Posts Tagged ‘HBO Documentaries’

Living with Lincoln® DVD Available Today!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Living with Lincoln DVD

This feature documentary chronicles how five generations of one American family have shared the “glorious burden” of collecting, preserving and documenting a treasure trove of photographs, rare books and artifacts relating to Abraham Lincoln.  In the years following the Civil War, Peter Kunhardt’s ancestors – in particular, his great- grandfather, Frederick Hill Meserve – collected photographs that might have been lost forever, including now-iconic portraits used on the penny, the 5 dollar bill, and even the image of Lincoln used to create his likeness on Mount Rushmore.

Through photos, home movies and the words of Peter’s ancestors (voiced by several of his living relatives), the film profiles several key family members whose stewardship of the Lincoln collection became an obsession, including Peter’s grandmother, Dorothy Kunhardt, author of the classic children’s book Pat the Bunny, and his father, Philip Kunhardt, Jr., a former managing editor of Life® magazine. Juxtaposing the challenges and humanity of the Lincoln revealed in the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection with those of his ancestors, Kunhardt sheds light on the rewards and, in some cases, pitfalls involved in helping to preserve an important part of America’s past.

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It’s Me Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise® DVD Ships Today!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise DVD

This documentary short finds Hilary Knight looking back on his life as an artist and his connection to the immensely popular Eloise books, written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Knight. For 60 years, Eloise – the precocious six-year-old who lives in New York’s Plaza Hotel – has charmed her way into the hearts of young readers, one of them being actress/director/writer Lena Dunham, whose Eloise tattoo led to a friendship with Knight, a creative kindred spirit. Whimsical and personal, the film features revealing interviews with Lena and Hilary, as well as family members, friends and writers who have been inspired by Knight’s work and childlike personality. Showcasing Hilary’s own handheld video footage, as well as original Eloise drawings brought to life through delightful animation, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise® shines a light on a talented and inspired artist, who has persevered through professional and personal obstacles – including his estrangement from Thompson – all while embracing the lighter side of life.

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The Jinx® now on DVD and Blu-ray!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst DVD     The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst Blu-ray with Digital HD

Robert Durst, scion of NY’s billionaire real estate family has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years, but never convicted. Brilliant and reclusive, he has not spoken publicly – until now. HBO® presents The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the groundbreaking six-part series that tracks Durst’s strange history against the backdrop of unimaginable wealth and privilege. Directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki and produced and shot by Marc Smerling (the Oscar® nominees behind Capturing the Friedmans®), it exposes long-buried information discovered during their seven-year investigation of a series of unsolved crimes, and was made with the cooperation of the man suspected of being at its center.

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The Jinx Is Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray!

Friday, April 10th, 2015

The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst DVD           The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst Blu-ray with Digital HD

Robert Durst, scion of NY’s billionaire real estate family has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years, but never convicted. Brilliant and reclusive, he has not spoken publicly – until now. HBO® presents the The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst®, the groundbreaking six-part series that tracks Durst’s strange history against the backdrop of unimaginable wealth and privilege. Directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki and produced and shot by Marc Smerling (the Oscar® nominees behind Capturing the Friedmans), it exposes long-buried information discovered during their seven-year investigation of a series of unsolved crimes, and was made with the cooperation of the man suspected of being at its center.

Now, it’s available for you to own on DVD and Blu-ray!

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Just in: “A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY” on DVD!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY DVD

 

 

Through behind-the-scenes footage and interviews conducted by award-winning actor Steve Buscemi – a former firefighter with Engine Company 55 in downtown Manhattan – this film touches on the personal journeys of several current and former firefighters while revisiting some of the FDNY’s milestones, including the integration of women and people of color, the “War Years” of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the 1966 fire at Wonder Drug and the tragedy of 9/11 and its long-lasting impact on the FDNY.

Directed and produced by Liz Garbus (HBO®’s Emmy®-nominated “Bobby Fischer Against the World”) and produced by actor Steve Buscemi (Emmy® nominee for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), this hour-long documentary explores life in one of the most demanding and innovative fire departments in the world. A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY is a genuine, raw and emotional look at the sacrifices firefighters make, the challenges they face, and reveals why the FDNY family truly lasts forever.

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One Last Hug; Three Days at Grief Camp® releases today!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

More than 1.5 million children in America are grieving the premature loss of a parent. The Emmy®-nominated documentary One Last Hug follows three heartbreaking but ultimately empowering days at Camp Erin, a bereavement camp that offers children who lost loved ones the support they need to deal with their grief. Founded by baseball great Jamie Moyer in memory of Erin Metcalf, a fan who died of cancer at 17, the free, weekend-long retreat is staffed by grief-support professionals and volunteers. Through group meetings, walks in the woods, and a scavenger hunt for rocks painted with words like “Anger” and “Confused,” campers are encouraged to come out of their shells and process their emotions, sharing their feelings with other grieving kids. The weekend culminates in a Luminary Ceremony, where children light floating lanterns in honor of their deceased loved ones, and are given the chance to say a final goodbye. Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky, One Last Hug is an inspiring look at the indelible effect that sharing, friendship and emotional support can have on children dealing with extraordinary loss.

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Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert® is now available on DVD!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Filmed in Chattanooga, TN, Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert is a personal journey that follows a year in the life of Katrina Gilbert, a 30-year-old woman earning just above the minimum wage as a certified nursing assistant. Katrina never expected to be a single mother of three young children, living paycheck to paycheck and barely scraping by. But after leaving her husband Jeremy – whose addiction to painkillers destroyed their marriage and gutted their finances – Katrina finds herself living in a trailer and providing sole support to her children. Overworked, underpaid and uninsured, Katrina’s saving graces are a budding relationship with a single father facing similar circumstances and the Chambliss Center, a subsidized day-care center that provides affordable daycare. A microcosm of the ordeal faced by some 70 million women and children in the U.S. today, Paycheck to Paycheck is executive produced by Maria Shriver, and is a component of the recently released, multi-platform project, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.

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Questioning Darwin™ DVD Ships Today!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Literal and creationist interpretation of the Bible is the fastest-growing branch of Christianity in the U.S. and around the world, with 46% of Americans believing the Genesis account of creation is the literal truth. Directed by award-winning British documentarian Antony Thomas (HBO’s For Neda), Questioning Darwin takes an in-depth look at the views of creationist Christians, who reject Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, while also examining how Darwin handled the question of God as he developed his theory of natural selection in the mid-1800s. Featuring interviews with Darwin historians and biographers, ministers and creationist Christians, and Darwin’s own words through his letters and writings, the film is a balanced examination of a 150-year debate, which has only increased in the last two decades with the rise of evangelical Christianity in the U.S. The film also illuminates little-known facts about Darwin’s life, placing one of the greatest scientific minds in historical context. By turns thought provoking and infuriating, Questioning Darwin will inspire debate among believers on both sides of the issue.

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The Weight of the Nation for Kids™ DVD Ship Today!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Weight of the Nation for Kids DVD

 

This May, HBO® addresses the issue of childhood obesity in the three-part series The Weight of the Nation for Kids®, HBO’s® companion to its 2012 four-part, multi-platform documentary series, The Weight of the Nation. Developed in partnership with some of the world’s foremost health-research organizations, The Weight of the Nation spotlights the facts and myths of this crisis, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system– and The Weight of the Nation for Kids brings it down to (kid!) size, presented in a fun, family-friendly format. Incorporating interviews with young students as they make simple changes to their diets, school menus, or activities, the films reveal just how effective these kids are at bringing about bigger changes in their world – whether it’s students advocating for local, fresh produce as in Kebreeya’s Salad Days, trading in video-game sports for real-life sports in Quiz Ed!, or convincing school boards to provide healthier lunch options in The Great Cafeteria Takeover. Driven to improve themselves and their communities, the kids of The Weight of the Nation for Kids are an inspiration to those of all ages

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An Apology to Elephants™ DVD Ships Today!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

An Apology to Elephants DVD

 

Elephants are among the Earth’s most majestic and intelligent creatures – but for hundreds of years, they have suffered under the hands of humans. We have poached them for their tusks, chained them up in captivity, and destroyed their natural habitats. Narrated and executive produced by Oscar® nominated actress Lily Tomlin and directed and produced by Emmy® winner Amy Schatz, An Apology to Elephants is an HBO® family documentary that illustrates how elephants live in the wild – from their matriarchal structure to their truly impressive memories – and examines the problems and issues that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses. This film traces our long history with elephants and features beautiful nature footage, juxtaposed with disturbing behind-the-scenes video of the cruel ways that circuses break down elephants’ spirits in order to get them to perform. The film also shows how people have been striving to spread awareness and improve the conditions for the scores of elephants still living in North America.

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