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Docs: “On the Line: The Richard Williams Story” Examines Famous Tennis Patriarch, Unconscious Bias

Will Smith’s shocking assault of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards not only embarrassed himself, but robbed too his King Richard collaborators of their chance at a special evening, and a lifetime’s worth of associated good memories. It would be a compounded shame if, further down the line, that single act also overshadowed the full and true story of the very complex character Smith portrayed in the film, the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams.
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Docs: “The Wild One” Tells Story of Luck and Chance’s Role in Art

He only helmed two feature films in his lifetime, but for those in the know, Jack Garfein remains a venerated and influential figure in the entertainment community, a teacher whose impact was seen in foundational shifts in screen performance and storytelling. Director Tessa Louise-Salomé’s artful new documentary The Wild One, which recently enjoyed its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, lovingly illuminates this loquacious but still somewhat enigmatic artist, a celebrated Broadway director perhaps best known as the co-founder of Actors Studio West.
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Docs: “Endangered” Chronicles Anti-Democratic Targeting of Journalists

An official selection of the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, where it recently made its world premiere, the new documentary Endangered serves up an engrossing and, in many ways, rather dispiriting look at deliberate and coordinated attacks on the fourth estate, and their relationship to the erosion of public faith and trust which has fed a wave of social disorientation. Co-directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, and executive produced by Ronan Farrow, the film unfolds over the course of one year, and takes as its subjects four journalists living and working in ostensibly democratic countries as they face an array of assaults both on their livelihood in general and, in many instances, via very personal targeting.