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If you love documentary films, hear from the top storytellers on Pure Nonfiction. Host Thom Powers is well-connected in this world as a documentary curator for the Toronto International Film Festival, DOC NYC, and SundanceNow Doc Club. He leads conversations that are frank, funny and revealing. Listen to interviews with Oscar-winning filmmakers Barbara Kopple, Alex Gibney, and Roger Ross Williams; as well as the directors of “Making a Murderer,” “Weiner” and “OJ: Made in America.” Often the stories behind the scenes are as dramatic as what’s on the screen. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @purenonfiction. Subscribe now.

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92: Aretha Franklin in “Amazing Grace,” Lost and Found
42:57
<p>In 1972, Aretha Franklin recorded her biggest selling album “Amazing Grace” as a live gospel performance over two nights at a Los Angeles church, under the direction of Reverend James Cleveland. The event was recorded by camera crews led by Sydney Pollack. Due to technical problems, the project was abandoned and the footage stored for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/92-aretha-franklin-amazing-grace-lost-found/">92: Aretha Franklin in “Amazing Grace,” Lost and Found</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Dec 06, 2018
91: Mr. Rogers, Quincy Jones, Jane Fonda & Pope Francis Walk Into a Bar
57:10
<p>The art of portrait documentaries is discussed with five filmmakers: Wim Wenders (“Pope Francis: A Man of His Word”), Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks (“Quincy”), Morgan Neville (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) and Susan Lacy (“Jane Fonda: A Life in Five Acts”). This conversation was recorded at DOC NYC before a live audience. The filmmakers […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/91-mr-rogers-quincy-jones-jane-fonda-pope-francis-walk-bar/">91: Mr. Rogers, Quincy Jones, Jane Fonda & Pope Francis Walk Into a Bar</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Nov 29, 2018
90: Michael Moore, Julie Cohen, Annie Sundberg & Stephen Maing on “Getting Political”
46:02
<p>Filmmakers Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 11/9), Julie Cohen (RBG), Annie Sundberg (Reversing Roe) and Stephen Maing (Crime + Punishment) sat down with Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers for a panel called “Getting Political” at the DOC NYC PRO conference on November 9, 2018. The date marked the two year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election and came […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/90-michael-moore-julie-cohen-annie-sundberg-stephen-maing-getting-political/">90: Michael Moore, Julie Cohen, Annie Sundberg & Stephen Maing on “Getting Political”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Nov 15, 2018
89: Opal H. Bennett on Short Documentaries
34:04
<p>Short documentaries are thriving on platforms like Netflix, HBO and New York Times Op-Docs. This year, the DOC NYC festival picked 12 short docs for its first ever Short List: Shorts. Programmer Opal H. Bennett talks to Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers to highlight some the year’s leading Short Doc awards contenders that are currently […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/88-opal-h-bennett-short-documentaries/">89: Opal H. Bennett on Short Documentaries</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Nov 08, 2018
88: DOC NYC Preview 2018
1:01:42
<p>Wim Wenders, Rashida Jones, and Michael Moore are among the hundreds of documentary filmmakers coming to New York City for the DOC NYC festival from November 8 to 15. DOC NYC artistic director and Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers gives a preview of the festival loaded with clips from films. He interviews key members of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/88-doc-nyc-preview-2018/">88: DOC NYC Preview 2018</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Nov 01, 2018
87: Sandi Tan on “Shirkers”
30:01
<p>Winner of the 2018 Sundance Directing Award for World Documentary, Sandi Tan makes her debut with “Shirkers,” now on Netflix. She grew up in Singapore. As a teenager in the 1980s, she had an outsider’s sensibility, obsessed with punk rock, fanzines, and indie film. She took a film class from a middle-aged American man named […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/87-sandi-tan-shirkers/">87: Sandi Tan on “Shirkers”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Oct 25, 2018
86: Alex Gibney & Trevor Birney, Wanted in Belfast
37:04
<p>Alex Gibney’s “No Stone Unturned” uses leaked police documents to investigate an unsolved mass murder in Northern Ireland. Now the police are pushing back. On August 31, police raided the Belfast homes and office of producer Trevor Birney and journalist Barry Mccaffrey and arrested them over the leaked documents. Gibney has been notified that he’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/86-alex-gibney-trevor-birney-wanted-belfast/">86: Alex Gibney & Trevor Birney, Wanted in Belfast</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Oct 18, 2018
85: Maxim Pozdorovkin on Trump, Putin & Pussy Riot
47:42
<p>During the 2016 US election, Russia Today offered a steady stream of English-language reports that disseminated to American audiences via YouTube and Facebook. Filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin digs into those reports and other Russian media coverage to offer an immersive look at propaganda in “Our New President.” The film was originally crafted as a short for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/85-maxim-pozdorovkin-trump-putin-pussy-riot/">85: Maxim Pozdorovkin on Trump, Putin & Pussy Riot</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Aug 02, 2018
84: Matt Tyrnauer on “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”
44:53
<p>Gore Vidal played a key role behind the scenes in helping Scotty Bowers tell his secret history of Hollywood. Starting in the 1940s, Scotty operated an infamous gas station in Hollywood where he would arrange sexual trysts for celebrities who needed to keep their gay, lesbian or bisexual lives hidden. With Vidal’s help, Scotty published […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/84-matt-tyrnauer-scotty-secret-history-hollywood/">84: Matt Tyrnauer on “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 26, 2018
83: Jason Kohn on “Love Means Zero”
53:27
<p>Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Kathleen Horvath are only a few of the champions who came out of Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy. Bollettieri ran a controversial program taking kids at a young age to live away from their parents, but he turned out more champions than any other coach. The new Showtime documentary […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/83-jason-kohn-love-means-zero/">83: Jason Kohn on “Love Means Zero”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 19, 2018
82: Kevin MacDonald on Whitney Houston
34:23
<p>Whitney Houston had an angelic voice, but fought demons in her personal life. The new documentary “Whitney” explores her talents and tribulations. Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald previously directed the documentaries “Marley,” “Touching the Void,” and the Oscar-winning “One Day in September,” as well as the fiction film “The Last King of Scotland.” Pure Nonfiction host Thom […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/82-kevin-macdonald-whitney-houston/">82: Kevin MacDonald on Whitney Houston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 12, 2018
81: Tim Wardle on “Three Identical Strangers”
31:37
<p>Separated at birth, the triplets Bobby, Eddy and David discovered each other by accident at age 19 in 1980. They became media sensations. Madonna cast them in a movie and they opened a Manhattan restaurant called triplets. Their lives took many twists and turns that are documented in the film “Three Identical Strangers.” Pure Nonfiction […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/81-three-identical-strangers-director-tim-wardle/">81: Tim Wardle on “Three Identical Strangers”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 05, 2018
80: Jonathan Safran Foer & Christopher Quinn on “Eating Animals”
41:58
<p>Relax, “Eating Animals” isn’t proselytizing for vegetarianism. But author Jonathan Safran Foer and filmmaker Christopher Quinn are asking you to think more seriously about factory farming. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews Foer and Quinn touching upon how factory farmed meat affects our health, the environment and the economy. Foer also remembers his discussion with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/80-jonathan-safran-foer-christopher-quinn-eating-animals/">80: Jonathan Safran Foer & Christopher Quinn on “Eating Animals”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jun 28, 2018
79: Judd Apatow on Garry Shandling
38:04
<p>Comedian Garry Shandling is remembered for creating two ground-breaking TV shows: “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” He was also a key mentor to Hollywood writer and director Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”; “Knocked Up”). After Shandling’s death in 2016, Apatow gained access to his mentor’s diaries. He draws upon them for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/79-judd-apatow-garry-shandling/">79: Judd Apatow on Garry Shandling</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jun 14, 2018
78: Liz Garbus on The New York Times in “The Fourth Estate”
19:49
<p>Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (“What Happened Miss Simone?”) follows The New York Times team of reporters and editors covering the first year of the Trump administration in the four-part Showtime series The Fourth Estate. Garbus talks to Pure Nonfiction  host Thom Powers about the making of the series. She was previously interviewed on episode 5. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/78-liz-garbus-new-york-times-fourth-estate/">78: Liz Garbus on The New York Times in “The Fourth Estate”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 31, 2018
77: Wim Wenders on Pope Francis
33:58
<p>Buena Vista Social Club, Pina Bausch and Sebastiao Selgado are among Wim Wenders past documentary subjects. Now he profiles the head of the Catholic Church in “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” released in theaters by Focus Features. Wenders talks to Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers about the making of the film. He also […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/77-wim-wenders-pope-francis/">77: Wim Wenders on Pope Francis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 24, 2018
76: Filming Ruth Bader Ginsburg
45:58
<p>Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is profiled in the new documentary “RBG.” Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews the directing duo of Betsy West and Julie Cohen on Ginsburg’s career fighting for women’s rights. They discuss their personal experiences of enduring sexism in the worlds of broadcast news and public radio. On Twitter: @betsywest […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/76-filming-ruth-bader-ginsburg/">76: Filming Ruth Bader Ginsburg</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 10, 2018
75: Dawn Porter on “Bobby Kennedy for President”
30:59
<p>“Bobby Kennedy for President” is a four-part Netflix series that traces the politician’s career with an emphasis on issues of racial justice. The final episode reexamines his 1968 assassination and the trial of Sirhan Sirhan that left unanswered questions. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews filmmaker Dawn Porter on the making of the series. She […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/75-dawn-porter-bobby-kennedy-president/">75: Dawn Porter on “Bobby Kennedy for President”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 03, 2018
74: Joe Berlinger from “Brother’s Keeper” to “Intent to Destroy”
43:31
<p>Joe Berlinger has been making documentaries for over 25 years. He started out at Maysles Films where he met Bruce Sinofsky. In 1992, they made “Brother’s Keeper”, a story of a murder trial in upstate New York, that revitalized observational documentary. They went on to make the “Paradise Lost” trilogy and “Metallica: Some Kind of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/74-joe-berlinger-brothers-keeper-intent-destroy/">74: Joe Berlinger from “Brother’s Keeper” to “Intent to Destroy”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 26, 2018
73: Sophie Fiennes on Grace Jones
36:01
<p>Grace Jones has been commanding attention for decades as a singer, actress and icon. Now filmmaker Sophie Fiennes crafts a documentary as unconventional as its subject in “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.” The film immerses us into Grace’s life on the road – from her childhood home in Jamaica to the recording studio of “Hurricane” […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/73-sophie-fiennes-grace-jones/">73: Sophie Fiennes on Grace Jones</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 19, 2018
72: Jed Rothstein on “The China Hustle”
25:01
<p>Could China be responsible for the next Wall Street crash? Filmmaker Jed Rothstein explores that question in “The China Hustle.” After the 2008 market crash, American investors started paying close attention to the growth in Chinese companies. The film follows the founder of a small investment firm named Dan David who got bullish on Chinese […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/72-jed-rothstein-china-hustle/">72: Jed Rothstein on “The China Hustle”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 05, 2018
71: Amanda Micheli on “Vegas Baby” & IVF Treatment
21:20
<p>In “Vegas Baby,” filmmaker Amanda Micheli follows several wannabe parents who enter a contest for free IVF treatment at a Las Vegas fertility clinic – ranging from a Midwestern couple to a Lady Gaga impersonator. Micheli’s previous films include “Double Dare” about female stunt women and the Oscar-nominated short “La Corona” about a Colombian women’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/71-amanda-micheli-vegas-baby-ivf-treatment/">71: Amanda Micheli on “Vegas Baby” & IVF Treatment</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Mar 22, 2018
70: Mark Duplass, Chapman & Maclain Way on “Wild Wild Country”
33:48
<p>Netflix’s new true crime series “Wild Wild Country” explores the 1980s case of the so-called sex guru Bhagwan Rajneesh whose followers established a city near the small town of Antelope, Oregon and raised fears among locals. The clash of cultures escalated to both sides arming themselves. Rajneesh’s personal secretary Ma Anand Sheela was at the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/70-mark-duplass-chapman-maclain-way-wild-wild-country/">70: Mark Duplass, Chapman & Maclain Way on “Wild Wild Country”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Mar 15, 2018
PN 69: Remembering Chris Hondros
33:07
<p>The documentary “Hondros” tells the story of war photographer Chris Hondros who was killed alongside Tim Hetherington in Libya in 2011. Hondros is known for iconic photos that were published all over the world: a jubilant warrior in Liberia; an Iraqi girl after a checkpoint shooting in Tal Afar; and an Arab Spring clash in Tahrir […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-69-remembering-chris-hondros/">PN 69: Remembering Chris Hondros</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Mar 08, 2018
PN 68: Policing in “Flint Town”
37:17
<p>Netflix’s new 8-part series “Flint Town”  follows the city’s police department as they cope with a depressed economy, high crime and a water crisis over the course of 2016. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews the three directors of “Flint Town” – Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper and Jessica Dimmock – in front of a live audience […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-68-policing-flint-town/">PN 68: Policing in “Flint Town”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Mar 02, 2018
PN 67: “Control Room” Revisited with Josh Rushing
30:37
<p>Fifteen years ago as America prepared to make war on Iraq, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim embedded herself at the U.S. military’s CENTCOM media headquarters in Doha, Qatar. She and cinematographer Hani Salama focused on how the rising network Al Jazeera covered the war differently from American news. Two key characters are Al Jazeera journalist Hassan Ibrahim […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-67-control-room-revisited-josh-rushing/">PN 67: “Control Room” Revisited with Josh Rushing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Feb 23, 2018
PN 66: Attorney Gloria Allred on “Seeing Allred”
29:01
<p>The lawsuit “Summer Zervos v. Donald Trump” is among the high profile cases handled by attorney Gloria Allred. The Netflix film “Seeing Allred,” directed by Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman, explores the history of the 76-year-old lawyer, known for her work with women, LGBT and other minority clients. On February 6, Allred sat for a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-66-attorney-gloria-allred-seeing-allred/">PN 66: Attorney Gloria Allred on “Seeing Allred”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Feb 15, 2018
PN 65: Sam Pollard on Sammy Davis Jr, Spike Lee & St. Clair Bourne
30:56
<p>Sam Pollard reflects on collaborating with Spike Lee, Henry Hampton and St. Claire Bourne; and on directing his latest film “Sammy Davis Jr: I Gotta Be Me.” Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviewed Pollard at TIFF Doc Conference in September 2017. You can watch an extended version of this interview at TIFF Originals on YouTube. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-65-sam-pollard-sammy-davis-jr-spike-lee-st-clair-bourne/">PN 65: Sam Pollard on Sammy Davis Jr, Spike Lee & St. Clair Bourne</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Feb 08, 2018
PN 64: First Person Documentary with Yance Ford, Bryan Fogel & Jeff Orlowski
35:34
<p>Directors Yance Ford (“Strong Island”), Bryan Fogel (“Icarus”) and Jeff Orlowski (“Chasing Coral”) each put themselves on camera in different ways. The three filmmakers sat down with Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers at the DOC NYC festival last November to discuss how they chose their first person approach. In “Strong Island,” Ford investigates the 1992 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/first-person-documentary-yance-ford-bryan-fogel-jeff-orlowski/">PN 64: First Person Documentary with Yance Ford, Bryan Fogel & Jeff Orlowski</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Feb 01, 2018
PN 63: Tabitha Jackson + 2018 Sundance Preview
53:00
<p>The Sundance Film Festival is always a great place for documentary discoveries. This year features new films about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Fred Rogers, Imagine Dragons, Kronos Quartet and more. Pure Nonfiction founders Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen have gotten an early look at several Sundance premieres and have 11 recommendations. Even if you won’t be […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-63-tabitha-jackson-2018-sundance-preview/">PN 63: Tabitha Jackson + 2018 Sundance Preview</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jan 16, 2018
PN 62: Errol Morris, Brett Morgen & Ceyda Torun on Documentary Style
40:40
<p>From “Wormwood” to “Jane” to “Kedi,” documentary directors are making bold stylistic choices. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers led a discussion titled “Finding the Style For the Story” at the DOC NYC festival in November 2017. The guests are filmmakers Ceyda Torun (“Kedi”), Brett Morgen (“Jane”) and Errol Morris (“Wormwood”). They discuss how they achieve […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-62-errol-morris-brett-morgen-ceyda-torun-documentary-style/">PN 62: Errol Morris, Brett Morgen & Ceyda Torun on Documentary Style</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jan 11, 2018
PN 61: Jennifer Brea on “Unrest”
28:16
<p>The Oscar Documentary Feature Short List of 15 films includes the underdog entry “Unrest” by first time director Jennifer Brea. Her film explores the disease commonly known as “chronic fatigue syndrome” – a name many patients resent as misleading. The official name is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or M.E. Jennifer contracted the disease in her late 20s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-61-jennifer-brea-unrest/">PN 61: Jennifer Brea on “Unrest”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Dec 21, 2017
PN 60: Alex Gibney & Blair Foster on “Rolling Stone”
42:58
<p>John Lennon, Tina Turner, Hunter Thomspon and Annie Leibovitz are among the many figures covered in the new 2-part HBO documentary “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge.” Filmmakers Alex Gibney and Blair Foster talk to Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers about telling the magazine’s 50-year history. The conversation also touches upon “Sticky Fingers,” the recent […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-60-alex-gibney-blair-foster-rolling-stone/">PN 60: Alex Gibney & Blair Foster on “Rolling Stone”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Dec 15, 2017
PN 59: Yance Ford on “Strong Island”
33:45
<p>Winner of the Gotham Awards for Best Documentary, “Strong Island” investigates the 1992 killing of filmmaker Yance Ford’s brother William in Long Island. With a black victim and a white shooter, race was a key factor in the case. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers talks to Yance about how the Ford family felt betrayed by […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-59-yance-ford-strong-island/">PN 59: Yance Ford on “Strong Island”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Nov 30, 2017
PN 58: Brett Morgen on Jane Goodall
45:51
<p>Jane Goodall is the subject of the new documentary “Jane” that draws upon rediscovered footage from the 1960s capturing her early work with chimpanzees. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers talks to “Jane” director Brett Morgen at TIFF Doc Conference about the challenges of making the film and working with composer Philip Glass. Brett Morgen’s films […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-58-brett-morgen-jane-goodall/">PN 58: Brett Morgen on Jane Goodall</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Nov 06, 2017
PN 57: DOC NYC Preview
40:01
<p>Eric Clapton, Susan Sarandon, Dan Rather are among over 300 special guests coming to the 8th annual DOC NYC festival, running from November 9-16. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers is the festival’s artistic director. On his episode, he interviews his colleagues Raphaela Neihausen and Basil Tsiokos to guide listeners through the bounty of films and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-57-doc-nyc-preview/">PN 57: DOC NYC Preview</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Oct 26, 2017
PN 56: Agnès Varda & JR on “Faces Places”
42:27
<p>Winner of the Cannes Golden Eye Documentary Award, “Faces Places” is a wondrous collaboration between the 89-year-old Agnès Varda and the 34-year-old street artist known as JR. In the film, they visit small towns in France, creating mural projects that celebrate workers on farms, docks and factory grounds. We also witness the deepening of their […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-56-agnes-varda-jr-faces-places/">PN 56: Agnès Varda & JR on “Faces Places”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Oct 19, 2017
PN 55: Frederick Wiseman – From “Titicut Follies” to “Ex Libris”
48:53
<p>“Ex Libris – The New York Public Library” is that latest film from documentary master Frederick Wiseman. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of his first film “Titicut Follies” set at the Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers talks to Wiseman about both those films and others in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-55-frederick-wiseman-titicut-follies-ex-libris/">PN 55: Frederick Wiseman – From “Titicut Follies” to “Ex Libris”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 06, 2017
PN 54: TIFF 2017 Documentary Preview Part 2 of 2
31:58
<p>Agnes Varda, Drake, and Cary Grant all get name-checked as Thom Powers and Dorota Lech continue their discussion of documentaries at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). They preview film clips being made public for the first time. The films discussed in order of mention are: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (d. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-54-tiff-2017-documentary-preview-part-2-2/">PN 54: TIFF 2017 Documentary Preview Part 2 of 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 01, 2017
PN 53: TIFF 2017 Documentary Preview Part 1 of 2
37:34
<p>The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place September 7-17, 2017. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers is the festival’s documentary programmer. On this episode, he’s joined by his colleague Dorota Lech to discuss the line-up and preview film clips being made public for the first time. The films discussed in this episode in order of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-53-tiff-2017-documentary-preview-part-1-2/">PN 53: TIFF 2017 Documentary Preview Part 1 of 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Aug 30, 2017
PN 52: Playwright Dominique Morisseau on “Detroit ’67,” “Pipeline,” “Shameless” & more
31:48
<p>While Detroit is in the headlines for the 50th anniversary of its darkest days, we focus on one of its brightest new storytellers, playwright Dominique Morisseau. Pure Nonfiction host (and Detroit native) Thom Powers talks to Morisseau about her breakthrough play “Detroit ’67,” her new work “Pipeline” at Lincoln Center, writing for Showtime’s “Shameless” and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-52-dominique-morisseau/">PN 52: Playwright Dominique Morisseau on “Detroit ’67,” “Pipeline,” “Shameless” & more</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 27, 2017
PN 51: Errol Morris & Elsa Dorfman on “The B-Side”
36:38
<p>Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman has worked for several decades on Polaroid’s rare 20″ x 24” format camera. She had a loyal clientele in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but was hardly known outside. Now she is the subject of Errol Morris’ new film “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography.” Morris and his wife Julia are longtime friends of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-51-errol-morris-elsa-dorfman-b-side/">PN 51: Errol Morris & Elsa Dorfman on “The B-Side”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 13, 2017
PN 50: D.A. Pennebaker on “Monterey Pop” at 50
36:41
<p>Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Who are among the classic acts captured by D.A. Pennebaker in “Monterey Pop.” Now for the 50th anniversary of the concert, the film is being released in a new 4k restoration by The Criterion Collection and Janus Films. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviewed Pennebaker along with […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-50-monterey-pop/">PN 50: D.A. Pennebaker on “Monterey Pop” at 50</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jun 22, 2017
PN 49: Steve James From “Hoop Dreams” to “Abacus”
44:45
<p>New York’s Chinatown is the backdrop for Steve James’ latest documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” He follows a David vs Goliath legal tale about the Chinese-American family behind a small bank defending themselves against an aggressive prosecution. In Part 1 of this episode, Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers talks to James about his breakthrough […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-49-steve-james-hoop-dreams-abacus/">PN 49: Steve James From “Hoop Dreams” to “Abacus”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 18, 2017
PN 48: HBO’s Sheila Nevins on Seductions, Heartbreaks & Her New Book
44:14
<p>Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald and Glenn Close are among many esteemed performers who read stories on the audio version of Sheila Nevins’ new quasi-memoir “You Don’t Look Your Age…And Other Fairy Tales.” Nevins has served for 35 years overseeing HBO Documentary Films. Now she reveals tales from her own life covering childhood, seduction, heartbreak, feminism, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-48-hbos-sheila-nevins-seductions-heartbreaks-new-book/">PN 48: HBO’s Sheila Nevins on Seductions, Heartbreaks & Her New Book</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 11, 2017
PN 47: Jonathan Demme & Renée Shafransky on Spalding Gray
29:09
<p>“Swimming to Cambodia,” the 1987 film directed by Jonathan Demme, had a rippling influence. It laid the path for a kind of first person storytelling that today is widespread from “This American Life” to “The Moth.” The film is deceptively simple: monologuist Spalding Gray sits behind a desk and tells a stream of consciousness story […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-47-jonathan-demme-renee-shafransky-spalding-gray/">PN 47: Jonathan Demme & Renée Shafransky on Spalding Gray</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 04, 2017
PN 46: Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer & Ronna Gradus on “Hot Girls Wanted”
26:17
<p>Sex and technology are the focus of the new Netflix series “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.” Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews the series’ creators Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus. They previously made the similarly titled feature documentary “Hot Girls Wanted” about young women entering the world of amateur porn. Bauer and Gradus […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-46-rashida-jones-jill-bauer-ronna-gradus-hot-girls-wanted/">PN 46: Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer & Ronna Gradus on “Hot Girls Wanted”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 27, 2017
PN 45: Matt Tyrnauer on “Citizen Jane”
44:04
<p>Jane Jacobs, author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” changed the way we think of urban planning. Matt Tyrnauer’s new documentary “Citizen Jane” tells the story of her epic battles with New York power broker Robert Moses. On this episode, Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews Tyrnauer about the film and his […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-45-matt-tyrnauer-citizen-jane/">PN 45: Matt Tyrnauer on “Citizen Jane”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 20, 2017
PN 44: From Indiana Jones to Guatemala’s Civil War – Frank Marshall & Ryan Suffern
26:33
<p>“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic World” and “Sully” are among Frank Marshall’s stellar producing credits. Now his company Kennedy/Marshall has a documentary division. Their latest film is “Finding Oscar” about the search for a boy who survived an infamous 1982 massacre in Guatemala’s civil war in the jungle hamlet of Dos Erres. The film’s […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-44-indiana-jones-guatemalas-civil-war-frank-marshall-ryan-suffern/">PN 44: From Indiana Jones to Guatemala’s Civil War – Frank Marshall & Ryan Suffern</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 13, 2017
PN 43: Laurent Bouzereau & Mark Harris on “Five Came Back”
41:50
<p>Steven Spielberg is the executive producer for the new 3-part Netflix series “Five Came Back” about the Hollywood directors who put their fiction careers on hold during World War II as they went to make propaganda documentaries for the U.S. government. The five were Frank Capra, John Ford, William Wyler, George Stevens and John Huston. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-43-laurent-bouzereau-mark-harris-five-came-back/">PN 43: Laurent Bouzereau & Mark Harris on “Five Came Back”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 06, 2017
PN 42: Made in Miami – Billy Corben & Alfred Spellman on “Cocaine Cowboys”
31:09
<p>“Cocaine Cowboys” is a cult classic exploring the 1980s drug trade in Miami. Packaged like a gangster film, the documentary links the criminal underworld to the city’s real estate boom. On this episode of Pure Nonfiction, host Thom Powers interviews “Cocaine Cowboys” director Billy Corben and producer Alfred Spellman during the 2017 Miami Film Festival. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-42-made-miami-billy-corben-alfred-spellman-cocaine-cowboys/">PN 42: Made in Miami – Billy Corben & Alfred Spellman on “Cocaine Cowboys”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Mar 30, 2017
PN 41: Danae Elon on “P.S. Jerusalem”
34:45
<p>Danae Elon’s latest film “P.S. Jerusalem” is a first person account of moving back to the city of her childhood after living abroad for 17 years. A key presence in the film is her late father Amos Elon who was a widely read author of books and essays on Israel. Before his death in 2009, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-41-danae-elon-p-s-jerusalem/">PN 41: Danae Elon on “P.S. Jerusalem”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Mar 23, 2017
PN 40: “True South” – Jon Else on Henry Hampton & “Eyes on the Prize”
35:05
<p>“Eyes on the Prize” is a landmark documentary series chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. Debuting on public television in 1987, it remains just as riveting 30 years later. Now the making of the series is covered in a new book called “True South” by the filmmaker-turned-author Jon Else. He gives a vivid […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-40/">PN 40: “True South” – Jon Else on Henry Hampton & “Eyes on the Prize”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Mar 16, 2017
PN 39: Marina Zenovich on Roman Polanski & California’s water crisis
39:38
<p>“Chinatown” created a mythology out of California’s water politics. Now Marina Zenovich investigates a modern version of that story in her documentary “Water & Power: A California Heist” airing on National Geographic. Her film, executive produced by Alex Gibney, draws upon the reportage of journalist Mark Arax, questioning the collusion between California politicians and Big […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-39-marina-zenovich-roman-polanski-californias-water-crisis/">PN 39: Marina Zenovich on Roman Polanski & California’s water crisis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Mar 02, 2017
PN 38: Clay Tweel on “Gleason”
34:13
<p>New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason became a sports hero one year after Hurricane Katrina when he blocked a kick that became a symbol of the city’s comeback. In 2011, he announced he had ALS – known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – that typically causes death in two to five years. The documentary “Gleason” […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-38-clay-tweel-gleason/">PN 38: Clay Tweel on “Gleason”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Feb 23, 2017
PN 37: Oscar Nominees for Documentary Feature
51:25
<p>Hear the five Oscar nominated directors for Documentary Feature. We present highlights from our past interviews with filmmakers Roger Ross Williams (“Life, Animated”), Gianfranco Rosi (“Fire at Sea”), Ava DuVernay (“13th”), Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”), and Raoul Peck (“I Am Not Your Negro”). Want to hear even more? Listen to these episodes: Ezra […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-37-oscar-nominees-documentary-feature/">PN 37: Oscar Nominees for Documentary Feature</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Feb 16, 2017
PN 36: John Heilemann on “Trumped”
42:25
<p>John Heilemann, the veteran political reporter, is one of three creators – along with Mark Halperin and Mark McKinnon – of the new Showtime documentary “Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time.” The project draws upon their reportage from the weekly series “The Circus” that spanned the entire campaign season over 26 episodes. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-36-john-heilemann-trumped/">PN 36: John Heilemann on “Trumped”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Feb 09, 2017
PN 35: Syrian Filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia In Exile
39:23
<p>Before Trump’s travel ban for Syrians, we sat down with Orwa Nyrabia at the Sundance Film Festival where he was attending workshops. Three years ago, he produced “Return to Homs,” directed by Talal Derki, about the resistance movement in his hometown. The film won Sundance’s Jury Prize for World Documentary and is now available on […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-35-syrian-filmmaker-orwa-nyrabia-in-exile/">PN 35: Syrian Filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia In Exile</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Feb 02, 2017
PN 34: Island President Mohamed Nasheed in Exile
33:00
<p>The Sundance Film Festival is always full of surprises. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers begins this episode with reflections on the 2017 festival and the real-life characters who passed through it. The center of the episode is a wide-ranging interview with Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, who was profiled in the 2011 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-34-island-president-mohamed-nasheed-in-exile/">PN 34: Island President Mohamed Nasheed in Exile</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jan 26, 2017
PN 33: Inside Sundance with Josh Braun
51:30
<p>The Sundance Film Festival remains a hot spot for launching documentary films. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers got an early look at several films premiering at the festival. In Part One of the podcast, he previews prominent trends from the U.S. Documentary Competition represented by the films “Trophy”, “The Force” and “Strong Island”; and notable […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-33-inside-sundance-w-josh-braun/">PN 33: Inside Sundance with Josh Braun</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jan 18, 2017
PN 32: Laura Poitras & Henrik Moltke on Project X
30:27
<p>What mystery lies behind the windowless building in Manhattan at 33 Thomas Street? In the short documentary “Project X,” Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”) teams with journalist Henrik Moltke to explore the building’s secrets. The film employs the voices of actors Rami Malek and Michelle Williams reading from NSA documents in the Snowden archives. Now […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-32-laura-poitras-henrik-moltke-on-project-x/">PN 32: Laura Poitras & Henrik Moltke on Project X</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jan 12, 2017
PN 31: Race, History, Trump & Documentary
47:12
<p>Bryan Stevenson, Raoul Peck & Ezra Edelman took part in a panel titled “American Histories,” moderated by Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers. It took place at the DOC NYC festival just three days after Donald Trump was elected President. The discussion covers three films – “I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Peck; “OJ: Made […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-31-race-history-trump-documentary/">PN 31: Race, History, Trump & Documentary</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Dec 02, 2016
PN 30: Madam President: Sheila Nevins on HBO Documentary Films
45:09
<p>Sheila Nevins is a lover and a fighter. When she joined HBO in its early years, the label “documentary” evoked something educational. She turned it into something entertaining with her passion and tenacity. In this wide ranging interview with host Thom Powers, Nevins discusses her early days working with the Maysles brothers, her forays into […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-30-madam-president-sheila-nevins-on-hbo-documentary-films/">PN 30: Madam President: Sheila Nevins on HBO Documentary Films</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Nov 09, 2016
PN 29: Werner Herzog on “Into the Inferno”
30:54
<p>Volcanoes are the focus of Werner Herzog’s new film “Into the Inferno,” now playing on Netflix. He teams with volcanologist Dr. Clive Oppenheimer (author of “Eruptions that Shook the World”) to visit volcanoes in the South Pacific, Indonesia, Iceland, North Korea and beyond. They first met at the top of Antarctica’s volcano Mt Erebus during […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-29-werner-herzog-on-into-the-inferno/">PN 29: Werner Herzog on “Into the Inferno”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Nov 03, 2016
PN 28: Gianfranco Rosi on “Fire at Sea”
33:10
<p>Winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s top jury prize in 2016, “Fire at Sea” takes place on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Located near the African coast, Lampedusa is a prime destination for refugees traveling by boat. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi spent months filming with residents of the island and on board an Italian Navy ship […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-28-gianfranco-rosi-on-fire-at-sea/">PN 28: Gianfranco Rosi on “Fire at Sea”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Oct 27, 2016
PN 27: Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick on “Rats”
38:18
<p>After “Super Size Me,” director Morgan Spurlock teamed with producer Jeremy Chilnick to form the production company Warrior Poets. Their latest film is “Rats,” based on the book by Robert Sullivan, conceived as a nonfiction horror movie. The film uses New York exterminator Ed Sheehan as a fountain of knowledge about vermin as it examines […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-27-morgan-spurlock-jeremy-chilnick-on-rats/">PN 27: Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick on “Rats”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Oct 20, 2016
PN 26: Ava DuVernay on 13th
36:42
<p>Selma director Ava DuVernay has a new documentary on Netflix called 13th. The title comes from the Constitution’s 13th amendment that abolished slavery with the loophole clause “except as a punishment for a crime.” The film explores American history to follow the path from the 13th amendment to our current criminal justice system and its […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-26-ava-duvernay-on-13th/">PN 26: Ava DuVernay on 13th</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Oct 13, 2016
PN 25: Directing “Amanda Knox”
40:31
<p>Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn, the directors of “Amanda Knox,” discuss their five-year effort to bring the story to Netflix. Knox was a Seattle college student studying for a year abroad in Perugia, Italy. In 2007, her British roommate Meredith Kercher was found murdered in their apartment. Local prosecutor Giuliano Mignini accused Knox and her […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-25-directing-amanda-knox/">PN 25: Directing “Amanda Knox”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Oct 06, 2016
PN 24: Kirsten Johnson on “Cameraperson”
49:53
<p>Laura Poitras and Michael Moore are only two of many filmmakers who have turned to the skills of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Now Johnson has directed her own film “Cameraperson.” It’s a kind of memoir of her past 25 years shooting documentaries. “It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before,” wrote A.O. Scott in his New York Times […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-24-kirsten-johnson-on-cameraperson/">PN 24: Kirsten Johnson on “Cameraperson”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 29, 2016
PN 23: Demme on Talking Heads, Neil Young & Justin Timberlake
26:43
<p>Jonathan Demme is receiving a retrospective this fall at the Stranger Than Fiction screening series at New York’s IFC Center. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers leads this conversation with Demme about his concert films with Talking Heads, Neil Young and Justin Timberlake. Demme shares behind the scenes details of “Stop Making Sense,” “Neil Young: Heart […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-23-demme-on-talking-heads-neil-young-justin-timberlake/">PN 23: Demme on Talking Heads, Neil Young & Justin Timberlake</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 23, 2016
PN 22: Nanette Burstein Investigates John McAfee
30:16
<p>“Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee” explores the murky history of the anti-virus software pioneer who moved to the jungle of Belize and lived out a modern Heart of Darkness. After his neighbor Greg Faull was found murdered in 2012, Belize police sought McAfee for questioning. He fled the country and returned to prominence […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-22-nanette-burstein-investigates-john-mcafee/">PN 22: Nanette Burstein Investigates John McAfee</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 22, 2016
PN 21: Raoul Peck on James Baldwin
27:29
<p>“I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck and based on the writings of James Baldwin, made the list of Rolling Stone’s “25 Movies We Can’t Wait to See” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This past week, the audience reception at the world premiere met those expectations. The film was acquired for […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-21-raoul-peck-on-james-baldwin/">PN 21: Raoul Peck on James Baldwin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 15, 2016
PN 20: Women Directors at #TIFF16
33:49
<p>“Girl Unbound” and “Karl Marx City” are among the documentaries directed by women making their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Pure Nonfiction host and TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers talks to both directors. In “Girl Unbound,” filmmaker Erin Heidenreich makes her feature-length debut profiling the Pakistani squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-20-women-directors-at-tiff16/">PN 20: Women Directors at #TIFF16</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 09, 2016
PN 19: New Docs on True Crime
34:48
<p>“The Skyjacker’s Tale” and “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” are two new docs on crime and justice making their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Pure Nonfiction host and TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers talks to both directors. In “The Skyjacker’s Tale,” filmmaker Jamie Kastner profiles Ishmael Muslim Ali (aka Ishmael Labeet) […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-19-new-docs-on-true-crime/">PN 19: New Docs on True Crime</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 08, 2016
PN 18: Jazz Legends on Screen
39:56
<p>Trumpet player Lee Morgan was murdered at age 33. Saxophonist John Coltrane died of cancer at age 40. Now both these jazz greats are the subjects of ambitious new documentaries. Thom Powers interviews the filmmakers Kasper Collin (“I Called Him Morgan”) and John Scheinfeld (“Chasing Trane”) as we begin Season Two of Pure Nonfiction. “I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-18-jazz-legends-on-screen/">PN 18: Jazz Legends on Screen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Sep 01, 2016
Season Two Preview
5:45
<p>The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just two weeks away. Pure Nonfiction will have extensive coverage of documentaries premiering at the festival. In this preview of the podcast’s Season Two, host Thom Powers samples upcoming conversations with filmmakers John Scheinfeld (Chasing Trane), Steve James (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail), and Petra Epperlein (Karl Marx […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/season-two-preview/">Season Two Preview</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Aug 25, 2016
PN 17: Barbara Kopple – From Harlan County to Sharon Jones
39:13
<p>Two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple is back with a new film about soul singer Sharon Jones in a year when she battles cancer and prepares for her comeback with The Dap Kings. In this wide-ranging interview with Thom Powers, she talks about her apprenticeship with the Maysles brothers; “Harlan County USA” on striking coal miners; […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-17-barbara-kopple-from-harlan-county-to-sharon-jones/">PN 17: Barbara Kopple – From Harlan County to Sharon Jones</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 28, 2016
PN 16: Alex Gibney on Revealing Secrets
47:38
<p>Cyber warfare and the Stuxnet virus are the focus of Alex Gibney’s new film “Zero Days.” Once again, Gibney proves himself a master in getting people to talk. In the film, he speaks with high-ranking government officials on camera as well as anonymous sources whose testimony is delivered by a computer avatar. On Pure Nonfiction, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-16-alex-gibney-on-revealing-secrets/">PN 16: Alex Gibney on Revealing Secrets</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 21, 2016
PN 15: Muhammad Ali on Film
44:31
<p>Bill Siegel, director of “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” spent over two decades nurturing the idea to make his film about Ali’s religious beliefs and his opposition to the Vietnam War. On Pure Nonfiction episode #15, Siegel talks to Thom Powers about the making of the film, his experiences with Ali’s family and attending the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-15-muhammad-ali-on-film/">PN 15: Muhammad Ali on Film</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 14, 2016
PN 14: TV’s King of Comedy
40:20
<p>“Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” explores the life of the television maverick behind hit shows such as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” and “The Jeffersons.” On Pure Nonfiction, filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady discuss how they sought to create a nuanced portrait. They also discuss their early films “The Boys of Baraka” […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-14-tvs-king-of-comedy/">PN 14: TV’s King of Comedy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jul 07, 2016
PN 13: “Life, Animated” director Roger Ross Williams
45:54
<p>Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams talks about his career and his new film “Life, Animated” about an autistic boy who learns to communicate through Disney cartoons. Williams was the first African-American director to win an Oscar in 2010 for his documentary short “Music by Prudence.” His acceptance speech is memorable for being interrupted by his […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-13-life-animated-director-roger-ross-williams/">PN 13: “Life, Animated” director Roger Ross Williams</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jun 30, 2016
PN 12: Talking “Tickled” with David Farrier & Dylan Reeve
28:32
<p>Fetish or sport? That’s what New Zealand TV journalist David Farrier wondered when he came across online videos of athletic young men in sports uniforms being tickled. The videos were billed as “Competitive Endurance Tickling.” Farrier reached out to the American video producer Jane O’Brien Media for an interview. They replied with a stream of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-12-talking-tickled-with-david-farrier-dylan-reeve/">PN 12: Talking “Tickled” with David Farrier & Dylan Reeve</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jun 23, 2016
PN 11: Yo-Yo Ma & Morgan Neville on “The Music of Strangers”
44:45
<p>Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks to Pure Nonfiction about “The Music of Strangers” and lessons he’s learned since a mid-life crisis led him to create the Silk Road Ensemble. Host Thom Powers also speaks to director Morgan Neville about making “The Music of Strangers” as well as his Oscar-winner “20 Feet from Stardom.” Plus, Neville shares […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-11-yo-yo-ma-morgan-neville-on-the-music-of-strangers/">PN 11: Yo-Yo Ma & Morgan Neville on “The Music of Strangers”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jun 16, 2016
PN 10: Why Revisit O.J. Simpson?
34:58
<p>Ezra Edelman explores the life of O.J. Simpson against the backdrop of race relations in Los Angeles in the five-part ESPN series “O.J.: Made in America.” On Pure Nonfiction, Edelman talks about re-opening a story that many participants wanted to avoid and how he overcame their reluctance. On Twitter: @ezraedelman @thompowers O.J.: Made in America  […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-10-why-revisit-o-j-simpson/">PN 10: Why Revisit O.J. Simpson?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jun 09, 2016
PN 09: Pennebaker & Hegedus on Clinton, Bowie & Animal Rights
35:04
<p>DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus have been collaborating for 40 years. In this interview with Thom Powers, they talk about films throughout their career including “Town Bloody Hall” about a 1970s debate over women’s liberation; “The War Room” about Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign; and their newest HBO documentary “Unlocking the Cage” about animal rights lawyer […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-09-pennebaker-hegedus-on-clinton-bowie-animal-rights/">PN 09: Pennebaker & Hegedus on Clinton, Bowie & Animal Rights</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Jun 02, 2016
PN 08: Who is Princess Shaw?
22:05
<p>“Presenting Princess Shaw” is one of the year’s most crowd-pleasing documentaries at festivals from TIFF to True/False to SXSW. Now it’s releasing in theaters and on VOD. Director Ido Haar follows Samantha Montgomery, aka Princess Shaw, an aspiring singer in New Orleans who posts her songs and diaries on YouTube. Unbeknownst to her, the composer […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-08-who-is-princess-shaw/">PN 08: Who is Princess Shaw?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 26, 2016
PN 07: Weiner Beyond the Headlines
26:53
<p>“Weiner” directors Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg take us behind the scenes of filming their documentary about Anthony Weiner. The film follows the politician as he copes with a sexting scandal during the 2013 New York mayoral campaign. The film won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the David Carr […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-07-weiner-beyond-the-headlines/">PN 07: Weiner Beyond the Headlines</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 19, 2016
PN 06: Jonathan Demme’s Real Life Characters
64:00
<p>Jonathan Demme has directed a steady stream of documentaries in between his prominent output of fiction films. In this conversation with Thom Powers, Demme talks about “Swimming to Cambodia,” the breakthrough monologue by Spalding Gray; “Cousin Bobby” about the Harlem-based Episcopalian priest Robert Castle; “The Agronomist” about the Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique; “Jimmy Carter: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-06-jonathan-demmes-real-life-characters/">PN 06: Jonathan Demme’s Real Life Characters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 12, 2016
PN 05: Who is Anderson Cooper’s Mother?
37:48
<p>Liz Garbus, the two-time Oscar nominated director of “The Farm: Angola, USA” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” has a new HBO documentary “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper” about the maverick fashion designer and her journalist son. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviews Garbus about her career that moved from observational filmmaking to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/who-is-anderson-coopers-mother/">PN 05: Who is Anderson Cooper’s Mother?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
May 05, 2016
PN 04: Going Deep With Mapplethorpe
44:41
<p>Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, directors of HBO’s “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” discuss their career from when they first met in the 1980s. Yes, this episode contains explicit language as we discuss the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, known for his provocative images of gay S&M sex. Today, Bailey & Barbato run the Los Angeles-based […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-04-going-deep-with-mapplethorpe/">PN 04: Going Deep With Mapplethorpe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 28, 2016
PN 03: “Making a Murderer” – Behind the Scenes
48:41
<p>“Making a Murderer” directors Laura Riccardi and Moira Demos discuss the ten-year process of creating their acclaimed Netflix series. This conversation with Thom Powers took place with a live audience at New York’s IFC Center on February 25, 2016. The filmmakers were joined by their editor Mary Manhardt and Wisconsin attorney Stephen Glynn who appears […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-03-making-a-murderer-behind-the-scenes/">PN 03: “Making a Murderer” – Behind the Scenes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 21, 2016
PN 02: Inside the Supreme Court Case on Abortion
29:25
<p>Dawn Porter, director of “Trapped” and “Gideon’s Army,” discusses how she switched careers from being a lawyer to a documentary maker; and how she chose her topics. Her first film “Gideon’s Army” looked at public defense lawyers in the south and influenced action by Attorney General Eric Holder. Her latest film “Trapped” won the 2016 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/title-inside-the-supreme-court-case-on-abortion/">PN 02: Inside the Supreme Court Case on Abortion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 20, 2016
PN 01: From Maysles To The New Yorker Presents…
27:51
<p>Kahane Cooperman, the showrunner of “The New Yorker Presents,” discusses her eclectic jobs from working at Maysles Films to becoming co-executive producer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to directing her new documentary “Joe’s Violin” that premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. “I essentially went on my first job interviews in almost 19 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pn-01-from-maysles-to-the-new-yorker-presents/">PN 01: From Maysles To The New Yorker Presents…</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 19, 2016
PN 00 – Introducing Pure Nonfiction!
3:35
<p>Documentary film makers span all kinds of storytellers: provocateurs, visionaries, investigators and more. Pure Nonfiction brings you candid interviews with leading documentary makers. Hear this preview as host Thom Powers talks to the filmmakers behind Making a Murderer; The New Yorker Presents; Mapplethorpe and more. Be among the first to subscribe!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net/pnf-00-introducing-pure-nonfiction/">PN 00 – Introducing Pure Nonfiction!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.purenonfiction.net">Pure Nonfiction</a>.</p>
Apr 13, 2016