Doc Series ‘Edge of the Earth’ to Debut on HBO and HBO Max July 12

The four-part documentary series from HBO and Teton Gravity Research “Edge of the Earth” will debut July 12 on HBO and HBO Max. 
 
A blend of action-adventure sport, travel journal and nature documentary, the series follows four groups of elite action-adventure athletes on four unique, never-before-accomplished missions. Taking place around the globe, within awe-inspiring, undiscovered realms of nature, each installment features a different team of adventurers journeying into the wild to take on endeavors of physical prowess and mental fortitude. 

As the athletes venture up and down mountains, down rivers and across oceans, they rise to meet intense, life-threatening challenges that test their decision-making and athletic capacity.
 
Directed by Steve Jones and Todd Jones and produced by Drew Holt, the series features aerial photography and immersive video in some of the world’s least accessible and rarely seen locations. Taking part are snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Elena Hight and skier Griffin Post; kayakers Ben Stookesberry, Nouria Newman and Erik Boomer; climbers Emily Harrington and Adrian Ballinger; and surfers Ian Walsh and Grant “Twiggy” Baker.
 
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Episodes include “Into the Void” on July 12, which follows a human-powered ski and snowboard expedition in the icy wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska; “Raging Torrent” on July 19, about a first descent attempt of the potentially impassable Chalupas River in the vast jungle of the Llanganates National Park in Ecuador; “Reaching for the Sky” on July 26, about an attempt to accomplish the first individual free climb ascent of a near impossible free route on Pik Slesova in Kyrgyzstan; and “The Great Unknown” on Aug. 2, which follows a pursuit of never before ridden big waves along the remote West Coast of South Africa. 

Doc Series ‘Menudo: Forever Young’ Streaming on HBO Max Starting June 23

The four-part Max original documentary “Menudo: Forever Young” debuts with all episodes June 23 on HBO Max. 
 
From filmmakers Ángel Manuel Soto (Max original “Charm City Kings”) and Kristofer Ríos  (“Havana Skate Days”), the documentary will have its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Festival June 11 in New York. 
 
The series chronicles the rise and fall of the most iconic Latin American boy band in history, bringing viewers into the world of  the popular teen idols’ global tours, magazine covers, ’80s outfits, and screaming fangirls. But the four-part documentary reveals that behind the glitz and glamour was a web of abuse and exploitation at the hands of the band’s manager, Edgardo Diaz. Through revealing interviews with former Menudo members, the film examines how this extravagant facade was disguising serious wrongdoings by Diaz. 

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“The Puerto Rican diaspora in New York played a critical role in the success of Menudo, and its crossover in the U.S., shutting down traffic for blocks surrounding the band’s hotel and selling out Madison Square Garden on multiple occasions,” Soto said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to premiere this series in their backyard at TriBeCa and honor their contribution to the band’s legacy.” 

Netflix Orders Crypto Crime Doc Series

Netflix has ordered a documentary series about a married couple’s alleged scheme to launder billions of dollars worth of stolen cryptocurrency.

Ilya “Dutch” Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan were arrested in their New York City apartment on Feb. 8, and now face charges of conspiring to launder nearly 120,000 Bitcoin tied to the 2016 hack of a virtual currency exchange. As the value of the stolen Bitcoin soared from $71 million at the time of the hack to nearly $5 billion, the couple allegedly tried to liquidate their digital money by creating fake identities and online accounts, and buying physical gold, NFTs, and more — all while investigators raced to track the money’s movement on the blockchain.

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Chris Smith (“Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” “Tiger King”) is set to direct and executive produce along with executive producer Nick Bilton (“Fake Famous,” “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, ‘American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road”). 

Doc Series ‘Through Our Eyes’ Debuting on HBO Max July 22

The documentary series “Through Our Eyes,” spotlighting the perspectives of children as they experience some of the most challenging issues facing families today, will begin streaming exclusively on HBO Max July 22.

The series explores issues of homelessness, parental incarceration, military caregiving and climate displacement in four 30-minute films designed for adults and as a co-viewing experience for kids ages 9 and older. The series is produced by Sesame Workshop, with each episode directed by lauded filmmakers.

Episode 101 “Through Our Eyes: Apart” looks at the effects of incarceration. One in 14 American children will experience the incarceration of a parent, and 2.7 million children have a parent in prison right now. This introspective portrait shows the effect of incarceration on families. “Apart” shares the experiences of three resilient children navigating the complex emotional challenges of their parents’ incarceration as their families work to provide stability and support. The episode is directed by Primetime Emmy award-winners Geeta Gandbhir (I Am Evidence, Call Center Blues) and Rudy Valdez (The Sentence). It had its world premiere at the 2021 Provincetown Film Festival.

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Episode 102 “Through Our Eyes: Uprooted” looks at the effects of climate change. Since 2016, millions of people in the United States have been displaced by weather-related disasters that are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. In “Uprooted,” two children in Iowa face the loss of their family farm due to climate change, while a third in Texas waits for her hurricane-damaged home to be rebuilt. The film is directed by news and documentary Emmy Award nominee Talleah Bridges McMahon (Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, My Name is Pauli Murray).

Episode 103 “Through Our Eyes: Homefront” looks at the experiences of service member families. There are currently 1.9 million service members and veterans relying on caregiver support in the United States, and 3.4 million children live in the homes of these caregivers. In “Homefront,” three children of veteran families cope with the emotional impact of having a wounded parent, navigate the unique challenges of visible and invisible injuries sustained during military service, and embark on the family’s journey toward healing. The episode is directed by news and documentary Emmy Award winner Kristi Jacobson (A Place at the Table, Solitary).

Episode 104 “Through Our Eyes: Shelter” looks at homelessness. It follows three unhoused children and their parents in Los Angeles as they navigate housing insecurity. While each family’s circumstance is different, they are bound by love and a common determination to keep their dreams alive.  The film, which won the AFI Docs Audience Award for Best Short, is directed by Academy Award nominee Smriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman, A Suitable Girl).

Discovery+ Launches Doc Series ‘Surge at Mount Sinai’ July 1

The non-fiction streaming service Discovery+ will exclusively bow the documentary series The Surge at Mount Sinai globally July 1.

The series, narrated by Jon Bon Jovi, with a track from Billie Eilish, follows three healthcare workers, two intimate patient journeys and experts from across the hospital in one of the world’s largest healthcare systems in the United States during an unprecedented global pandemic. With intimate access to those on the front lines, the film chronicles the race against time as New York City became the global epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and New York was experiencing more than 350 deaths per day.

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“We are honored to shine a light on the heroes who came to the world’s rescue during an unprecedented global pandemic,” Lisa Holme, group SVP of content and commercial strategy at Discovery, said in a statement. “At Discovery+, we take pride in bringing our subscribers the best real-life stories and there is no more important story from the past year than following the trials of our healthcare workers.”

“This film explores the emotional journey of individuals who responded to the pandemic in unimaginable ways,” stated David A. Feinberg, SVP, chief marketing and communications officer at Mount Sinai Health System, dean of marketing and communications at Icahn School of Medicine, and co-executive producer on the documentary. “The heroism and innovative spirit by the scientific and medical community is awe-inspiring. The unprecedented challenges that we faced, the many lives that we saved, and the scientific breakthroughs that were identified gives the viewer a unique view of how we found our way through one of our darkest periods. We hope audiences will be moved and inspired by the bold actions taken by the heroes in this film and will come away understanding who we are as an organization. We are forever changed by this period, and our relentless pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and answers to the world’s most complex health challenges continues.”

“Our purpose for this film was to give the world a glimpse into what life was like for the heroic frontline workers during the height of the pandemic,” Peter Maiden, founder and CEO of production studio Convicts and executive producer on the documentary, said in a statement. “These individuals went above and beyond and dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and energy to saving the lives of NYC residents. Capturing their perseverance through the pandemic felt like the most important story that could be told during this time. We are grateful for Mount Sinai for the opportunity to engage with their staff and excited to partner with discovery+ to bring these stories to the forefront. We hope the film will inspire audiences to find the goodness in humanity, even in the dark, and to keep purpose at the heart of all they do.”