Documentary+, the new streaming joint venture between non-fiction studio XTR and the late Tony Hsieh, launched today, billing itself as the “preeminent home for feature-length and short documentary films.”
The extensive library available globally and includes a vast array of critically acclaims films.
Hsieh, who passed away at 46 last November after sustaining injuries in a house fire, was a venture capitalist who invested US$17.5 million into XTR.
XTR was founded in 2019 by Bryn Mooser, a two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, with the aim to develop, fund and produce nonfiction films and series.
“There has never been a more exciting time for nonfiction — we’re seeing visionary new directors emerge and streaming has given documentary films wide new global audiences,” Mooser said in a statement. “With Documentary+, not only are we building a home for some of the best documentary films of our time, but we’re giving filmmakers another option for distribution as competition continues to increase. The COVID pandemic created this great digital acceleration and we are building Documentary+ to be a key cornerstone in the future of the industry.”
Documentary+ leads off with a selection of critically-acclaimed films and award-winning and nominated filmmakers including Spike Jonze, Kathryn Bigelow, Terrence Malick, Brett Morgen, Andrea Nevins, Roger Ross Williams, Zana Briski, Davis Guggenheim, and Werner Herzog, as well as up-and-coming filmmakers including Lana Wilson (Miss Americana), Ramona S. Diaz (A Thousand Cuts), Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation), Clay Tweel (Gleason), Kareem Tabsch (Mucho Mucho Amor), and Laura Gabbert (Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles).
The streamer’s library includes such classics as The Imposter, Born into Brothels, Cartel Land, My Best Fiend, and Life, Animated, and also films that feature pop culture icons like Michael Jordan (One Man and His Shoes), Christian Dior (Dior and I), Evel Knievel (Being Evel), Janis Joplin (Festival Express), and Pearl Jam (Hype!) alongside important political and historical figures like Cory Booker (Street Fight), Elian Gonzalez (Elian), and Neil Armstrong (Armstrong).
Documentary+ is available for free on all streaming platforms including Apple TV, Amazon and Roku, mobile devices and www.docplus.com.