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Best Streaming Services for Documentaries

Best Streaming Services for Documentaries

What about live TV streaming services? Another option for streaming TV is to use a live platform like Sling or YouTube TV. They stream channels similar to linear TV without a contract and offer access to content about true crime, animals, celebrities and more. Pluto TV is free and has a selection of documentary-themed channels, but these live TV streaming services cost more than on-demand platforms. What if I don’t want ads? Expect to pay to stream without ads on streaming services like Netflix, Magellan, Max and Hulu. Most free services include ads (except Kanopy) because it’s how the platform is supported. Which app is best for kids? You’ll likely find the most family-friendly documentary content on PBS, Magellan, Kanopy and Curiosity Stream. Although Disney Plus is not on this list, it houses excellent content from National Geographic. Source link

Yes, Really — Most Nature Sounds In Documentaries Are Fake

Yes, Really — Most Nature Sounds In Documentaries Are Fake

If there’s one thing I can count on to make me feel better, it’s a good ol’ nature documentary (ideally narrated by David Attenborough). The visuals are astounding; the voiceovers are reassuring; and yes, the sounds of a tiny warbler gently crunching over faraway grounds are mesmerising, too. At least, they were. Because having found out about how nature documentary sounds really work, I’m not sure I can even fully lose myself in an episode again. At an event to promote Sky’s Secret World of Sound, Sky Nature’s Director of Documentaries and Factual Poppy Dixon told Metro that when we think we’re hearing exotic nature sounds in docs, we’re actually listening to the common or garden LIE. (Kind of, anyway). The sound is added in post “Not a lot of people know that many natural history programmes don’t actually record sound on location. It’s all done in post,” she shared (what?!). Sharmila Choudhury, the Series Producer of Secret World of Sound, said of most nature docs, “There is always some element of sound – like …

A Startup’s Mission to Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth Is Being Made Into a Docuseries

A Startup’s Mission to Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth Is Being Made Into a Docuseries

Reed: It doesn’t feel like an odd choice for us. It’s a bit disruptive and, in trust, that’s the sort of thing we’re interested in, and I think that’s the sort of thing people need and the industry needs. People need something more from nature documentaries? Reed: I think so. We’re in a period where you could keep looking at the natural world in the same way, or we can look at something in a completely different way. And even if it’s not for everybody, it just makes us look at something in a different way, and that can only be good. I suppose any documentary on de-extinction is about the natural world, but it’s also one where human intervention is totally central. It’s a different way of relating to nature. Reed: Exactly. It’s intervention, isn’t it? It’s assuming a different role. It’s an active way of addressing arguably some of the same challenges. Whether it’s right or wrong, or whether people get behind it or they don’t is going to be really interesting, but …

Everyone Warned Jennifer Lopez Not to Make Her “Absurd” and “Uncomfortable” New Movie

Everyone Warned Jennifer Lopez Not to Make Her “Absurd” and “Uncomfortable” New Movie

When Jennifer Lopez pitched the idea for her “surrealistic magical odyssey” of a new film, the Amazon original that would eventually be titled This Is Me…Now: A Love Story, she was met with a resounding message: Was she sure? “Everybody thought I was crazy,” Lopez told Variety in a cover story about her audacious three-pronged project. “And by the way, I thought I was crazy.” The February 16 joint debut of her hour-long musical film and what may be her final album will be followed by the release of a making-of documentary, titled The Greatest Love Story Never Told, on February 27. The doc’s title, which comes from a stack of love letters that Lopez’s now husband, Ben Affleck, wrote to her, has obvious irony. As Affleck reportedly points out in the documentary: “If you’re making a record about it, that seems kind of like telling it.” Lopez’s $20 million venture, self-funded when a possible financier dropped out at the last minute, was met with resistance every step of the way. The film is described …

“I’m Going to Tell You Everything”: A First Look at John Galliano’s Revealing Documentary

“I’m Going to Tell You Everything”: A First Look at John Galliano’s Revealing Documentary

“Yeah, I’m going to tell you everything,” says fashion designer John Galliano in the forthcoming documentary High & Low: John Galliano, which traces his rise in the 1990s and 2000s couture scene, then abrupt fall after racist and antisemitic outbursts in 2010 and 2011. Academy Award–winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald, who has previously chronicled the lives of Whitney Houston and Bob Marley, was interested in exploring the complexities of so-called cancel culture through Galliano’s experience. “Our society has a constantly evolving relationship with the idea of redemption; who can be redeemed and how,” the director said in a statement. “I was interested in making a documentary about what happens when you do something utterly unacceptable; how do you find forgiveness and redemption? Should you be forgiven?” In the first trailer for the film, premiering exclusively below, famous faces including Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, Penélope Cruz, and Kate Moss recall Galliano’s renowned run at fashion houses including Givenchy and Dior. “We wanted to be part of that magic,” says Naomi Campbell. But Galliano’s success came with inevitable …

‘The Run DMC Story’ Gives The Rap Group A Voice

‘The Run DMC Story’ Gives The Rap Group A Voice

Run DMC is here to show us the “tricky” and humble beginnings of their stardom in a new three-part docuseries, Kings From Queens: The Run DMC Story, which premieres Thursday on Peacock. Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell came together in 1983 in the Hollis, Queens, neighbourhood of New York City and helped usher in the golden era of hip-hop with other big acts throughout the ’80s. Known for being one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time, Run DMC had to fight tooth and nail in order to be recognised by the mainstream public as the burgeoning hip-hop movement started to grow. The rap group broke barriers and made history as the first hip-hop act to appear on “American Bandstand,” to have their videos play on MTV, and the first rap act to receive a Grammy nomination. To this day, people are rocking Adidas due to the influential group. Their song, “My Adidas,” helped pave the way for the first brand endorsement deal in hip-hop …

25 best documentaries on Max now streaming

25 best documentaries on Max now streaming

Max offers an extraordinary selection of movies, and its documentary library alone has enough gems for hours of compelling viewing. But if you’re indecisive, have no fear: We’ve gone through the hundreds of documentaries on Max and picked out the ones you absolutely have to make time to watch. These movies prove the versatility of the documentary genre, both in terms of subject matter and form. They’ll immerse you in high school basketball, concerts, fights for racial justice, and so much more. Here, in alphabetical order, are the best documentaries on Max streaming now. 1. 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets Marc Silver’s 2015 documentary recounts the 2012 death of teenager Jordan Davis, who was shot multiple times in a parking lot while listening to music with friends. His attacker was found guilty of first-degree murder, but only after a mistrial and extensive media coverage. The documentary uses interviews with Davis’s family alongside footage from the trial to fully illustrate the grim reality of Florida’s self-defense laws.* — Proma Khosla, Senior Entertainment Reporter How to watch: …

Elon Musk, unions and JLo: the most anticipated documentaries of 2024 | Documentary films

Elon Musk, unions and JLo: the most anticipated documentaries of 2024 | Documentary films

As usual, much of the year’s documentary fare has yet to be announced. But between the Sundance film festival in January and the evergreen draw of celebrity vanity projects, the documentary slate for 2024 is already filling up – and that’s not even getting into numerous docu-series. (There’s a 10-parter coming on Apple TV+ about the New England Patriots football dynasty, which seems, ironically enough, a little inflated). From overdue retrospectives on Luther Vandross and June Carter Cash, to an on-the-ground account of the first successful unionization effort at Amazon, to the distant prospect of finally seeing Amazon’s Rihanna documentary, here are 11 of the most anticipated documentaries of 2024: Luther: Never Too Much The first authorized documentary on the legendary R&B singer, who died in 2005 at age 54, will premiere at Sundance in January and include access to his “never-before-seen personal archive”, according to the logline. Named after his seminal 1981 album, this documentary treatment from Dawn Porter, who has profiled such national figures as John Lewis (Good Trouble) and Lady Bird Johnson …

Two Cuban documentaries show effects of US sanctions on island nation | Cuba

Two Cuban documentaries show effects of US sanctions on island nation | Cuba

A Cuban journalist is looking to spread awareness of the US trade embargo in two illuminating documentaries arriving in early 2024. Liz Oliva Fernández says whenever she covered news or events on the island, be it the push for democratic reforms, or the private businesses springing up after the Castros loosened their grip on power, they always intersected with the sanctions. Those sanctions, first imposed six decades ago, are the subject of Uphill on the Hill, and Hardliner on the Hudson. Oliva Fernández, who traveled to the US to promote the films she co-created, says the sanctions “have a huge impact”. “We’re not talking about a small country in the Caribbean sanctioning another one,” she said. “We’re talking [about] an empire like the United States that not only stops Cuba having normal relations with the United States, but also stops it having normal relations with the rest of the world.” She elaborated on the “really desperate situation” of the Cuban economy. “If you can’t do business with any country, if you have to pay three …

The 32 best documentaries on Netflix

The 32 best documentaries on Netflix

Escapism is bliss, but knowledge is power.  It’s why the humble documentary is more important than ever, unearthing truths, offering different perspectives, and introducing you to stories you might not have come across in your short time on this planet. Netflix’s documentary offerings are strong stuff, with many of the streaming service’s films and series proving some the most talked about watches of certain times in our lives and others flying under the radar despite their excellence. From Ava DuVernay’s examination of the mass imprisonment of Black people in the U.S. to a Sundance favourite about an inclusive summer camp for young people with disabilities, from a true crime (but not as you know it) essential to the Michael Jordan documentary even non-sports fans will love, there’s something for everyone to learn in this list. SEE ALSO: The best Netflix movies of 2023 We’ve rounded up the very best documentary films and TV series on Netflix, so you can load up on some of the strangest, most enraging, most uplifting true stories, all crafted by …