“Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert” is exec produced by Maria Shriver and Sheila Nevins; director and producer Shari Cookson and Nick Doob are previous Emmy winners. Doc explores the plight of the 42 million American women in dire economic circumstances and the 28 million children who count on them through the story of single mom Katrina Gilbert.
“A Place at the Table” earned the IDA’s 2013 Pare Lorentz Award and was also nommed for a PGA Award. Doc looks at childhood hunger in the U.S. and features appearances by Jeff Bridges and “Top Chef’s” Tom Colicchio. Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson helmed; from Participant Media; Emmy winner Julie Goldman, Ryan Harrington, Kristi Jacobson and Silverbush produced.
“Schooled: The Price of College Sports” tackles NCAA football and basketball and the price student athletes pay for participating in those sports. Doc is based on the book “The Cartel” by Taylor Branch. Andrew J. Muscato, Branch, Domonique Foxworth, Mitchell Slater and Bobby Valentine share credits.
“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” is the first helming effort from Goldberg (she also exec produced along with George Schlatter and Tom Leonardis). A lifelong entertainer and groundbreaking comedienne, Moms Mabley’s career spanned vaudeville to sitcoms.
Greg Whiteley, helmer of “Mitt,” had unprecedented access to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney throughout his presidential campaign. Netflix released the doc across all platforms shortly after its Sundance 2014 premiere.
“JFK” is PBS’ entry into the field. Exhaustively researched and several years in the making, the four-hour bio-doc takes a fresh and comprehensive look at President Kennedy’s times and legacy. Susan Bellows directed and produced the doc that benefits from extensive use of archival materials and interviews with JFK’s biographers.
“Seduced and Abandoned” creatively investigates the bottom-line realities of today’s film biz as director James Toback (“Tyson”) and thesp Alec Baldwin head to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in search of financing for their fiction feature. Cameos from high-profile actors (Ryan Gosling) and helmers (Martin Scorsese) add star power; Toback helmed and produced along with Baldwin and Michael Mailer.
“The Short Game” captures the triumphs and travails of pint-sized golfers vying for the title of world champion. Josh Greenbaum helmed.
“The Square,” a 2013 Oscar contender, is helmer-producer Jehane Noujaim’s up-close chronicle of the recent Egyptian revolution. The pic won the IDA’s documentary award in 2013. Karim Amer shares the producer credit.