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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Mac Engel: Once the most popular American, Americans are done with Lance Armstrong

Killeen Daily Herald 31 May 2020
To start the second and final part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 documentary on Lance Armstrong, he is asked if he is still relevant ... He’s just history. ESPN’s second major 30 For 30 released this spring, the documentary on the racer from Plano, Texas, is far superior to the 10-part infomercial on Michael Jordan ... He’s just history....

Tim Crone: Jordan's 'Last Dance' shows what it takes to be a winner

The Independence Examiner 30 May 2020
... of rerun games.It has been touted the most watched documentary in the history of television....

YouTube’s Free 10-Day Film Festival Is Open – Here’s The Vogue Shortlist

Vogue 30 May 2020
A decade before she won the Cannes Grand Prix for 2019’s Atlantics, Mati Diop directed this tense documentary short in which a group of Senegalese men contemplate migration ... Chinese Olympian Jenny Lang Ping, the first in volleyball history to have won gold as a player and a coach, is the subject of Joan Chen’s explosive new documentary....

A Saudi venture refines art of storytelling for new media age

Arab News 30 May 2020
This Saudi media company is seeking to grab the attention of the region’s expanding digital audience through documentaries and podcasts ... With documentaries, the creative team is retelling stories about the local history, as well as recording different lifestyles from Saudi Arabia and the region....

McKinney Center Host Online 'Black In Appalachia' Discussion

The Greeneville Sun 30 May 2020
From schools and churches to clubs and business spaces, William will share what he’s seen across the broad scope of our landscape ... He coordinates the project’s research, community data base development, documentary film & photography production, oral history collection and educational events with residents ... The McKinney Center at the Booker T....

Why the death of George Floyd has resonated throughout the NBA

Orange County Register 30 May 2020
“More Than An Athlete.” He famously has skirmished with conservative show host Laura Ingraham, who once advised him to “shut up and dribble” (James later backed a documentary by the same name about the history of social activism in sports) ... BLACKBALLED documentary shows Sterling saga through the eyes of Clippers players and coaches ... ....

New book on Andre The Giant uncovers man behind the myth

The Post and Courier 30 May 2020
Perhaps no other figure in the history of professional wrestling has inspired more awe than the man known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” ... While there have been books, films, documentaries and graphic novels on this intriguing subject, “The Eighth Wonder of the World ... The History and Rise of Women’s Wrestling” with Dan Murphy....

Footage for Steven Spielberg's Cancelled Alien Game LMNO Revealed

Game Rant 29 May 2020
Another of these strange what if's emerged within No Clip's incredible "Untold History of Arkane" documentary that hit YouTube a few days ago ... The section on�LMNO�begins 22 minutes into the documentary, which can be found below....

Grant documentary reminds me of my history

Kearney Hub 29 May 2020
I learned a lot this week from the History channel’s three-part documentaryGrant” about the Union Army general and two-term president, and the Civil War’s terrible costs in lives, property, human relationships and our nation’s founding principles ... In a history he wrote for his 90th birthday, March 3, 1929, C.R....

"Lauren Canyon" doc digs into rich musical history

Royal Oak Daily Tribune 29 May 2020
It fell to Alison Elwood, director of "History of the Eagles," "The Go-Go's" and more, to turn the magic, and the myths, into an exhaustive four-hour documentary called "Laurel Canyon," airing at 9 p.. Sunday, June 7 and on June 16 on Epix ... "Paris happened in the 20s. The Renaissance happened ... They just happen."- Advertisement - ... .......

"Laurel Canyon" doc digs into rich musical history

Macomb Daily 29 May 2020
It fell to Alison Elwood, director of "History of the Eagles," "The Go-Go's" and more, to turn the magic, and the myths, into an exhaustive four-hour documentary called "Laurel Canyon," airing at 9 p.. Sunday, June 7 and on June 16 on Epix ... "Paris happened in the 20s. The Renaissance happened ... They just happen."- Advertisement - ... .......

The Real Jane Roe | Opinion

Newsweek 29 May 2020
Whether she was pro-life or pro-choice, because she was a woman of history, on the set one day in Smithville, I asked her if I could bring my nine-year-old daughter by to meet her and if she might share some advice with her ... The Norma I encountered wasn't an act—nor was she an actress in her love for God or her discomfort with her role in history....

Cooper steps down as chair of App Theatre, Keith Martin takes the helm

Watauga Democrat 29 May 2020
At the annual meeting, Cooper recognized Eric Plaag for his service to the theater and noted his lasting legacy with the archives and history committee. “Through his work with Phillip Arnold, an excellent documentary was produced that chronicles the colorful history of the App Theatre and its rising from the ashes in 2019....

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