June 3, 2019

Screen Time: Week of June 3

From Rob Epstein and Jefrrey Friedman's "State of Pride." Courtesy of YouTube Originals

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

From Academy Award-winning filmmakers Ron Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, State of Pride takes an unflinching look at the significance of Pride 50 years after the Stonewall Riots. The film travels to three different cities in America – Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to get a sense from the LGBTQ+ communities there of the meaning of Pride, from the perspective of a younger generation for whom it still has personal urgency. State of Pride streams on YouTube Originals and was developed and produced by Portal A, an award-winning digital studio that creates branded and original entertainment.

Taking its cues from its much-lauded podcast series The Daily, The New York Times just launched The Weekly, airing Sundays on FX, then streaming on Hulu the next day. Each 30-minute episode spotlights a Times journalist investigating one of the pressing issues of the day, lending a cinematic flavor to investigative reports, political scoops and cultural dispatches.

Now streaming on DAFilms.com is Jorgen Leth’s 1982 film 66 Scenes from America, in which the Danish director takes a cross-country journey, capturing America in 66 shots, resulting in a highly emblematic portrait of the USA.

Reginald Hudlin’s The Black Godfather profiles Clarence Avant, the long-celebrated impresario in music, film and politics, who helped mentor and shape the careers of some of the most legendary figures in entertainment and sports, as well as Presidents Clinton and Obama. Avant rose from the Jim Crow South to help bring Black Excellence to the center stage The Black Godfather premieres June 7 on Netflix.

Premiering June 7 on Showtime, XY Chelsea, from Tim Travers Hawkins, tells the story of Chelsea Manning, from the day she left prison through her journey of discovery, while examining her place in the conversation on national security and the fight of the transgender community for rights and visibility.