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.

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...

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Slender Man, Elvis & More

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Slender Man, Elvis & More

As we approach a new year HBO has been gradually firming up the schedule for what new programming we have to look forward to seeing. Such scheduling happens for the documentaries that air as well as series. An upcoming official press release will no doubt give us exact dates for the lineup for the first half of the year, but for now we here is our first look at what is ahead and in development.   SLENDERMAN Coming in January To start of the year we lock in a definite debut date for BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN. This documentary which already appeared at the SXSW Festival earlier this year is about to come to HBO. The exact premiere is...

HBO Documentary Films: THE TRANS LIST

HBO Documentary Films: THE TRANS LIST

Overview: Directed by acclaimed portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (HBO’s The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others) and featuring interviews and an introduction by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community.  Featuring such outspoken subjects as Kylar Broadus, Caroline Cossey, Amos Mac, Bamby Salcedo, Buck Angel, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Nicole Maines, Shane Ortega, Caitlyn Jenner, Alok Vaid-Menon and Laverne Cox, the film profiles this diverse group of 11 transgender individuals, telling their stories in their own words, addressing...

HBO Documentary Films: PATRIA O MUERTE: CUBA, FATHERLAND OR DEATH and MARIELA CASTRO’S MARCH: CUBA’S LGBT REVOLUTION

HBO Documentary Films: PATRIA O MUERTE: CUBA, FATHERLAND OR DEATH and MARIELA CASTRO’S MARCH: CUBA’S LGBT REVOLUTION

Overview: From first-time director Olatz López Garmendia, and executive produced by Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) PATRIA O MUERTE: CUBA, FATHERLAND OR DEATH is a visceral look at the current state of Cuba through the eyes of its artists, activists, bloggers, writers, musicians and everyday people, who live amidst political unrest and economic inequality. Utilizing vibrant images and percussive music, the film includes illuminating interviews with a myriad of individuals, including: a prize-winning author who could not be published in Cuba until recently; an artist and political activist who was...

HBO Documentary Films: MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING

HBO Documentary Films: MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING

Overview: MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING recounts the dramatic story of the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks (April 5, 2013) through the emotional experiences of individuals whose lives were forever changed by them. Ranging from the events of the day to the death-penalty sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the documentary features surveillance footage, news clips, home movies and exclusive interviews with survivors and their families, as well as first responders, investigators, government officials and reporters from the Boston Globe, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage. In the wake of a heinous act of terrorism, newlywed couple,...

HBO Documentary Films: UNDERFIRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PFC. TONY VACCARO

HBO Documentary Films: UNDERFIRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PFC. TONY VACCARO

Overview: In World War II, Tony Vaccaro played two risky roles, serving as a combat infantryman on the front lines, as well as a photographer who shot 8,000 photographs. Though he began as a young GI eager to record the war, he vowed never to take another war photo on the day the conflict ended, horrified by what he had seen. Directed by Max Lewkowicz (the New York Emmy-winning Morgenthau), this documentary chronicles the life and vision of this remarkable man, exploring how photography defines the way the public perceives armed conflict, and revealing the sheer difficulty of survival while taking photos in a war zone. Through interviews...

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