“BREE WAYY, RIP T-SHIRTS” among award-winning MTV Documentary Films to premiere exclusively on Paramount +
Paramount +, ViacomCBS’s streaming service will exclusively feature MTV Documentary Films’ award-winning roster, comprising two feature documentaries, four documentary shorts and one animated short. The films are produced by Sheila Nevins.
For two consecutive weeks in November, the functionalities SABAYA (winner of the 2021 Award for Best Documentary Director on World Cinema, Sundance Film Festival) and ASCENSION (winner of Best Feature Documentary 2021, Tribeca Film Festival) will air exclusively on the service today, Monday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT, while the shorts CODÉ: THE HIDDEN LOVE OF JC LEYENDECKER (winner of the Best Short Documentary 2021, Tribeca Film Festival); LYNCHAGE POSTCARDS: “TOKEN OF A BIG DAY”; RIPPED T-SHIRTS (winner of the 2021 Audience Award for Best Short Film, Berkshire International Film Festival); BREE WAYY: THE WITNESS PROMISE OF REMEMBRANCE; and THE MUSICIAN (winner of Best Animated Short Film 2021, Tribeca Film Festival) will premiere on Monday, November 22 at 10 a.m. PT.
“MTV Documentary Films further opens the door to competitive documentary with seven remarkable projects, covering feature films, short films and animation, which will have even greater visibility through Paramount +. Each of these titles has been carefully curated or originally produced, and they all represent the future excellence of our underdog division, ”said Sheila Nevins, executive producer, MTV Documentary Films.
“Paramount + offers a wide variety of documentaries and docuseries, and we’re delighted to have such a prestigious roster curated by Shelia Nevins, Nina L. Diaz and Liza Burnett Fefferman of MTV Documentary Films,” said Tanya Giles, Director of programming, ViacomCBS Broadcasting. “The addition of these award-winning feature films and shorts to the service further expands our incredible documentary storytelling offering, and we look forward to bringing these fantastic films to our subscribers.”
LONG TIME DOCUMENTARIES
ASCENSION – One of the most acclaimed documentaries of 2021, ASCENSION is an exploration of the pursuit of wealth and the paradox of progress in modern China, and examines what the so-called ‘Chinese dream’ looks like today. The film was recently nominated for five Cinema Eye Awards, including Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking; a Gotham Award for best documentary; and six Critics Choice Documentary Awards, including Best Documentary; and is on IDA’s shortlist for Best Documentary.
SABAYA – Winner of the Achievement Award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, this courageous and captivating film takes us to the most dangerous refugee camps in the Middle East, Al-Hol, Syria. With just a cell phone and a gun, Mahmud, Ziyad, and their group risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls held by ISIS as sabaya (sex slaves).
BREE WAYY: THE WITNESS PROMISE OF REMEMBRANCE – A film by director Dawn Porter (“The Way I See It”) that examines how the art world reacted to the death of Breonna Taylor by using it not only as a form of protest, but as a space to heal, like Amy Taylor’s Sherrod painting arrives at the Speed Museum in St. Louis. A selection from Doc NYC’s short list.
CODÉ: THE HIDDEN LOVE OF JC LEYENDECKER – JC Leyendecker was one of the most prominent artists of his time, but his story is largely forgotten. Forced to keep his sexuality a secret, his coded imagery spoke directly to the gay community and laid the groundwork for LGBTQ representation in advertising today. With Neil Patrick Harris. Winner for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and a selection from the Doc NYC Shortlist.
LYNCHAGE POSTCARDS: “TOKEN OF A BIG DAY” – From 1880 to 1968, over 4,000 African Americans were lynched in the United States. Like picnics or parties, lynchings were often carnival-like events commemorated with photos and postcards. This film tells how black activists diverted these memories, which were celebrations of white supremacy, into the fight against the lynching. Executive produced by Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith. A selection from Doc NYC’s short list.
RIPPED T-SHIRTS – Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, this film takes an intimate look at gun violence and its effects on young teens, through the eyes of a t-shirt store owner at the outside Washington, DC Every day, families and friends of recently murdered black youth visit Jonathan Robinson’s store, ordering wearable tributes to loved ones.
THE MUSICIAN – At the time of the Mongol attack, a young musician and the love of his life are separated from each other.
These feature films and shorts join the growing list of Paramount + original docuseries and documentaries available on the service, including FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, CONSOLE WARS, 76 DAYS, FROM CRADLE TO STAGE, 60 MINUTES +, QUE ANIMAL RESCUE SHOW, DREAM TEAM , BEHIND THE MUSIC and TEXAS 6. In addition to its original docuseries, Paramount + also offers an extensive library of award-winning documentaries and docuseries, including “Cher & the Loneliest Elephant”, “Finding Justice”, “Unknown Dimension: The Story of Paranormal Activity “,” The Last Cowboy “,” An Inconvenient Truth “,” Bhutto “,” True Life “,” Break the Maya Code “and more.