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HBO slates more films in Bill Simmons’ “Music Box” series

More details regarding the next five films in HBO’s ‘Music Box’ strand of documentary films executive produced by Bill Simmons have been unveiled by the premium pay network. The series, which ...
November 3, 2021

More details regarding the next five films in HBO’s ‘Music Box’ strand of documentary films executive produced by Bill Simmons have been unveiled by the premium pay network.

The series, which launched in July with Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, returns to HBO on November 18 with the Alanis Morissette documentary Jagged, directed by Alison Klayman (The Brink, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry). The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, traces the musician’s success following her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill, and the challenges she faced in the years leading up to that breakthrough. The doc recently drew headlines after Morissette publicly denounced the project just ahead of film’s gala premiere.

Subsequent films in the series will debut on HBO over the next four weeks, with DMX: Don’t Try to Understand airing on November 25. Directed by Christopher Frierson, the doc looks at a year in the life of the late rapper, born Earl Simmons, following his release from prison in early 2019 as he tried to rebuild his career and personal life.

On December 2 HBO will air Listening to Kenny G, which also premiered at TIFF. The documentary, from Penny Lane (Hail Satan?), examines the best-selling jazz artist while exploring the idea of what constitutes “bad” art in the eyes and ears of critics and consumers.

Director John Maggio helms Mr. Saturday Night, which premieres on December 9. It chronicles the career of Robert Stigwood, who went from managing artists such as Cream and the Bee Gees to producing the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, which changed the way the movie industry approached soundtrack albums.

And on December 16 HBO will debut Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss from director Tommy Oliver, which uses a vérité style to explore the short life and career of Chicago rapper Juice WRLD while also exploring issues of fame, drugs and mental health.

The ‘Music Box’ series is a Ringer Films Production presented by HBO Documentary Films. It was created by Bill Simmons and executive produced by Simmons, Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino, with co-executive producers Geoff Chow, Sean Fennessey and Noah Malale. Tina Nguyen is senior producer for HBO, with executive producers Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

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