With Films on Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Andy Warhol, New Yorkers Remain a Nonfiction Favorite

“From a nonscripted place, so many wonderful tales occur in New York, and we will’t assist however deliver town alive as a result of it’s a character in itself — I don’t suppose many different cities have that,” says Elaine Frontain Bryant, govt vp and head of programming at A&E Network. The community just lately introduced that the most recent mission in its long-running Biography collection will focus on Wu-Tang Clan founding member Ol’ Dirty Bastard; the primary feature-length documentary in regards to the Brooklyn-born rapper is slated to air in 2023. It’s the sort of nonscripted programming that Frontain Bryant says is sparked in New York’s inventive neighborhood.

“There’s a sensibility about being in New York proper now that doesn’t have the shiny TV really feel,” she provides. “There’s an integrity and rigor that, though we’re not journalists, [allows us] to inform a story in a method that’s entertainment-forward however has a objective.” These latest documentary initiatives additionally replicate that spirit, telling intensive and illuminating tales about — or by — New Yorkers.


This six-part collection, which launched March 9, examines the non-public lifetime of the pop-art icon and charts his rise from a younger working illustrator in New York to the celeb artist whose work had an indelible affect on American popular culture. In Warhol’s personal phrases (and his voice, re-created utilizing AI know-how with the permission of the Warhol property), the collection follows him as he navigates between New York’s excessive society and the gritty and glitzy world of The Factory. More essential, the collection sheds gentle on how his romantic relationships, in addition to his inventive collaborations with fellow New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, influenced the best way through which he expressed his personal queer identification in his work.

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Andy Warhol, flanked by Keith Haring (left) and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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From the crew that produced the Emmy-nominated Framing Britney Spears, Elon Musk’s Crash Course will launch the second season of FX/Hulu’s doc collection The New York Times Presents on May 20. Featuring Times know-how correspondent Cade Metz and auto trade reporter Neal Boudette, the doc will probe Tesla’s controversial Autopilot system and the accidents through which the function was allegedly defective. Using interviews with former Tesla staff, Crash Course additionally appears to be like on the Tesla CEO’s highly effective affect in sidelining authorities regulation and investigations into Autopilot — which can provoke the enigmatic entrepreneur into an off-camera response, doubtless on Musk’s soon-to-be-acquired Twitter.

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Elon Musk
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Three-time Emmy winner and Bronx native Randy Wilkins directs this six-episode collection (govt produced by his mentor Spike Lee), which premieres on ESPN and ESPN+ on July 18 to coincide with Derek Jeter’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The docuseries tracks Jeter’s storied two-decade profession with the New York Yankees, throughout which the crew received 5 World Series championships — starting along with his rookie yr in 1996, the crew’s first World Series win in 18 years. The collection is a celebration of a sports activities determine whose contributions turned a struggling franchise into a baseball dynasty, all whereas the crew’s house metropolis went via its personal interval of dramatic change.

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Derek Jeter
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This story first appeared within the May 17 situation of The Hollywood Reporter journal. Click right here to subscribe.

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