Nat Geo Acquires Steve James’ ‘City So Real’ Docuseries, Adds Episode About COVID-19 and George Floyd Protests

Share this article!

David Thewlis on Playing an Eccentric 17th Century French Settler in Nat Geos BarkskinsNat Geo Unveils Slate for 2020-21 Including 9/11 Docuseries, Explorer RebootLifetime Sets Its First-Ever Christmas Movie Centered on a Gay RomanceThis material was initially published here.

All cities have their boosters, but theres something unique about the passionate love and civic pride Chicagoans have for their city.

National Geographic has obtained “City So Real,” Steve James docuseries about Chicagos “history-making” 2019 mayoral election, National Geographic Global Television Networks president Courteney Monroe said throughout the cable television channels session at the virtual Summer CTAM press tour.
Originally conceived as four one-hour episodes, the show will air this fall with an extra fifth episode exclusive to Nat Geo, which concentrates on the COVID-19 pandemic and social uprising following George Floyds death.
A main Indie Episodic choice at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, “City So Real” “begins in the haze of mid-summer 2018, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, involved in allegations of a cover-up associated to the cops shooting of an African-American teen, Laquan McDonald, shocks the city by announcing he will not seek reelection,” per Nat Geos description. “An unmatched 21 candidates emerge in a congested and diverse field as they engage in a no-holds-barred battle for a chance to shape the citys uncertain future.”
National Geographic to Bring Viewers Around the World in a Time of No Traveling – on Instagram Live
” From the summer season of 2018 through the spring of 2019, James, Piper, as well as James boy, filmmaker Jackson James, and a varied team followed the historical, typically contentious mayoral election. Scenes from the streets, high-end high-rises, hair salons, project workplaces and bars are masterfully juxtaposed by editors David E. Simpson (America to Me) and James to develop a mosaic of life in the Midwests a lot of racially, culturally and economically diverse city.”
The docuseries is made up of “honest interviews with homeowners throughout the city” and is “a loving and gritty depiction of a quintessentially American city that is at as soon as increasingly distinct and a microcosm of the nation ⎯ and our world ⎯ as an entire,” according to Nat Geo.
” City So Real” comes from Participant and Kartemquin Films. Directed by James, the docuseries was produced by James and Zak Piper with cinematography by Jackson James and Steve James. The show was edited by David E. Simpson and James. Sylvetta Christmas and Janea Smith are field producers and executive manufacturers include Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Alex Kotlowitz, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, and Jolene Pinder. “City So Reals” original music was composed by Will Miller and Resavoir, with Dawn Sutter Madell as music manager.

” Chicago is a massive and enormously varied urban environment that battles with issues of race and segregation and violence, which is the story of America today,” James stated in a declaration. “You see proof of that all over in the series from the barbershop discussions to individuals viewing the debate. All cities have their boosters, however theres something distinct about the enthusiastic love and civic pride Chicagoans have for their city. The documentary catches the appeal and the richness of an extremely complex city, while likewise demonstrating how divided it can be.”
” We are enjoyed be partnering with the remarkable Steve James and the group from Participant Media on City So Real, an intimate and profound portrait of life in every American city that could not be more timely,” Monroe included. “We eagerly anticipate showcasing this ambitious and impactful documentary series, consisting of Steves freshly shot 5th hour recording the pandemic and the civil discontent gripping our nation.”

” City So Real” comes from Participant and Kartemquin Films. “City So Reals” original music was composed by Will Miller and Resavoir, with Dawn Sutter Madell as music manager.