via press release:





Teaming Up With Oscar® Winners Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin and

Jules Daly, David Zucker and Mary Lisio of Scott Free,

Verité Documentary Follows People in the Last Days of Their Lives

Through Home Movies, On-Camera Testimonials and

Interviews With Friends and Family Members

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 21, 2013) National Geographic Channel, Strawhouse and Mary Lisio of Scott Free have joined forces on a landmark television event, a documentary project that examines a person’s life and legacy. Through documentary footage, home movies, personal testimonials and interviews with friends and family members, this Verité documentary series celebrates the lives of ordinary people, capturing their final struggles and revealing the lives they lived and the legacies they leave behind.


Through Strawhouse, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Muller and Casey Affleck are executive producers. Jules Daly will produce and David Zucker and Mary Lisio of Scott Free will executive produce, with Oscar®-winning documentary filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin (UNDEFEATED) also producing.


“We are excited about this partnership with Scott Free and National Geographic Channel, and grateful for the opportunity to work with Dan and T.J. We hope the show will serve the subjects and reveal something special to the audience,” said Affleck.


“This is a subject that requires nuanced and compassionate handling, and I cannot think of a better team to partner with on this series,” said Alan Eyres, senior vice president of programming and development for National Geographic Channel. “We think this topic has the opportunity to tap into something incredibly special, and look forward to sharing this with our viewers.”


Production on the special will begin this spring, with broadcast set for fall 2013.


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