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TV Review: Tales of the Grim Sleeper

True-crime documentary takes a hard look at race issues. Review by Brandon Wolfe A series of murders – at least ten, but possibly as many as 100 – took place in South Central Los Angeles between 1985 and 2007. All were women, many of them prostitutes. In 2010, police arrested a man named Lonnie Franklin for the crimes. Franklin, whom many of his friends and neighbors considered pleasant and nonthreatening, if a little sexually quirky, is presently in jail awaiting trial. Noted documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield examines the case in HBO’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper , but the film doesn’t take the tack one might assume. Broomfield isn’t overly interested in the sordid details of Franklin’s alleged crimes. Those do come up, unavoidably, but they aren’t the aspect of the case that Broomfield is most captivated by. Denied access to police personnel for interviews, Broomfield takes to the streets to speak to the denizens of Franklin’s neighborhood, talking to people who knew him a

Remembering the Artist: De Niro, Sr. Premieres June 9th

HBO’s next documentary Remembering the Artist: De Niro, Sr. is a moving portrait of the painter told by those who knew him best. The film weaves together archival family footage and interviews with the subject himself, as well as with art experts, artists who worked alongside him and, most affectingly, his son. The documentary was an official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and gives a fascinating glimpse into the personal and professional life of the artist whose talent went largely unrecognized as the pop art movement swept the nation. Directed by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir, Remembering the Artist: De Niro, Sr. premieres Monday, June 9th at 9pm on HBO. Please Leave A Comment-

Trailer For THE CASE AGAINST 8 From HBO Documentary Film

Here is the trailer for  THE CASE AGAINST 8,  HBO Documentary Film was   Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White. THE CASE AGAINST 8 takes a riveting, inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Five years in the making, with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the powerhouse legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies, who previously faced off as opposing counsel in Bush v. Gore, along with the four plaintiffs in the suit, the film provides a definitive account of the battle that effectively ended marriage discrimination in California. Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White. Winner of the 2014 SXSW Audience Award and Sundance Film Festival Best Directing Award. In Theaters June 6, 2014 Expanding June 13, 2014 Debuts on HBO on June 23, 2014 For more info: Please Leave A Comment-

HBO Docs: ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP Premieres On April 14th At 8pm

HBO Docs Present:  ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP , which will be premiering on Monday, April 14th at 8pm . The film gives a poignant look inside Camp Erin, a three-day retreat founded by baseball great Jamie Moyer for children who have lost close family members. The documentary testifies to the power of friendship and support as children are able to open up about their feelings and move forward in the grieving process. ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP (April 14th) visits Camp Erin, one of 41 camps across the United States where children experiencing the death of a loved one can go to deal with their pain. At the camp, founded by baseball star Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, kids learn that by talking about their feelings, they can begin to heal. The documentary testifies to the power of friendship and support. Directed by Oscar® nominee Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO’s “The Final Inch”) and produced by Emmy® nominees Greg DeHart and Paul Freedman. Be sure to