ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY Launches Fall Doc Short Series Across CNN’s Digital Platforms
November 25th, 2015
09:47 AM ET

ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY Launches Fall Doc Short Series Across CNN’s Digital Platforms

Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks’s doc short explores family, high school football, and Deaf culture

In Pleasanton, Ca., brothers Zane and Jax Pedersen are famous for leading their high school football team to glory. Like many brothers, they are rivals and best friends – their family and school is also largely Deaf. Four generations of Pedersens have played football at the California School for the Deaf, teaching visitors that they are fierce competitors on the field – and fiercely proud of their Deaf culture. ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY, directed by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks, and produced by Jenks and Daniel Zinn through Andrew Jenks Entertainment, and co-produced by CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios, is streaming across CNN’s digital platforms now, kicking off a new series of digital documentary short films.

ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY, which runs approximately 12 minutes, shows the exuberance and comradery of football in a suburban town, the love of a tight-knit family, proud of its young generation, and the community that comes with being Deaf. Jenks describes his passion quest in pursuing this film as having begun when he was a teenager and lived not far from a school for the Deaf.

“I would pass a school for the Deaf enroute to the local mall and thought if I could ever make movies, I would want to make one that captured that world. I thought a good entry point would be an aspect of life that most people can relate to, or find accessible. A high school football team came to mind; sort of like my own version of Friday Night Lights.” said Jenks. “I feel so lucky to have met the Pedersen family and to have had the opportunity to tell a little slice of their extraordinary family story.”

ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival and won the audience award for best short film at the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival. The film is presented across CNN’s digital platforms exclusively by Volkswagen. The film will be available via and across CNN’s mobile properties. For a preview of the film, please visit

In future weeks, following the premiere of ALL-AMERICAN FAMILY, CNN’s digital film series will include films by award-winning filmmakers Sharon Liese and Roger Ross Williams.

CNN’s inaugural series of short films launched in March and currently includes the films UBAH!, about the uncommon life of Somalian supermodel and philanthropist Ubah Hassan, directed by Joe Berlinger; RAISING RYLAND, a journey inside the transgender experience as lived by a six-year-old boy, directed by Sarah Feeley; and THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS, about a small, talented group of Milwaukee teens who hacked into dozens of prominent computer systems – including the Los Alamos National Laboratory – during the early days of the Internet, directed by Michael T. Vollmann.

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, evp of talent and content development, and Courtney Sexton, senior director for program development, oversee the strategy for CNN Films. For more information about CNN Films, please visit,, and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

About CNN

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.



Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World to air TONIGHT, Nov. 17 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International #FZGPS
November 17th, 2015
02:43 PM ET

Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World to air TONIGHT, Nov. 17 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International #FZGPS

The origins of the terror group known as Islamic State or ‘ISIS,’ and what they want, are explored by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, in a one-hour special, Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World, tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.   

Deputy National Security Advisor for strategic communication Ben Rhodes; a former jihadi who now leads a counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz; former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Michael Flynn; Middle East expert and London School of Economics professor of international relations Fawaz Gerges; former FBI agent Ali Soufan; and others discuss the ambitions and goals of the terror group.

The chief objective of ISIS, or Daesh, is its unique vision of a caliphate – and luring American and Western troops back to the Middle East to apocalyptic ground in combat.

Also discussed, how ISIS grew to become a transnational terror organization, how it recruits followers, what is being done to try to stop it – and what does and doesn’t seem to be working.


Topics: 9/11 • Afghanistan • Breaking News • CNN • CNN Special Programming & Documentaries • Fareed Zakaria • Iran • Iraq • ISIS
November 10th, 2015
03:07 PM ET

CNN Films to encore #Blackfish documentary Nov. 14 at 8pmET

CNN Films will encore the thought-provoking documentary film, Blackfish, on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Blackfish explores the extraordinary nature of Orcas and their decades-long history in captivity.  This revealing film also explores the chilling 2010 incident in which an experienced Sea World trainer was killed by the 12,000-pound Tilikum, a whale previously also associated with the deaths of two other people.

CNN Films will encore #Blackfish Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8:00pm Eastern (5:00pm Pacific).


THE HUNTING GROUND Premieres on CNN in November
November 3rd, 2015
04:28 PM ET

THE HUNTING GROUND Premieres on CNN in November

Broadcast set for Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8:00pm Eastern

CNN Films will broadcast the groundbreaking feature documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses – the failure of universities to address the problem, and the rise of a new student movement – on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8:00pm, the network announced today. THE HUNTING GROUND is written and directed by Academy Award®-nominated, two-time Emmy®-winning film director Kirby Dick, and produced by Academy Award®-nominated, two-time Emmy®-winning filmmaker Amy Ziering, the team also behind the Oscar®-nominated THE INVISIBLE WAR, that exposed the shocking prevalence of sexual assault in the U.S. Military.

THE HUNTING GROUND will be exclusively presented on CNN/U.S. with limited commercial interruption, immediately followed by Sexual Assault on Campus, a roundtable discussion including legal and counseling experts skilled in sexual assault investigations, and the filmmakers, to discuss the sensitive, complex issues explored in the film. Sexual Assault on Campus will be hosted by CNN New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota.

“We are glad CNN is presenting THE HUNTING GROUND, and providing a national platform for this urgent issue that has been ignored far too long,” said Kirby Dick, on behalf of the filmmakers.

Utilizing devastatingly raw, first-person testimonies and expert insights, the film traces the experiences of two intrepid survivors, Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, who meet as they pursue their educations while seeking justice for themselves. The two also connect with other survivors to offer support, compassion, and legal aid, eventually developing a novel legal strategy that leverages Title IX legislation to compel more fair adjudication. Pino and Clark have also inspired a national dialogue on the handling of campus assaults and launched a survivors’ network for women who refuse to be silenced.

The story behind the film has inspired music artist Lady Gaga and seven-time Academy Award®-nominee Diane Warren to write, and Lady Gaga to record “Til It Happens to You,” an intensely moving song that calls for support and compassion for sexual assault survivors and is fast becoming an anthem for survivors around the world.

THE HUNTING GROUND was released theatrically by RADiUS, the boutique label of The Weinstein Company; the film was also screened by nearly 1,000 educational institutions. A streaming simulcast will be available on CNNgo via desktop (, mobile, iPad, and Apple TV. After the broadcast premiere, THE HUNTING GROUND will be available On Demand for seven days on CNNgo and cable operator VOD platforms. The film and special will encore Sunday, Nov. 22 beginning at 11:00pm. All times Eastern.



November 2nd, 2015
10:53 AM ET

CNN Films Presents encores GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month

Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me encores on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8:00pm and 10:00pm Eastern

CNN Films Presents will encore the acclaimed film, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8:00pm and 10:00pm in observance of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month, the network announced today. Both times are Eastern.

Glen Campbell’s extraordinary life, musical legacy, and fight against Alzheimer’s disease are explored in the film, which continues to raise awareness to the struggles faced by families with members affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and compassion for caregivers, through outreach efforts across the country and advocating for more research for a cure for the disease.  The film is directed by James Keach and produced by Keach and Trevor Albert.

Curated digital content about Campbell’s struggle and the experiences of others with Alzheimer’s can be found at

This broadcast presentation is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company.

The DVD and digital download of the film are available via Virgil Films; the soundtrack is available via Big Machine Records. For additional information about GLEN CAMPBELL…I’ll Be Me, please visit


October 26th, 2015
05:06 PM ET

#LongRoadtoHell America in Iraq hosted by @Fareed Zakaria debuts TONIGHT at 9p on CNN & CNN International

Tonight at 9:00pm, CNN's Fareed Zakaria looks for answers to who is responsible for the chaos in Iraq.  The special hour, Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq debuts tonight at 9:00pm on CNN and CNN International.

Providing new insights and commentary are: former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Presidential Envoy to Iraq Paul Bremer, president of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass, Gen. David Petraeus (ret.), former Undersecretary for Defense Douglas Feith, former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke, and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith.

Viewers can interact with the producers via Twitter during the broadcast by using #LongRoadtoHell.

The one-hour special encores at 12:00am on CNN International.  Global airtimes:

+ Monday October 26 at 9:00pm ET CNN International in North America / 1:00am in UK (Tuesday, October 27) / 2:00am in Europe (Tuesday, October 27)

+ Friday, October 30 at 2:00pmET CNN International in North America / 6:00pm in UK / 7:00pm in Europe

+ Sunday November 1 at 1:00am ET CNN International in North America / 6:00am in UK / 7:00am in Europe

All times Eastern.


October 26th, 2015
11:09 AM ET

Long Road to Hell – Facebook Live Chat with CNN's Fareed Zakaria at noon #FZGPS


Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq, hosted by Fareed Zakaria, debuts tonight on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm.  Prior to the special, at noon today, Zakaria will be answering questions about this topic via CNN’s Facebook page.  All times Eastern.


October 21st, 2015
03:41 PM ET

Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq hosted by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria airs Monday on CNN and CNN International


President George W. Bush had a dream that Iraq would become a beacon of hope in the Middle East.   Now, with the region wracked by chaos, civil war, and violence, some U.S. presidential candidates are pledging to order American “boots on the ground” again in Iraq – this time to fight ISIS.  The crucial question is:  do we understand the Iraq we would be going back to?  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will take a timely look at the reality of what is left of Iraq in Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq.

Zakaria asks tough questions of many of the key architects of America’s military intervention in Iraq over the last dozen years: Who is responsible for the unraveling of Iraq?  Do those who want to send American troops to Iraq again understand the mistakes of the past?  And, is Iraq even a country anymore?

Zakaria was himself an early supporter of the 2003 military intervention in Iraq. Explaining how his views evolved over time, Zakaria points out the consequences of the major strategic choices. He argues there were too few troops sent to maintain post-war order once the American-led coalition had conquered Saddam’s army. And, greater inclusion of the sectarian groups in Iraq could have meant more regional support for the nation-building efforts that followed the collapse of the Baathist regime.

In Long Road to Hell, Zakaria examines these vital pivot points and mistakes – some previously unknown until now. Offering answers and exploring the challenges are:

  • Tony Blair, U.K. Prime Minister (1997 – 2007), Quartet Representative for the Middle East (2007 – 2015);
  • Antony Blinken, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (2014 – present);
  • Paul Bremer, Presidential Envoy to Iraq (2003 – 2004);
  • Richard Clarke, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace (2001 – 2003); National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism Czar (1998 – 2003); Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence (Ronald Reagan Administration);
  • Douglas Feith, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (2001 – 2005);
  • Peter Galbraith, former U.S. diplomat;
  • Richard Haass, PhD, president, Council on Foreign Relations (2003 – present); former lead U.S. official on Afghanistan and Northern Ireland (2001 – 2003); and
  • Gen. David Petraeus (ret.), Commander, Multi-National Force in Iraq (2007 – 2008); Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (2010 – 2011); Commander, U.S. Central Command (2008 – 2010).

The one-hour primetime special, Long Road to Hell: America in Iraq, hosted by Fareed Zakaria, is scheduled to premiere in simulcast on Monday, Oct. 26 at 9:00pm on CNN/U.S. and CNN International. It will also encore on CNN/U.S. at 12:00am.  Zakaria will be answering questions about this topic via CNN’s Facebook page prior to the special at noon on Monday, Oct. 26. All times Eastern.


October 20th, 2015
02:31 PM ET




For a sneak peek and preview, click here:

It was an election night that ended with epic confusion as networks called the key swing state of Florida for both Gore and Bush – and the uncertainty soon escalated into 36 days of dramatic combat for the oval office.

In the retelling of election 2000 – 15 years later – CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger takes viewers inside the war rooms, control rooms and campaigns. With perspectives from NBC Anchorman Tom Brokaw to Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Lieberman – and others - the stories are told by those who lived through it, and provide a candid look at the bare-knuckle brawl happening behind the scenes.  The strategies, the mistakes and the maneuvering that ultimately landed George W. Bush in the White House – and changed the course of history.

The story begins with election night 2000.  (“I was just seeing my life kind of flash in front of me and kind of breaking out into a sweat thinking oh my god, what do we do here?” says Bill Daley, Gore Campaign Chairman.) It moves to the battle to win Florida, a state whose governor, Jeb Bush, was George W. Bush’s younger brother.  (“We were going to fight them tooth and nail, house to house, hand to hand, and we were going to hold Florida unless they sent in federal troops,” says Mac Stipanovich, an adviser to Katherine Harris, the Florida secretary of state.) And the final act is played out at the Supreme Court, a decision that is still controversial.

The passage of time has not dimmed memories or hard feelings. (“I think it was probably the biggest disappointment that I've had in my lifetime in terms of what the Supreme Court has done,” says David Boies, who argued the case for the Democrats.) As Election 2016 approaches, the story of Bush vs. Gore – a dead heat election fought to the finish, a piece of history still subject to intense debate. Says Ron Klain, a key Gore adviser: “I’ve not gotten it over it yet, that’s for sure.”

“Bush vs. Gore” was produced by Brian Rokus. Wade Payson-Denney was the Video Producer. Dani Sloan was the Production Assistant. Jen Hyde is the Executive Producer. Michael Bass is the Executive Vice President of Programming.

CNN Democratic Debate – Full Transcript
October 13th, 2015
11:26 PM ET

CNN Democratic Debate – Full Transcript




The rush transcript was updated on October 26 to accurately reflect statements made during the debate.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: And good evening everyone.  We are live at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas for the CNN/Facebook Democratic Presidential Debate.  Welcome.


The five major candidates are about to face off for the first time in a primary race that is a lot more competitive than many people had expected.

COOPER:  Welcome.  I'm Anderson Cooper.  Thanks for joining us. We're just seconds away from introducing the candidates to viewers in the United States and watching right now around the world.

This debate is airing on CNN, CNN en Espanol, and CNN International.  It's also being broadcast on the Westwood One Radio Network.  I'll be the moderator tonight. I'll also be joined in the questioning by my CNN colleagues, our chief political correspondent, Dana Bash; CNN en Espanol anchor Juan Carlos Lopez, and CNN anchor Don Lemon who will share questions from Democrats nationwide.

We've teamed up with Facebook to send a campaign camper around the country for the past three weeks.  Thousands of people stepped inside to record their questions for the candidates on video. Millions more have weighed in on Facebook.  Now it's time to meet the candidates.

COOPER:  Joining us on stage, please welcome former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.


Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.


And former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia.

Topics: CNN Debate • CNN Politics
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