Browse Articles by Scott Essman

Emmy-Nominated Serengeti Doc Films Animals in New Ways

August 2020
Emmy-Nominated <em>Serengeti</em> Doc Films Animals in New Ways

Established in Tanzania, eastern Africa, in 1951, Serengeti National Park encompasses 5,700 square miles of grassland for its numerous wild animal species, attracting hundreds of thousands of international visitors every year. Now, spanning six separate episodes, Serengeti, created by BBC Earth, is a comprehensive documentary series concerning the natural behavior of the myriad animals... »

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Carl Laemmle Doc Reveals the Heroism of Universal Pictures’ Founder

August 2020
<i>Carl Laemmle</i> Doc Reveals the Heroism of Universal Pictures’ Founder

When Carl Laemmle founded Universal Pictures in 1912, one of Hollywood’s longest running and most powerful studios was launched, with their land, Universal City, being dedicated three years later in the San Fernando Valley. Laemmle presided over the studio and facilities until 1936 when he lost everything—the production, distribution, and exhibition enterprise, plus the... »

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Scandalous Documentary Dissects the National Enquirer Phenomenon

August 2020
<em>Scandalous</em> Documentary Dissects the <em>National Enquirer</em> Phenomenon

When Generoso Pope, Jr. purchased the newspaper The New York Enquirer in 1952, ostensibly with an interest-free $75,000 loan from mob boss Frank Costello, events were set in motion for the evolution of a world-renowned tabloid, known since 1954 as The National Enquirer. Enter director Mark Landsman, who claimed that “the story found me,”... »

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Jon Brewer Presents the Legendary Chuck Berry in New Film

August 2020
Jon Brewer Presents the Legendary <em>Chuck Berry</em> in New Film

On May 21st, 1955, a 29-year-old songwriter, singer, and guitarist had his first major recording session at Chess Records in Chicago. Among the tunes that were cut then was “Maybellene,” which became a breakthrough hit for the artist, none other than Chuck Berry. Arguably, with that one song, guitar-oriented rock ‘n’ roll was born.... »

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Drum Documentary Celebrates Neil Peart

August 2020
Drum Documentary Celebrates <em>Neil Peart</em>

In his feature documentary about drums and drummers, Masters of Resonance, director Jeremy Bout, who regularly aims to have his viewers use storytelling to make educated decisions about their careers of choice, simply wanted to tell another inspiring story through the prism of those of elite percussive skill. “It was never meant to be... »

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Losing Lena Documentary Examines Landmark Photograph

July 2020
<em>Losing Lena</em> Documentary Examines Landmark Photograph

In November 1972, Lenna Sjööblom was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month, posing for a series of pictures in her first and only nude photo session. Born Lena Söderberg on March 31, 1951, in Sweden, she had no idea that one of the photos, the centerfold, would become pivotal in the development of digitally-based imagery.... »

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Daniel Raim’s Image Makers Analyzes Historic Cinematographers

July 2020
Daniel Raim’s <em>Image Makers</em> Analyzes Historic Cinematographers

Created as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of The American Society of Cinematographers, Daniel Raim’s documentary, Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers, examines said motion picture groundbreakers in the earliest years of filmmaking. Critical to Raim’s endeavors was a partnership with Turner Classic Movies, specifically with senior vice-president of programming Charlie... »

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Director Chris Perkel Presents the Inside Story on Clive Davis

July 2020
Director Chris Perkel Presents the Inside Story on <em>Clive Davis</em>

Based on renowned music executive Clive Davis’s autobiography, the recent film Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives had been long in the planning stages. Finally, through executive producer Mary Lisio, a non-fiction overseer at Scott Free Entertainment, director Chris Perkel was brought on board to helm the project.  Hailing from Riverdale in Bronx,... »

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Jesse James Miller Showcases the History of PUNK

July 2020
Jesse James Miller Showcases the History of <em>PUNK</em>

When Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker Jesse James Miller undertook a four-hour docuseries about the history of punk rock, he determined to inundate himself in research about the musical genre, as he had not been previously associated with punk and its notable figures. “They hired someone out of the fold,” he said of the show’s producers,... »

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Daughters of the Sexual Revolution Explores Women’s Issues Via the Prism of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

July 2020
<em>Daughters of the Sexual Revolution</em> Explores Women’s Issues Via the Prism of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

In her film Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, producer Carra Greenberg explored both the fascinating story of said Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, plus the much wider issue of the women’s movement during the formative period of the sexual revolution. According to Greenberg, the film was, at first,... »

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