Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film

Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film


Latest Episodes

150: “La Madrina” of the South Bronx
April 14, 2022

La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla profiles the South Bronx “godmother” who transitioned from life in the Savage Skulls street gang to become a beloved community activist.

149: W. Kamau Bell on "We Need to Talk About Cosby"
February 23, 2022

"We Need to Talk About Cosby" explores the once beloved entertainer who's been accused by over 60 women of rape, sexual assault, and harrassment.

148: Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes on Disney’s Dark Side
February 17, 2022

Abigail Disney made headlines three years ago when she launched a critique on the labor practices of Walt Disney Company that was co-founded by her grandfather Roy O. Disney. Now she pushes that argum

147: Stanley Nelson on "Attica" and a Retrospective
January 28, 2022

Stanley Nelson's latest film "Attica" was picked for the Oscar Documentary Short List. It's playing on Showtime and available free for a limited time on YouTube.

146: Alex Pritz on “The Territory” at Sundance
January 27, 2022

Filmmaker Alex Pritz collaborates with members of the Uru-eu-wau-wau indigenous community to document what's happening in the Amazon in The Territory.

145: Joe Hunting on “We Met in Virtual Reality” at Sundance
January 25, 2022

We Met in Virtual Reality, premiering in the Sundance World Documentary Competition, profiles several users on the platform VRChat during the pandemic.

144: Ramin Bahrani on “2nd Chance” at Sundance
January 22, 2022

Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani is best known for his fiction films . Now he directs his first feature documentary "2nd Chance," a profile of the man who invented a lightweight bullet proof vest.

143: Isabel Castro on “Mija” at Sundance
January 21, 2022

“Mija,” premiering in the Sundance NEXT section, profiles Doris Muñoz, a young talent manager in the music business as she works with Latinx superstar Cuco and the newcomer Jacks Haupt.

142: Sara Dosa on “Fire of Love” at Sundance
January 19, 2022

"Fire of Love" tells the story of volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft who spent over two decades filming and studying volcanoes before they died getting too close to one.

141: Richard Rowley on “American Insurrection”
January 06, 2022

The PBS Frontline documentary “American Insurrection” investigates the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.