Inside the Academy Award-nominated CNN Films team

In this latest edition of “Inside Turner,” Courtney Sexton, vice president — CNN Films, tells us about the process that goes into creating their award-winning films. Founded six-and-a-half years ago, CNN Films produces and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms. Some of the most acclaimed films in their collection include "Blackfish," "We Will Rise", "Love, Gilda""Legion of Brothers", "Elián", and most recently, "RBG," "APOLLO 11," "Halston," and "Three Identical Strangers".

And the accolades keep coming…

CNN Films recently scored two Oscar nominations for its critically-acclaimed documentary “RBG,” and will represent Turner at the 91st annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24.  “RBG” explores the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, highlighting her professional successes but also taking viewers behind-the-scenes into Justice Ginsburg’s inspiring personal life. The film is nominated for “Best Documentary Feature” and the film’s theme song, “I’ll Fight” performed by Jennifer Hudson with music and lyrics by Diane Warren, is nominated for “Best Original Song.”

In addition to the Academy Awards, CNN Films has been recognized with several other honors this year. "RBG" and "Three Identical Strangers" received BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations in the Documentary category. “Three Identical Strangers” was also honored with the award in Outstanding Directional Achievement in Documentary from the Directors Guild of America.

What’s next for CNN Films?

Two new documentaries from CNN Films premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “APOLLO 11” and “Halston.” “APOLLO 11” features never-before-seen footage of the historic 1969 lunar mission of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, while “Halston” takes a look at the life and legacy of international fashion icon Roy Halston Frowick. At the festival, “APOLLO 11” was awarded with the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing.

Check out a list below of upcoming CNN Films, as well as CNN Original Series…

Upcoming 2019 CNN Films and CNN Original Series

CNN Films

CNN Original Series