NBCUniversal streamer Peacock will premiere Freedia Got A Gun from RuPaul’s Drag Race producer World of Wonder in October as part of its originals slate.
The film delves into America’s centuries-long struggle with gun violence, and its ties back to race and toxic masculinity. After learning her brother Adam was murdered, New Orleans musician Big Freedia — known for her work in the city’s genre of hip hop called “bounce” — uses her platform to raise awareness about the complexities of gun violence.
As she shares her personal journey from growing up gay in the projects through Hurricane Katrina and chasing her musical dreams, Freedia explores the first-hand experiences she and the community have had with gun violence, seeking to uncover the causes behind it.
“We are so excited this documentary will debut on Peacock, and can think of no better platform. Together with Chris McKim, we have had the honor of collaborating with Big Freedia for many years. Her bravery in turning personal tragedy into a challenging and uncompromising examination of guns in our society is inspiring. Big Freedia’s compassion combined with executive producer Charles Blow’s clarity results in a fresh look at an issue that desperately needs fresh insights and perspectives,” Bailey and Barbato said in a joint-statement.
Freedia Got A Gun premieres Oct. 15.
In an August interview with Realscreen, NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks’ president of original programming Bill McGoldrick said the streamer — which launched in July — is “just getting started in unscripted.”
“You may even see, in terms of volume, in terms of total hours, more unscripted [programs] because they’re faster to get off the ground,” he said.
“We’ve got a documentary from Lorne Michaels called Who Wrote That about this terrific writer on SNL that wrote some of the most iconic sketches in the history of that show. So we have a wide breadth of offering.”
Peacock’s free tier offers sports docs and non-fiction programming including Tiger Woods Chasing History, 1968, I Am Ali, Dream Team, Being Evel, Feherty, Willie, and Peacock Originals Lost Speedways and In Deep with Ryan Lochte.