The day before the NCAA Women’s title game, Logo said it will launch its 2016 documentary slate on May 3 with Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, about the women’s basketball star whose career was cut short by mental illness. Other films coming this summer focus on a love story between an American soldier and an Iraqi translator, a writing program for imprisoned women and a look at women in the culinary world.
Mind/Game explores the challenges of mental illness within the sports world through an intensely intimate portrait of one exceptional woman. Oscar-nominated director Rick Goldsmith helmed the project, which timed to premiere during Mental Health Awareness Month. “Chamique has a bravery that goes beyond the basketball court,” said Taj Paxton, Executive Producer of Logo Documentary Films. “Mind/Game not only provides a gripping character study of a female athlete who refuses to give up, but also gives those living with mental illness and their families the inspiration and courage to navigate their own journeys.”
Here are the other projects on Logo’s 2016 slate whose premiere dates are TBA:
Out of Iraq: Two enlisted men in Iraq, one an Iraqi solider, the other a US translator, fall in love before being forced to flee when one becomes the target of an honor killing. With thousands of miles between them, they fight to be reunited. A World of Wonder film produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato; Produced by Eva Orner and Chris McKim; Co-Directed by Academy Award-winner Eva Orner (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) and Chris McKim; and Co-Produced by Aaron Butler.
The IF Project: A Seattle police officer started a writing program to try and understand how inmates ended up incarcerated. The IF Project stemmed from a collection of essays after women in prison were asked about the one thing that could have changed the direction of their life. Directed by Kathlyn Horan (“The Indigo Girls: One Lost Day”).
Untitled Chef Project (in post-production): A film about women in the professional food scene, featuring three culinary rock stars whose gifts with food fuel their drive for success, politics and a sense of community. Executive Produced by Patty Ivins and Rob Van Alkemade. Directed by Patty Ivins.