The Documentary Group

The Documentary Group The Documentary Group produces work based on a very simple principle: have faith in the intelligence, taste, curiosity and integrity of the audience. The Documentary Group was founded in 2006 by the core members of PJ Productions following the death of legendary broadcaster Peter Jennings. The producers and directors, who were for many years the team behind Jennings’ documentaries at ABC News, are dedicated to continuing the tradition of smart and innovative filmmaking while enthusiastically embracing the modern and expanding media landscape. The Documentary Group produces long form and short form films for the major commercial networks, public television and cable, as well as for the educational market, digital distribution and theatrical release. Recent films include the 2016 Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning feature documentary Cartel Land, the feature documentary Midsummer in Newtown, the feature doc and social action campaign Girl Rising, and Academy Award-nominated Operation Homecoming. Other projects include the limited series The Homefront, Age of Aerospace, and America in Primetime. TDG’s programs have won numerous honors, including the duPont, Peabody, Emmy, Gabriel and Polk awards.
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We're thrilled to announce our director, Jon Kasbe, has been chosen for @docnycfest 40 Under 40 list!..“The DOC NYC 40...
10/22/2018

We're thrilled to announce our director, Jon Kasbe, has been chosen for @docnycfest 40 Under 40 list!
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“The DOC NYC 40 Under 40 List demonstrates a diverse talent pool across race, gender and documentary discipline, from directors and producers to cinematographers and editors. For decision-makers seeking out rising stars, this list is a great resource.” -Artistic Director @thompowers1 .
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photo by: @kostasmaros
#DOCNYC #40under40
#whenlambs #jonkasbe @ New York, New York

We're thrilled to announce our director, Jon Kasbe, has been chosen for @docnycfest 40 Under 40 list!..“The DOC NYC 40...
10/22/2018

We're thrilled to announce our director, Jon Kasbe, has been chosen for @docnycfest 40 Under 40 list!
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“The DOC NYC 40 Under 40 List demonstrates a diverse talent pool across race, gender and documentary discipline, from directors and producers to cinematographers and editors. For decision-makers seeking out rising stars, this list is a great resource.” -Artistic Director @thompowers1 .
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photo by: @kostasmaros
#DOCNYC #40under40
#whenlambs #jonkasbe @ New York, New York

Thank you @zurichfilmfestival for a very special week. Getting X and Asan’s visas approved was no easy task, can’t t...
10/12/2018

Thank you @zurichfilmfestival for a very special week. Getting X and Asan’s visas approved was no easy task, can’t thank you enough for pushing through to make it happen!

#documentary #zurichfilmfestival #poaching #conservation #antipoaching #africa #kenya #animals #elephant #whenlambs

Thank you @zurichfilmfestival for a very special week. Getting X and Asan’s visas approved was no easy task, can’t t...
10/12/2018

Thank you @zurichfilmfestival for a very special week. Getting X and Asan’s visas approved was no easy task, can’t thank you enough for pushing through to make it happen!

#documentary #zurichfilmfestival #poaching #conservation #antipoaching #africa #kenya #animals #elephant #whenlambs

We’re incredibly proud to announce our project, The Bering Gate, directed by our own Gabrielle Tenenbaum and co-produc...
09/21/2018
The Bering Gate

We’re incredibly proud to announce our project, The Bering Gate, directed by our own Gabrielle Tenenbaum and co-produced by journalist Bob Reiss, has been chosen by The Redford Center to receive one of seven filmmaking grants this year!
https://redfordcenter.org/films/bering-gate

There are places on Earth that are unknown in one century and vital the next—the Bering Strait is one such place. As an impassable sea of ice transforms into traversable waters, this film spotlights t

The executive editor of National Review, Reihan Salam, discusses the past, present, and future of the conservative movem...
09/21/2018

The executive editor of National Review, Reihan Salam, discusses the past, present, and future of the conservative movement in the United States on tonight's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover. Tune in at 8:30 pm, and Saturday at 10 am on PBS!

09/07/2018

On tonight's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, J.D. Greear, the President of the Southern Baptist Convention, discusses race, religion and evangelical support for President Donald Trump.

Tune in for a very interesting episode tonight at 8:30 pm or tomorrow at 10 am on PBS!

Women's right activist, former member of the Dutch Parliament and founder of the AHA Foundation, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, talks ...
08/09/2018

Women's right activist, former member of the Dutch Parliament and founder of the AHA Foundation, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, talks with Margaret about honor violence on young girls on tomorrow night's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover. Don't miss it tomorrow at 8:30 pm, and Saturday at 10 am on PBS!

Bestselling author and accidental icon of the conservative movement, Dr Jordan B Peterson joins Margaret Hoover on tonig...
08/03/2018

Bestselling author and accidental icon of the conservative movement, Dr Jordan B Peterson joins Margaret Hoover on tonight's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover. Tune in for a very interesting show at 8:30 pm ET tonight on PBS!

On tomorrow night's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, Margaret talks about the future of teachers’ unions i...
07/26/2018

On tomorrow night's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, Margaret talks about the future of teachers’ unions in the aftermath of the historic Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court case with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten.

Check it out tomorrow at 8:30 pm or Saturday at 10 am on your local PBS station!

In this great article, Film Independent spoke with Director Jon Kasbe about editing When Lambs Become Lions, which won B...
07/23/2018
The Doc Life: Editing Documentary Film, aka an Exercise in Patience - Film Independent

In this great article, Film Independent spoke with Director Jon Kasbe about editing When Lambs Become Lions, which won Best Editing of a Documentary at Tribeca Film Festival. See below to learn about their amazing editing team's approach. “Some of the best edits came out of all three of us arguing for what we believed—challenging each other to push the material.”

Each month in The Doc Life, Film Independent blogger Anthony Ferranti dives deep into the how’s and why’s of nonfiction filmmaking, featuring advice and ha

07/20/2018

On this week's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, Margaret talks to Senator Jeff Merkley, who is leading the charge against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and discusses immigration, LGBTQ freedom, and the 2020 Presidential election.
Tune in tonight at 8:30 pm, or tomorrow at 10 am on your local PBS station!

We're very excited for tonight's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! Don't miss ...
07/13/2018

We're very excited for tonight's episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! Don't miss it at 8:30 pm tonight or 10 am tomorrow on your local PBS station!

Tune in tomorrow for a great episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Margaret to dis...
07/12/2018

Tune in tomorrow for a great episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Margaret to discuss the future of Democratic Socialism, abolishing ICE, and forgiving student debt. Check your local PBS listings to watch it at 8:30 pm tomorrow, or 10 am on Saturday!

In this great interview with Reason Magazine, Margaret Hoover discusses what was so unique about Firing Line, and the is...
07/06/2018
Margaret Hoover Talks About Life on the Firing Line

In this great interview with Reason Magazine, Margaret Hoover discusses what was so unique about Firing Line, and the issues she'll tackle on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover. Tune in tonight for another episode on PBS at 8:30 pm!

William F. Buckley Jr.’s “Firing Line” returns to PBS to elevate political discourse about the important policy issues facing the nation.

Don't miss "How to Fix an Election" on MSNBC TONIGHT at 10 pm! The special dives into the state of gerrymandering today ...
07/01/2018

Don't miss "How to Fix an Election" on MSNBC TONIGHT at 10 pm! The special dives into the state of gerrymandering today in America- how it has transformed our political system, how people are fighting for it- and what the future holds.

"How to Fix an Election," a one hour special airs again this Sunday at 10 pm on MSNBC! Don't miss it!The special examine...
06/29/2018
thedocumentarygroup | How to Fix an Election

"How to Fix an Election," a one hour special airs again this Sunday at 10 pm on MSNBC! Don't miss it!

The special examines the current state of gerrymandering - how it altered our political system, how people are trying to fight it, and what the future holds. See more on the special, and the trailer below!

06/27/2018
Margaret Hoover: The GOP Has Been Trumpified

Check out Margaret Hoover on Late Night with Stephen Colbert talking about the changing conservatism movement, the importance of civic discourse, and of course Firing Line with Margaret Hoover!

The host of PBS' 'Firing Line with Margaret Hoover' tries to define the ever-changing meaning of American conservatism. Subscribe To "The Late Show" Channel ...

Tune in tomorrow to "How to Fix an Election" on MSNBC at 9 pm! The one-hour special explores the current state of gerrym...
06/16/2018
"How to Fix an Election" Airs This Sunday on MSNBC! | thedocumentarygroup

Tune in tomorrow to "How to Fix an Election" on MSNBC at 9 pm! The one-hour special explores the current state of gerrymandering - how it altered our political system, how people are trying to fight it, and what the future holds.

The one-hour special examines the current state of gerrymandering - how it altered our political system, how people are trying to fight it, and what the future

Another great episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover airs tonight on Thirteen WNET New York at 8:30 pm and 10 am to...
06/15/2018
thedocumentarygroup | Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Another great episode of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover airs tonight on Thirteen WNET New York at 8:30 pm and 10 am tomorrow! See below for more info on the show, and how to watch online!

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

We're very excited that our one-hour special "How to Fix an Election," airs on MSNBC this Sunday night at 9 pm ET! The s...
06/15/2018
thedocumentarygroup | How to Fix an Election

We're very excited that our one-hour special "How to Fix an Election," airs on MSNBC this Sunday night at 9 pm ET!

The special examines the current state of gerrymandering- how it altered our political system, how people are trying to fight it, and what the future holds. Check out below for more info on the show and to watch the trailer!

Check out this great interview by Forge Press with Jon Kasbe, Director of When Lambs Become Lions, at Sheffield Doc/Fest...
06/12/2018
Forge Press

Check out this great interview by Forge Press with Jon Kasbe, Director of When Lambs Become Lions, at Sheffield Doc/Fest to learn about the making of the film, which they call "one of the purest, most nuanced pieces of documentary filmmaking you’re likely to see this year."

"I try to find characters that I fall in love with, that confuse me, challenge me, that I can’t stop thinking about. People that I know things are gonna happen to."

Gethin Morgan speaks to the director of When Lambs Become Lions, which is up for the Environment Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

We're so excited that Firing Line with Margaret Hoover is now on the air! The show is reviving the tradition of Firing L...
06/07/2018
Firing Line | PBS

We're so excited that Firing Line with Margaret Hoover is now on the air! The show is reviving the tradition of Firing Line for a new generation- offering a rigorous exchange of opinion with bright minds and fresh voices from across the political spectrum.

Tune in tomorrow night at 8:30 pm, or Saturday morning at 10 am on Thirteen WNET New York ! (The show will air nationally on 6/22, so check out your local PBS listing then!)

And you can see the first episode, focusing on the war on poverty with Speaker Paul Ryan, below!

Watch Firing Line videos on demand. Stream full episodes online.

06/06/2018

We're looking forward to When Lambs Become Lions screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest this Friday! We're honored the film is part of their great line up, and has been nominated for their Environmental Award!

Thank you Sony Professional Solutions Americas for inviting director/DP Jon Kasbe to talk about shooting When Lambs Beco...
06/04/2018

Thank you Sony Professional Solutions Americas for inviting director/DP Jon Kasbe to talk about shooting When Lambs Become Lions at Cine Gear Expo. This film required a compact and versatile camera system and the Sony FS5 delivered on all fronts!

#2018CineGearExpoLA

05/29/2018

It was great to have When Lambs Become Lions be a part of Mountainfilm Festival this weekend. We're very proud that the film received the Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking!
Congrats again to the WLBL team, and thanks to Mountain Film for a great festival!

We're very excited When Lambs Become Lions will be screening at Mountainfilm Festival this weekend! We hope you can catc...
05/24/2018
When Lambs Become Lions

We're very excited When Lambs Become Lions will be screening at Mountainfilm Festival this weekend! We hope you can catch it if you're at the festival! See below for more info on the screenings.

MOUNTAINFILM COMMITMENT GRANT WINNER

05/16/2018
Review: In "When Lambs Become Lions," the Hunter Becomes the Hunted

Below is a great review of When Lambs Become Lions from The Moveable Fest:

""When Lambs Become Lions” comes off as a “through the looking glass” moment, as its sleek, sophisticated storytelling makes a nonfiction thriller almost too good to believe, with scenes covered and edited as they would be in any traditional drama, and a driving narrative where all its loose ends tied up at the end of a tense 80 minutes."

A documentary about the illicit ivory trade in Kenya, executive-produced by "Cartel Land" director Matthew Heineman, is a surprisingly engrossing thriller.

We're very excited When Lambs Become Lions will be screening at Mountainfilm Festival at the end of the month! Check out...
05/11/2018
Mountainfilm Festival Films

We're very excited When Lambs Become Lions will be screening at Mountainfilm Festival at the end of the month! Check out the full line up of films there below:

Mountainfilm screens feature documentaries on environmental issues, epic adventures, eye-opening politics and humanitarian causes, but we also play short gems and rare films. Check out the 2017 festival films, or search our archives for previous festival selections.

We're thrilled When Lambs Become Lions will be a part of Sheffield Doc/Fest in June! It's also nominated for the Environ...
05/03/2018
Sheffield Doc/Fest reveals 2018 programme

We're thrilled When Lambs Become Lions will be a part of Sheffield Doc/Fest in June! It's also nominated for the Environmental Award! Check out the full line up below:

Over 200 projects announced, including 37 world and 70 UK premieres.

Below is a great, thoughtful review of When Lambs Become Lions from The Playlist: "Adding to the fraught complexities of...
04/30/2018
Remarkable Ivory-Poaching Doc 'When Lambs Become Lions' Blurs Line Between Cops and Crooks [Tribeca Review]

Below is a great, thoughtful review of When Lambs Become Lions from The Playlist:

"Adding to the fraught complexities of economic insecurity and environmental devastation, “When Lambs Become Lions” wraps its story in a sweep of broodingly gorgeous imagery.

The heaps of ashen ivory, clouds of smoke filling the sky, elephants caught in the distance, their corpses glimpsed momentarily on a screen, and X and Asan’s pensive worry over the rightness of their decisions creates a beautiful portrait of seemingly opposite lives intertwined in the same tragedy."

“I have a special gift,” says “X” in Jon Kasbe’s complex, and darkly gorgeous documentary "When Lambs Become Lions," "a sweet tongue and a smart brain.”

You can still catch When Lambs Become Lions at Tribeca Film Festival if you missed it! Tomorrow night there's an awards ...
04/28/2018
When Lambs Become Lions Wins Best Editing For Documentary Film at Trib | thedocumentarygroup

You can still catch When Lambs Become Lions at Tribeca Film Festival if you missed it! Tomorrow night there's an awards screening at Cinepolis Chelsea- the film was awarded Best Editing of a Documentary Film.
See more info below!

We're so proud that "When Lambs Become Lions amazing editing team of Freddy Shanahan, Caitlyn Greene and Jon Kasbe was awarded Best Editing for a Documentary F

04/27/2018
Here are the Winners of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Juried Awards | Tribeca

On "When Lambs Become Lions," which was awarded Best Editing for a Documentary Film at Tribeca:

“The award for Best Editing goes to a film that unfolds with the urgency and tension one expects from the best Hollywood thrillers. From the opening frame to its startling climax, this film kept us on the edge of our seats. Ultimately it was the film's incredible pacing that led us to present the award for Best Editing to the team from When Lambs Become Lions.”

And the winners are...

We're so proud that "When Lambs Become Lions" won Best Editing in a Documentary Film at Tribeca last night! Congrats to ...
04/27/2018

We're so proud that "When Lambs Become Lions" won Best Editing in a Documentary Film at Tribeca last night!

Congrats to incredible editors Freddy Shanahan, Caitlyn Greene, and Jon Kasbe!

We had an great run of "When Lambs Become Lions" at Tribeca. Thanks to everyone who came out to see the film, and congra...
04/26/2018
thedocumentarygroup | When Lambs Become Lions

We had an great run of "When Lambs Become Lions" at Tribeca. Thanks to everyone who came out to see the film, and congratulations to the whole WLBL team for their amazing work!

There are limited tickets left for the last screening of When Lambs Become Lions at Tribeca tomorrow! See below for more...
04/24/2018
When Lambs Become Lions | 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

There are limited tickets left for the last screening of When Lambs Become Lions at Tribeca tomorrow! See below for more info on the film and to purchase tickets:

In the Kenyan bush, a crackdown on ivory poaching forces a silver-tongued second-generation poacher to seek out an unlikely ally in this fly-on-the-wall look at both sides of the conservation divide.

On When Lambs Become Lions, Jon Kasbe's debut feature film, which premiered on Friday at Tribeca: "Playing more like a n...
04/24/2018
When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Tribeca 2018

On When Lambs Become Lions, Jon Kasbe's debut feature film, which premiered on Friday at Tribeca:

"Playing more like a narrative, Kasbe has turned his friendship and access to the forces battling over ivory into something truly special... Kasbe is an expert at image creation and editing. His images are masterpieces that take your breath away in shot after shot." - Unseenfilms.net

You can also see the Q&A with Jon Kasbe after the premiere below:

Reviews of films from off the beaten path, written for those who love the cinematic world and want to hear about more than mainstream movie releases.

When Lambs Become Lions had a wonderful premiere at Tribeca this weekend. Below is a review of the film from Screen Inte...
04/23/2018
'When Lambs Become Lions': Tribeca Review

When Lambs Become Lions had a wonderful premiere at Tribeca this weekend. Below is a review of the film from Screen International:

"With his powerful feature debut, Emmy-winning short filmmaker Jon Kasbe (Heartbeats Of Fiji) documents how this daily struggle binds together the inhabitants of Northern Kenya, both man and beast, and explores how questions of morality and mortality become increasingly complicated in such a savage landscape."

The story of a poacher and a gamekeeper in Northern Kenya give this documentary the air of a thriller

We're so excited for the premiere of When Lambs Become Lions at Tribeca tonight! From Indiewood: "The story itself is ex...
04/20/2018
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We're so excited for the premiere of When Lambs Become Lions at Tribeca tonight!

From Indiewood: "The story itself is exciting, but equally exciting is the appearance of a new filmmaking talent – first-time feature director Jon Kasbe. Kasbe followed the film’s subjects with his camera over a three-year period, gaining an extraordinary level of access and trust as he became part of their everyday lives. The result is a rare and visually arresting look through the perspectives and motives of the people at the epicenter of the conservation divide."

See below for more info:

In the Kenyan bush, a new generation of elephant poachers find that they are among the prey. Struggling to survive, a small-town ivory dealer seeks help from an unlikely ally—his younger cousin, a wildlife ranger.

Indiewood reviewed "When Lambs Become Lions," Jon Kasbe's debut feature film premiering tomorrow night Tribeca:"This is ...
04/19/2018
Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Curtain Raiser

Indiewood reviewed "When Lambs Become Lions," Jon Kasbe's debut feature film premiering tomorrow night Tribeca:

"This is cinema at it's best... what every documentary aspires to be — constructed from authentic and vivid, real-life footage (forget talking heads), and in addition manages to be a compelling narrative tale that performs as a suspenseful, action-packed drama."

See below fore more on their "What to See at Tribeca Film Festival 2018":

It’s Spring in New York – the time for lovers…of film, and narrative media of all kinds. The city’s cultural-cutting-edge gem, Tribeca Film Festival, takes place April 18 -29 and in keeping with its passion for What’s Next, this year’s 17th annual festival includes not only 99 Feature Fi...

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