With movie and award season in full effect, now’s a good time to keep an eye out for some of the exciting and evoking documentaries has been released by HBO Documentary Films. Here are some of the anticipated documentary titles. Check your local listings for airing times and channel numbers.
PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY (debuted Jan. 12.): Directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky revisit the case of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, who were jailed for the 1993 West Memphis child murders, which they plead as not guilty. The two previous documentaries captured the two men proving their innocence.
THE UNION (Feb. 2): Directed by Cameron Crowe, the documentary begins in Nov. 2009, following the creative life of Elton John and his album collaboration with his early-career idol, Leon Russell. This candid documentary focuses on the writing and recording processes of the acclaimed album, “The Union” that John made with Russell.
THE LOVING STORY (Feb.14): Retells the fight of love and justice for couple Mildred (part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (Caucasian) Loving, whose marriage was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state Virginia. Director Nancy Buirski follows the couple’s case as the ban of interracial marriage is finally lifted in Virginia.
EXPORTING RAYMOND (Feb. 16): This comedic documentary follows how Phil Rosenthal, creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” tried to bring his Emmy winning series to Russian TV.
SAVING FACE (March 8): Filmed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy this film follows cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad as he ventures back to his homeland in Pakistan to begin treatment for the women of Pakistan who have suffered disfiguration from acid attacks that have stemmed mostly from their family members.
GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS (April): Nominated for a second Oscar, Rebecca Camissa follows Dolores Hart, a once rising actress who has appeared in films with famous actors such as Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift, and Anthony Quinn. After abandoning her Hollywood life for a career in a Benedictine nunnery in 1963, she now reveals her past and present life along with her decision in taking on a career as a nun in this quirky and humorous documentary.
THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION (May): Focuses on America’s leading epidemic: obesity. This documentary is the fourth of the series and focuses on myths of this public health problem and exemplifies how obesity is affecting the health of the nation and cripples the health-care system.
ME @THE ZOO: Directed by Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch, this documentary follows the story of famous video blogger, Chris Crocker who is known for his famous “Leave Britney Alone” YouTube declaration. The two directors explore how video and social platforms have impacted the way people portray their beliefs and life stories.
IN TAHRIR SQUARE: 18 DAYS OF EGYPT’S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION (Jan. 25): Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neil, this short documentary takes a first-hand look at the biggest revolt in Egypt’s history recounting the beginning of the protests to the present celebrations of Egypt’s victory for a democracy.
RAISING RENEE (Feb.22): Directed and produced by Oscar nominees Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher, this documentary recounts the life of painter Beverly Mciver and the promise she made to her mother to take care of her handicapped sister, Renee, now that her mother Ethel has passed away.