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Screen Time: Week of January 2

By Akiva Gottlieb

Armistead Maupin at a typewriter at The San Francisco Chronicle, as seen in 'The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin.' Credit: KQED.

Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.

Newly streaming at Independent Lens is Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. The film examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. 

Premiering Friday, January 5 on Netflix is the original docuseries Rotten, which travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.

Currently streaming at Filmstruck is Ben Steinbauer's Winnebago Man, which profiles Jack Rebney, whose profanity-strewn outtakes from a 1988 industrial film about a line of recreational vehicles turned him into a cult hero.

Currently streaming at Hulu is Josh Greenbaum's Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of the Dana Carvey Show, telling the true story of genius misfits (including Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, and more) who set out to make comedy history.