Women Directed Documentaries on HBO's Fall Line Up

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by Kerensa Cadenas
July 29, 2013 11:32 AM
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Moms Mabley

HBO announced their Fall 2013 documentary line up and it's ruled by women directed features. 

They'll be airing docs from Whoopi Goldberg, Andrea and Sean Fine and Cynthia Wade. Check out the descriptions (courtesy of HBO) and airdates of the women directed docs below.

VALENTINE ROAD (debuting Oct. 7) unravels the school shooting of a young teenager who had begun exploring his gender identity, detailing the circumstances that led to his murder by a fellow student, as well as its complicated aftermath. Directed and produced by first-time filmmaker Marta Cunningham and produced by Sasha Alpert (HBO's "Autism: The Musical") and Eddie Schmidt (HBO's "Twist of Faith"), the powerful and disturbing documentary raises questions about the safety of LGBT teens, while challenging the efficacy of the country's educational and juvenile justice systems to prevent these kinds of tragedies. An official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

MONDAYS AT RACINE, OPEN HEART and REDEMPTION (debuting back-to-back Oct. 14) were all nominated for a Documentary Short Subject Oscar earlier this year. Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MONDAYS AT RACINE, directed by Cynthia Wade (the Oscar winning "Freeheld"), visits a Long Island beauty salon that opens its doors to women diagnosed with cancer.

LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM (Oct. 21) explores the remarkable world of 16-year-old Sam Berns, spotlighting his family's courageous fight to save their son from the extremely rare and fatal disease Progeria, a progressive aging disorder. An official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, it chronicles their inspiring, relentless pursuit of a treatment and cure as they empower Sam to enjoy the fullest life possible. Directed by Sean and Andrea Fine (Oscar winners for "Inocente").

TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE (Nov. 4) is an unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the brokers, the rogue surgeons, the impoverished men and women who are willing to sacrifice an organ for a quick payday and the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives. Directed by Ric Esther Bienstock (Emmy winner for "Frontline: Sex Slaves"); narrated by David Cronenberg; produced by Ric Esther Bienstock, Felix Golubev and Simcha Jacobovici.

DIAL ONE FOR VETS (Nov. 11) explores the epidemic of suicide among American war veterans. According to the VA, one veteran dies by suicide in America every 80 minutes, and while only 1% of Americans has served in the military, former service members account for 20% of all suicides in the U.S. Since 2001, more veterans have died by their own hand than in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Directed by Ellen Goosenberg (HBO's Emmy winning "I Have Tourette's But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me") and produced by Dana Perry.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY (Nov. 18) celebrates the iconic African-American standup comedienne Jackie "Moms" Mabley, who broke racial and sexual boundaries. Recently unearthed photography, rediscovered performance footage and the words of numerous celebrated comedians, entertainers and historians underscore her profound influence. Directed by Whoopi Goldberg.

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  • David Conley | July 29, 2013 10:56 PMReply

    The Blindside and Rectiy's Sharon Conley is a wonderful actress and film producer making things happen as well. You should check out this clip from her latest short, DNR: http://youtu.be/nmIX0UBFWs4
    The entire episode will leave you speechless.

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