Photographer Ernest Withers documented the struggles and the victories of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s through shocking and inspiring images that evoke the injustice and the rage of that history even today. Along the way, he himself became an icon.
When Withers photographed the grotesquely mutilated body of Emmett Till, slain for allegedly whistling at a white woman, the photos rocketed across the country and around the world in magazines and newsprint – notably in JET and LIFE magazines, and the Chicago Defender – forcing the nation to focus on that amplified vision of injustice. Withers himself was so moved that he vowed to attend each day of the trial and photograph those accused of the lynching.
After Withers died in 2007, documents secured through a Freedom of Information Act request, submitted by journalists the Memphis Commercial Appeal, revealed that in addition to taking photographs, Withers was also a paid informant for the FBI. A paper trail later emerged suggesting Withers gave the FBI sensitive information on leaders of the Movement, their meetings, and their activities – as part of the FBI’s official, “Ghetto Informant Program.”
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien tells the story of the secret life of Ernest Withers in Pictures Don’t Lie, which encores on CNN/U.S on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT.
Gloria Steinem, an icon of the feminist movement for over 40 years, tells the story of her life and life's work as an activist and pivotal force behind the modern Women’s Liberation Movement.
Steinem today remains one of the most outspoken and visible symbols of the women’s movement. This biographical documentary is told in Steinem's own words, as she describes her life's mission to fight for equal rights for women in America and around the world.
'Gloria: In Her Own Words' was produced by HBO Documentary Films. The 90-minute presentation will air on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, February 9 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm ET & PT.
Park City, UT, Tuesday, January 22 - CNN Films, a production and acquisition unit of CNN Worldwide, and the Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures have partnered to acquire the U.S. rights to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s buzzed about documentary Blackfish at the Sundance film festival.
One day before U.S. President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, CNN & TIME’s Fareed Zakaria hosts an encore presentation of Memo to the President: The GPS Road Map for a 2nd Term – A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special .
Zakaria speaks to a dozen current and former advisors to American presidents about how to secure a successful second term in office and establish a lasting legacy in domestic and foreign affairs.
Featured in the program are: James Baker III, Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985); U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1988); U.S. Secretary of State (1989-1992); Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York (I) (2001-present); Zbigniew Brzezinski, PhD, U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009); Ken Duberstein, Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan (1988-1989); Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, (R-TX) (1993-2013); Paul O’Neill, U.S. Treasury Secretary (2001-2002); co-chairman, Alcoa (1987-1999); Peter Orzag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2009-2010); Director Congressional Budget Office (2007-2008); John Podesta, Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton (1998-2001); Steven Rattner, former counselor to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (“car czar”) (2009); Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (2003-2011); chairman, Democratic National Committee (1999-2001), and; Robert Rubin, U.S. Treasury Secretary (1995-1999); co-chairman, Council on Foreign Relations.
Memo to the President: The GPS Road Map for a 2nd Term – A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special will air on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8:00pm, 11:00pm, and 2:00am on CNN/U.S.. All times are Eastern.
"I've never, in 26 years of forecasting, ever, seen anything like this," said Chad Myers, weather anchor and severe weather expert, while reporting on Superstorm Sandy.
Myers, along with CNN's Jason Carroll, Ed Lavandera, David Mattingly, Frederik Pleitgen, and John Zarrella, report for a new CNN documentary this weekend investigating the factors that made the impact of superstorm Sandy so devastating. The documentary also offers insights from researchers and scientists on climate change, potential solutions to limiting the impact of future storms on critical infrastructure like power grids, and the potential impact of reductions in the funding of satellite systems that aid meteorological storm predictions.
CNN Presents: The Coming Storms encores Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET&PT on CNN/U.S.
CNN’s intrepid storm correspondents will report for a comprehensive investigation on the lessons learned by Superstorm Sandy – and what Americans need to do to prepare for the next inevitable weather test. The one-hour investigative documentary, The Coming Storms will debut Sunday, Jan. 06 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT and replay on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT.
CNN’s Jason Carroll investigates the impact of the storm surge and flooding, particularly to lower Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. He also reports on climate change and how it may make storms more dangerous and more damaging. CNN’s David Mattingly reports from Breezy Point in Queens, New York on potential engineering solutions to address the powerful storm surges associated with superstorms, and investigate the vulnerability of the nation’s power grids, communications and transport systems – and what municipalities are and are not doing to safeguard our infrastructure from storm damage. CNN’s Ed Lavandera investigates what New Orleans has done in the deadly wake of Hurricane Katrina to make sure that city won’t go underwater again – and what we can learn from them. CNN’s John Zarrella reports on threats to our eyes in the sky, satellites which are crucial to warning people that a storm is coming. FULL POST
“I don’t really feel Black,” says 17-year-old Nayo Jones. Her mother is Black; she was raised apart from her by her White father, and she identifies herself as biracial. “I was raised up with White people, White music, White food so it’s not something I know,” she says in a new documentary that explores the sensitive concepts of race, cultural identity, and skin tone.
For the fifth installment of her groundbreaking Black in America series, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports for Who is Black in America? The documentary debuts Sunday, Dec. 09 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT and replays on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT.
Is Jones Black? Is Blackness based upon skin color or other factors? The 2010 U.S. Census found 15 percent of new marriages are interracial, a figure that is twice what was reported in 1980. One in seven American newborns were of mixed race in 2010, representing an increase of two percent from the 2000 U.S. Census. Within this context, O’Brien examines how much regarding race and identity are personal choices vs. reflections of an external social construct. FULL POST
Every 19 minutes, someone dies of a drug overdose in America. That U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistic refers to legal and illegal drug use, but most of those overdose deaths are due to legal prescription drugs.
Accidental prescription drug overdoses in the United States now kill more people than heroin, crack, and methamphetamines combined. And, also according to the CDC, accidental prescription overdoses now kill more Americans than do car crashes.
In a compelling new documentary, Deadly Dose: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports,CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports how prescription drug misuse has become an epidemic. He speaks with a survivor, and takes viewers to the front lines of the crisis – riding along with paramedics, interviewing emergency room doctors, and listening to panicked calls to a poison response center – witnessing, first-hand, the too-often deadly consequences of drug overdoses.
Deadly Dose will debut on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S. The network will encore the one-hour documentary on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT. FULL POST
First CNN Film, Richard E. Robbins’s “Girl Rising,” to air Spring 2013 on CNN, CNN International alongside Theatrical Release
Projects from Acclaimed Filmmakers Alex Gibney and Andrew Rossi
CNN, the worldwide leader in news, today announced the creation of CNN Films to secure feature-length documentaries for air on CNN and CNN International, alongside theatrical distribution. The move is part of a wider strategy to acquire original non-fiction content to complement CNN’s award-winning news programs; it was announced by CNN Worldwide Managing Editor Mark Whitaker.
“Girl Rising,” the first documentary acquired by CNN Films, will air in spring 2013. The film, which inspired a global action campaign to promote girls’ education called 10×10, tells the extraordinary stories of several girls from around the globe, fighting to overcome impossible odds to realize their dreams. The film includes voice performances by Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep, Academy Award Nominee Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez. “Girl Rising” is directed by Academy Award Nominee Richard E. Robbins (“Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”) and executive produced by Tom Yellin and Holly Gordon of the Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen of Vulcan Productions.
CNN Films has also signed development deals with Academy Award Winning Director and Producer Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer”) and Director Andrew Rossi (“Page One: Inside the New York Times”). Both will develop original documentaries to air on CNN.
“CNN Films will bring distinguished, thought-provoking documentary programming to our global audiences on all our television, online and mobile platforms,” said Whitaker. “We want these documentaries to tell compelling stories and stimulate important discussions across CNN’s other programs and websites.”
The original feature-length documentaries will examine an array of political, social, and economic subject matters. The films will premiere in primetime and will re-air in order to increase exposure. Surrounding the premiere of each documentary, acclaimed CNN programs will run dedicated programming that sheds light on the topics and issues discussed in each film. In-depth interviews, expert commentary, roundtable discussions, debates, and behind-the-scenes footage will be featured across all of CNN’s broadcast and online platforms.
Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, will oversee the acquisition strategy of documentaries under the CNN Films banner. Malhotra will manage the day-to-day operation of CNN Films, and work directly with filmmakers to develop original projects.
CNN Films also plans to bring the documentaries beyond the small screen by developing strategic partnerships to leverage distribution opportunities at film festivals and in theaters.
To learn more about “Girl Rising” and to view the trailer, please visit: http://10x10act.org/presenting-girl-rising.
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In December 1972, in the midst of deadly sectarian fighting in Northern Ireland, the widow Jean McConville, mother to 10 children, was taken from her home in West Belfast. CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson investigates the ongoing battle between families, politicians, and academia over the tapes that may reveal the real truth about Jean McConville’s fate. In the four decades since, her daughter Helen has been on a quest for answers about who kidnapped and killed her mother. Now, she believes tapes held thousands of miles away may hold clues to the real truth about her mother’s fate.
Locked inside a library at Boston College are the Belfast Project archives, containing audio recorded interviews with former paramilitary fighters from both sides of thirty years of violence and mayhem in Northern Ireland. It is an oral history of atrocities and insights with interviews so explosive that they were supposed to be kept secret until a participant dies or waives confidentiality. But, depending upon what a U.S. court decides the contents may not stay secret much longer. Their release to Northern Ireland law enforcement authorities could help solve an old murder mystery, but also could damage the fragile peace there and endanger the lives of those who participated in the interviews for the archives.
The encore of CNN Presents: Secrets of the Belfast Project airs Saturday, Oct. 06 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S..