HBO SETS DOCUMENTARY LINEUP FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2005
Shari Cookson's CRUISIN' WITH ROSIE O'DONNELL,
Joe And Harry Gantz's TAXICAB CONFESSIONS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK,
Steven Okazaki's REHAB And Kirby Dick's
TWIST OF FAITH, A 2005 Sundance Selection
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2005 -- From the back of a New York City cab, to
the hectic halls of a new talk-radio network, to the decks of the
first-ever gay and lesbian family cruise, HBO's America Undercover
documentaries and documentary specials will take viewers to intriguing
worlds in the first half of 2005. Among the upcoming presentations
are CRUISIN' WITH ROSIE O'DONNELL, from Shari Cookson (HBO's
Emmy(r)-nominated "Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty
Queen"), TAXICAB CONFESSIONS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, from Joe and Harry
Gantz (directors of the Emmy(r)-winning series), REHAB, from Steven
Okazaki (the Oscar(r) winner "Days of Waiting"), and Kirby Dick's
TWIST OF FAITH, a 2005 official Sundance Film Festival Selection.
America Undercover documentaries include:
TAXICAB CONFESSIONS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK (Feb. 5) marks the hit
Emmy(r)-winning series' return to the streets of New York City after
an eight-year hiatus in Las Vegas. In the safety of a taxicab, under
the cover of a New York City night, people are capable of saying and
doing anything in this provocative, all-new special. Directed by Joe
and Harry Gantz.
DOPE SICK LOVE (March 10) catapults viewers deep inside the extreme
existence of two drug-addicted couples who try to maintain their
relationships while living on the streets of New York City. Following
them from apartment buildings, where they shoot up in the corridors
and elevators, to public toilets, where they smoke crack, and onto the
streets, where they brawl, hustle and engage in prostitution, the film
is an unflinching, bare-bones examination of drug addiction. Directed
by Felice Conte, Brent Renaud and Craig Renaud.
LEFT OF THE DIAL (March 31) captures the turmoil behind the rise and
fall and rise of Air America, the first liberal talk-radio network.
Almost nobody involved in the network had worked in radio before, and
as a result, tempers were constantly flaring off (and occasionally on)
the air. Fast-paced, humorous and dramatic, the film charts the
intersection of individual hopes and beliefs with the harsh realities
of launching a network. Featuring on-air personalities Al Franken,
Janeane Garofalo, Chuck D, Randi Rhodes and Marc Maron, the
documentary will premiere on the first anniversary of Air America's
launch. Directed by Kate O'Callaghan and Patrick Farrelly.
TWIST OF FAITH (April), a 2005 official Sundance Film Festival
Selection, is the powerful story of a man who confronts the trauma of
past sexual abuse as a boy by a Catholic priest, only to find his
decision shatters his relationships with his family, community and
faith. Directed by Kirby Dick (CINEMAX's "The End").
REHAB (May) visits Camp Recovery in Santa Cruz, Cal., to tell the
tales of real people - daughters and sons, mothers and fathers,
brothers and sisters -- whose drug and alcohol addictions are slowly
killing them, and destroying their families as well. Directed by
AUTOPSY 10: ASK DR. BADEN (May) brings a new twist to the hit series,
which allows viewers to witness how forensic pathologists, known as
"doctors of death," crack their most difficult cases. This season,
Dr. Michael Baden, former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City,
chooses his subjects from more than 1,000 viewer e-mails, serving as a
"court of last resort" in especially challenging cases. Directed by
HBO documentary specials include:
CRUISIN' WITH ROSIE O'DONNELL (June) joins Emmy(r)-winner Rosie
O'Donnell for the first ever gay and lesbian family vacation. The
Norwegian Dawn, chartered by Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell's R Family
Vacations, went on a weeklong adventure with 500 families to Key West
and Nassau, and HBO came along for the ride. Directed by Shari
UNKNOWN SOLDIER: SEARCHING FOR A FATHER (June) follows John Hulme's
quest to find out what happened to his father, Lt. Jack Hulme, who was
killed in Vietnam on June 30, 1969, having never met his newborn son.
Thirty years later, John Hulme tracks down family members, childhood
friends and the soldiers who fought beside his father. What he
discovers is a life that mirrored a generation's struggles and wounds
that remain painfully fresh, especially for his mother. Together,
John and his mother travel to Vietnam, to the place where Jack spent
the last few moments of his life, in order to finally come to terms
with his death. Directed by John Hulme.
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