Newhouse Mirror award.

Journalist Brooke Hauser On What It Takes To Write a Celebrity Profile

Brooke Hauser has a way with celebrities. You name the star, she's interviewed them. Jennifer Aniston? Check. Matt Damon? Check. Julia Roberts? Double check. (She's interviewed her twice.) Allure, Glamour, Marie Claire and Parade are among the numerous publications that have sought Hauser out to take on interviewing and writing about Hollywood's elite. / Amtrak's National Magazine

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Behind the Scenes at New York's Biggest Prop House

As Suri Bieler strolls the first floor of her 95,000-square-foot Long Island City warehouse, she notes the absence of a fiberglass sphinx and a giant plastic candy cane. Upstairs, she points to a 1970s white vinyl sofa set, one of more than 150 couches lining the floor. "An ottoman is missing," she says.

The 21 Most Important Moments in Oscar History

The true stories behind the most shocking, scandalous and moving Oscars moments. The Academy Awards are Hollywood's Super Bowl. While the annual telecast may seem over self-congratulatory at times, it's the most important night in show business. The show not only celebrates a medium that brings people from all over the world together, but it can also make a career.

Publisher's Weekly
BookCon 2019: New Romantics

BookCon is hosting three romance panels today-"New York, I Love You: Romance (Novels) 'Made' in Manhattan"; "Suffragettes, Sex Positivity, and Smashing the Patriarchy: Historical Romance as a Powerful Political Text"; and "When Millennials Met Romance: The Rom Com Phenom." We talked to six participating writers to find out how they are reinventing romance for 2019.
Happily Ever After, Guaranteed: Three Romance Writers

"The promise of happily ever after is a really powerful thing," Cole says. A Duke by Default is the second book in her Reluctant Royals series. The story follows Portia Hobbs on her quest to reinvent her life by leaving New York for a sword-making apprenticeship in Scotland.
BookCon 2018: Tomi Adeyemi: What If Harry Potter Had Been Black?

Nigerian-American Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is the first volume of the Orïsha Legacy trilogy. The book follows an African teen, Zélie, as she attempts to restore magic to her homeland, Orïsha, after an evil king killed all those who wielded it, including Zélie's mother.
BookCon 2018: Renegade Super Heroes

Last November Marissa Meyer, best known for her series the Lunar Chronicles, introduced fans to the world of Renegades. It's the first book in a trilogy about superheroes and supervillains who battle over the future of a city where morality is never as simple as good versus evil-as Nova (an Anarchist aka Insomnia) and Adrian (a Renegade alias Sketch) know all too well.

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DOC NYC Visionaries Tribute luncheon becomes chance to mourn election results

The mood at an awards ceremony celebrating documentaries was more like a funeral a day after Donald Trump's presidential election. DOC NYC's third annual Visionaries Tribute luncheonevent, which kicked off the seventh annual DOC NYC documentary film festival on Nov. 10, drew the who's who of the nonfiction film world to City Winery.

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Documentary Class Divide shows two worlds colliding on a West Chelsea corner

On one corner of West 26th Street, nestled by the High Line, sits four-year-old Avenues: the World School, an elite nursery-through-12th-grade, for-profit private school with a minimum $49,550 yearly price tag. From kindergarten every student gets an iPad. In high school, they also get MacBooks.

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Success of New York's TV industry has soundstage owners scrambling for space

Sarah Jessica Parker began work in February 2015 on the pilot episode of Divorce, her first series since starring in the smash hit Sex and the City, which ran for six seasons on HBO, led to two motion pictures and inspired a bus tour throughout the city that still sells out to die-hard fans 12 years after the show ended.

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The Bono of Pakistan craves anonymity in the city - Crain's New York Business

His sufi rock band, Junoon, has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and was likened to U2 by The New York Times ' music critic. But despite collaborating with such music superstars as Melissa Etheridge and Peter Gabriel, rock star Salman Ahmad is unknown to the majority of New Yorkers.

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Sony Pictures Classics releases first female-driven Wall Street drama Equity - Crain's New York...

Hollywood has long had a fascination with Wall Street. Wall Street (1987), Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Margin Call (2011) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) are just a handful of films that have examined America's financial capital. But what sets those films apart from Equity- the latest Hollywood film about Wall Street-is that those movies are all about men.

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Councilman brings back film-shoot disclosure bill - Crain's New York Business

City Councilman Stephen Levin is bringing back legislation opposed by the film and television industry that would require the city to disclose more frequently when and where productions take place as well as the companies behind them. Levin, who represents hot-spot film neighborhoods along the Brooklyn waterfront from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Heights, tabled Intro.

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Real-time info about film shoots? Sounds good in theory - Crain's New York Business

Even councilman backing the move says it could attract hordes of starstruck fans and stalkers City Councilman Stephen Levin, whose push to pass legislation that would make film and television data more transparent has angered the industry, would like to explore what he calls real-time permit distribution.

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Following A-listers' lead, Tribeca Film Festival embraces the small screen - Crain's New York...

For 14 years, the Tribeca Film Festival focused on the big screen, but this year it is getting into television with a new series called Tribeca Tune In. Who can blame it? A-list film directors including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and David Fincher have brought their talents to the small screen, helping to create what is widely considered the golden age of television.


The Central Park Five - Speakeasy - WSJ

By Addie Morfoot Ken Burns's documentary "The Central Park Five" has been making waves for the last several months despite the fact that the film has not yet been theatrically released. In early September lawyers representing New York City subpoenaed the film's unseen footage.

'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Season 5, Episode 25, 'Welcome to the Dollhouse'

The season 5 finale of "Pretty Little Liars," titled "Welcome to the Dollhouse" reveals that Mona is alive and calling herself Alison DiLaurentis! That's right! Mona is alive! She is residing in a cement basement/prison; sleeping in a comfortable looking queen sized bed; dyed her hair blond and is up-to-date about generator power.


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'Knock Down the House' Captures History on the Campaign Trail

Roman philosopher Seneca once said, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Apparently, Rachel Lears was listening. Her self-created luck began in 2016. Having directed two feature documentary films ( Birds of Passage and The Hand That Feeds), she had the preparation.

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'Women, War & Peace': The #MeToo Edition

In October 2011, the documentary series Women, War & Peace premiered on PBS. It consisted of five hour-long docs, including Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, and I Came to Testify, about Bosnian women who broke history's great silence and testified about their rape and sexual enslavement.

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Autistic License: Disney Animation Treats the Disorder

The first time I met Oscar-winning documentary director Roger Ross Williams was in the lobby of the W Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. It was 2014 and we were both attending the inaugural IDA Getting Real Conference. He was standing next to prolific documentary producer and founder of Motto Pictures, Julie Goldman.

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Girl Power vs. the Taliban: The Miraculous Story of an Ordinary Teenager from Pakistan

Editor's Note: On October 21 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles, IDA will present Davis Guggenheim in conversation with Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. The two will explore his wide-ranging body of work that includes culturally significant and brilliantly crafted films. Learn more and purchase tickets.

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Tell Me a Story: Sarah Polley Tackles the Truth

The decision to venture into documentary directing was not an easy one for writer-director-actress Sarah Polley. Despite having helmed two narrative features in the last six years, Polley admits that directing her first nonfiction project, Stories We Tell , was "like learning how to make a film from scratch.

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'Makers' Tells the Stories of Women on the Move

It's no secret that women make up a large majority of the documentary world's executive positions. Cara Mertes, director of the Ford Foundation's JustFilms; Tabitha Jackson, director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program; Diane Weyermann, executive vice president, documentary films at Participant Media; Molly Thompson, senior vice president of A&E IndieFilms; and Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films are just of a few of the nonfiction genre's gatekeepers.

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Filmmakers Discuss Ethics at Full Frame

The 18th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which ran April 9 through 12 in Durham, NC, was a four-day fest crammed with documentaries, nonfiction filmmakers, producers and interested locals. In addition to film screenings, the panel discussions, sponsored by A&E IndieFilms, also attracted large crowds.


For many of the world's poor, drinking water can be deadly

In the United States, sipping water, brushing your teeth and taking a shower are all things we take for granted as harmless, healthy habits. But what if doing any of those things could make you sick - sick enough to die?

Sleeping under a roof, but homeless nonetheless

Ten-year-old Kaylie Hegwood and her brother Tyler, 12, are hungry - very hungry. Not because they just finished a game of soccer or forgot to eat breakfast. Kaylie and Tyler are hungry because most of the time their mom cannot afford to buy them food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

#SorryNotSorry: How I Stopped Apologizing for Everything

n a single week recently,I apologized 47 times. I was actually sorry 12 of those times (I forgot to hold the door for a stranger, and I cursed, more than once, in front of my 4-year-old). The rest of my "I'm sorry"s?


Photography vs. Segregation | On Wisconsin

In 2002, Gillian Laub '97 made what would be the first of many trips to Mount Vernon, Georgia, to photograph the lives of teenagers in the South. What she discovered was an idyllic yet racially divided town struggling to confront longstanding issues of race and inequality.

The Golden Age of TV is Now | On Wisconsin

Badgers who work behind the scenes to create and produce must-see content reflect on how they got their start, what it's like to work in the business, and what they're binge-watching. In the age of peak TV, more is more. We can watch our favorite shows anywhere, anytime, and on any number of devices.

Bet on It | On Wisconsin

If you think that Anders Holm is everywhere these days, you're right. A combination of hard work and a few lucky breaks has put the writer-actor in the spotlight. Anders Holm '03 was in New Orleans when he got a call from his manager about a job opportunity.

CNN's Documentary Unit Officially Up and Running

In addition to green-lighting nonfiction fare featuring personalities such as Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, CNN's new boss Jeff Zucker has kept in place CNN Films, new documentary production and acquisition division, which was announced last October-a month before his hire was announced.

Entitled | On Wisconsin

Working with accomplished female filmmakers, Libby Geist explores the outcomes of Title IX. Although she doesn't take off from a starting line, dominate in a boxing ring, or nail a triple lutz, make no mistake: Libby Geist '02 is a competitor.

Addie Morfoot

Addie Morfoot is a writer and freelance journalist covering the film industry for the last eleven years. Her work appears in Variety, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Documentary Magazine and Adweek. Her personal essays have been published in Marie Claire, Salon,, Brain, Child, The LA Times and The New York Press. Originally from Connecticut, Addie began her writing career at Variety's headquarters in Los Angeles before...

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