HBO Documentary Films has scheduled a compelling array of timely and thought-provoking films to debut on HBO and HBO2 in the coming months. Highlights include PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY, the final chapter in the controversiAl West Memphis 3 murder case, THE UNION, a look at the remarkable musical collaboration of Elton John and Leon Russell, and THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, a groundbreaking series dedicated to bringing new understanding of the contemporary obesity epidemic.
Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in chronological order):
PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY (debuted Jan. 12.) revisits the controversial case of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who were incarcerated for the 1993 West Memphis child murders, which they maintain they did not commit. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky previously chronicled the fight to prove their innocence in the award-winning HBO documentaries "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" (1996) and "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" (2000). From full courtroom access and jailhouse interviews to behind-the-scenes strategy meetings and intimate portraits of grief-stricken families, this third, comprehensive look at the case features extensive never-before-seen footage and uncovers stunning new developments since the last film ten years ago, concluding with their release from prison on Aug. 19, 2011. Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.
THE UNION (Feb. 2) is an unprecedented look at the creative life of Elton John and his remarkable collaborative album with his early-career idol, Leon Russell, produced by award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett. Never before filmed in his composing process, John is captured by Crowe in this candid portrait of one of the world's most treasured artists and performers. Begun in Nov. 2009, the documentary chronicles the entire writing and recording process of "The Union," the acclaimed album John made with Russell. Directed by Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire").
THE LOVING STORY (Feb. 14) recounts the little-known struggle of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (who was white) Loving, whose marriage was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. Refusing to leave one another, the Lovings fought back and changed history with the historic 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which overturned bans on interracial marriage in 16 states. Directed by Nancy Buirski.