Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will look at the influential history of non-fiction films in To Tell The Truth, a month-long programming special featuring more than 50 films exploring the history of this effective and important art form. Hosted by Oscar® nominee and TCM veteran Alec Baldwin, the special will feature several TCM premieres including two episodes of the ongoing series To Tell The Truth: A History of Documentary Film (2014). The programming special premieres Nov. 2 at 8 pm ET and will air every Monday and Wednesday during the month.
Documentaries have been an important part of moviemaking since the silent era and continue today as one of the most powerful ways of spreading information and viewpoints. To Tell The Truth will feature 53 important documentaries throughout the decades including:
- Hoop Dreams (1994) – Steve James’ look at two inner-city youths, their love of basketball and their dreams of NBA glory
- Woodstock (1970) – Michael Wadleigh’s landmark documentation of the turblant 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Festival
- Native Land (1942) – Leo Hurwitz’s look at labor organizing during the Great Depression
- God’s Country (1985) – Louis Malle’s examination of two different eras in the life of a farming community in Minnesota
- Best Boy (1979) – Ira Wohl’s compassionate look at a mentally handicapped man who must learn to care for himself
- Bombay Beach (2011) – Alma Har’el’s dreamlike reflection on the American Dream as expressed by life on the edge of Califorina’s Salton Sea
"Documentaries are a vital component of our cinematic history, and non-fiction films have been with us in one form or another since the inception of the movies, helping to showcase and explore the world around us,” said Alec Baldwin. “I’m honored to host the To Tell The Truth programming spotlight and share with audiences this celebrated art form.”
About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. Currently in its 22nd year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February and Summer Under the Stars in August. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hol lywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app.
TCM is a division of Turner, a Time Warner company. Turner creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.