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Nat Geo sets June air date for “I Am Rebel”

National Geographic Channel has set a June 5 air date for a series about mavericks whose actions impacted history from executive producer Doug Liman.
May 24, 2016

National Geographic Channel has set a June 5 air date for a series about mavericks and outsiders whose actions impacted history from executive producer Doug Liman.

Produced by The Bourne Identity helmer and producer Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic and National Geographic Studios, I Am Rebel recounts stories using first-person interviews and recreations that blur fiction and documentary techniques.

“Each story reveals the lightning bolts of change that can emerge from the fringes of counterculture, effecting change that reverberates through history,” the U.S. cable net said in a statement.

Subjects profiled in the show include Louis Moore, whose part in a hijacking of a Southern Airways flight in 1972, partially in response to earlier racially motivated threats made against him by police in Detroit, led to airport security screening procedures; and Alexander Shulgin, a chemist who introduced MDMA to psychologists for therapeutic uses in the late 1970s – a drug that would take the club world by storm under the name of ‘Ecstasy.’

I Am Rebel will premiere globally on National Geographic Channels and on Nat Geo Mundo in the fall.

Liman, Bartis, Matt Wolf and Gene Klein are exec producing for Hypnotic and Jeff Hasler and Bengt Anderson are the EPs for National Geographic Studios.

Liman and Hypnotic are also working on an eight-part series about hostage crises for Netflix.

About The Author
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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