You may want to clear your schedule after checking out HBO’s new lineup of thought-provoking documentaries. We’ve put together this handy overview so that you can cancel your nightly plans accordingly.
Follow the remarkable journey of an iconic Andy Warhol sculpture in Brillo Box (3¢ Off), debuting August 7. Filmmaker Lisanne Skyler’s parents bought Brillo Box for $1,000 in 1969 and traded it two years later, only to see it auctioned off in 2010 for $3 million. Exploring the ephemeral nature of art and value and the decisions that shape a family’s history, the film premieres the week of Warhol’s 89th birthday. Check out a preview in the clip above.
Journeys of another sort are the subject of Clinica De Migrantes (September 25). Director Max Pozdorovkin’s film highlights a volunteer health clinic treating uninsured, undocumented immigrants—many of whom perform physically exhausting labor for meager wages. With extraordinary access and moving vérité footage Clinica De Migrantes depicts patients desperate for routine medical care, and the dedicated doctors treating them for free.
Spielberg (October 7) pulls back the curtains on the famous filmmaker’s extraordinary career. Producer and director Susan Lacy conducted nearly 30 hours of interviews with Spielberg and his inner circle. The result is a remarkably intimate portrait, combining personal narrative with an in-depth exploration of the director’s creative process and craftsmanship.
November brings two very different films.
An as-yet-untitled documentary chronicles Rolling Stone magazine’s last 50 years and its influence on American culture. Through rare footage and recordings, this two-part special—directed by Alex Gibney and Blair Foster—is an inside look at how the magazine helped define a generation and continues to endure.
In Baltimore Rising, director Sonja Sohn investigates community-based efforts to rebuild that city after the civil unrest resulting from Freddie Gray’s death in police custody. Sohn—a star of HBO’s The Wire—follows the police officers, gang members and community leaders forming an unlikely alliance to improve life in the Charm City.
Finally, Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (December) follows Jamie Redford (yes, that Redford) on his travels across the country to discover clean energy solutions. He uncovers unlikely energy entrepreneurs creating jobs, turning profits and improving communities nationwide. More than a story of technology and innovation, Redford’s discoveries expose issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future and finding hope for humanity’s survival—certainly a good way to close out the year.