Current TV announced it is launching a series that will count down the most important documentaries of the past 25 years. “50 Documentaries to See Before You Die,” which kicks off Aug. 1, will be hosted by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
The series will spotlight some of the most commercially successful examples of the genre, such as “Roger & Me” and “The Thin Blue LIne,” along with recent standouts including “Catfish” and Oscar winner “Inside Job.” Also in the program: the basketball doc “Hoop Dreams” and the nature show “March of the Penguins.”
The series will consist of five one-hour episodes.
“An impressive and eclectic chorus of voices including critics and fans, filmmakers and their subjects, espouse their views on the movies that made the list and what in their opinions makes them great,” Current TV said in a press release announcing the series. “Throughout the series, host Morgan Spurlock will be traveling the country in search of some of modern documentary’s most iconic figures, meeting along the way maverick directors and eccentric characters responsible for creating some of the most remarkable moments ever committed to film. At the end of his journey, Spurlock will ultimately reveal what was deemed ‘the’ most influential modern documentary by a panel of preeminent film critics, academics and industry insiders.”
Among those taking part in the show are directors Chris Hegedus (“The War Room”), Errol Morris (“The Thin Blue Line,” The Fog of War”), D.A. Pennebaker (“War Room,” “Don’t Look Back”) and Penelope Spheeris (“The Decline of Western Civilization” parts I, II and III).