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Discovery+ acquires “Citizen Penn”, sets spring premiere

Non-fiction streamer Discovery+ is set to premiere Don Hardy’s Citizen Penn this May. The film (pictured) chronicles the moment actor Sean Penn and a team of volunteers landed in Haiti just ...
April 5, 2021

Non-fiction streamer Discovery+ is set to premiere Don Hardy’s Citizen Penn this May.

The film (pictured) chronicles the moment actor Sean Penn and a team of volunteers landed in Haiti just days after the devastating 7.0 earthquake struck the country in 2010, and the 10 years since.

Penn later went on to create an organization called J/P HRO (now Core), which has expanded its efforts across the U.S. for the past few years, most recently organizing free COVID-19 testing sites.

Originally set to premiere at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the film won the audience choice award at the Heartland Film Festival and played AFI Fest, Raindance and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Hardy (Pick of the Litter) serves as writer, director and producer. Shawn Dailey is producer and executive producers are Ellen Fair, Kim Forbes Tramel, Dan Braun and Josh Braun.

Citizen Penn will premiere on the streamer May 6.

The film joins other Discovery+ originals including Rebel Hearts, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, and SXSW award winner Introducing, Selma Blair. Both films will premiere later this year.

 

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