Programming highlights for 2004-2005.
Documentary film is more popular than ever and The Documentary Channel’s 2004 lineup is stronger than ever, with world television premieres, exclusives and box-office hits dominating the schedule.
Several feature-length documentaries—including Fog of War and My Architect—make their
world television premiere on The Documentary Channel. The fall schedule also features awardwinning international documentaries, exceptional new Canadian documentaries and exclusive to The Documentary Channel, eye-opening HBO documentaries.
More and more people are tuning into The Documentary Channel for great films such as these:
For of War
From renowned documentarian Errol Morris, The Fog Of War is a fascinating, up-close look at Robert S. McNamara, who served as the Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Winner of numerous awards, including the 2004 Academy Award® for Best Documentary feature, The Fog Of War has grossed over $5 million in theatrical release. Widely acclaimed as “One of the best documentaries of this or any year,” (Los Angeles Times), The Fog Of War will make its world television premiere, before network or pay-per-view, exclusively on The Documentary Channel.
Louis I. Kahn, who died in 1974, is considered by many to be the most important architect of the second half of the twentieth century; he was also secretive to the point of unknowable. When Kahn died (in the men’s room in Penn Station, alone, bankrupt and unidentified) he left behind three families – one with his wife and two with long-time mistresses. Years later, the child of one of these extra-marital relationships—Kahn’s only son, Nathaniel—sets out on a journey to understand the life and work of this mysterious, contradictory man
and, in the process, better understand himself. Lauded as “Brilliant! A wonder of a movie,” (New York Times), My Architect was nominated for a 2004 Academy Award® for Best Documentary feature, and has won many awards, including the Director’s Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Documentary. Having grossed more than $3 million in theatrical release to date, My Architect makes its world television premiere, before network or pay-per-view, exclusively on The Documentary Channel.
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Director Sam Jones documents the making of the critically-acclaimed country-influenced rock band Wilco’s fourth studio album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Jones intended to simply document the creative work of the album’s production but found a much more complex and engaging story, with the creative differences, the departure of band members and a serious conflict with their record label. The result is an intimate and candid film that explores the creative process, the art vs. commerce debate, and the volatile dynamic that can exist between strong personalities. Praised by critics as “… exciting and involving … (Los Angeles Times), “…undeniably gorgeous,” (Boston Globe) and “… a great American story about integrity challenged and triumphant,” (Baltimore
Sun), I Am Trying To Break Your Heart is not to be missed.
Long Gone follows six “train-hoppers”: modern-day hobos who travel the country without luggage, home or final destination. Filmed over seven summers, this award-winning documentary captures the travellers’ daily struggles, from obtaining food to avoiding illness, all while jumping on and off cargo trains over the course of an endless voyage. Ultimately, the film is a touching reminder that the quest for freedom lives on in the American heart, and that a sense of community can be strong enough to survive jumps from one train to the next. Devoid of voice-over narration, Long Gone features a haunting original soundtrack from Tom Waits.
Dogtown and Z-Boys
Sub-titled The Birth of Extreme, this documentary follows the evolution of skateboarding from an asphalt pastime for surfers through its slump in the ’80s to its current status as an extreme sport
in its own right. From the California surf community of Dogtown, twelve “Z-Boys” (including director Stacy Peralta) created a lifestyle that became a worldwide counterculture phenomenon, ultimately
evolving into what is now referred to as “extreme sports.” Narrated by Sean Penn.
Three million Palestinians live in the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Scattered throughout the region are dozens of checkpoints: enforced Israeli-Palestinian border crossings where the paths of Israeli soldiers and Palestinians converge and often conflict. This extraordinary documentary looks at the destructive impact of the checkpoints on both societies.
This film premiered at Hot Docs in 2004, where it was named Best International Documentary.
HBO Documentaries, exclusively on The Documentary Channel
HBO has produced some of the most compelling, entertaining and ground-breaking documentaries of recent times, and they can now be seen in Canada exclusively on The Documentary Channel.
Stay tuned to Channel Canada’s Canadian Television’s Fall Season Preview for upcomgin fall schedule of this channel.