- Reuters, Sunday, January 23, 2011 11:09 PM
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey vowed to bring documentary movies into homes across the United States on her new OWN television network. She likened the effort to her hugely successful book club. At a
Saturday launch party at the Sundance Film Festival, which has long championed documentary movies, Winfrey told the crowd that outspoken celebrity Rosie O'Donnell will be OWN's "curator" of
non-fiction films. O'Donnell will host specials in which the films' makers and subjects are featured when the OWN Documentary Film Club launches this spring.
Non-fiction films have
long been the stepchildren to their far more popular siblings, narrative feature films, and it is rare when a documentary gets the necessary marketing and promotion to bring in big bucks at box
offices. Already, directors Forrest Whitaker and Barbara Kopple have begun working on documentaries for OWN. Other of the network's titles being promoted at Sundance include "Family Affair," "No
Woman, No Cry," "One Lucky Elephant" and "Louder Than a Bomb."
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