Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

HBO Documentary Films: BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

Overview: Two 12-year-old American girls lured a friend into the Wisconsin woods and stabbed her 19 times in an effort to appease a faceless mythical entity known online as Slenderman. But there’s more to the story than the dark headlines it generated. Delving deep into this shocking crime, this sobering documentary examines how an urban myth could take root in impressionable young minds, leading to an unspeakable act. Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO’s Oscar-nominated THE FINAL INCH), the documentary covers all sides of this unusual ongoing case, drawing on an eerie array of Slenderman-inspired art, games and self-produced video,...

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2017; Our Favorites from 2016

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2017; Our Favorites from 2016

The lineup of documentary films is in. HBO announced the forthcoming films at the Television Critic Association Winter Panel the other day and also put out the following press release:   HBO ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARY LINEUP FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2017 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2017 – HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for the first half of 2017, including Peter Kunhardt’s BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT, a revealing portrait of the billionaire philanthropist; Evgeny Afineevsky’s CRIES FROM SYRIA, a searing look at the five-year conflict in Syria; Irene Taylor Brodsky’s chilling BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN,...

HBO Obtains the Documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO Obtains the Documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO acquires the U. S. TV rights to air Evgeny Afineevsky’s CRIES FROM SYRIA. The documentary is to premiere March 13 across the platforms. Here is the official press release: NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2017 – HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to the searing documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA, by Oscar® nominee Evgeny Afineevsky (pictured), ahead of its world premiere in the Documentary Premieres section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22. This harrowing account of the Syrian civil war from the inside out is Afineevsky’s follow-up to the Emmy®- and Oscar®-nominated “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.” The deal was...

Slenderman: The Ghostly Spectre Haunting America & HBO

Slenderman: The Ghostly Spectre Haunting America & HBO

Beware the Slenderman is airing on HBO on January 23rd which takes an in-depth look at the fictional faceless man’s impact on two young girls who stabbed their friend in the woods, to keep Slenderman happy. Slenderman was created by Eric Knudson as his entry for a Photoshop competition but despite these banal beginnings, the horrors of the Slenderman began to take a hold on internet users over the world. The frightening realistic image that Knudsen created began moving through the internet and ended up on fan fiction site creepypasta. As his notoriety grew as did the images and the stories alleging his real existence, putting him in the...

HBO Documentary Films: BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS

HBO Documentary Films: BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS

Overview: The story of a family’s complicated love, BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Fisher and her mother, Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens and screened at the Cannes, Telluride, and New York Film Festivals in...

BRIGHT LIGHTS Fisher/Reynolds Doc Moved to January

BRIGHT LIGHTS Fisher/Reynolds Doc Moved to January

Though we mentioned in brief in the What’s On post that the BRIGHT LIGHTS documentary was on HBO’s schedule for 2017 HBO has decided, due to the abrupt deaths of the mother/daughter duo of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, that the film be moved up. Here is the official Press Release. DEBUT OF BRIGHT LIGHTS, NEW DOCUMENTARY ON LOVING RELATIONSHIP OF CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS, MOVED UP TO SATURDAY, JANUARY 07 AT 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT)   In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS will debut SATURDAY, JANUARY...

HBO Documentary Films: EVERY BRILLIANT THING

HBO Documentary Films: EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Overview: EVERY BRILLIANT THING strikes a delicate balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter. Adapting the hit off-Broadway one-character show of the same name written by Duncan Macmillan and starring British comedian Jonny Donahoe, the film recounts a life lived in the shadow of suicide. Emmy winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (HBO’s MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES and WISHFUL DRINKING) produce and direct the heart-wrenching yet humorous presentation about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Filmed in 2015 at New York City’s Barrow Theatre, this documentary opens as Donahoe greets the arriving...

HBO Documentary Films: RISKY DRINKING

HBO Documentary Films: RISKY DRINKING

Overview: Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Health professionals assess drinkers at risk on a spectrum ranging from low-risk to an alcohol use disorder that can range from mild to severe. Risky Drinking challenges viewers to recognize when their drinking may be putting them at risk and offers information that could help millions of Americans lead healthier lives. Through case studies and expert analysis, the film investigates the broad spectrum of risky drinking at different ages and stages in people’s lives. In addition, addiction experts explain the science behind alcohol use...

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