HBO Documentary Films’ upcoming slate

The upcoming slate of docs from HBO Documentary Films to premiere in the first half of 2011 ranges from political biographies to the tale of a pelican rescued during the BP oil spill.
January 10, 2011

Documentaries from HBO Documentary Films that will premiere in the first half of 2011 have been announced.

The doc to kick of the year is A President to Remember: In the Company of John F. Kennedy, premiering on January 20 and directed by Robert Drew and narrated by Alec Baldwin. The doc combines footage from four other documentaries – Primary; Adventures on the New Frontier; Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment and Faces of November – to give an in-depth look at the American president.

Another former U.S. president makes the slate, with Reagan airing on February 7. The Eugene Jarecki film marks what would’ve been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, and examines the legacy of his career and policies.

As for other films coming to the net in the early part of this year, on February 17, HBO will air The Battle for Marjah, which chronicles the U.S. Marines’ Operation Mushtaraq in Afghanistan. Triangle: Remembering the Fire, directed by Daphne Pinkerson, marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which killed 146 garment workers in lower Manhattan and will air on March 21. Lastly, Irene Taylor Brodsky’s Saving Pelican 895 will air in April, detailing the rescue of one of the oiled bird victims of the BP Gulf oil spill.

HBO Documentary Films’ 2011 summer series debuts June 6, featuring a new special every Monday at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). This year, the series will include documentaries from Emmy winners Liz Garbus, Alexandra Pelosi, and Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

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