New York-based distributor Neon has made Alex Gibney’s Totally Under Control available to stream on its website for free starting today (Oct. 29) through to the U.S. Election Day on Nov. 3.
The company is also setting up Twitter Watch Parties throughout the week along with Q&As with directors Gibney (pictured), Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger. Director and comedian Judd Apatow and the filmmakers will host a Twitter Watch Party Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. ET/PT.
Totally Under Control was filmed over the last few months and completed just days prior to its launch on Oct. 13. The film is currently streaming on Hulu.
This week the documentary was nominated for four Critic’s Choice Awards including Best Editing, Best Narration and Best Political Documentary, along with the Most Compelling Living Subjects Honor for whistleblower Rick Bright.
The film is billed as “the definitive account” of the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis, with an aim to “expose a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership.”
It features testimony from public health officials as well as investigative reporting encompassing the course of the pandemic and the U.S. response.
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker also serves as producer and writer.
Totally Under Control is backed by various producing teams with Stacey Offman, Richard Perello of Jigsaw Productions; longtime Gibney/Jigsaw collaborators Alison Ellwood and Maiken Baird; Jeffrey Lurie and Marie Therese Guirgis of Play/Action Pictures; Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant; Tom Quinn, Dan O’Meara and Jeff Deutchman of Neon; and Andrew Morrison, Mark Lampert and Michael Sacks of Yellow Bear Films all executive producing.
The film joins other issue-oriented docs streaming for free in the run-up to the U.S. election, such as Adam Benzine’s The Curve, also dealing with the American government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, and All In: The Fight for Democracy from Liz Garbus & Lisa Cortés streaming for free on Amazon Prime Video’s YouTube page.
With files from Barry Walsh