The SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner for best documentary, Lily Topples the World, highlights a slate of unscripted content that has been acquired by discovery+.
The streaming service announced on Friday (May 14) that it had picked up the coming-of-age film, which will air this summer. The documentary follows 20-year-old Lily Hevesh, one of the world’s top domino artists who has amassed more than one billion YouTube views.
Jeremy Workman directed Lily Topples the World, and Kelly Marie Tran served as executive producer in her first production role. The documentary was filmed over three years and features appearances from celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry and Will Smith.
“Lily is an absolute force. She is an incredible artist who believes in the magic of her own dreams and her story is one every person will be able to see themselves in. She’s the role model I wish I had growing up, and I can’t wait for the world to hear her story,” Tran said in a news release on Friday.
Lily Topples the World also won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival.
The documentary is one of several unscripted titles set to hit discovery+ this year. On June 17, the streaming service will debut My Name Is Bulger, directed by Brendan J. Byrne, a documentary about 85-year-old Bill Bulger and his family. Bulger served as State Senate President for almost 20 years in Massachusetts, but his brother is James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster who was murdered in prison in 2018.
The Smartest Kids in the World will launch on discovery+ on Aug. 16. The documentary, directed by Tracy Droz Tragos, follows four American teenagers who study abroad in countries that dramatically outperform the United States in education, offering first-hand insights into how to reform the U.S. high school education system.
Later that month on Aug. 23, Growth Generation will debut on discovery+. This documentary, directed by Mu Sun and distributed by Shout! Studios, follows Bronx educator Stephen Ritz as he expands his indoor gardening curriculum to allow children to grow vegetables in the classroom, in hopes to help kids eat better, be more engaged with school and find more pathways to work.
Also announced by discovery+ is Crutch, a documentary directed by Sachi Cunningham and Vayabobo, distributed by Shout! Studios and debuting on the streaming service on Oct. 18.The film follows Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, dancer and skateboarder on crutches. Shannon deals with chronic pain and has become famous for provocative street performances where he exposes assumptions disabled people come across in daily life.