It’s astonishing how any filmmaker can keep up the pace that Alex Gibney does while maintaining such consistent quality standards. Gibney has had three films premiere on HBO in less than a year: four-hour biodoc “Sinatra: All or Nothing At All” and Scientology expose “Going Clear” –which has generated new scrutiny of the tax-exempt empire founded by L. Ron Hubbard–and last Fall’s “Mr Dynamite: The Rise and Fall of James Brown,” which may be the best of the lot.
The film, which tells the James Brown story from his rural Southern childhood and his musical ascension to his civil rights impact, has just won the hard-working director a 74th Peabody Entertainment Award.
Orlando von Einsiedel’s Oscar-nominated “Virunga” also made this week’s Peabody list. The film follows Congo park rangers who fight to save African mountain guerrillas from war, poaching and industrialism. Head here for the full list of winners, who will receive their awards at a first-ever red carpet ceremony on May 31, hosted by Fred Armisen in New York.