National Geographic Documentary Films has expanded its Academy Award-winning banner to provide documentary shorts with their television premieres.
The inaugural slate of shorts will include the broadcast premieres for two films: first-time director Alexander A. Mora’s The Nightcrawlers (pictured) and Oscar-winning filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel’s Lost and Found.
In addition to the two films this October, National Geographic Documentary Films has more than a dozen short and feature films in development or production.
“National Geographic has always been committed to telling globally relevant and engaging stories that deepen audiences’ understanding of the world and their role in it,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP of global scripted content and documentary films for National Geographic, in a statement. “By growing our film banner to include short films, we can give a voice to more timely and impactful stories that need to be told.”
Produced by Genius Loki Films and Violet Films, Mora’s The Nightcrawlers provides unprecedented access to the the Manila Nightcrawlers as they look to expose the true cost of Filipino President Duterte’s violent war on drugs.
For Genius Loki Films, Doireann Maddock is producer. For Violet Films, Joanna Natasegara and Abigail Anketell-Jones are producers. It is executive produced by Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Lisa Marie Russo and Sandra Whipham. For National Geographic Documentary Films, Bernstein and Ryan Harrington are executive producers.
Von Einsiedel’s Lost and Found, meanwhile, provides an in-depth focus into the Myanmar military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing and violence perpetrated against the Rohingya, and one man’s life mission to reunite separated Rohingya children with their parents.
Lost and Found is produced by Rideback and Grain Media in association with The Nobel Prize. Grain Media’s Harri Grace is producer alongside Rideback’s Dan Lin and Mark Bauch. Executive producers include The Nobel Prize’s Laura Sprechmann and Nat Geo’s Bernstein and Harrington.