Documentary

Swae Lee Premiering New Docuseries on Snapchat

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Snapchat / Snapchat Swae Lee is teaming up with Snapchat to give fans all access with a new docuseries. The OG filter-loving social media app is giving fans an all-access pass to view his life. The 10-episode Snap original docuseries, Swae Meets World, is set to premiere on Snapchat’s Discover, with new episodes that will go live every other day. The Snapchat original docuseries will follow Swae Lee on his journey through triumph and tragedy as he prepares to launch his first solo album, capturing Swae Lee embracing the most pivotal moment in his career, following his success as a five-time Grammy nominee as one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd. “I want to change the world through my music, that’s my main goal,” Swae says in the Swae Meets World trail...

Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us Documentary Picked Up by Amazon, Trailer Released: Watch

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-04-12T16:54:33+00:00“>April 12, 2021 | 12:54pm ET Dave Grohl’s new documentary on van touring, What Drives Us, has been picked up for distribution by The Coda Collection, available via Amazon Prime Video. Arriving on the subscription streaming channel on April 30th, What Drives Us seeks to answer the question of why musicians put everything on the line to get into a van with their friends and try to make it big. It’s a tribute to anyone who ever dreamed of putting themselves through hell to form bonds and create art on the long roads between gigs, a right of passage for all those looking to rock. “This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old...

Osun governor: Babagana Zulum a man of strong character, conviction

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has described his Borno State counterpart, Prof. Babagana Zulum, as a man of strong character and conviction who is determined to carry on despite the daunting security challenges in his domain. He said but for his strong character and conviction, the enormous security challenges in Borno were enough for anyone to run away. Oyetola spoke in Ibadan on Saturday at the 2021 Luncheon and Awards ceremony of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, where Zulum was honoured by the association as both Most Distinguished Alumnus and the Alumnus of the Year. “From the documentary we just watched, I can see that the governor in less than two years has done tremendously well. And like we all know, the reward for hard work is more work. I believe this award...

Cher Helps Rescue “The World’s Loneliest Elephant” in New Documentary Trailer: Watch

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-04-08T20:45:46+00:00“>April 8, 2021 | 4:45pm ET In late 2020, Cher made a herculean effort to move “the world’s loneliest elephant” to a sanctuary in Cambodia. Her animal rights work became the subject of a documentary, Cher & The Loneliest Elephant, which you can preview via the trailer below. The documentary follows the singer as she travels to Pakistan to oversee the relocation of the elephant, named Kaavan, who became known as the “world’s loneliest elephant” after his partner Saheli died in 2012. Kaavan, who was a gift from the government of Sri Lanka to the head of the Pakistani army 35 years ago, had become increasingly lonely and depressed while spending over a dozen yea...

We Are the Thousand Solidifies Foo Fighters As One of Rock’s Most Inspiring Bands: Review

The Pitch: Anyone who has ever lived in a small town understands the frustration of being constantly passed over by bands in favor of larger markets and bigger venues. While most just grumble about it, there are those dedicated fans who will do whatever it takes to experience a live performance from a treasured artist. For most, that means a road trip. But for marine biologist Fabio Zaffagnini, it meant thinking out of the box in a dramatic and unprecedented way. In 2015, Zaffagnini hatched an elaborate plan to lure his favorite band—Foo Fighters—to his small Italian town of Cesena. Gathering 1,000 local musicians together to simultaneously play one of the band’s songs, Zaffagnini and his crew of enthusiastic friends recorded and released the performance on YouTube in hopes to capture the ...

What’s Streaming on Hulu in April 2021

Hulu is bringing plenty of Easter eggs in April. On the features front, subscribers can check out documentaries such as WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn and Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World or turn off reality with Songbird and Wild Mountain Thyme. There’s also the Season 4 premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale, the launch of the new Duplass brothers’-produced docuseries Sasquatch, and the beginning of Freeform’s new psychological thriller show Cruel Summer. The back catalogue upgrade is admittedly delish, too: 28 Days Later, Bulworth, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Shaft (2000), That Thing You Do!, Vanilla Sky, and So I Married an Axe Murderer are just a few noticeable highlights upon first glance. Check out the full list below, which also includes what...

Britney Spears Responds to Documentary: “I Cried for Two Weeks”

Framing Britney Spears, the documentary exploring Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship, premiered back on February 5th. Since then, nearly everyone has commented on the film, including her father Jamie Spears, media stars, and even Justin Timberlake. However, one crucial voice has been missing from the discourse on the documentary — Britney Spears herself — and now she’s finally speaking up about it. In a new post on Instagram, Spears revealed that she’s only seen parts of Framing Britney Spears. Understandably, she had been putting it off due to the overwhelming nature of its content and the massive response from viewers. “My life has always been very speculated… watched… and judged really my whole life,” reads the caption. “I didn’t watch the documentary but from what ...

What’s Streaming on Netflix in April 2021

Netflix is taking everyone to Dollywood in April 2021. MusiCares’ 2019 star-studded tribute to Dolly Parton is heading to the streaming giant. The concert film features Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Mendes, Brandi Carlile, Katy Perry, Leon Bridges, Chris Stapleton, and many more. Right behind the music legend is Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer’s new comedy Thunder Force, a second season of The Circle, and the premiere of Flying Lotus’ new anime series Yasuke that features the voice of Lakeith Stanfield. Elsewhere, there’s the Idris Elba-starring Concrete Cowboy, Jamie Foxx’s new series Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!, Toni Collette’s sci-fi drama Stowaway, and the three-part docuseries Life in Color with David Attenborough. In terms of archival additions, subs...

HBO’s Tina Is a Disappointing Slog for a Vibrant Legend: Review

The Pitch: You can’t keep Tina Turner down. Born Anna Mae Bullock in Brownsville, Tennessee to a sharecropper, her mother left when she was 11 years old to escape the clutches of her abusive husband. Bullock would later visit her mother in St Louis wherein she met Ike Turner at a nightclub. From there: The pair began a tumultuous, abusive relationship on the part of Ike. Bullock, by then known as Tina Turner, became entrapped but eventually escaped, rebuilt her music career, and performed one of the most unlikely comebacks in music history. Her story is one of survival, one of resilience, and one too often defined by Ike and not under the banner of Turner. The hardest working woman in show business bids adieu and recounts her life in T. J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay’s HBO documentary — Tina...

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes Is A Beautiful, But Disappointing Tribute: SXSW Review

Editor’s Note: The following review is part of our coverage of the 2021 South by Southwest Film Festival. Stay tuned for further reviews straight outta Austin — well, virtually, of course. Below, Rachel Reeves checks out Caroline Catz’ experimental documentary on electronic wunderkind Delia Derbyshire. The Pitch: In 1962, Delia Derbyshire began working at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. While many employees ended up being assigned to the department out of necessity, Derbyshire requested it. Fueled by her continual fascination with mathematics, music, sound, nature and the way they interact, Derbyshire was on a mission to create new and usual sounds. While best known for her contributions to the iconic Doctor Who theme song, it’s her hefty influence on the world of electronic musi...

Charli XCX’s Alone Together Is a Cyber-Dusted Love Letter To Her Fans: SXSW Review

Editor’s Note: The following review is part of our coverage of the 2021 South by Southwest Film Festival. Stay tuned for further reviews straight outta Austin — well, virtually, of course. Below, Rachel Reeves checks out Charli XCX’s new doc. The Pitch: Charli XCX, born Charlotte Aitchison, has never been an artist to play by conventional industry rules. Ever since she began posting songs on MySpace in 2008, her avant-garde approach to pop music has rallied fans and defied common practice. Collaborating with everyone from Iggy Azalea, Carly Rae Jepsen and Troye Sivian to Dorian Electra, Brooke Candy and Sophie, her genre-defying sound and conscious approach to inclusivity quickly resulted in a passionate LGBTQIA+ forward fanbase. Then, just as she was wrapping up her 2019 arena-p...

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched Is a Comprehensive, Spellbinding Folk Horror Doc: SXSW Review

Editor’s Note: The following review is part of our coverage of the 2021 South by Southwest Film Festival. Stay tuned for further reviews straight outta Austin — well, virtually, of course. Below, Clint Worthington learns all about folk horror. The Pitch: The history of folk horror is far richer and more expansive than is typically thought of by horror neophytes: More than The Wicker Man and Midsommar, folk horror has its roots all the way back to the 18th century and extends beyond the Anglocentric perspectives of ’70s British horror film fans. Director Kier-La Janisse knows this, and in Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, she’ll show you an entire syllabus’ worth of cinematic folk horror from across nations, time periods, and forms of media (folk horror exists on T...

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