HBO Documentary Films has announced the docs slated to hit HBO and HBO2 in the second half of 2010.
Starting at the end of August, HBO’s doc slate will kick off with Spike Lee’s four hour doc reflecting on New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina. If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, which airs August 23 and 24, is bookended by events that changed the city after Katrina: the 2010 Super Bowl victory and the British Petroleum oil spill.
Docs to follow include director Alex Gibney and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s collaboration My Trip to Al-Qaeda which documents Wright’s performance of his one-man play – based on his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 – which chronicles fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power and his personal dilemma maintaining objectivity as a writer.
Also on the slate: Rory Kennedy’s The Fence, which looks at the impact of a 700-mile fence built by the U.S. government along the Mexican border; actor Adrian Grenier’s directing debut Teenage Paparazzo which chronicles Grenier’s relationship with 14-year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk; Nicolas Entel’s Sins of My Father which tells the story of drug lord Pablo Escobar through the eyes of his only son Sebastian Marroquin; firt-time filmmaker Alexandra Codina’s Monica & David, which won Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and documents the relationship and marriage of two adults with Down Syndrome; Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent’s doc on this history of post traumatic stress in the military, executive produced by James Gandolfini; and World of Wonder’s feature-length adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical stage show Wishful Drinking.
HBO2 will be kicking off it’s second half of the year on August 18 with Woman Rebel by Kiran Deol which follows female guerilla freedom fighter Uma Bhujel as she and her party overturn the government.
Also on HBO2 documentary slate is Daniel Jung’s Oscar-nominated documentary short The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner which follows the former Washington State governor as he campaigns for physician-assisted suicide after he’s diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Three other docs – War Don Don, Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers and Top 10 Monks – will run between September and December on the channel.