Peacock Launches Virtual 'DocFest' Including Joe Berlinger's 'Shadowland';  Rosa Parks & Prince Andrew Docs – Deadline

Peacock Launches Virtual ‘DocFest’ Including Joe Berlinger’s ‘Shadowland’; Rosa Parks & Prince Andrew Docs – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Peacock launches its first DocFest, an on-platform showcase highlighting a selection from the streamer’s slate of top-tier documentaries. Documentaries include Joe Berlinger’s shadow landas well as projects exploring the achievements of civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the scandals of England’s Prince Andrew.

The six-week virtual festival will feature six new Peacock Original titles between September 14 and October 19, with new titles launching every Wednesday. Peacock subscribers can find the documentaries through a dedicated collection on the streaming platform.

“Peacock continues its commitment to highlighting the real-life stories that deserve a platform,” said Rod Aissa, EVP Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal, “We hope that the launch of DocFest will get audiences used to coming to Peacock for their weekly dose of quality documentary content presented by some of the top creatives in the industry.”

A full list of documentaries set for Peacock’s DocFest and details provided by the streamer can be found below.

hell of a cruise
Release date: September 14
Description: When passengers and crew members boarded the luxury cruise ship Diamond Princess in January 2020, they had no idea that the deadly new coronavirus boarded the ship with them, turning the floating paradise into their worst nightmare. With access to hours of never-before-seen footage of passengers, this premium two-hour documentary will explore what went wrong and why just a week later other cruise ships were sent out to sea, where the same nightmare reoccurred. .
Director: Nick Quested
Executive Producers: Nick Quested, Max Pollack
Co-Executive Producer: Matthew Rowean
Consulting Producer: Spencer Fehrenbacher
Producers: Brett Kincaid, Mehdi Darlis, David Kennedy, Gretchen McGowan
Produced by: Goldcrest, MATTE Films
Format: Documentary, 78 minutes

shadow land
Release date: September 21
Description: Inspired by reporting in The Atlantic magazine, award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger sends documentary crews across the United States to integrate themes that conventional narratives have rejected, including the compelling real-time stories of a beloved rural pizzeria owner. Pennsylvania woman facing twenty years in prison for her role in the January 6 riots, an anti-vaccine activist promoting a dangerous fake cure for covid-19, and a mother divorcing her husband because she fears her beliefs will put the lives of their children are in danger. From this intimate vantage point, Shadowland, a deeply immersive six-part documentary series, reveals how conspiracy theories have gone from the fringes to the mainstream, exploring how people arrive at their beliefs and what makes these theories sobering. so attractive The series is a shocking wake-up call to the dangerous influence of conspiratorial thinking on the workings of our democracy, as families, friends and the nation are increasingly torn apart.
Executive Producers: Joe Berlinger, Craig D’Entrone, RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen, Jen Isaacson, Jon Doran, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Adrienne LaFrance and Linzee Troubh
Directors: Stephen Bailey, Alex Braverman, Eve Van Dyke
Produced by: RadicalMedia in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Co.
Format: Document series, 6 x 60 minutes (binge)

Sex, lies and the university cult
Release date: September 28
Description: Sexual Lies and the College Cult is the shocking and unnerving true story of how a father and professional con man, Larry Ray, brainwashed the students of Sarah Lawrence College into an abusive sex cult that turned their lives and the lives of their families upside down. The documentary chronicles a decade of abuse, extortion, sex trafficking and forced labor told in some of the victim’s own words. Through dark and personal images, a portrait of the world within this group is revealed, all rooted in manipulation and dark secrets.
Executive Producers: George Waldrum, Robert Palumbo, Ian Russell
Produced by: ITN Productions
Format: Documentary, 90 min.

Prince Andrew: Banished
Release date: October 5
Description: Prince Andrew: Banished reveals the tumultuous story of how Prince Andrew, Duke of York, formerly regarded as Queen Elizabeth II’s handsome and beloved son and decorated naval officer, whose behavioral antics throughout his royal career caused scandal and disgrace for the 1,200-year legacy of the British royal family. Through new interviews with members of the palace, journalists, members of Andrew’s social circle and the legal team that brought the allegations to light, the documentary dives deep into the world of privilege, jealousy, desire and greed that pushed Andrew ; first in the orbit of notorious sex offenders Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, and then in a sordid sex-trafficking scandal that threatens to bring down the House of Windsor.
Executive Producer/Director: Jamie Crawford
Executive Producers: Jennifer Harkness, Laura Michalchyshyn, Sam Sniderman, Nina Burleigh, Emma Cooper, and Barbara Shearer
Senior Producer: Nick McKinney
Producer: Frank Ombres
Produced by: Blue Ant Studios
Format: Documentary, 1 x 90 min

I love you, you hate me
Release date: October 12
Description: I love you, you hate me is a limited series chronicling the rise and fall of Barney the Dinosaur’s furious backlash, and what it says about the human need to hate. From the attack on Barney to frat parties to homicidal video games, something in American society shattered into a million pieces and never came back together…or is it just what we were all along?
Executive Producers: Rob Eric, Joel Chiodi, David Collins, Michael Williams, Tommy Avallone, Raymond Esposito, Wendy Greene, and Amy Goodman Kass
Director: Tommy Avallone
Producer: Trent Johnson
Produced by: Scout Productions
Format: Doc Limited series, 2 x 60 minutes (binge drop)

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Release date: October 19
Description: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa ParksBased on the best-selling biography of Jeanne Theoharis and executive produced by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, expands on the record of Rosa Parks’ overlooked achievements and the importance of her drive and struggle to overcome racial injustices and rampant inequalities. In short, what we are taught in school about Rosa Parks is a mere fraction of the whole story about who she really was.
Yoruba directors Richen and Johanna Hamilton expertly weave interviews from academics and activists like Bryan Stevenson, Patrisse Cullors and Ericka Huggins, together with personal stories from her family and striking images of Ms. Parks herself, to illuminate her decades of experience. extensive organizing, strategizing, and activism in pursuit of black liberation. Lisa Gay Hamilton lends her talents in the documentary as the voice of Mrs. Rosa Parks.
Executive Producers: Soledad O’Brien, Jo Honig, Patrick Conway, Yoruba Richen and Johanna Hamilton
Directors: Yoruba Richen and Johanna Hamilton
Producer: Christalyn Hampton
Produced by: SO’B Productions
Format: Documentary, 96 min.

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