Elton, Obese Among HBO Documentary Subjects

Amid the star power of the HBO sessions, the network also released the roster of documentaries planned for the first half of the year.

They include:

“The Union,” about Elton John and Leon Russell’s musical collaboration, directed by Cameron Crowe. Debuts Feb. 2.

  • “The Loving Story,” about “Loving vs. Virginia” that fought laws on interracial marriage, premiering on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.
  • “Saving Face,” on March 8, concentrates on Dr. Mohammad Jawad, British cosmetic surgeon to the stars, traveling to Pakistan to help those disfigured by acid attacks there largely against women.
  • “God is the Bigger Elvis,” about Connecticut’s Dolores Hart who appeared in films with Elvis Presley and Montgomery Clift, became a nun at 23 and has been at the cloistered Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem.
  • “In Tahrir Square: 19 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution” a documentary by Jon Alert and Mathew O’Neill, covers Egypt’s spring. Debuts Jan 25 on HBO2.
  • “Raising Renee,” about painter Beverly Mciver’s efforts to take care of her mentally handicapped sister Renee. Also on HBO2 Feb. 22.

In addition, HBO will present a special on this year’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The April 14 event, honoring the Beastie Boys, Donovan, Guns N’ Roses, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Faces, will debut on HBO in early May.

And a series of films on American obsesity, “The Weight of the Nation,” incorporating four documentary films, a three-part HBO Family series and 14 bonus shorts, made available over several different platforms, comes in May.

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