Suge Knight, Barney Frank on Showtime’s fall doc slate

The premium U.S. cable network's fall documentary slate includes films about rock icon Jimi Hendrix, politician Barney Frank (pictured) and Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight.
August 12, 2015

Documentaries about Jimi Hendrix, Barney Frank (pictured) and Suge Knight will air on Showtime this fall.

Among the titles on the premium U.S. cable network’s fall documentary slate are filmmaker Antoine Fuqua’s American Dream/American Knightmare, which looks at the life of Death Row Records co-founder, Suge Knight, who is currently in jail awaiting trial on murder, attempted-murder and hit-and-run charges. The doc will air on September 26 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

Directed by Sheila Canavan, Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank profiles the Massachusetts politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013. The doc combines archival footage and interviews and follows Frank as he becomes the first member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. The film’s broadcast date has not yet been announced.

Elsewhere, Showtime will air John McDermott’s Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church on September 4. The film focuses on the legendary guitarist’s performance at the Atlanta Pop Music Festival in 1970 and features never-before-seen 16 mm concert footage that chronicles promoter Alex Cooley’s attempt to create “the definitive music festival with Hendrix as the centerpiece,” according to the network.

Previously announced docs set to air this fall include Amy Berg‘s Prophet’s Prey (October 10), Andrea NevinsPlay It Forward (October 16) and Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon (air date TBA).

Earlier this week, Showtime set a November 28 air date for The Spymasters, a documentary that delves into the CIA through interviews with all 12 living directors of the U.S. intelligence agency and top operatives. The doc was written by Chris Whipple and directed by Gédéon Naudet and Jules Naudet.

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