In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’, HBO and Oxygen Media.
Premium cable network HBO will provide the broadcast television premiere of Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning director Amy Schatz’s documentary short Song of Parkland tonight (Feb. 7).
Filmed in the months following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the 28-minute film follows the school’s drama students and their teacher Melody Herzfeld as they return to school and their decision to continue with production on the musical they were working on at the time of the attack. Song of Parkland premieres tonight (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. ET/PT, one year after the attack, exclusively on HBO.
Morgan Neville‘s critically acclaimed feature-length documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, meanwhile, will also mark its television debut on HBO when it premieres later this week.
The 94-minute documentary, which held its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, offers an intimate portrait of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood star Fred Rogers, taking audiences beyond the cardigans and land of make-believe into the heart of a man who inspired generations of children with his compassion and boundless imagination. The film is produced by Tremolo Productions in association with Impact Partners and PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? broadcasts Saturday (Feb. 9) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’.
Elsewhere, Oxygen, NBCUniversal’s true crime multi-platform network for women, will investigate the true story of professional con-man Derek Alldred in a forthcoming series from Efran Films.
Launching Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Seduced by Evil will delve into the world of Alldred, a master manipulator who sought out relationships with unsuspecting women and depleted their life savings to support his fabricated life. Through the eyes of the countless women he deceived, the documentary will feature exclusive interviews with former victims who speak on the emotional devastation and financial ruin and how they ultimately banded together to take him down.
Finally, Academy Award nominee Hale County This Morning, This Evening will enjoy its television premiere on PBS’s long-standing documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ on Feb. 11.
The 76-minute film, directed by RaMell Ross, paints a picture of life for two young African-American men in rural Alabama over the course of five years. The film documents Daniel Collins as he attends college in search of opportunity, and Quincy Bryant as he becomes a father to an energetic son. Produced by Idiom Film and Louverture Films, Ross’ directorial debut held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for creative vision.