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RZA, Todd Haynes, Pod Save America Hosts Join Truth Seekers Summit

Rolling Stone and Variety are happy to announce further programming for the inaugural “Truth Seekers” digital summit on August twenty sixth, offered by Showtime Documentary Films. RZA will take part in a keynote dialog about creating, executive-producing, and composing Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a collection that examines the Wu-Tang Clan’s formation, mega-success, and cultural affect.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes will participate in a keynote dialog about his new documentary characteristic, The Velvet Underground, and provides an unique behind-the-scenes take a look at his artistic course of in telling the story of the legendary rock band.

Community organizer Dolores Huerta — one of the influential labor activists of the twentieth century and president and founding father of the Dolores Huerta Foundation — will participate in a keynote dialog overlaying her decades-long advocacy for civil rights, schooling reform, voter registration, and financial justice for low-income communities, in addition to her latest work to encourage Covid-19 vaccinations.


Crooked Media’s Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor will be a part of a dialog about co-founding the massively in style politics and tradition podcast, Pod Save America, and constructing a podcasting empire.

The “Weapons of Mass Disinformation” panel will discover the January sixth rebel and the challenges of truth-telling in a politically polarized society, that includes insights from John Podesta, former White House chief of workers; PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor; author, director, and producer Billy Ray (The Comey Rule); and Anna Merlan, creator of Republic of Lies.

Previously introduced programming features a keynote by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (The Fog of War), and esteemed documentarian Stanley Nelson will obtain the primary Truth Seeker Award.

The “Vocabulary of Verité: How to Construct the Language of Documentaries” panel will characteristic filmmakers R.J. Cutler (Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry; Belushi), Sacha Jenkins (Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men; Bitchin: The Sound and Fury of Rick James), Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI; Why We Hate), Liz Garbus (I’ll Be Gone within the Dark; What Happened, Miss Simone?), and Dawn Porter (Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer).

And the “True Crime as an Agent of Change” panel will take attendees behind the scenes with writers, producers, and administrators discussing how they develop a true-crime project and the way these movies can affect their real-world individuals. Panelists embrace Joe Berlinger (Crime Scene: The Vanishing on the Cecil Hotel), Amy Ziering (Allen v. Farrow), Donald Albright (Up and Vanished), and Zackary Drucker (The Lady and the Dale).

The digital expertise is free to attend with registration, however availability is restricted. To safe your spot to attend, register here. 

In conjunction with the Truth Seekers Summit, Variety and Rolling Stone have partnered to create a particular print journal that expands on the “Truth Seekers” theme with each unique and archival investigative options that reveal the manufacturers’ decades-long dedication to rigorous journalistic storytelling. The particular problem shall be despatched to a choose record of Variety and Rolling Stone subscribers on August twenty fifth.

On July 1st, each publications created new web site verticals dedicated to documentary and investigative storytelling. Variety’s new part, accessible from the navigation bar and titled “Docs,” options documentary opinions, reporting about traditional documentaries culled from the Variety archives, and documentary protection from the world’s main movie festivals.

Rolling Stone’s new part, “Rolling Stone Reports,” consists of new investigative reporting, unique images, traditional articles — from Rolling Stone greats like Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Loder, Tom Wolfe, Matt Taibbi, and extra — and protection from inside political and cultural occasions as they unfold.


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