A mockumentary (a portmanteau of the words mock and documentary) is a type of film or television show in which fictional events are presented in documentary style to create a parody. These productions are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictional setting, or to parody the documentary form itself. They may be either comedic or dramatic in form, although comedic mockumentaries are more common. A dramatic mockumentary (sometimes referred to as docufiction) should not be confused with docudrama, a fictional genre in which dramatic techniques are combined with documentary elements to depict real events.

Mockumentaries are often presented as historical yet witty documentaries, with B roll and talking heads discussing past events, or as cinéma vérité pieces following people as they go through various events. Though the precise origins of the genre are not known, examples emerged during the 1950s, when archival film footage became relatively easy to locate. A very early example was a short piece on the "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" that appeared as an April fools' joke on the British television program Panorama in 1957.

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New Beyoncé documentary: Watch trailer for 'Call Me Country' by CNN on Max

Usatoday 23 Apr 2024
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will be the focus of a new CNN documentary titled "Call Me Country ... The documentary explores the Grammy Award winning singer's recent dive into country music with her latest album "Cowboy Carter" and the impact it's having on the music industry ... The full documentary will be released April 26....

Architects of rock, The Immediate Family, perform live and screen acclaimed documentary

Savannah Morning News 23 Apr 2024
Claxton, partnered with Georgia Southern University and the Gretsch School of Music, is presenting a double dose of music history with a performance by The Immediate Family on April 25, followed by a screening of an acclaimed documentary about the band, "Immediate Family", on ......

‘Earning the Plaudits of History’

The Knoxville Focus 23 Apr 2024
‘Earning the Plaudits of History... History was in one of its cycles of change ... Here’s a quick history lesson ... No one watching the Chesney documentary had to have been surprised when Condredge Holloway passed the plaudits of history in Lester McClain’s direction....

After 4 decades in music and major vocal surgery, Jon Bon Jovi is optimistic and ...

The Berkshire Eagle 23 Apr 2024
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When Jon Bon Jovi agreed to let director Gotham Chopra follow him with a documentary camera to delve into the history of his band, Bon Jovi, he didn't anticipate it would catch him at a major .......

Rick Sebak to stir 'Kennywood Memories' for Greater Latrobe audience to benefit foundation

Pittsburgh Tribune Review 23 Apr 2024
Rick Sebak, longtime producer of documentaries for WQED and PBS, will revive thoughts of those carefree times May 5 when he presents one of his most popular ... “Kennywood Memories” is one of the programs included in his Pittsburgh History Series of documentaries....

What we know about Bainbridge Island's 1st Asian Arts and Heritage Festival coming in May

Kitsap Sun 23 Apr 2024
Since then, Reese has wondered why there isn't a festival to recognize the island's rich Asian history ... People will watch “Honor Thy Mother”, a 31-minute documentary about the untold history of Indipino communities on the island and participate in discussion with panelists Gina Corpuz and Colleen Almojuela, followed by Filipino music sung by Reese....

Peters Township photographer to present rare view of Chernobyl disaster

Observer-Reporter 23 Apr 2024
April 24 ... It is considered to be the worst nuclear disaster in history ... Haritan has won numerous local, state, national and international awards and has produced photo documentaries of folk music and dance cultures, history, architecture and geography of Native Americans, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, along with Ukraine ... .......

After 4 decades in music and major vocal surgery, Jon Bon Jovi is optimistic and still rocking

North Shore News 23 Apr 2024
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When Jon Bon Jovi agreed to let director Gotham Chopra follow him with a documentary camera to delve into the history of his band, Bon Jovi, he didn't anticipate it would catch him at a major low point in his career ... Critics noticed and wrote about it. A review from Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota, said ... “This was unique ... AP....

Eleanor Coppola, filmmaker who documented chaos behind the scenes of her husband’s Apocalypse Now – obituary

AOL 22 Apr 2024
(Coppola himself half-jokingly retitled the documentaryWatch Francis Suffer”.) In his gossipy New Hollywood history Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind suggested the shoot brought pre-existing tensions between Eleanor and the straying Francis to a cyclonic head....

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin to return to Springfield this summer

The State Journal-Register 22 Apr 2024
A Personal History of the 1960s" that recounts her final years with her husband and presidential speech writer, Richard Goodwin ... The latest book project has been described as an "all-in-one" biography, memoir and history ... The seven-and-a-half-hour History Channel documentary "Abraham Lincoln" is based on Kearns Goodwin's "Leadership....

CATES: Virtual rehab

Odessa American 22 Apr 2024
By Carol A. Cates, MSN, MBA, RN. Chief Nursing Officer. Odessa Regional Medical Center. I love history. Historical documentaries are my favorite things to watch on TV, and I love to read about history as well ... One of the things that keeps my faith in good strong is how as humans, we somehow always find a way to make good come from bad ... Time to call 911....

Cyprus untold: a home in the buffer zone

CyprusMail 22 Apr 2024
“One scorching summer, I sat outside Ledra Palace with two elderly gentlemen ... There are plenty of books, documentaries and academicians who are only too eager to give their opinions on the Cyprus problem, its history, its troubles ... The new troops don’t know the history, don’t know where the ceasefire lines begin and end ... The driver was Greek Cypriot....