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THE WATCH CLUB

May 2022

May 2022 Recommendations

This month in THE WATCH CLUB:

DEAR MR. BRODY recounts a wild true story: the hippie millionaire who captured the world’s attention when he pledged to give away his entire $25 million inheritance to anyone who could convince him of their need. Thousands of letters sat unopened until the filmmakers uncovered them recently, providing an unexpected rear-view glimpse at the hopes and dreams of Americans in the early 1970s. Director Keith Maitland’s previous doc was the widely acclaimed TOWER (2016), which retold the story of the 1966 campus shootings at UT Austin through animation.

Stream DEAR MR. BRODY on Discovery+, then join us at 7 p.m. TUESDAY, MAY 17 for a live interview and Q&A with director Keith Maitland and producer/cinematographer Sarah Wilson located here

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As the war in Ukraine spills over into a third heartbreaking month, CNN is airing NAVALNY, the Sundance award-winning documentary that chronicles the near-fatal poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. It’s a real-life thriller directed by Canadian Daniel Roher, whose last film was ONCE WERE BROTHERS, about the great band called The Band. Following the CNN screening, NAVALNY rolls out on HBO Max in late May.      

Watch NAVALNY on CNNgo or tune in May 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is a new documentary feature that tells the story of the Me2/Orchestra, a Boston-based organization focused on classical music for individuals living with mental illness and the people who support them. Now more than ever, work like this is critical.  https://orchestratingchangethefilm.com/

Watch ORCHESTRATING CHANGE on PBS with GBH Passport.


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