National Geographic Documentary Films Releases Trailer for THE FLAGMAKERS from Oscar-Winning Co-Director Cynthia Wade and AFI Docs Award-Winner Sharon Liese

gIannis AntetokounmpoNBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks, joined the project as an executive producer

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WASHINGTON, September 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, ahead of its world premiere at the Camden International Film Festival, National Geographic Documentary Films released the official trailer and poster for MARKERSa short documentary from award-winning co-directors Cynthia Wade (“Freeheld”) and Sharon Liese (“Transhood”), and announced NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo as executive producer.

MARKERSa meditation on the American dream, follows the workers of the nation’s largest manufacturer of American flags and poles, including the refugees and immigrants who risked everything to come to the United States.

“When we first entered this Midwestern flag factory of immigrants, refugees and locals, we immediately saw that it would be an ideal setting to explore the layered and deeply nuanced relationships that Americans have. with our flag and our country,” Wade said. and Liese.

“As an immigrant myself, I find this film incredibly personal and a deeply moving testimony to those who call this country ‘home’. Each of these inspiring people has overcome adversity and challenges in their lives. and bring those unique experiences and stories by creating the American flag,” Antetokounmpo said.

Eder Flag, owned by its employees in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, sews and ships five million American flags a year. Flag makers – locals, immigrants and refugees – sew stars and stripes as they struggle with identity and belonging. Sewing manager Radica, a Serbian immigrant, believes that every flag has a soul. Ali, an Iraq war survivor, learns to use a sewing machine after arriving in the United States just 90 days ago. Midwest-born Barb’s genuine friendships with fellow immigrants belie her staunchly conservative beliefs. SugarRay, a black man born and raised in Milwaukee, reflects on his complicated relationship with this country. Each considers: What does the American flag represent in a changing nation and world, and for whom? MARKERS is an intimate glimpse into the people whose hands make our country’s most recognizable icon.

MARKERS will have a limited qualifying theatrical run in Los Angeles, followed by a robust festival run and streaming premiere later this fall. In addition to Antetokounmpo, the film is produced by Carolyn Bernstein, Ryan Harrington, Mark Gordon, Ben Forkner, Pamela Ryckman, Sylvia Golden, Jenna Segal, Jayne Sherman and Deborah C. Van Eck.

National Geographic Documentary Films recently released Sundance Film Festival winners “Fire of Love” and “The Territory.” Previously, the banner released the Academy Award-winning, BAFTA-winning, seven-time Emmy-winning film “Free Solo” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Cave.” In 2021 they released “Becoming Cousteau”, “Fauci”, “The First Wave”, “The Rescue” and “Torn”. Other critically acclaimed films include Ron Howard’s “Rebuilding Paradise”; Sundance People’s Choice Award winners “Science Fair” and “Sea of ​​Shadows”; Emmy winners “LA 92” and “Jane,” both of which were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the Dupont Prize “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis”.

About National Geographic Documentary Films

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About the administrators

Cynthia Wade (director/producer)

Cynthia Wade is an Oscar®– award-winning director who recently helmed three episodes of Apple TV+’s “Gutsy,” featuring Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. Cynthia’s TV documentaries include “Grit” (Emmy® Nominated, PBS), “Mondays at Racine” (Oscar nominee, HBO), “Freeheld” (Oscar, Sundance, HBO), “Born Sweet” (Sundance, Oscar), “Shelter Dogs” (HBO), “Grist for the Mill” (Cinemax), “Growing Hope Against Hunger” (Emmy Winner, PBS), “Generation Startup” (Netflix), “Living the Legacy” (Sundance Channel). His short fiction “Sproutland” is currently on the festival circuit. She directs television commercials and films, including “Selfie” (Clio winner, Sundance Institute) and “Mommy Wars” (Similac). She has won more than 60 awards from film festivals around the world. She is currently directing and producing a four-part series for Netflix.

Sharon Liese (director/producer)

Sharon Liese is an acclaimed director and producer best known for putting her finger on the Zeitgeist. His films include “Transhood” (HBO); award-winning documentary feature ‘The Gnomist’, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, won 14 awards and garnered 16 million views on CNN’s ‘Great Big Story’ platform; “Fight for the First” (Film Festival “Meet The Press”); and “Selfie” (Clio winner, Sundance Institute). Sharon has also created and directed documentary series for television, including “Pink Collar Crimes” (CBS), “High School Confidential” (WeTV, Gracie winner), as well as executive producer and showrunner of series on Discovery, MTV , OWN and for life. She is currently directing and producing a four-part series for Starz.

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