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HBO preps “Valentine Road,” “Mobs Mabley” for fall season

U.S. net HBO has unveiled its docs line-up for the second half of 2013, slating titles including Valentine Road, Seduced and Abandoned and a documentary on comedienne Moms Mabley from actor Whoopi Goldberg (pictured).
July 26, 2013

U.S. net HBO has unveiled its docs line-up for the second half of 2013, slating titles including Valentine Road, Seduced and Abandoned and a documentary on comedienne Moms Mabley from actor Whoopi Goldberg (pictured).

The fall series will play across Monday nights, kicking off on October 7 with Marta Cunningham’s Valentine Road, which examines the shooting of a young teenager by a fellow student, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

On October 14, HBO will screen Cynthia Wade’s Mondays at Racine, Kief Davidson’s Open Heart, and Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill’s Redemption, all of which were nominated for Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short earlier this year.

Mondays at Racine visits a Long Island beauty salon that opens its doors to women diagnosed with cancer, while Open Heart follows an Italian cardiologist in Southern Sudan as he fights to save the lives of young patients. Redemption, meanwhile, looks at jobless New Yorkers who make money by collecting five-cent bottles and cans from trash.

On October 21 the network premieres Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine’s Life According to Sam, which explores the world of 16-year-old Sam Berns, who suffers from the rare and fatal progressive ageing disorder Progeria.

A week later, the U.S. channel plays host to Seduced and Abandoned, which follows Alec Baldwin and James Toback as they attempt to make a deal to produce their version of Last Tango in Paris at the Cannes Film Festival.

The David Cronenberg-narrated Tales from the Organ Trade follows on November 4, looking at the world of black-market organ trafficking; and on November 11, Dial One for Vets explores the epidemic of suicide among American war veterans.

On November 18, HBO presents the TV premiere of Whoopi Goldberg’s Tribeca hit Moms Mabley: I Got Something To Tell You.

The doc, which looks at the life of the pioneering African-American comedienne, has been retitled as Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley for TV.

On November 25, James Redford’s Toxic Hot Seat promises to look at a group of firefighters, mothers, journalists, scientists, politicians and other activists “as they fight to expose a shadowy campaign of deception that left a toxic legacy in America’s homes and bodies, and has taken nearly 40 years to unravel.”

Moving into December, the premiere of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Sundance title The Battle of AmfAR on December 2 looks at how actor Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim fought to create America’s first national AIDS research foundation.

Finally, on December 9, HBO premieres Six by Sondheim, a doc which looks at the career of renowned Broadway lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim.

Told primarily by Sondheim himself, the doc draws on his extensive personal archive and interviews from all stages of his career, and features new performances by stars such as Audra McDonald, Jarvis Cocker, Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera and Sondheim himself.

The film is directed by Tony winner James Lapine, with musical segments directed by Todd Haynes, Autumn de Wilde and James Lapine.

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