Magazine article Screen International

MTV Documentary Films Unveils Initial Slate under Sheila Nevins

Magazine article Screen International

MTV Documentary Films Unveils Initial Slate under Sheila Nevins

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Awards campaigns planned for both festival winners.

MTV Documentary Films has announced (July 25) its first two films since launching under former president of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins, and will mount awards campaigns for Emmy-winner Davy Rothbart’s 17 Blocks, and short documentary St. Louis Superman by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan.

MTV Documentary Films will release both titles this autumn to qualify them for awards consideration. Both will screen at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan, which kicks off on July 30.

17 Blocks spans 20 years in the life of an African American family living blocks away from the Capitol Building housing Congress in Washington, DC. Nevins served as executive producer, and Big Beach financed and the company’s Alex Turtletaub, Michael B. Clark and Marc Turtletaub produed alongside Rachel Deniz and Rothbart.

The film won best documentary film editing at the Tribeca Film Festival, the audience award and jury awards for best feature documentary at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, and the Excellence in American Profiles Award at the San Francisco Documentary Festival.

St. Louis Superman follows Representative Bruce Franks Jr., an activist and battle rapper who rose up during the 2014 race riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and went on to be elected to the predominantly white and Republican Missouri house of representatives.

Mundhra, Khan and Poh Si Teng produced the film, with Nevins and Fiona Lawson-Baker on board as executive producers. …

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