Sheila Nevins‘ MTV Documentary Films, part of Viacom’s MTV Studios, is adding three projects to its production slate from filmmakers Alexandra Pelosi, Alexandra Shiva, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.
Nevins (pictured) first divulged details of the three films at DOC NYC last week during an interview session with Thom Powers, the festival’s artistic director.
The projects, focused on social, political and cultural topics affecting youth, follow the recently launched division’s feature documentaries Gay Chorus Deep South and 17 Blocks, and the doc short St. Louis Superman.
Pelosi’s documentary America on Selfies (w/t) offers a “real-time pulse check” on the country as it prepares for the 2020 election. Pelosi will travel the U.S., seeking to answer the questions: How does America really look these days and how do Americans feel about their country now?
“Sheila Nevins has been supporting female filmmakers for decades. I would follow her to the end of the Earth and it just so happens that in these fragile and anxious times, that just might be where this film will take us,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Going to Pot: The Highs and Lows of It explores the burgeoning marijuana industry. Filmmakers Bailey and Barbato of World of Wonder Productions, and director Matt Yoka, will delve into the drug’s misconceptions, exploring “the good, the bad and the evil” effects of pot.
“As marijuana evolves from counterculture to mainstream, there’s endless curiosity and a critical need for real information,” Bailey and Barbato said in a statement. “We’re excited to produce a jam-packed film that will both inform and entertain.”
Shiva, meanwhile, will investigate the suicide epidemic among teens and young adults, while offering information to reconsider that moment of despair, and better understand the role of depression and impulse in the act.
“Sheila is brilliant, always thinks outside the box and she challenges me in the best ways. There is just no one out there who has the depth of knowledge she does about what makes a great documentary,” Shiva said in a statement.
Pelosi, Shiva, Bailey and Barbato have collectively done 30 films with Nevins.