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Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney’s Docuseries ‘Why We Hate’ Gets Premiere Date From Discovery (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
Discovery Channel has set Oct. 13 as the global premiere date for Steven Spielberg’s and Alex Gibney’s docuseries, “Why We Hate,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. We’ve also got your first look at the six-part investigation into the motivation behind hatred.

Why We Hate” hails from Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel, and went into production earlier this year. Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) and Geeta Gandbhir (“Love the Sinner”) co-direct the multi-part documentary.

The Discovery Go platform gets “Why We Hate” one week ahead of cable TV, boasting an Oct. 6 debut, we’re told. Linearly, the docuseries airs Sundays at 10 p.m.

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Steven Spielberg & Alex Gibney Team On ‘Why We Hate’ Docuseries For Discovery

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Steven Spielberg & Alex Gibney Team On ‘Why We Hate’ Docuseries For Discovery
Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney are teaming to executive produce Why We Hate (working title), a six-part television event series the probes the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. It’s slated for a 2019 premiere on Discovery Channel.

Drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, the series traces the evolutionary basis of hate and uses stories from both past and present to reveal the nature of the primal and universal emotion.

Why We Hate is directed by Emmy winners Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard (When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts).

“This is not a series that simply documents something that’s happening, it’s an inquiry – an attempt to understand why we hate, through the science, and through a sense of common humanity,” said Gibney. “Hate is in our DNA. If we begin to understand this, that’s how we begin
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Discovery Orders Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney Docuseries ‘Why We Hate’

  • The Wrap
The Discovery Channel is about to tackle a tricky topic with filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney: hatred.

The network has ordered a six-part docuseries, with the working title “Why We Hate,” from the pair, which examines the origins and dangers of hate, Discovery announced Friday.

“Getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but absolutely necessary in understanding who we are,” states Spielberg. “With the team in place, we delve into historical and modern-day stories of hate, traveling around the globe to uncover its mystery in others and in ourselves. If we understand why we act the way we do, we can change the way we act. That is what we are uniquely capable of as human beings.”

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The project hails from Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions in association with Escape Artists for Discovery Channel, and went into production earlier this year. Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) and Geeta Gandbhir (“Love the Sinner”) will co-direct the docuseries, which is slated to air on Discovery in 2019.

“When I think about the name of the network Discovery, it connotes a sense of curiosity about the world,” said Gibney. “This is not a series that simply documents something that’s happening, it’s an inquiry – an attempt to understand why we hate, through the science, and through a sense of common humanity. Hate is in our DNA. If we begin to understand this, that’s how we begin to get to a point of being able to hope that we can overcome hate.”

“Why We Hate” will draw on research in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and history, to trace the evolutionary basis of hate and use stories from both the past and present to reveal the nature of this primal and universal emotion.

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The television event aims to reveal contemporary links to ancient behavior and use science as a basis for explaining the nature of hatred and the human mind. At the heart of the show is this question: If we can figure out why we hate, where hate originates, and how it is amplified, can we find a way to prevent it?

“This is exactly the kind of story Discovery should be telling,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery, Inc. “‘Why We Hate’ has been a four-year discussion with Steven and Alex on how to best capture the domestic and global trends that are growing around the world and bring those facts and stories to a worldwide audience. Our aspiration is to be working with great storytellers like Steven and Alex all over the world on the most important and consequential stories and issues. ‘Why We Hate’ is even more relevant today, and the Discovery team and I are “all in” on this project. It is Discovery’s commitment and a critical part of our heritage and mission. I really look forward to collaborating on such an important topic and bringing it to over 1 billion people across our domestic and global platforms in over 220 countries.”

“To say we are excited to work with Steven, Alex, Geeta, and Sam is an understatement,” said Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer, Discovery and Factual. “Understanding the why behind our actions can help us change those actions. That leads to a hopeful future for us and generations to come.”

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“Why We Hate” is executive produced by Spielberg, Gibney, Frank Marshall, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Yael Melamede, Erica Sashin and Steve Tisch. Jon Bardin and David McKillop will executive produce for Discovery.

Variety first reported the news.

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Discovery Orders Docu Series ‘Why We Hate’ From Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Exclusive)

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Discovery Orders Docu Series ‘Why We Hate’ From Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney (Exclusive)
Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney have teamed to produce a docu-series for Discovery Channel examining the origins and dangers of hate.

The two Oscar winners will executive produce the six-part series tentatively titled “Why We Hate.”

Spielberg’s Amblin Television partnered with Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions on the project, which began production earlier this year and will air on Discovery in 2019. Geeta Gandbhir (“Love the Sinner”) and Sam Pollard (“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”) are co-directing the project.

The series will investigate the human capacity for hatred and how we can overcome it. The subject is a topic Spielberg has been longing to explore.

“Getting to the root of the human condition is something I find not only fascinating, but absolutely necessary in understanding who we are,” Spielberg told Variety. “With the team in place, we delve into historical and modern-day stories of hate, traveling
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(Dis)Honesty Reminds Us That Our Pants Are Still on Fire

We humans like to believe certain things about ourselves: that we are good and honest people, for one. Sure, we might innocently add a few inches to our...height on online dating sites, or fudge our taxes, but we are essentially virtuous. (Dis)Honesty, a documentary by Yael Melamede about why we lie, shows the extent to which we fib (almost everybody does, it turns out, across nations and gender and social class). Perhaps most interestingly, (Dis)Honesty shows us how we rationalize that mendacity. Guiding us through the many forms of deceit is Duke University psychologist (and founder of the Center for Advanced Hindsight) Dan Ariely, a highly engaging and affable researcher whose lecture anchors us in the great web of fabrication that is humanity. ...
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Bond/360 acquires 'A Perfect 14'

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The New York-based distributor will release Giovanna Morales Vargas’ feature directorial debut documentary currently in production.

A Perfect 14 examines the controversial term “plus-size” and the divisive influence it has on society and the fashion industry.

James Earl O’Brien produces and founder and CEO Marc Schiller will serve as executive producer.

Bond/260 plans a 2016 release. The recent slate includes Particle Fever and Advanced Style.

The company served as producer on Deep Web, Alex Winter’s film about the Ross Ulbricht Silk Road trial that premiered recently at SXSW and Epix will broadcast on May 31.

Bond/360 also served as executive producer on Yael Melamede’s upcoming debut feature (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies that will be released theatrically and digitally on May 22.
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Watch: Insider Trading, Cheating and Fixing in Exclusive Trailer For '(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies'

Watch: Insider Trading, Cheating and Fixing in Exclusive Trailer For '(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies'
Read More: Watch: Tribeca Doc 'TransFatty Lives' Battles Als In Emotional Trailer This documentary is for everyone who has ever lied or been lied to. So, everyone. In "(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies," behavioral economist Dan Ariely takes a look at the complex ways lies both big and small influence our lives and shape the world around us. In particular, it focuses on individuals whose lives are based in part or in whole on lies, and what happens when those lies are revealed. Director Yael Melamede said of working on the project, "[it] has helped me better understand the road to dishonesty, cheating and corruption - and how winding, slippery and dangerous it can be." The film will have its Us premiere at Full Frame, followed by Hot Docs and Montclair. Said Ariely of the timing, "Is there a better time to introduce a movie on dishonesty than in
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: George Amponsah’s Down by Law

Garnering fund and lab support on both sides of the Atlantic, Down By Law has been tailored with BFI coin support and with the giving hands of three recent Institute initiatives: Sundance’s 2013 Documentary Film Grant, 2014 July Documentary Edit and Story Lab, and the 2014 Creative Producing Summit. George Amponsah’s third docu film looks to be an explosive, observational hybrid type docu that is surely being readied for the World Docu section and Mark Duggan’s story might echo some of the issues that have been brought up with Ferguson, Missouri.

Gist: This follows several years in the lives of two of the closest friends of Mark Duggan, the man whose death at the hands of armed police sparked the UK riots of 2011.

Production Co./Producers: Dionne Walker.

Prediction: World Documentary Competition.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Tbd (international)

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Yael Melamede’s (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies

When you think of the overall Sundance docu selections, programmers may want to balance the hard-hitting slate with this, the curiously titled (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies. Thanks to Dan Ariely’s bookshelf favorite “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty – How We Lie To Everyone, Especially Ourselves,” it benefits from an already built-in aud and via the smart talking heads package, it comes across as an intriguing-sounding “lite” docu experiment. In a Moneyball-ian kind of way, it treats moral and ethical flaws in making minor and major fibs almost in a data analysis argumentative measuring stick. Why finger point when everyone is accountable? Having recently landed some kickstarter funds for completion, we’re not sure if this talking heads package is in the final innings of the edit, but fittingly this is producer Yael Melamede’s (see pic above) first outing as a director – she produced a dozen of items
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Joe Swanberg’s Digging For Fire

Guess who’s turning 10? Joe Swanberg has had a “fire” in his belly for, give or take a decade, and his latest in the interpersonal thread was shot in April and appears ripe for another double-billing in January-set Sundance and March SXSW fests. It may also be, his most sophisticated film to date. Moving from the Sundance featured, shot on 16mm Happy Christmas, Swanberg adds to his nucleus of players and reteams with cinematographer Ben Richardson for Digging for Fire. Shot on handsomely old-school 35mm, Swanberg has built himself an all-star team here with first line players Jake Johnson (who co-writes and produces) and Rosemarie DeWitt with a spoonful of supporting and minor bits from the likes of Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Jenny Slate, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Messina, Sam Elliott, Ron Livingston, Jane Adams and Tom Bower.

Gist: Co-written by Swanberg and Johnson, this is a
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‘Desert Runners’ To Premiere At Edinburgh International Film Festival

Today, Smush Media, in association with Salty Features and Spoken Media, announces the world premiere of their highly-anticipated documentary Desert Runners at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Directed, produced and edited by award-winning Filmmaker Jennifer Steinman (Motherland), Produced by Academy Award-winning Producer Yael Melamede (Inocente, My Architect) and Diana Iles Parker (Eat the Sun), Desert Runners follows a diverse cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the four most difficult ultramarathon races on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World’s most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, as they push their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles. Desert Runners is a glimpse into the mindset of ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph. Jennifer Steinman, Smush Media said:

“This film has been a three-year labour of love, and we are honoured to be premiering in Edinburgh.
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Desert Runners to premiere at Edinburgh

Desert Runners to premiere at Edinburgh
Smush Media’s ultramarathon documentary to receive its world premiere at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Desert Runners, produced in association with Salty Features and Spoken Media, follows a diverse cast of non-professional runners as they attempt to complete the four toughest ultramarathon races on Earth.

Directed, produced and edited by Jennifer Steinman, it has been produced by Oscar-winning producer Yael Melamede and Diana Iles Parker.

Desert Runners is about running, but it is also about so much more,” said Steinman.

“It’s an exploration into the perceived limitations that people place upon themselves, and the mind-set necessary for some people to complete ‘impossible’ challenges.”

Desert Runners follows Steinman’s previous Motherland; which won an Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW.

Salty Features co-founder and producer Yael Melamede said: “This is a film that gives viewers a front row seat to see what it really takes – heart and soul – to attempt the extraordinary.”

Melamede’s producer
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How A Homeless Teen Artist Made It To The Oscars (Video)

How A Homeless Teen Artist Made It To The Oscars (Video)
Jennifer Lawrence isn't the only incredible young artist we'll be rooting for at this year's Academy Awards: The academy has nominated an MTV film “Inocente,” starring 17-year-old homeless artist Inocente Izucar, for Best Documentary Short.

The film chronicles the struggles and hardships of Izucar’s journey as a homeless teenager and undocumented Latina who moved around 30 times within nine years with her mother and siblings, mostly calling the streets of San Diego home, according to ABC Channel 10 News.

When she was 12 years old, Izucar got involved with a local non-profit group called Arts, A Reason To Survive, which encourages young people to use art as a form of therapy. The teen experimented with photography and painting and successfully turned her coping method into talent. Directors discovered Izucar’s story after she was profiled in a local newspaper, then began the two-year filming process when she was 15.

Watch the video above
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