In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on National Geographic, Logo and Netflix.
Viacom’s LGBT-focused cable net Logo will present the television broadcast premiere of Lis Bartlett’s documentary Light in the Water via its Logo Documentary Films strand tonight (July 19).
The 75-minute film looks at the inception of the West Hollywood Aquatics Team, one of the first openly gay masters swim and water polo clubs. With a current roster of more than 180 individuals, the organization initially grew out of a group of athletes training for the first Gay Games in 1982. The doc will reveal the untold story of the group of LGBTQ men and women who found one another through their love of competitive swimming and ultimately blazed a trail for equality in sports. Light in the Water premieres July 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Director Erin Heidenreich’s debut feature-length film The War to Be Her, meanwhile, will be broadcast across PBS’s long-standing documentary strand ‘POV’ on July 23.
The 80-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, explores the world of Pakistan’s top female squash player, Maria Toorpakai, who defies the Taliban to pursue her dream. At a young age, Toorpakai disguised herself as a boy so she could play, only to be plagued by death threats from the radical extremist group. Told from Toorpakai’s point of view, The War to Be Her – which airs July 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, volleys between squash tournaments and the young woman’s precarious life in Waziristan.
Elsewhere, Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering have their latest documentary film, The Bleeding Edge (pictured), airing globally across digital streaming giant Netflix later this month.
Directed by Dick, The Bleeding Edge will look to expose America’s US$400 billion, unregulated medical device industry. While it serves as the world’s most technologically advanced health care system, medical interventions have become the third leading cause of death in the country. The film, which held its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and premieres across Netflix July 27, examines the lax regulations, corporate cover-ups, and profit-driven incentives that it claims put patients’ lives at risk on a daily basis.
Finally, National Geographic is gearing up to provide a live look at the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem when it launches Yellowstone Live on Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Produced by Plimsoll Productions, Berman Productions and Bunim/Murray Productions, the four-day live event will showcase the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park – the nation’s oldest national park – in real time. The event will utilize 25 live cameras across 35 locations, and cutting-edge, cell-phone bundling technology to broadcast in the most remote locations across the 34,000-square mile park. Yellowstone Live will premiere Aug. 5 on National Geographic and simulcast the following three nights on Nat Geo Wild.