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Coming Soon: “Rock and a Hard Place,” “Seed”

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction specials and documentaries are slated to debut across PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens,’ ESPN’s ’30 for 30,’ HBO and Travel Channel. The long-awaited boot camp ...
March 23, 2017

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction specials and documentaries are slated to debut across PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens,’ ESPN’s ’30 for 30,’ HBO and Travel Channel.

The long-awaited boot camp documentary Rock and a Hard Place (pictured) will finally see the light of day when it broadcasts across U.S. premium cable net HBO later this month.

Produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions and LA-based 44 Blue Productions, the film will chronicle 40-to-50 incarcerated youths as they’re offered the opportunity to trade their prison sentence for a “fresh start” by completing the rigorous six-month Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program.

Inspired by his own run-ins with the law as a youth, Johnson visits the facility to inspire and encourage inmates to not only learn from their mistakes, but become productive members of society. Rock and a Hard Place premieres March 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Elsewhere, the next installment in ESPN Films’ award-winning ’30 for 30′ series is slated to profile the controversial rise of University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari.

Directed by Jonathan Hock, One and Not Done chronicles the life of Calipari while providing a behind-the-scenes look at the college basketball coach with never-before-seen footage as he attempts to reach the Final Four for the seventh time and win his second national title. Featured in the film are interviews with Calipari’s former players Marcus Camby, Lou Roe, Derrick Rose, John Wall and Anthony Davis. The film premieres on April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ESPN.

Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz’s documentary Seed: The Untold Story, meanwhile, will bow across PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ in April.

A Collective Eye Films presentation in association with Seneca Falls Picture Company, the film documents passionate seed keepers, from farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers, taking on agribusiness and biotech companies producing on genetically modified foods a bid to reverse humans’ reliance on only a few types of seeds. Seed: The Untold Story airs April 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

Finally, Scripps Networks Interactive-owned adventure net Travel Channel will debut its Booze Traveler spin-off series set to hunt for the best booze spots across America.

Hosted by cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell, Booze Traveler: Best Bars take viewers on a cross-country pub crawl for an all-access tour to discover the best booze joints hidden within America’s backyard. The series premieres with back-to-back episodes on April 24 at 10p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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