Looks like Oprah Winfrey broke out the Rolodex and dialed up some of her Hollywood pals. Her OWN Network announced Monday that it is producing five original two-hour documentaries with Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Gabriel Byrne and Mariel Hemingway.
The films will be presented as part of OWN’s monthly documentary film club. Here’s a look at the offerings:
— Presented and executive produced by Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films, “Extraordinary Moms” centers on stories of mothers who share a powerful connection with their children. The film is produced by Creative Visions Productions and Red Om Films, with executive producers Kathy Eldon, Lisa Gillan and Philip Rose and producers Jacoba Atlas and Kyra Thompson.
— Narrated and executive produced by Forest Whitaker, “One Last Shot” takes viewers inside Louisiana’s maximum-security prison at Angola, which houses the worst of the worst – rapists, kidnappers and murderers. The movie documents a hospice program where hardened criminals care for their dying fellow inmates. This film is produced by Lightworks Pictures in association with KPI. Executive producers are Nick Stuart and Molly Fowler. The film is produced and directed by Lisa R. Cohen.
-- Goldie Hawn executive produces, hosts and narrates “Searching for Happiness,” a documentary that examines the pursuit of happiness through the field of positive psychology.. Hawn will executive produce along with Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez of Creature Films.
— Executive producers Gabriel Byrne and Leora Rosenberg, producer-director Steven Cantor and Stick Figure Productions present "Tent City," a documentary exploring homelessness in Nashville, Tenn. With the economic recession, a growing number of people are finding themselves living on the street.
— “Seven Suicides” is an original documentary following Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she explores the legacy of suicide and depression in her family.