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Coming Soon: “The Rachel Divide,” “Lawn and Order”

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across Netflix, DIY Network and PBS’s documentary strand ‘Independent Lens.’ Laura Brownson’s intimate documentary The Rachel Divide (pictured) debuts ...
April 26, 2018

In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across Netflix, DIY Network and PBS’s documentary strand ‘Independent Lens.’

Laura Brownson’s intimate documentary The Rachel Divide (pictured) debuts across streaming giant Netflix on April 27.

The 100-minute film, which received its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, pulls the curtain back on the controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal, who, in 2015, was revealed to be a white woman passing as African-American and heading her local N.A.A.C.P. chapter. The film digs deep into Dolezal’s personal life, unearthing the larger story behind the headlines, and features interviews with local black activists, journalists, and Rachel’s sons, Franklin and Izaiah. Produced by Dandelion Films, Roger Ross Williams serves as executive producer.

Netflix is also gearing up for the launch of Dawn Porter‘s archive-focused Bobby Kennedy for President.

The four-part docuseries, which also made its way to Tribeca ’18, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s historic 83-day presidential run, and utilizes rare and never-before-seen archive alongside first-hand interviews with RFK confidantes and staffers to reveal Kennedy’s political legacy and the continuing influence left in the wake of his murder. The project features interviews from such luminaries as Harry Belafonte, Rep. John Lewis, Dolores Huerta, Franklin A. Thomas, Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman, among others. Produced by RadicalMedia, Trilogy Films and LooksFilm, Bobby Kennedy for President debuts on Netflix on April 27.

American pubcaster PBS, meanwhile, will provide filmmaker David Byars with the broadcast premiere of his documentary No Man’s Land.

The film, which airs across PBS ‘Independent Lens’ on May 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, documents the 41-day occupation in 2016 of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by a right-wing militia group – led by Ammon Bundy – to denounce the federal sentencing of two ranchers.The 81-minute film tells the story of those on the inside of the movement and attempts to uncover what draws disenfranchised Americans ideologues to the edge of revolution. Warrior Poets produced the film along with First Look Media’s Topic studio, while Impact Partners co-produced and co-financed the doc.

Finally, Discovery, Inc.’s DIY Network is readying to air Glass Entertainment’s landscaping series Lawn & Order.

The 10-episode series will trace the lives of landscaping experts Chris Lambton and Sara Bendrick as they give new life to lackluster front yards and tired exteriors with fresh landscaping, calming water features and new shutters and garage doors, adding value and curb appeal to each home to attract potential buyers. Lawn & Order premieres May 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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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