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If you love documentary films, hear from the top storytellers on Pure Nonfiction. Host Thom Powers is well-connected in this world as a documentary curator for DOC NYC, the Toronto International Film Festival and SundanceNow Doc Club. He leads conversations that are frank, funny and revealing. How did first time filmmakers pull off Making a Murderer? How did a producer from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart become the show runner for The New Yorker Presents? How did a lawyer become an award-winning Sundance director? Often the stories behind the scenes are as dramatic as what’s on the screen. Subscribe now.

If you love documentary films, hear from the top storytellers on Pure Nonfiction. Host Thom Powers is well-connected in this world as a documentary curator for DOC NYC, the Toronto International Film Festival and SundanceNow Doc Club. He leads conversations that are frank, funny and revealing. How did first time filmmakers pull off Making a Murderer? How did a producer from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart become the show runner for The New Yorker Presents? How did a lawyer become an award-winning Sundance director? Often the stories behind the scenes are as dramatic as what’s on the screen. Subscribe now.
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If you love documentary films, hear from the top storytellers on Pure Nonfiction. Host Thom Powers is well-connected in this world as a documentary curator for DOC NYC, the Toronto International Film Festival and SundanceNow Doc Club. He leads conversations that are frank, funny and revealing. How did first time filmmakers pull off Making a Murderer? How did a producer from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart become the show runner for The New Yorker Presents? How did a lawyer become an award-winning Sundance director? Often the stories behind the scenes are as dramatic as what’s on the screen. Subscribe now.

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Episodes

79: Judd Apatow on Garry Shandling

6/14/2018
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Comedian Garry Shandling is remembered for creating two ground-breaking TV shows: “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” He was also a key mentor to Hollywood writer and director Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”; “Knocked Up”). After Shandling’s death in 2016, Apatow gained access to his mentor’s diaries. He draws upon them for […] The post 79: Judd Apatow on Garry Shandling appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:38:03

78: Liz Garbus on The New York Times in “The Fourth Estate”

5/31/2018
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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (“What Happened Miss Simone?”) follows The New York Times team of reporters and editors covering the first year of the Trump administration in the four-part Showtime series The Fourth Estate. Garbus talks to Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers about the making of the series. She was previously interviewed on episode 5. […] The post 78: Liz Garbus on The New York Times in “The Fourth Estate” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:19:49

77: Wim Wenders on Pope Francis

5/24/2018
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Buena Vista Social Club, Pina Bausch and Sebastiao Selgado are among Wim Wenders past documentary subjects. Now he profiles the head of the Catholic Church in “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” released in theaters by Focus Features. Wenders talks to Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers about the making of the film. He also […] The post 77: Wim Wenders on Pope Francis appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:33:57

76: Filming Ruth Bader Ginsburg

5/10/2018
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is profiled in the new documentary “RBG.” Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews the directing duo of Betsy West and Julie Cohen on Ginsburg’s career fighting for women’s rights. They discuss their personal experiences of enduring sexism in the worlds of broadcast news and public radio. On Twitter: @betsywest […] The post 76: Filming Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:45:57

75: Dawn Porter on “Bobby Kennedy for President”

5/3/2018
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“Bobby Kennedy for President” is a four-part Netflix series that traces the politician’s career with an emphasis on issues of racial justice. The final episode reexamines his 1968 assassination and the trial of Sirhan Sirhan that left unanswered questions. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews filmmaker Dawn Porter on the making of the series. She […] The post 75: Dawn Porter on “Bobby Kennedy for President” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:30:58

74: Joe Berlinger from “Brother’s Keeper” to “Intent to Destroy”

4/26/2018
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Joe Berlinger has been making documentaries for over 25 years. He started out at Maysles Films where he met Bruce Sinofsky. In 1992, they made “Brother’s Keeper”, a story of a murder trial in upstate New York, that revitalized observational documentary. They went on to make the “Paradise Lost” trilogy and “Metallica: Some Kind of […] The post 74: Joe Berlinger from “Brother’s Keeper” to “Intent to Destroy” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:43:18

73: Sophie Fiennes on Grace Jones

4/19/2018
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Grace Jones has been commanding attention for decades as a singer, actress and icon. Now filmmaker Sophie Fiennes crafts a documentary as unconventional as its subject in “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.” The film immerses us into Grace’s life on the road – from her childhood home in Jamaica to the recording studio of “Hurricane” […] The post 73: Sophie Fiennes on Grace Jones appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:36:01

72: Jed Rothstein on “The China Hustle”

4/5/2018
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Could China be responsible for the next Wall Street crash? Filmmaker Jed Rothstein explores that question in “The China Hustle.” After the 2008 market crash, American investors started paying close attention to the growth in Chinese companies. The film follows the founder of a small investment firm named Dan David who got bullish on Chinese […] The post 72: Jed Rothstein on “The China Hustle” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:25:01

71: Amanda Micheli on “Vegas Baby” & IVF Treatment

3/22/2018
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In “Vegas Baby,” filmmaker Amanda Micheli follows several wannabe parents who enter a contest for free IVF treatment at a Las Vegas fertility clinic – ranging from a Midwestern couple to a Lady Gaga impersonator. Micheli’s previous films include “Double Dare” about female stunt women and the Oscar-nominated short “La Corona” about a Colombian women’s […] The post 71: Amanda Micheli on “Vegas Baby” & IVF Treatment appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:21:20

70: Mark Duplass, Chapman & Maclain Way on “Wild Wild Country”

3/15/2018
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Netflix’s new true crime series “Wild Wild Country” explores the 1980s case of the so-called sex guru Bhagwan Rajneesh whose followers established a city near the small town of Antelope, Oregon and raised fears among locals. The clash of cultures escalated to both sides arming themselves. Rajneesh’s personal secretary Ma Anand Sheela was at the […] The post 70: Mark Duplass, Chapman & Maclain Way on “Wild Wild Country” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:33:47

PN 69: Remembering Chris Hondros

3/8/2018
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The documentary “Hondros” tells the story of war photographer Chris Hondros who was killed alongside Tim Hetherington in Libya in 2011. Hondros is known for iconic photos that were published all over the world: a jubilant warrior in Liberia; an Iraqi girl after a checkpoint shooting in Tal Afar; and an Arab Spring clash in Tahrir […] The post PN 69: Remembering Chris Hondros appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:33:06

PN 68: Policing in “Flint Town”

3/1/2018
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Netflix’s new 8-part series “Flint Town” follows the city’s police department as they cope with a depressed economy, high crime and a water crisis over the course of 2016. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews the three directors of “Flint Town” – Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper and Jessica Dimmock – in front of a live audience […] The post PN 68: Policing in “Flint Town” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:37:16

PN 67: “Control Room” Revisited with Josh Rushing

2/22/2018
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Fifteen years ago as America prepared to make war on Iraq, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim embedded herself at the U.S. military’s CENTCOM media headquarters in Doha, Qatar. She and cinematographer Hani Salama focused on how the rising network Al Jazeera covered the war differently from American news. Two key characters are Al Jazeera journalist Hassan Ibrahim […] The post PN 67: “Control Room” Revisited with Josh Rushing appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:30:36

PN 66: Attorney Gloria Allred on “Seeing Allred”

2/15/2018
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The lawsuit “Summer Zervos v. Donald Trump” is among the high profile cases handled by attorney Gloria Allred. The Netflix film “Seeing Allred,” directed by Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman, explores the history of the 76-year-old lawyer, known for her work with women, LGBT and other minority clients. On February 6, Allred sat for a […] The post PN 66: Attorney Gloria Allred on “Seeing Allred” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:29:00

PN 65: Sam Pollard on Sammy Davis Jr, Spike Lee & St. Clair Bourne

2/8/2018
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Sam Pollard reflects on collaborating with Spike Lee, Henry Hampton and St. Claire Bourne; and on directing his latest film “Sammy Davis Jr: I Gotta Be Me.” Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviewed Pollard at TIFF Doc Conference in September 2017. You can watch an extended version of this interview at TIFF Originals on YouTube. […] The post PN 65: Sam Pollard on Sammy Davis Jr, Spike Lee & St. Clair Bourne appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:30:55

First Person Documentary with Yance Ford, Bryan Fogel & Jeff Orlowski

2/1/2018
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Directors Yance Ford (“Strong Island”), Bryan Fogel (“Icarus”) and Jeff Orlowski (“Chasing Coral”) each put themselves on camera in different ways. The three filmmakers sat down with Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers at the DOC NYC festival last November to discuss how they chose their first person approach. In “Strong Island,” Ford investigates the 1992 […] The post First Person Documentary with Yance Ford, Bryan Fogel & Jeff Orlowski appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:35:34

PN 63: Tabitha Jackson + 2018 Sundance Preview

1/16/2018
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The Sundance Film Festival is always a great place for documentary discoveries. This year features new films about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Fred Rogers, Imagine Dragons, Kronos Quartet and more. Pure Nonfiction founders Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen have gotten an early look at several Sundance premieres and have 11 recommendations. Even if you won’t be […] The post PN 63: Tabitha Jackson + 2018 Sundance Preview appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:52:59

PN 62: Errol Morris, Brett Morgen & Ceyda Torun on Documentary Style

1/11/2018
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From “Wormwood” to “Jane” to “Kedi,” documentary directors are making bold stylistic choices. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers led a discussion titled “Finding the Style For the Story” at the DOC NYC festival in November 2017. The guests are filmmakers Ceyda Torun (“Kedi”), Brett Morgen (“Jane”) and Errol Morris (“Wormwood”). They discuss they achieve their […] The post PN 62: Errol Morris, Brett Morgen & Ceyda Torun on Documentary Style appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:40:39

PN 61: Jennifer Brea on “Unrest”

12/21/2017
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The Oscar Documentary Feature Short List of 15 films includes the underdog entry “Unrest” by first time director Jennifer Brea. Her film explores the disease commonly known as “chronic fatigue syndrome” – a name many patients resent as misleading. The official name is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or M.E. Jennifer contracted the disease in her late 20s […] The post PN 61: Jennifer Brea on “Unrest” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:28:15

PN 60: Alex Gibney & Blair Foster on “Rolling Stone”

12/15/2017
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John Lennon, Tina Turner, Hunter Thomspon and Annie Leibovitz are among the many figures covered in the new 2-part HBO documentary “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge.” Filmmakers Alex Gibney and Blair Foster talk to Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers about telling the magazine’s 50-year history. The conversation also touches upon “Sticky Fingers,” the recent […] The post PN 60: Alex Gibney & Blair Foster on “Rolling Stone” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.

Duration:00:42:58