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MTV Documentary shorts make their way to Paramount+

ViacomCBS streaming service Paramount+ is featuring several doc shorts from the MTV Documentary Films unit in the run-up to awards season. Among the documentary shorts making their streaming debut are Coded: ...
November 23, 2021

ViacomCBS streaming service Paramount+ is featuring several doc shorts from the MTV Documentary Films unit in the run-up to awards season.

Among the documentary shorts making their streaming debut are Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker (pictured), from Ryan White. The winner of Best Short Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and a Doc NYC Short Shortlist selection, the short examines Leyendecker’s career, who, while keeping his sexuality secret at the time, imbued his work with coded LGBTQ imagery.

Also appearing on the¬†platform is Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day, from Christine Turner, which explores how Black activists subverted “souvenir” photos and postcards of lynchings in the fight against white supremacy.

R.I.P. T-Shirts, from Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, takes an intimate look at gun violence and the effect it has on young teenagers, through the eyes of a T-shirt shop owner just outside Washington, D.C.

Also featured on Paramount+ in the lead-up to the Academy Awards is Dawn Porter’s Bree Wayy: Promise Witness Remembrance, which delves into how the art world responded to the death of Breonna Taylor.

Each of these shorts are eligible for Academy Award consideration, and join the roster of MTV Documentary Films features also now streaming on Paramount+, including Sabaya and Ascension.

MTV’s documentary unit is headed up by Sheila Nevins, who joined the unit in 2019 after a lengthy run heading up documentaries at HBO.

“Paramount+ features an extensive variety of documentaries and docuseries, and we are thrilled to have such a highly prestigious and curated slate from Shelia Nevins, Nina L. Diaz and Liza Burnett Fefferman of MTV Documentary Films,” said Tanya Giles, chief programming officer, ViacomCBS Streaming, in a statement. “The addition of these award-winning features and shorts on the service further expands our offering of incredible documentary storytelling, and we look forward to introducing our subscribers to these fantastic films.”

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