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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Paul McCartney Docuseries to Be Released on Hulu in July

Yahoo Music 17 May 2021
“To be an observer as Paul and Rick Rubin deconstruct how some of the biggest hits in music history came to be is truly enlightening ... “McCartney 3,2,1” is the latest series to join Hulu’s expanding slate of documentary content that examine influential figures from world history ... Additionally, the 2016 documentaryThe Beatles....

Paul McCartney and Hulu Team for Music History Docuseries ‘3, 2, 1’

The Wrap 17 May 2021
Paul McCartney is teaming with Hulu on a documentary series focused on music history called “McCartney 3, 2, 1.” For the project, the Beatle will do a deep dive into 50+ years of rock music, as well as his own career, with super producer Rick Rubin....

Review: Cauleen Smith’s marvelous Watts Tower wallpaper at LACMA gives toile a tweak

The Los Angeles Times 17 May 2021
history.” ... It also deftly conjures a once common, now-discredited history of photography as art. As declared by documentary photographer Robert Frank, whose influential picture book “The Americans” was published in 1959, “Black and white are the colors of photography.” Until ......

Best The Office Episodes Ranked: The Top 50

Collider 17 May 2021
Jim not only asks the documentary crew to cut together nine seasons-worth of half-glances and awkward hand touching, he also finally gives Pam the letter he wrote all the way back in Season 2’s “Christmas Party.” “A.A.R.M” is probably the most ......

Utica man producing film about the history of radio

Royal Oak Daily Tribune 16 May 2021
Robinson, 51, is working on a documentary film entitled “Radio Dayz The Movie,” which focuses on the history of radio, including the early days of Detroit radio ... The documentary is a chronological look at the history of radio, starting with the first radio stations ... documentary....

'Fall River' true crime documentary is a compelling study of 'Satanic cult' murders

The Herald News 16 May 2021
New chapters in Fall River’s history have all too frequently been written in blood. A gripping new documentary series from Epix called “Fall River" examines some of those dark days — perhaps the bleakest this city has ever seen ... a history of sex work in the area....

RAY'S PIX: ‘Caretaker’ picks wrong victim in ‘I Care a Lot’

The Bryan Eagle 16 May 2021
Veteran director John Ford expected to make a human interest documentary about the men who guarded Midway Island when he was sent there to film ... Like all of the documentaries from this period, you’ve got to watch it through the lens of history, but it’s still fascinating....

Four-year effort to bring Vietnam War memorial to the region a reality

The Herald News 16 May 2021
New chapters in Fall River’s history have too frequently been written in blood. A gripping new Epix documentary examines some of those dark days. “Fall River” is a true-crime documentary concerning the so-called Satanic cult murders of 1979 and 1980, the killings of Doreen Levesque, Barbara Raposa and Karen Marsden....

TV guide: 26 of the best shows to watch this week, beginning tonight

The Irish Times 16 May 2021
Presented by super fan Matt Lucas, this fun documentary charts the history of the colourful little characters from the fictional town of Mister Land ... A Short History of Living Longer ... This new one-off documentary focuses on the past 100 years, which would cover the births of the queen, all four of her children and eight grandchildren....

Local filmmaker George Tillman hits cinema gold

TSD Memphis 16 May 2021
Local film writer, George Whitaker Tillman Jr., showcased his latest documentary....

Stacey Abrams to Receive Tribeca Film Festival's Inaugural Harry Belafonte Voices for Social Justice

Democratic Underground 16 May 2021
Abrams, in addition to her work as a politician and voting rights activist, also produced last year’s gripping documentary “All In ... which illuminated America’s history of voter suppression....

Titanic: Into the Heart of the Wreck, review: isn't it about time we left Titanic alone?

The Daily Telegraph 16 May 2021
Pity the French. The search for the Titanic in 1985 involved two teams, one from France and one from the US, combing an area 400 km square. It was boring work. “For days upon days we got nothing but mud ... The documentary traced the history of the ship from its sinking to the expeditions to find it and, finally, the efforts to preserve it ... Related Topics....

Circle Cinema announces additional screening of ‘Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre’

The Ponca City News 15 May 2021
With tickets sold out for the Saturday May 22 screening in partnership with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, The HISTORY® Channel’s new documentary will also screen for free at 7pm Thursday May 27 ... The documentary will premiere on the HISTORY ® Channel on Sunday May 30 ahead of a summer Hulu release....

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