American cable network HBO has unveiled its line up of docs for the first half of 2017.
Beware the Slenderman tells the true story of two 12-year-old girls who lured their best friend into the woods and stabbed her multiple times to appease an online faceless man known as Slenderman. The film is directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky, who was nominated for an Oscar for HBO’s The Final Inch. The doc airs Jan. 23.
Becoming Warren Buffet is a candid portrait of billionaire Warren Buffet, and explores how he shaped America’s views on capitalism and philanthropy. The film is produced by Teddy Kunhardt and George Kunhardt. It’s directed by Peter Kunhardt, who won an Emmy for directing HBO’s, Jim: The James Foley Story. Becoming Warren Buffet airs on Jan. 30.
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) casts the spotlight on the American rock band and their experiences before and after the Nov. 13, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris that claimed the lives of 89 fans attending their Bataclan Theater concert. The doc is directed by Colin Hanks and will air on Feb. 13.
Unlocking the Cage follows Steven Wise, an animal rights lawyer, and his legal team as they file the first lawsuits that would see animals deemed a “person” with legal protections. The feature is directed by Chris Hegedus and airs Feb. 20.
In Tickled, journalist David Farrier delves into the world of “competitive endurance tickling” where young men are paid to be tied up and tickled. David Farrier and Dylan Reeve direct the doc that airs on Feb. 27.
Cries from Syria (pictured) is an account of the Syrian civil war from a collective of stories featuring Syrian activists and citizen journalists, child protestors, revolution leaders, human rights defenders, army officials and citizens. The doc airs March 13 and is directed by Evgeny Afineevsky.
Other upcoming HBO documentaries include:
- Abortion: Stories Women Tell features stories of women who are struggling with unplanned pregnancies, medical care providers at the clinics and the activists on both sides of the issue. It’s directed by Tracy Droz Tragos.
- Brillo Box (3¢ Off) follows the auctioning of the filmmaker’s family-owned Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box sculpture to the global art market. Brillo Box is directed by Lisanne Skyler.
- For the Love of Baltimore examines the city divided by the 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray, which led to his death in police custody, sparking riots and protests. It is directed by Sonja Sohn.
- If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast shows how the twilight years can be the happiest and most rewarding. Writer-comedian Carl Reiner, 94, speaks with famed celebrities like Mel Brooks, Dick Van Dyke and Betty White who share their insight into what it means to be productive in old age. If You’re Not in the Obit is directed by Daniel Gold.
- Mommy Dead and Dearest examines the headlining-grabbing crime involving Dee Dee Blanchard and Gypsy Rose Blanchard. The doc is directed by Erin Lee Carr.
- The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tells the story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Grammy-nominated film is directed by Morgan Neville, who won an Oscar for “Twenty Feet from Stardom.
- Rock and a Hard Place looks at incarcerated young people who have the chance to trade in their extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp. Dwayne Johnson makes an appearance in the film, and with Dany Garica executive produce the feature for Seven Bucks Production. Rasha Drachkovitch executive produces for 44 Blue Productions and Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert direct.