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PN 31: Race, History, Trump & Documentary
Bryan Stevenson, Raoul Peck & Ezra Edelman took part in a panel titled “American Histories,” moderated by Pure Nonfiction host[...]
PN 30: Madam President: Sheila Nevins on HBO Documentary Films
Sheila Nevins is a lover and a fighter. When she joined HBO in its early years, the label “documentary” evoked[...]
PN 29: Werner Herzog on “Into the Inferno”
Volcanoes are the focus of Werner Herzog’s new film “Into the Inferno,” now playing on Netflix. He teams with volcanologist[...]
PN 28: Gianfranco Rosi on “Fire at Sea”
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s top jury prize in 2016, “Fire at Sea” takes place on the Italian island[...]
PN 27: Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick on “Rats”
After “Super Size Me,” director Morgan Spurlock teamed with producer Jeremy Chilnick to form the production company Warrior Poets. Their[...]
PN 26: Ava DuVernay on 13th
Selma director Ava DuVernay has a new documentary on Netflix called 13th. The title comes from the Constitution’s 13th amendment[...]
PN 25: Directing “Amanda Knox”
Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn, the directors of “Amanda Knox,” discuss their five-year effort to bring the story to Netflix.[...]
PN 24: Kirsten Johnson on “Cameraperson”
Laura Poitras and Michael Moore are only two of many filmmakers who have turned to the skills of cinematographer Kirsten[...]
PN 23: Demme on Talking Heads, Neil Young & Justin Timberlake
Jonathan Demme is receiving a retrospective this fall at the Stranger Than Fiction screening series at New York’s IFC Center.[...]
PN 22: Nanette Burstein Investigates John McAfee
“Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee” explores the murky history of the anti-virus software pioneer who moved to the[...]
PN 21: Raoul Peck on James Baldwin
“I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck and based on the writings of James Baldwin, made the list[...]
PN 20: Women Directors at #TIFF16
“Girl Unbound” and “Karl Marx City” are among the documentaries directed by women making their world premieres at the Toronto[...]
PN 19: New Docs on True Crime
"The Skyjacker’s Tale” and “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” are two new docs on crime and justice making their world[...]
PN 18: Jazz Legends on Screen
Trumpet player Lee Morgan was murdered at age 33. Saxophonist John Coltrane died of cancer at age 40. Now both[...]
Season Two Preview
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just two weeks away. Pure Nonfiction will have extensive coverage of documentaries premiering[...]
PN 17: Barbara Kopple – From Harlan County to Sharon Jones
Two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple is back with a new film about soul singer Sharon Jones in a year when[...]
PN 16: Alex Gibney on Revealing Secrets
Cyber warfare and the Stuxnet virus are the focus of Alex Gibney’s new film “Zero Days.” Once again, Gibney proves[...]
PN 15: Muhammad Ali on Film
Bill Siegel, director of “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” spent over two decades nurturing the idea to make his film[...]
PN 14: TV’s King of Comedy
"Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You" explores the life of the television maverick behind hit shows such as “All[...]
PN 13: “Life, Animated” director Roger Ross Williams
Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams talks about his career and his new film “Life, Animated” about an autistic boy who[...]
PN 12: Talking “Tickled” with David Farrier & Dylan Reeve
Fetish or sport? That’s what New Zealand TV journalist David Farrier wondered when he came across online videos of athletic[...]
PN 11: Yo-Yo Ma & Morgan Neville on “The Music of Strangers”
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks to Pure Nonfiction about “The Music of Strangers” and lessons he's learned since a mid-life crisis[...]
PN 10: Why Revisit O.J. Simpson?
Ezra Edelman explores the life of O.J. Simpson against the backdrop of race relations in Los Angeles in the five-part[...]
PN 09: Pennebaker & Hegedus on Clinton, Bowie & Animal Rights
DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus have been collaborating for 40 years. In this interview with Thom Powers, they talk about[...]
PN 08: Who is Princess Shaw?
"Presenting Princess Shaw" is one of the year's most crowd-pleasing documentaries at festivals from TIFF to True/False to SXSW. Now[...]
PN 07: Weiner Beyond the Headlines
“Weiner” directors Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg take us behind the scenes of filming their documentary about Anthony Weiner. The[...]
PN 06: Jonathan Demme’s Real Life Characters
Jonathan Demme has directed a steady stream of documentaries in between his prominent output of fiction films. In this conversation[...]
PN 05: Who is Anderson Cooper’s Mother?
Liz Garbus, the two-time Oscar nominated director of "The Farm: Angola, USA" and “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” has a new[...]
PN 04: Going Deep With Mapplethorpe
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, directors of HBO’s “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” discuss their career from when they first[...]
PN 03: “Making a Murderer” – Behind the Scenes
“Making a Murderer” directors Laura Riccardi and Moira Demos discuss the ten-year process of creating their acclaimed Netflix series. This[...]
PN 02: Inside the Supreme Court Case on Abortion
Dawn Porter, director of “Trapped” and “Gideon’s Army,” discusses how she switched careers from being a lawyer to a documentary[...]
PN 01: From Maysles To The New Yorker Presents…
Kahane Cooperman, the showrunner of "The New Yorker Presents,” discusses her eclectic jobs from working at Maysles Films to becoming[...]
PN 00 – Introducing Pure Nonfiction!
Documentary film makers span all kinds of storytellers: provocateurs, visionaries, investigators and more. Pure Nonfiction brings you candid interviews with[...]

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