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CNN to debut Carchman’s “Enlighten Us”

American cable net CNN is readying the television debut of Jenny Carchman’s investigative documentary Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray. The 93-minute film chronicles the tumultuous career ...
November 10, 2016

American cable net CNN is readying the television debut of Jenny Carchman’s investigative documentary Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray.

The 93-minute film chronicles the tumultuous career of personal growth motivational speaker James Arthur Ray following his conviction for negligent homicide in the death of three clients during a sweat lodge ceremony.

The doc will also provide a deep dive into the origins of the self-help industry, worth US$11 billion annually, as well as what its clientele are searching for and why some are willing to risk so much for guidance from industry leaders.

The film enjoyed its world premiere in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to screen at Colorado’s Telluride Mountainfilm and Kansas’ Tallgrass Film Festival.

Produced by Allyson Luchak, the film is executive produced by Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra.

The film’s distribution was negotiated by Submarine co-president Josh Braun on behalf of the filmmakers.

Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray is slated to premiere on Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT across CNN’s linear television channel, and will also stream via the net’s digital platform CNNgo.

“This film invites reflection and conversation about the broad questions of meaning and fulfillment, but also about how we seek answers to those questions,” said Amy Entelis, executive VP of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, in a statement.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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