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HBO’s Summer Documentary Series Kicks Off June 10, Includes ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,’ ‘Love, Marilyn’ and More

HBO's Summer Documentary Series Kicks Off June 10, Includes 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,' 'Love, Marilyn' and More

Starting June 10, HBO kicks off its summer documentary series, where ten weeks of non-fiction films air on Monday nights. Included in the program are buzzy festival titles like Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s  “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” Liz Garbus’ “Love Marilyn” and Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel.” Full list below, with summaries of each film.

PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER (June 10), an official selection
of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the World Cinema
Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit, tells the story of Nadia, Masha
and Katia of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot. In Feb. 2012, they
performed a 40-second “punk prayer” inside Russia’s main cathedral, which led
to their arrest on charges of religious hatred, followed by a trial that
reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society. With
unparalleled access and exclusive footage, this timely film looks at the real
people behind the colorful balaclavas. Directed and produced by Mike Lerner
& Maxim Pozdorovkin.

LOVE, MARILYN (June 17), coinciding with the 50th
anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, presents remarkable footage and
audiotapes along with her recently discovered handwritten letters, diaries,
notes, poems, journals and notebooks, which set the icon’s private life against
the backdrop of her very public life and loves. The film includes readings and
appearances by an all-star cast, including F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks,
Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Hope Davis, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle,
Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Jack Huston, Stephen Lang, Lindsey Lohan, Janet
McTeer, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman,
Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Interviews and rare archival footage feature
Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, Amy Greene, Molly Haskell, Truman Capote, Norman
Mailer and Elia Kazan, among others. Directed by Oscar® nominee Liz Garbus.

MISS YOU CAN DO IT (June 24) spotlights Abbey Curran, Miss
Iowa USA 2008, the first woman with a disability to compete at the Miss USA
Pageant, as well as eight girls and young women from around the country living
with special needs, who participate in the Miss You Can Do It Pageant. Created
in 2004 by Curran, the pageant offers them and their families a chance to bond
and participate in a special event where inner beauty and abilities reign.
Directed by Ron Davis.

GIDEON’S ARMY (July 1), an official selection of the 2013
Sundance Film Festival, where it received an editing award, follows idealistic
young public defenders in the deep south who face particularly difficult
challenges due to high bonds, mandatory minimum sentencing and a culture that
is traditionally “tough on crime.” Despite low pay, long hours and staggering
caseloads, these young professionals, with the help of the Southern Public
Defender Training Center (SPDTC), take on the job in the name of public
service. Directed by Dawn Porter.

GASLAND PART II (July 8) is the provocative follow-up to
Josh Fox’s 2011 Academy Award®-nominated “Gasland,” about the controversial
method of extracting natural gas and oil known as hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking. Employing his trademark dark humor, Fox’s new effort shows how the
stakes have been raised on all sides of one of today’s most hotly debated
environmental issues.

THE CRASH REEL (July 15), directed by two-time Academy
Award® nominee Lucy Walker, is an exhilarating ride through the life of Kevin
Pearce, the American snowboarding champion who suffered a traumatic brain
injury while preparing for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. In addition to
interviews with Pearce’s close-knit family and friends, the powerful
documentary includes footage from hundreds of sources, recorded over two
decades, that captures the soul of the sport, and questions the price people pay
for their passions. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

THE CHESHIRE MURDERS (July 22) explores the triple
rape-arson-homicide that rocked the quiet town of Cheshire, Ct. in July 2007,
culminating in a politically charged death-penalty trial. Debuting in
conjunction with the sixth anniversary of the murders, the documentary draws on
exclusive interviews spanning half a decade, uncovering the shocking,
previously untold drama behind the story and revealing a family and community
changed forever. Directed by Emmy® winner Kate Davis and David Heilbronner.

FIRST COMES LOVE (July 29) follows director Nina Davenport’s
quest to have a baby on her own, ranging from hormone injections to post-natal
chaos while highlighting her conventional family’s reaction to her
unconventional decision. Unsparingly honest, occasionally hilarious and
ultimately moving, the documentary offers a fresh take on parenthood.

CASTING BY (Aug. 5) spotlights one of filmmaking’s unsung
heroes – the casting director – viewing the last half-century of Hollywood
history from a different perspective. Iconoclastic casting pioneers like Marion
Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster used their exquisite taste and gut instincts to
reject traditional Hollywood typecasting and bring new kinds of leading men and
women to the screen, such as Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall and
Gene Hackman. In the process, they helped change the old studio system and
usher in a new Hollywood through movies like “Midnight Cowboy,” “The Graduate,”
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” Directed by Tom
Donahue.

AMERICANS IN BED (Aug. 12) features candid interviews with
ten American couples – captured in the comfort of their own beds – as they
openly discuss sex, infidelity and love. From young New Yorkers who have split
up 26 times, to spouses in their 90s who have been married 71 years, this
touching, funny and often surprising film offers intimate insights into what
makes or breaks a relationship. Directed by Phillipa Robinson.

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