U.S. pay-TV net HBO has unveiled its seven-week summer docs line-up, setting June and July dates for titles including Me @The Zoo, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, Vito and The Tsunami & The Cherry Blossom (pictured).
The season kicks off on June 18 with One Nation under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss and Betrayal, from directors Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Amanda Micheli and Jenny Carchman. The doc looks at America’s obsession with dogs, using startling images to show “far the nation has to go before it treats all dogs humanely.”
Following on June 25 is Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch’s Me @The Zoo, which premiered at Sundance in January. The doc is an exploration of the phenomenon of internet celebrity, profiling teenage video blogger Chris Crocker.
On July 2 the net airs Matthew Akers’ Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, which looks at the titular artist as she prepares for a retrospective exhibit of her controversial work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York; and on July 9 Marc Levin’s Hard Times: Lost On Long Island airs, promising to look at the long-term unemployed and the shrinking of the middle class.
Lucy Walker’s Oscar-nominated doc The Tsunami & the Cherry Blossom premieres on July 16, looking at survivors of Japan’s March 2011 tsunami as they rebuild their lives; and Jeffrey Kimball’s SXSW title The Central Park Effect (now retitled as Birders: The Central Park Effect) airs July 16, examining the extraordinary array of wild birds that grace Manhattan’s Central Park throughout the year.
On July 23, Jeffrey Schwarz’s Vito will recount the life of Vito Russo, one of the founding fathers of the gay liberation movement; and on July 30 Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ About Face: Supermodels, Then and Now will premiere, exploring the lives of some of the fashion world’s most celebrated models.