Mumbai: OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is producing five OWN original two-hour documentaries with Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Gabriel Byrne and Mariel Hemingway.
The films will be presented as part of OWN’s monthly documentary film club, along with the original acquisitions Life 2.0 and Sons of Perdition. "All of these documentaries explore human interaction, relationships and emotions. We’re excited to provide viewers with new perspectives and new ways of looking at core themes that shape and affect their lives," said OWN chief creative officer Lisa Erspamer.
Presented and executive produced by Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films, Extraordinary Moms explores the power of mothers, featuring courageous, brilliant and awe-inspiring women who share a powerful connection: the love they have for their children combined with a fierce desire to protect the future of all children.
Narrated and executive produced by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, One Last Shot takes viewers inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison at Angola, where the average sentence is more than 90 years. "One Last Shot reveals the humanity that exists inside each one of us. In the Angola prison’s hospice, we meet inmates who decide to take an opportunity for redemption, reminding us of the connection that exists between each human being," said Whitaker.
Goldie Hawn executive produces, hosts and narrates Searching for Happiness, a documentary that examines the age-old quest that has motivated civilization and technological progress: the pursuit of happiness. “After many years of exploring positive psychology, neuroscience and human behavior, I am thrilled to share valuable factual information from experts around the world, as well as my own personal experiences, to give our audience tools to live happier lives," says Hawn.
Executive producers Gabriel Byrne and Leora Rosenberg, producer/director Steven Cantor and Stick Figure Productions present Tent City, a documentary exploring homelessness in Nashville, Tenn. Tent City explores a community of nearly 100 homeless individuals who live under a downtown bridge. "Shelter and home are the most basic human and fundamental human rights, yet increasingly in one of the world’s wealthiest societies, more and more of us are losing our homes. How we address this social epidemic may very well determine our future. This isn’t an abstract concept but a reality millions of Americans confront every day," says Byrne.
Seven Suicides is an original documentary following Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she explores the legacy of suicide and depression in one of America’s t literary families. Mariel lost her sister Margaux to suicide, and her other sister, Muffet, has moved in and out of mental institutions since the age of 16. Mariel revisits painful moments from her past, and takes a difficult journey to reconnect with her one surviving sister, Muffet.