Ta-Da! Welcome to AnklerEnjoy
Introducing our new multimedia home for Ankler events, video series and industry happenings
You may have noticed that The Ankler has been hosting more and more live events. Today, with the launch of AnklerEnjoy, a standalone website from The Ankler, our entire audience can watch and discover what happened IRL. On AnklerEnjoy, you’ll discover curated moments from our events, but also, as we continue to expand the Anklerverse in 2024, current industry happenings, intimate screenings, sponsored content opportunities and upcoming custom video series.
Today, if you check out AnklerEnjoy, still in beta, you’ll find video from our recent inaugural events: Page to Screen (in partnership with Netflix for All the Light We Cannot See and Lionsgate for Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret), and Documentary Spotlight (in partnership with Abramorama + Hedgehog Films + Spark Features, Apple Original Films, HBO Documentary Films, MTV Documentary Films / Paramount+, National Geographic Documentary Films, Netflix, Notice Pictures Inc. + co-production with the National Film Board of Canada).
Today, we hope you spend some time and watch videos from our smash Documentary Spotlight event from Jan. 4 in Culver City that celebrated the best of the doc shortlist and the all-star talent behind it. Moderated by our partner, Pure NonFiction’s Thom Powers, the conversations feature big names and best insights about Hollywood filmmaking 2024. (You can also tune in to the latest episodes of Powers’ Pure NonFiction podcast for audio clips from the event.)
Please make sure to check out Powers’ conversations with filmmakers (in alphabetical order):
American Symphony (Netflix)
Ever think about quitting the industry and leaving town? Lauren Domino (producer) shares details about how she considered a new career and packing it all in during the pandemic (she developed an interest in crystals!) — and why this moving project about Jon Batiste and his wife, Suleika Jaouad, lured her back.
A Still Small Voice (Hedgehog Film Productions)
Luke Lorentzen (director, editor, producer and cinematographer) reveals how he’s still deeply emotionally affected by his time spent with the chaplains at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City as they administer comfort and care for the dying and their families, including a stillborn baby.
Bobi Wine: The People’s President (National Geographic Documentary Films)
Moses Bwayo (director and cinematographer) and Barbie Kyagulanyi (author, philanthropist, human right activist) on the battle by Kyagulanyi’s husband to unseat Uganda’s brutal decades-long presidency of Yoweri Museveni. Don’t miss Kyagulanyi’s incredible answer when asked by Powers about the threat to democracy in the United States and what we should do about it.
Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project (HBO Documentary Films)
Joe Brewster (writer, producer, and director), Tommy Oliver (producer) and Michèle Stephenson (writer, producer, director) discuss what it was like to create a film about a legendary poet and the ways they interspersed music and art within the film for a mind-blowing audiovisual feast. (Fun fact — Giovanni said the finished product reminded her of… The Godfather?!)
STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie (Apple Original Films)
It’s not every day that someone confesses to being Michael J. Fox’s lifelong “stalker” —but editor Michael Harte entertainingly makes the confession. Meanwhile, Davis Guggenheim (director) gets personal about a bout of depression — and how a certain line from Fox’s autobiography moved him into action. Also, why Guggenheim intended at first not to interview Fox on camera as there was so much available footage — and the moment that changed his mind.
The Eternal Memory (MTV Documentary Films and Paramount+)
Maite Alberdi (director) delivers an intimate portrayal of the relationship between the late Chilean journalist Augusto Góngora and his wife, actress and politician Paulina Urrutia, in the face of Góngora’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Alberdi discusses the unexpected beauty that arose from putting a camera in the hands of Urrutia and how the documentary even sparked a TikTok trend.
To Kill a Tiger (Notice Pictures in co-production with the National Board of Canada)
A film that evokes He Named Me Malala for the unbreakable bond and support between a father and daughter, Nisha Pahuja (writer and director) dived for many years into the consequence of gang rape in India of a 13-year-old girl and the endless tenacity by her dad — despite pleas to just let it go — to pursue the accused for years.