Logo Adds 'Mind/Game' and Three More Documentaries to 2016 Slate (Exclusive)
Following the Chamique Holdsclaw doc are features about a gay Iraqi soldier, a women's prison and chefs.
Logo is continuing its push into documentary films, recently finalizing deals for four new projects. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Logo has acquired TV rights to several, including festival favorite Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw.
"Last year launched our first doc slate, and I think it's a chance for a better look at the LGBT spectrum of characters in a deeper and different way than unscripted programming," Logo original programming senior vp Pamela Post tells THR. "I think to some degree it's a way to show these characters in a 360-degree light. It's a chance to go deeper."
Mind/Game, which will bow May 3 on Logo, follows former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw. The Olympic gold medalist opens up about her struggle with mental illness in Rick Goldsmith's feature, which has received accolades on the festival circuit and was recently named best doc at the DC Independent Film Festival.
Also on the slate is Out of Iraq, about an Iraqi soldier and U.S. translator who fall in love before one becomes the target of an honor killing. The film comes from World of Wonder producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato — no strangers to the network, having run RuPaul's Drag Race for the last seven years.
"I feel like we're finding a lot of material in the strong relationships in the creative community," says Logo Documentary Films executive producer Taj Paxton. "When we started this, we wanted to be home for these voices. And the feedback that we get from filmmakers is that they feel their work will be protected at Logo."
The IF Project, described internally as something of a real-life Orange Is the New Black, is about a writing program at a Seattle women's correctional facility. Kathlyn Horan (The Indigo Girls: One Lost Day) directed. Still in post-production is the yet-to-be-titled Patty Ivins documentary about chefs. The feature follows three different women who've found success and community in the culinary world.
All three will follow Mind/Game in premiering later in 2016. They look to emulate the recent success Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine, nominated for a Daytime Emmy.