National Geographic has provided 1895 Films, Tom Jennings‘ Los Angeles-based studio, the greenlight to produce an archive-focused docuseries that will shed new light on some of the world’s most iconic events.
Titled In Their Own Words, the factual series will utilize original, overlooked audio and film archival recordings to craft authentic first-person accounts from the people who lived through each historic and life-changing event. The project will also interweave carefully constructed filmed elements.
Season one will focus on such tentative topics as the Deepwater Horizon disaster (pictured), narco-trafficking drug wars and the 2008 global financial meltdown.
In Their Own Words, which is produced by 1895 Films in association with storied New Zealand factual producer NHNZ, is part of National Geographic’s Further Front slate being announced this evening in New York.
Jennings serves as executive producer and director for 1895 Films, with Ellen Farmer as head of production. Nat Geo’s Hamish Mykura is EVP of programming and development; Bernadette McDaid is commissioning editor and executive producer; and Tim Pastore is president of original programming and production.
“We are elated to be working with Tom Jennings again to deliver meaningful entertainment through his lens of integrity and consideration, as well as to help audiences better understand these global events,” said Pastore in a statement. “In Their Own Words brings breathtaking access to pivotal moments in history, using his journalistic approach to craft raw and intimate narratives.”
Added Jennings: “In Their Own Words unfolds using recordings made at the time the events occurred, moment by moment, in first person and in real time. We will explore a different journey in each episode in ways never before seen.”