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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'Feels Good Man': Film Review | Sundance 2020

The Hollywood Reporter 27 Jan 2020
documentary competition at Sundance ... Just because Feels Good Man loses some of its revelatory power if you read the wide-ranging 2016 Atlantic story by documentary talking head Adam Serwer doesn't mean that it's not a history worth recounting — or that there isn't mood-spanning entertainment in having it recounted this well....

Oscar-Nominated Syrian Director Makes It to U.S. After Being Denied Entry

Vanity Fair 27 Jan 2020
Feras Fayyad, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated Syrian war documentary The Cave, has finally been granted access to the U.S ... “The outpouring of support from the documentary and entertainment community to help us in our efforts to have The Cave’s director Feras Fayyad return to the U.S ... It was a grim case of history repeating itself....

Pluto TV Grows U.K. Offering With ‘Made in Britain’ and ‘Brit-pocalypse’ Channels

Variety 27 Jan 2020
... channel showcasing film and TV favorites, documentaries and celebrity shows....

Saratoga National Historical Park featured on FOX Nation’s What Made America Great

The Record 27 Jan 2020
Schnitzer and his fellow history buffs at Saratoga National Historical Park are excited to see the end result ... The purpose of What Made America Great is to share short documentaries on “great moments in American history that separate us from other nations, made us the country we are,” said Kilmeade, who has now hosted a total of 25 episodes....

Aleen Keshishian Talks Selena Gomez's 'Rare' Rollout and Brokering the Largest Sale in Music Doc History

Billboard 27 Jan 2020
Lighthouse was also enlisted by Billie Eilish co-managers Danny Rukasin and Brandon Goodman to broker the sale of Eilish's forthcoming documentary to Apple TV+ for $26 million, says Keshishian — the largest ever sale of a music documentary in TV history....

LETTER: Not the American that he grew up in

Finger Lakes Times 27 Jan 2020
Not the America that he grew up in. To the Editor.. Limiting testimonial and documentary evidence against Donald Trump, in only the third impeachment trial in our history, Republican Leader McConnell has vacillated between a trial without witnesses and a strange version of an appeal ... Like a trial; but without witnesses ... But won’t answer questions ... ....

Today in Hip-Hop History: Dr. Dre Assaults Dee Barnes in Hollywood Club 29 Years Ago

The Source 27 Jan 2020
Before Dr ... According to Dee, ... Barely a year before the advent of the #MeToo movement, which neutralized several high-profile male celebrities for malicious behavior against women, the Apple Music mogul apologized to Barnes in the Defiant Ones documentary. The post Today in Hip-Hop History. Dr ... ....

Starz App February 2020 Movies and TV Titles Announced

Coming Soon 27 Jan 2020
In celebration of Black History Month, this February will also feature wide array of content consisting of popular films, true stories/biopics/ and documentaries that were made by a number of outstanding African American filmmakers and artists ... Black History Month Programming....

NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna shared a love of the game

Vox 27 Jan 2020
Kobe and Gianna Bryant at a game between the LA Lakers and Dallas Mavericks in December 2019. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images. Gianna Bryant died with her father, Kobe, in a helicopter crash ... Bryant has a history of saying that single-minded determination is how you excel. Take his quote from the 2015 documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse ... ....

Hemp, Inc.’s CEO, Bruce Perlowin is Interviewed by The Pot.Live Podcast

Omaha World-Herald 27 Jan 2020
... investing in the movie “The Adventures of the King of Pot” ( http.// ) and other historical movies, books and documentaries representing our industry up to the current docuseries being made on “The Modern Day History of Hemp”....

Black in Appalachia: Project unearths black history

The Maryville Daily Times 26 Jan 2020
As project director, Isom coordinates locally-specific research, community data base development, documentary film and photography production, oral history collection and educational events with residents in the region concentrating on black history in the Mountain South....

Michael Portillo: 'I've enjoyed both parts of my career very much'

Belfast Telegraph 26 Jan 2020
Since then, Portillo has transformed himself from a once stressed (his words) politician to that of a popular presenter, fronting everything from straight history in Hidden History Of Britain to documentaries and beyond ... we're travelling by train, but we're uncovering history," he adds....

Oscar-nominated ‘For Sama’ captures pain and destruction of war in Syria

Gulf News 26 Jan 2020
‘For Sama’ became the first documentary to win best British Film at the British Independent Film Awards in December and it recently made history by earning four nominations for the 2020 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, making it the most-nominated documentary in BAFTA history....

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