Epix has announced its spring documentary line-up, the majority of which are films original to the premium cable channel. One of those, “Lunarcy!”, is set to screen at SXSW this month. The two non-originals are LCD Soundsystem concert film “Shut Up and Play the Hits” and basketball doc “The Other Dream Team,” both of which have received theatrical releases.
Of particular interest to sports fans will be “Amar’e Stoudemire: In The Moment,” which will offer a profile of the Knicks’ power forward on the eve of the NBA playoffs. Here’s the full line-up:
April 3: Lunarcy! (An EPIX Original Documentary) – Lunarcy! follows an unforgettable group of unique characters, whose obsession with the moon and lunar colonization has given birth to utopian dreams of truly galactic proportions. Starring Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the Moon, among other memorable characters, Lunarcy! will play at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.
April 10: Charles Bradley: Soul of America (An EPIX Original Documentary) – The incredible rise to fame of 63-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album took him from a hard life in Brooklyn, New York’s housing projects to Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 50 albums of 2011.
April 17: Eco-Pirate (An EPIX Original Documentary) – An action-packed chronicle of the world’s most controversial environmental activist and now international fugitive – Captain Paul Watson. From the formation of Greenpeace to Watson’s recent headline-grabbing battles with the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica, Eco-Pirate tells the story of one man’s lifelong mission to save the planet and its oceans.
April 19: Amar’e Stoudemire: In The Moment (An EPIX Original Documentary) – A true inside look at what it takes to become and remain one of the world’s most dominant basketball players, revealing his greatest dreams and fears, his focus and challenges. The film follows New York Knicks’ power forward and author, whose quest in the 2012-2013 season is to bring a championship to New York before he finishes his career, while also sharing personal stories from Stoudemire’s life and upbringing. This is the second documentary in the EPIX In The Moment series with Lindsey Vonn: In The Moment airing previously on the network.
April 24: Shut Up and Play the Hits (An EPIX Docs Presentation) – On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. The documentary follows LCD frontman James Murphy who had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career.
May 1: Journey to Planet X (An EPIX Original Documentary) – Eric Swain and Troy Bernier are scientists by day and amateur filmmakers by night, turning out sci-fi inspired tales of their own creation. Journey to Planet X follows the filming of their most ambitious film Planet X.
May 8: The Other Dream Team (An EPIX Docs Presentation) – The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian Basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, and became symbols of Lithuania’s independence movement. With help from the rock band The Grateful Dead, they triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics. Featuring appearances by Pro Basketball greats Bill Walton, Chris Mullen, announcer Jim Lampley, NBA Commissioner David Stern and Mickey Hart, drummer for The Grateful Dead.
May 15: An Affair of the Heart; Rick Springfield (An EPIX Original Documentary) – Rick Springfield’s music has bonded multi-generations of fans globally for over 30 years. This surprising and fascinating phenomenon is examined through the lives of a few diehard fans who demonstrate that the connection goes way deeper than the music to the very essence of being human.