Docs

Coming Soon: “Make It Out Alive,” “Chasing Trane”

In this week’s roundup, new documentaries are scheduled to debut across HGTV, PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ and Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Channel is gearing up to share harrowing tales of ...
October 13, 2017

In this week’s roundup, new documentaries are scheduled to debut across HGTV, PBS’s long-running doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ and Smithsonian Channel.

Smithsonian Channel is gearing up to share harrowing tales of life or death situations via Make It Out Alive.

Produced by 360 Production, the six-part series will look to highlight historic man-made and natural catastrophes by recounting horrific and heroic tales of human sacrifice, bravery and survival. Make It Out Alive, which premieres Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, offers insight into the moments before and after disaster strikes through dramatic recreations, rarely seen archive footage and personal survivor testimony.

The Smithsonian Networks-owned channel will also head to the outskirts of the Ethiopian highlands to explore the personal stories of predators on the prowl.

Produced by Earth Touch, Baboon King will unveil the story of Braveheart, an elderly baboon, who is battling to stay atop of his kingdom that is being challenged by a young Turk. The series showcases the battles these monkeys must face to prove their dominance throughout breeding season while protecting themselves, their family and the land that they live on. Baboon King debuts Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel. 

Elsewhere, John Scheinfeld’s feature-length documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary will receive its television debut when it airs across PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’ on Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The 99-minute film (pictured), which held its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, documents the life and career of the legendary jazz musician while revealing the experiences and passions that shaped his revolutionary sounds. The doc also features commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis and Bill Clinton, among others.

Finally, Scripps Networks Interactive-owned HGTV will further extend its Flip or Flop franchise when it heads to Fort Worth, Texas.

The nine-part Flip or Flop Fort Worth will follow military veterans Andy and Ashley Williams as they purchase some of Fort Worth’s most rundown properties and transform them into rehabbed family homes. The series will also highlight the duo’s commitment to hiring fellow veterans to assist on their projects, including landscape designer Andrew Turner. Flip or Flop Fort Worth series premieres Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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