Los Angeles-based multicultural youth-skewing entertainment brand Fuse Media will release three new docs this year as part of its ‘Fuse Docs’ series, showcasing young, idealistic and diverse people celebrating their cultural heritage and identity in the face of prejudice.
Fatherhood (pictured) combines documentary and musical, following young people in Memphis, LA, New York and London as they write and perform songs about healing meant to bridge the gap between children and their fathers. Directed by Ben Gregor, who worked with APCH in South Central LA, The Door in NYC, STAX Music Academy in Memphis and Homeboy Industries in LA, the film has its TV world premiere on Fuse March 2.
Sickboy follows three best friends developing a podcast that takes a frank, open, and humorous look at illness, reflecting one of the trio’s own struggles with a disease that has reduced his life expectancy. The film has its U.S. TV premiere on Fuse April 6.
Finally, I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story follows four diverse women across different generations as they explore what it means to be a superfan obsessed with bands from the Beatles to One Direction. The film has its television world premiere on Fuse May 18.
Elsewhere, Fuse Media is launching the new strand ‘Fuse Films’ to spotlight independent films that tell stories about and by members of underserved communities, with a focus on projects with a connection to music culture and/or the ability to explore key issues through entertainment. The first film in the series will be romantic comedy Venus, premiering on Fuse May 1.
“We continue to be proud of the stories being told through Fuse Docs, and by expanding into independent film, we are able to broaden the breadth of stories we can seek out and share with our young viewers,” said Fuse Media SVP of content strategy Marc Leonard in a statement.