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HBO slates “Montage of Heck,” “Going Clear”

Sundance picks Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief are among 11 films appearing in HBO's documentary line-up for the first half of the year. (Pictured: Cobain)
January 9, 2015

Sundance picks Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief are among 11 films appearing in HBO’s documentary line-up for the first half of the year.

Kicking off the doc slate on January 26 is the André Singer-directed and Brett Ratner-produced Night Will Fall. As previously reported, the doc will examine an effort by a group of filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein to document the liberation of Nazi concentration camps at the end of the Second World War.

Debuting on February 8 and running until March 15 is Andrew Jarecki’s six-part series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, which promises to expose “long-buried information” uncovered during the filmmaker’s investigation into a string of unsolved crimes and their possible connection to Durst.

On February 14, HBO will air Dan Chaykin’s doc Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up, which features the comedian and TV personality performing a hybrid form of stand-up inspired by a recent heart attack. The doc will be followed by the February 23 broadcast premiere of Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour, which most recently swept the Cinema Eye Honors.

March 16 will see the HBO premiere of Gibney’s Going Clear, which is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, and is to profile eight former members of the controversial religion.

Meanwhile, airing on March 23 is Matt Wolf’s It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, which profiles illustrator Hilary Knight and his iconic children’s book character, while Peter Kunhardt and Brian Oakes’s Living with Lincoln, on a family’s “physical and emotional” connection to former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, will air on April 13.

Later that month, Nick Broomfield’s crime doc Tales of the Grim Sleeper will premiere on April 27, while Brett Morgen’s film on the former Nirvana frontman (pictured) Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck  – which will bow at Sundance later this month, as first reported by realscreen in December - will air on May 4. 

May will also see the HBO premieres of Gillian Laub’s Southern Rites (May 18), in which the photographer documents the racial tensions in Montgomery County, Georgia, where a racial crime further divides community members, as well as Lucy Walker’s The Lion’s Mouth Opens (May 25), in which actor Marianna Palka discovers the outcome of her test for Huntington’s Disease.

Finally, HBO will air a series of family-oriented and environment-themed doc specials entitled Saving My Tomorrow, produced in association with the American Museum of Natural History. The series – which is to kick off on April 22 and run through May – will features readings and performances from actors Alan Cumming, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, singers Karen O. and Willie Nelson, and others.

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