The HBO Films drama O.G., starring Jeffrey Wright, will debut SATURDAY, FEB. 23 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
The HBO Documentary Films presentation IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT, filmed during the production of O.G., will be available for streaming SATURDAY, FEB. 23 starting at 11:45 p.m. (ET), following the debut of O.G. earlier that evening, and debut MONDAY, FEB. 25 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on the main HBO channel.
Filmed in Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility, an active maximum-security prison, O.G. follows Louis (Jeffrey Wright), once the head of a prominent prison gang, in the final weeks of his 24-year sentence. His impending release is upended when he takes new arrival Beecher (Theothus Carter), who is being courted by gang leadership, under his wing. Coming to grips with the indelibility of his crime and the challenge of reentering society, Louis finds his freedom hanging in the balance as he struggles to save Beecher. William Fichtner also stars.
Filmed at Pendleton during the same production period as O.G., the documentary IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT is co-directed by Madeleine Sackler and 13 men incarcerated at the facility, several of whom were also cast as first-time actors in O.G. These men study filmmaking as a vehicle to explore their memories and how they ended up with decades-long sentences. Animated sequences by Yoni Goodman bring their stories to life.
O.G. is an HBO Films and Maven Pictures Presentation in association with Brookstreet Pictures, a Great Curve Films production of a Madeleine Sackler film; directed by Madeleine Sackler; written by Stephen Belber; executive producers, Sharon Chang, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Mark Steele, Nic Marshall; producers, Madeleine Sackler and Boyd Holbrook.
IT’S A HARD TRUTH AIN’T IT is an HBO Documentary Films presentation of a Great Curve Films and Stacey Reiss production; a film by Dennis Brown, Marshaun Buggs, Al’Jonon Coleman, James Collins, Franklin Cox, Brandon Crider, Clifford Elswick, Quentis Hardiman, Joseph Henderson, Charles Lawrence, Herb Robertson, Madeleine Sackler, Rushawn Tanksley, Mark Thacker; producers, Madeleine Sackler, Stacey Reiss; executive producers, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Sharon Chang, Greg Gunn, dream hampton, Lisette Nieves, Marshall Sonenshine, Mark Steele.
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