Oscar-Winning Cinemax Reel Life Documentary Series Continues to Break New Ground in 1998 with a Diverse Slate of Original Films

January 19, 1998

Network To Debut A New Documentary Every Month This Year

Fresh from a successful year that resulted in an Academy Award,(r) an Emmy Award,(r) four CableACE Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award, as well as critical acclaim, the "CINEMAX Reel Life" documentary series has set an exciting slate of original films on a variety of provocative subjects for 1998. Following the Jan. 28 debut of "Roe vs. Roe: Baptism by Fire," which tells the story of the woman at the center of the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights, the network will debut a new "CINEMAX Reel Life" documentary every month in 1998.

Debuting on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, MEN ARE FROM MANHATTAN... WOMEN ARE FROM SASKATCHEWAN is a humorous tale of mismatched singles Steve Manin and Heather Hallis, who decide to spend a Christmas holiday together after only one meeting, with less than stellar results.

Debuting on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, THE McCOURTS OF LIMERICK is New York City police officer Conor McCourt's chronicle of his family, also the subject of his uncle Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir "Angela's Ashes." In the documentary, Frank McCourt and his three brothers recall growing up with an alcoholic father and a depressed mother in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.

SHAHEED, debuting in April, takes an in-depth look at Islamic suicide bombers. Through interviews with Hamas members and others, the documentary goes inside the minds of these men to explore their motivation.

GREEN CHIMNEYS, debuting in May, chronicles a year in the lives of three boys at a residential treatment center for children who have been abused or neglected by their parents. Unable to stay in conventional foster homes because of their behavioral problems, these children receive intensive therapy at Green Chimneys in upstate New York, working toward a return to their biological families.

BEST MAN, debuting in June, is the follow-up to 1979's "Best Boy," Ira Wohl's Best Documentary Academy Award(r)-winning feature about his mentally handicapped cousin, Philly, who left home for the first time at age 50. Nearly two decades later, BEST MAN chronicles the year leading up to Philly's 70th birthday, as he and his family face new challenges.

Debuting in 1995, the CINEMAX REEL LIFE series showcases distinctive documentaries on a wide variety of subjects. This eclectic series of original documentary programs has attracted critical praise, as well as numerous prestigious awards. "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien" received the 1997 Academy Award(r) for Documentary Short Subject. "Jupiter's Wife" has been honored with a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and a News and Documentary Emmy,(r) while "The Selling of Innocents" also received a News and Documentary Emmy.(r) "The Dying Rooms" also received a News and Documentary Emmy,(r) as well as a George Foster Peabody Award, a Planned Parenthood Maggie Award and a CableACE Award.

At the 1997 CableACE Awards, four "CINEMAX Reel Life" documentaries were honored, including "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien," "Calling the Ghosts," "The Selling of Innocents" and "Wonderland."

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