In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are slated to debut across Oxygen Media, Investigation Discovery’s doc strand ‘ID Films,’ Discovery Channel and CNN Films.
The film, which bowed at the Tribeca Film Festival, retraces the story of Ryan Ferguson, who was convicted for the 2001 murder of Kent Heitholt, a 48-year-old newspaper editor who was found beaten and strangled to death in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison over the 2005 testimony of his friend Charles Erickson, who claimed to witness the murder in his dreams. Ferguson will also star in MTV’s forthcoming Unlocking the Truth, which premieres August 17 at 11 p.m. EST/PST.
Elsewhere, CNN Films will provide an intimate look into a mysterious spiritual community when it airs Will Allen’s Holy Hell (pictured).
The archival film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, trails Allen as he joins the Buddhafield, a secretive spiritual community in 1980s West Hollywood, that is torn apart 22 years later. The film examines the cult’s inner workings while exposing how the Buddhafield attracts its members as Allen becomes the group’s unofficial documentarian and personal aide to its founder. Holy Hell debuts September 1 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
Meanwhile, Discovery Channel will rev into its ‘Motor Mondays’ line-up with its latest automotive offering in Sacred Steel.
Produced by Half Yard Productions, the series provides insight into Sacred Steel, an exclusive and unusual motorcycle club that produces unique works of art. Episodes will follow Jason Wilson and his team of builders at Douche Larouche as they craft custom fabricated high-end choppers and restore American classics. Sacred Steel airs September 12 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
Finally, NBCUniversal-owned net Oxygen Media will walk the runway with a series focused on transgendered models from 44 Blue Productions and Whoopi Goldberg’s One Hoe Productions.
Strut, which bows September 20 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, will follow models Laith De La Cruz, Dominique Jackson, Isis King, Ren Spriggs and Arisce Wanzer as they attempt to become household names in the fashion industry while challenging stereotypes of gender and beauty. The series will pull the curtain back on the fashion world while shedding light on the harsh realities of being a transgendered model. It will also feature Cecilio Asuncion and Cassandra Cass of Slay Model Management, the first exclusively transgender modeling agency.