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HBO lines up “Pussy Riot,” “Gasland II” for summer schedule

Josh Fox's follow-up to Gasland and Lucy Walker's latest join a slate of documentaries on HBO's summer schedule, which also includes festival hits Casting By and Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (pictured).
May 1, 2013

Josh Fox’s follow-up to Gasland and Lucy Walker’s latest join a slate of documentaries on HBO’s summer schedule, which also includes festival hits Casting By and Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (pictured).

HBO Documentary Films’ 10 week anthology series kicks off on June 10 with the previously announced Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. Directed and produced by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the Sundance-winning doc tells the story of Nadia, Masha and Katia, three of the women behind protest group Pussy Riot.

Next up is Love, Marilyn, a doc featuring interviews, rare archival footage and actors reading the writings of Marilyn Monroe. Directed by Liz Garbus, it airs on June 17.  HBO picked up the film at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Scheduled for June 24, Miss You Can Do It focuses on Abbey Curran, the first woman with a disability to compete at the Miss USA Pageant, and the eight young women with special needs who participate in Curran’s ‘Miss You Can Do It’ pageant. The film is directed by Ron Davis.

Kicking off July is Dawn Porter’s Gideon’s Army, airing on July 1, which follows young public defenders in the southern U.S. who struggle with an uphill battle of high bonds, mandatory minimum sentencing and more; while Gasland Part II, Josh Fox’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated fracking doc, will debut on July 8.

Elsewhere, Lucy Walker’s The Crash Reel documents the life of Kevin Pearce, a snowboarding champion who suffered a brain injury while training for the 2010 winter Olympics. It will premiere on on July 15.

In addition, The Cheshire Murders, a doc from Kate Davis and David Heilbronner about the 2007 murders that affected a quiet town in Connecticut, airs on July 22; while July 29 will see First Comes Love, Nina Davenport’s documentary about her quest to have a baby on her own.

On August 5, the network will feature Casting By, which looks at a half-century of Hollywood through the eyes of casting directors. Directed by Tom Donahue, the doc was another TIFF acquisition.

And rounding up the summer schedule is Phillipa Robinson’s Americans in Bed, in which 10 American couples are candidly interviewed from their own beds, as they discuss sex, infidelity and love. The doc airs on August 12.

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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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