New Werner Herzog documentary finds American distributor

Werner Herzog’s Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2019), a feature-length documentary which premiered at Tribeca before playing at Telluride, will be distributed by Music Box Films in select cities in the United States next spring, according to Variety. The picture represents the artistic as well as personal collaboration between the filmmaker and the adventurer and travel writer who authored In Patagonia, taking audiences from Patagonia to the Black Mountains of Wales to the Australian outback. William Schopf, the president of Music Box Films, says the movie reveals as much about Herzog as it does about Chatwin, and a home entertainment release is planned also.

The Obamas produce a Netflix documentary about globalization

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Michael Moore praised American Factory at a recent Museum of Modern Art showing. (Image Courtesy: The New Yorker).

Netflix will upload Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory (2019) on Wednesday, with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions picking up the documentary after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, according to The New Yorker. The subject of the film is a General Motors plant in Ohio that closed in 2008 and reopened as Fuyao Glass America under a Chinese investor, and the culture clash between management and the employees. It marks the first release for the Obamas’ newly minted production company, which has also scheduled a Frederick Douglass biopic, a drama about women and people of color set in post-World War II New York, and an educational series teaching nutrition to preschoolers.