In this week’s roundup, new documentaries are scheduled to debut across History, Netflix, PBS’s indie doc strand ‘POV’ and FYI.
Digital streaming giant Netflix is preparing to share Kate del Castillo’s side of the story of the meeting between infamous cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Hollywood actor Sean Penn.
Directed by Carlos Armella, The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story will use never-before-seen footage and share exclusive details of what led to the scandalous meeting between the unlikely trio. Produced by 25/7 Productions and Kate del Castillo Productions, the three-part series serves as the biographical account of the Mexican actress of the gathering that was documented by Penn in Rolling Stone in Jan. 2016. The Day I Met El Chapo premieres Oct. 20.
Kirsten Johnson’s feature-length film essay Cameraperson (pictured), meanwhile, will receive its television debut when it airs across PBS’s indie doc strand ‘POV’ at the end of the month.
The 102-minute documentary, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, finds the famed cinematographer turning the lens on herself, after having worked for such directors as Laura Poitras and Michael Moore. The film invites viewers behind the lens into Johnson’s world to witness a collage of episodic images and stories connected thematically and emotionally. Cameraperson will broadcast across PBS ‘POV’ on Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Elsewhere, Corus-owned cabler History will embark on a search for stolen treasure across four continents.
Produced by Saloon Media and BriteSpark Films, in association with Corus Entertainment and More4, Hunting Nazi Treasure chronicles one of the greatest heists in history and the present-day efforts to recover the objects and artwork stolen by the Nazis at the culmination of WWII. The investigative docuseries follows a team of investigators across 13 countries and into caves, castles and museums to track down witnesses, victims and their descendants to dig out clues on the valuable missing items. Hunting Nazi Treasure airs Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.
Finally, A+E Network’s FYI will launch junior culinary competition series Stove Tots on Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The Collins Ave-made series will follow the next generation of cooking masters as they go head-to-head in a series of cook-off challenges across the U.S. Each episode of the series features a new group of culinary wunderkinds, along with their overbearing parents, as they prepare recipes, search for inspiration and deal with the pressures of competition. Episodes culminate with a competition day, where three culinary prodigies battle it out in a two-round elimination tournament.