HBO Announces Second Half of 2014 Documentary Schedule
HBO presents a compelling array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries every Monday night in the second half of 2014. Among the new films to debut in the weekly slot are Kate Davis and David Heilbroner's THE NEWBURGH STING, an inside look at the rarely told story of the FBI's involvement in a homegrown terror case, Jeremiah Zagar's CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART, a look at the first trial televised gavel-to-gavel and the media circus surrounding it, Steve Buscemi's A GOOD JOB: STORIES OF THE FDNY, showing what it's like to work in one of the most demanding fire departments in the world, HUNTED: THE WAR AGAINST GAYS IN RUSSIA, the searing story of a group that terrorizes gay men and women, and a holiday family special SAVING MY TOMORROW: KIDS CARE FOR THE PLANET, spotlighting young environmental activists.
Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in chronological order):
The Newburgh Sting (July 21) reveals the rarely told story of the FBI's involvement in the homegrown terror case of the "Newburgh Four." Four street criminals with no history of violence or terrorist political ties, from an impoverished and largely African-American community, were drawn by a Pakistani FBI informant into a carefully orchestrated plot to bomb Jewish synagogues in a wealthy suburb of New York City and fire Stinger missiles at U.S. military supply planes. Their dramatic arrest resulted in 25-year prison sentences. Many political figures lauded the case as a victory in the war on terror, but others lambasted the sting as entrapment. Featuring previously unseen FBI hidden camera footage, insights from Muslim leaders and high-level Washington insiders, and intimate interviews with the families of the "Newburgh Four," the documentary offers startling insights into surveillance in a post-9/11 world.Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner (HBO's Emmy®-winning "Jockey").
LOVE CHILD (July 28) explores the growing problem of Internet addiction through the story of a couple tried in South Korea in 2010 for the negligent death of their infant daughter due to their obsessive online gaming. Director Valerie Veatch (HBO's "Me @the Zoo") skillfully weaves a tale of personal tragedy together with social commentary, shining a light on how new technology can have unforeseen dire consequences. The film documents the first trial for internet addiction and the subsequent ruling that set a global precedent in a world where the line between real life and virtual reality can blur. An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary is executive produced by John Legere (CEO of T-Mobile).
NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS (Aug. 4) explores the complex facets of Richard Nixon through thousands of hours of recently declassified audiotapes recorded in the White House. The revealing documentary captures his blunt and candid observations on the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers leak and his Supreme Court appointments, as well as his thoughts on women, people of color, Jews and the media. Peter Kunhardt (HBO's "Gloria: In Her Own Words" and the Emmy®-winning "Teddy: In His Own Words") directs.
CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART (Aug. 18) takes a new look at a story everyone thought they knew: The trial of 21-year-old New Hampshire woman Pamela Smart, who was accused of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband. As the first fully televised, gavel-to-gavel, court case, the trial gave birth to reality TV. The film explores how the media's coverage of the story may have influenced the trial and sentencing. In addition to interviews with prosecuting and defending attorneys, and journalists covering the case at the time, the film includes insights from Smart's friends and acquaintances, including childhood friends and former inmates who served time with her, as well the first post-release interview with one of the boys convicted in the case and an intimate new interview with Smart herself. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar (HBO's "In a Dream").
A GOOD JOB: STORIES OF THE FDNY (Sept. 8), a film by Liz Garbus (HBO's Emmy®-winning "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib") and actor Steve Buscemi (a former New York City firefighter), explores what it's like to work in one of the most demanding fire departments in the world, where going to work means risking it all. From old New York to the post-9/11 landscape, the film reveals the immense mental and physical toll that fire-fighting takes on individuals, and on the community borne out of sharing an incredible responsibility.