Episodes

  • Season One
  • Season two
  • Season three

Season One

PN 17: Barbara Kopple – From Harlan County to Sharon Jones
Two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple is back with a new film about soul singer Sharon Jones in a year when[...]
PN 16: Alex Gibney on Revealing Secrets
Cyber warfare and the Stuxnet virus are the focus of Alex Gibney’s new film “Zero Days.” Once again, Gibney proves[...]
PN 15: Muhammad Ali on Film
Bill Siegel, director of “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” spent over two decades nurturing the idea to make his film[...]
PN 14: TV’s King of Comedy
"Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You" explores the life of the television maverick behind hit shows such as “All[...]
PN 13: “Life, Animated” director Roger Ross Williams
Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams talks about his career and his new film “Life, Animated” about an autistic boy who[...]
PN 12: Talking “Tickled” with David Farrier & Dylan Reeve
Fetish or sport? That’s what New Zealand TV journalist David Farrier wondered when he came across online videos of athletic[...]
PN 11: Yo-Yo Ma & Morgan Neville on “The Music of Strangers”
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks to Pure Nonfiction about “The Music of Strangers” and lessons he's learned since a mid-life crisis[...]
PN 10: Why Revisit O.J. Simpson?
Ezra Edelman explores the life of O.J. Simpson against the backdrop of race relations in Los Angeles in the five-part[...]
PN 09: Pennebaker & Hegedus on Clinton, Bowie & Animal Rights
DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus have been collaborating for 40 years. In this interview with Thom Powers, they talk about[...]
PN 08: Who is Princess Shaw?
"Presenting Princess Shaw" is one of the year's most crowd-pleasing documentaries at festivals from TIFF to True/False to SXSW. Now[...]
PN 07: Weiner Beyond the Headlines
“Weiner” directors Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg take us behind the scenes of filming their documentary about Anthony Weiner. The[...]
PN 06: Jonathan Demme’s Real Life Characters
Jonathan Demme has directed a steady stream of documentaries in between his prominent output of fiction films. In this conversation[...]
PN 05: Who is Anderson Cooper’s Mother?
Liz Garbus, the two-time Oscar nominated director of "The Farm: Angola, USA" and “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” has a new[...]
PN 04: Going Deep With Mapplethorpe
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, directors of HBO’s “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” discuss their career from when they first[...]
PN 03: “Making a Murderer” – Behind the Scenes
“Making a Murderer” directors Laura Riccardi and Moira Demos discuss the ten-year process of creating their acclaimed Netflix series. This[...]
PN 02: Inside the Supreme Court Case on Abortion
Dawn Porter, director of “Trapped” and “Gideon’s Army,” discusses how she switched careers from being a lawyer to a documentary[...]
PN 01: From Maysles To The New Yorker Presents…
Kahane Cooperman, the showrunner of "The New Yorker Presents,” discusses her eclectic jobs from working at Maysles Films to becoming[...]
PN 00 – Introducing Pure Nonfiction!
Documentary film makers span all kinds of storytellers: provocateurs, visionaries, investigators and more. Pure Nonfiction brings you candid interviews with[...]

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