In this week’s roundup, new documentaries are scheduled to debut across National Geographic, TVO, PBS’s indie doc strand ‘POV’ and Netflix.
Chris Wynn and Russell Gienapp’s feature-length documentary Much Too Young will receive its television debut when it airs across Canadian pubcaster TVO tonight (Sept. 21) at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Produced by Toronto-based Nomad Films, the documentary will spotlight four young adults – aged 13 to 27 – caring for an ailing parent suffering through young-onset Alzheimer’s and the adjustments that come with this unexpected role reversal.The filmmakers have also created four virtual reality shorts to provide unprecedented perspective by placing the user into the shoes of a person with Alzheimer’s.
Elsewhere, National Geographic will provide Academy Award-nominated director Rory Kennedy with a platform to reveal how millions of American students are being denied access to technology in school, placing their futures in jeopardy.
The 56-minute documentary, narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, examines the challenges of providing connectivity, technology and computer learning to American students. The film, which debuts on National Geographic on Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, will also explore how technology can provide opportunities for learning and help level the playing field.
Digital streaming giant Netflix, meanwhile, will launch David France’s The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson on Oct. 6.
The 82-minute film from the Oscar-nominated director will provide an in-depth investigation into the mysterious death of New York’s legendary trans activist and self-described “street queen”, Marsha P. Johnson, as well as the individuals she inspired. Twenty-five years later, fellow activist and friend Victoria Cruz will re-examine the case by pursuing new leads and mobilizing law enforcement officials to finally determine why Johnson’s body was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992.
Finally, director Mike Day will examine the effects of marine pollution on the Faroe Islands when his feature-length film The Islands and the Whales (pictured) broadcasts across PBS’s indie doc strand ‘POV’.
Scheduled to premiere Oct. 9, the DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize-winning film looks at the inhabitants of the remote archipelago whose traditional way of life is facing pressure from international animal rights activists and increasing levels of mercury pollutants found in whale meat. Through Day’s lens, the film will examine the effects of climate change and pollution, which the islanders find themselves battling in ways that people on the mainland are not yet forced to.