DIRECTV and Brainstorm Media have announced the return of the popular series "Something to Talk About," featuring socially and culturally relevant documentaries on the Audience Network this fall with the premiere of "Haiti Untold" on Thursday, October 3 at 8 p.m.
The new season of "Something to Talk About" will launch with five acclaimed documentaries. The films will make their exclusive, television debut on Audience Network and will be presented in theaters nationwide, as well as being available for purchase through DIRECTV on Demand, DIRECTV Everywhere, home video and via electronic sell-thru.
The upcoming season covers an array of issues and topics such as Hurricane Sandy, gambling addiction and President Kennedy’s historical term.
“We are excited about this new lineup of great thought provoking documentaries,” said Meyer Shwarzstein, President of Brainstorm Media. “Our first season proved to be very popular with our viewers, and we look forward to sparking even more conversations around the country as we broaden our Something to Talk About audience.”
Here's a summary of the upcoming documentaries:
HAITI UNTOLD, directed by Dan Shannon, chronicles the personal journey of a few famous and not-so-famous individuals who have put their heads and hearts to the task of effecting radical change in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake of 2010. The film features Sean Penn, Donna Karan, George Laraque, and a host of other notable individuals whose ongoing efforts in the country are effecting radical change in the country. Haiti Untold will kick off the series on Thursday, October 3 at 8PM ET/PT.
DRAWING DEAD: The Highs and Lows of Online Poker, directed by Mike Weeks, is an insightful look into the highs and lows of online poker from two very different perspectives: a professional poker player worth millions, and a gambling addict. This film will air on Thursday, October 10 at 8PM ET/PT.
SHORED UP, directed by Ben Kalina, takes viewers to the heart of the climate change controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide. Beginning three years before Hurricane Sandy hit and following the debates over beach replenishment and other attempts to hold back the sea, the film becomes convincing call for action along our coasts. As the oceans rise and storms flood our towns and cities, we have a choice to make: do we continue to develop as we have in the past, ignoring clear risks and danger? Or, do we allow science to guide our policies for the future...before it's too late. The film will premiere on October 24 at 8PM ET/PT.
JFK: A PRESIDENT BETRAYED, directed by Cory Taylor, uncovers new evidence that reveals how John F. Kennedy was determined to get out of Vietnam; open negotiations with Cuba's Fidel Castro; and forge peaceful relations with the Soviet Union. The film brings to light how President Kennedy was subverted by government officials and considers how the world might be different had he lived. The film will premiere on November 7 at 8PM ET/PT.
DESERT RUNNERS, directed by Jennifer Steinman, follows a diverse group of non-professional runners and their attempt to complete the most difficult ultra-marathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the world’s most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles. The film delves deep into the mindset of these ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph. The film will premiere on November 21 at 8PM ET/PT.
Laemmle Theatres in Southern California will be joining "Something To Talk About" to present the films in cinemas. The documentaries will also be available on DIRECTV on Demand, DIRECTV Everywhere, on home video and via electronic sell-thru.
The theatrical screening dates of each of these films is still to be announced. For more information on theatrical dates and cities and updates on the series visit:
SOURCE: DIRECTV / Brainstorm Media / David Magdael & Associates PR