Realscreen “Archives” “St. Louis Superman” Debuts on TV
MTV Documentary Films Oscar nominated film Saint Louis Superman will premiere on May 18 on the MTV, VH1 and MTV2 networks owned by ViacomCBS.
Saint Louis Superman tells the story of Representative Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and combat rapper who was elected to the predominantly white, Republican Missouri House of Representatives.
Known as “Superman” to his constituents, Franks is an “unorthodox” politician who has overcome his loss to become a “dynamic and unapologetic” young leader in the United States. Forced to face the trauma he has carried for nearly 30 years after witnessing the shooting. The death of her nine-year-old brother, the film chronicles her work to overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles in a bid to pass a vital bill for her community.
The film is co-directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khanand, produced by Al Jazeera Witness and Poh Si Teng. Sheila Nevins and Fiona Lawson-Baker are executive producers.
Saint Louis Superman airs May 18 at 9 p.m. ET / PT on MTV, VH1 and MTV2 simulcast.
In 2019, the film won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the Audience Award for Best Short at AFI Docs and the jury’s special mention to Tribeca. Film Festival.