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.”
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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.
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