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Michael Mann, HBO unite for “Witness”

U.S. net HBO is teaming up with Michael Mann (pictured), the director behind Hollywood blockbusters such as Heat, Ali and Collateral, for a documentary series following young combat photographers working in conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
February 29, 2012

U.S. net HBO is teaming up with Michael Mann (pictured), the director behind Hollywood blockbusters such as Heat, Ali and Collateral, for a documentary series following young combat photographers working in conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.

Mann is making Witness, which has an initial order of four episodes, with documentary and commercials director David Frankham, and the first episode has been shot in Juarez, Mexico.

“David Frankham and I share an admiration for combat photography that captures the universal – and sometimes the indescribable – in a single frame in the midst of chaos and danger,” said Mann in a statement.

Frankham added that the series “will not provide a historical context,” explaining that “the direction Michael and I took in creating Witness was to immerse the audience via intimacy with the photographer into the intensity of a situation as it’s developing, as they risk their lives to capture one piece of the truth.”

The network has yet to set an air-date for the project. Witness builds on Mann’s existing relationship with HBO – he recently directed the pilot for and is executive producing the network’s new drama Luck, which is set in the world of horse racing.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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