MTV Documentary Films will premiere the mental health film Each and Every Day from Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Alexandra Shiva, producer Lindsey Megrue and executive producer Sheila Nevins – MTV’s head of documentary films — this month.
The documentary, created in partnership with The Jed Foundation, features nine young people from different racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds from across the U.S. who share their personal stories around the impacts of COVID-19 — from remote learning to missed milestones, a racial reckoning and job losses — to their mental health.
Each and Every Day, premiering Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, will not only hear their stories of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns, but also see the message recovery and the importance of treatment and conversation.
The film marks Shiva’s first project with Nevins (pictured) since How to Dance in Ohio, about autistic teenagers preparing for their spring formal. Her most recent film, This is Home, a portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in Baltimore, Maryland and struggling to find their footing, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and won the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary.
MTV Documentary Films’ first proejct, St. Louis Superman, was nominated for an Academy Award. The division has a slate that includes Finding Yingying, Beautiful Something Left Behind, American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself, 17 Blocks The Final Cut, A Life Too Short and My Father The Mover.
Nevins, previously head of HBO Documentary Films, was tapped to launch MTV’s documentary films division in May 2019. In October 2020, the unit acquired the North American rights to Hao Wu’s 76 Days, a look at the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, out of the Indiana-based Heartland International Film Festival.