Sundance Channel and GREY GOOSE Entertainment(R) to Premiere Fifth Season of Acclaimed Series Iconoclasts on Saturday, October 2 at 9pm et/pt
Anticipated New Season of Documentary Series Will Feature Charlize Theron+Jane Goodall, Lenny Kravitz+Lee Daniels, Hugh Jackman+Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Cate Blanchett+Tim Flannery, Steve Nash+Ron Howard and David Blaine+Chuck Close
NEW YORK, Sept. 9 -- Sundance Channel and GREY GOOSE Entertainment(R) are set to debut the anticipated fifth season of the critically acclaimed documentary series of Iconoclasts on Saturday, October 2nd at 9pm et/pt. Each hour-long episode of the six-part series that will air on Sundance Channel, pairs two creative visionaries from different fields who come together to discuss their lives, influences, passions and creative processes.
The new season features an unprecedented roster of innovators in the fields of entertainment, science, food, athletics and the arts including: Academy Award(R) winning actress Charlize Theron (Monster, North Country, The Cider House Rules) and award-winning primatologist Jane Goodall; Grammy Award(R) winning musician Lenny Kravitz and film director and producer Lee Daniels (Precious, Monster's Ball); Tony Award(R) winning actor Hugh Jackman (X-Men, Australia, The Boy from Oz) and world renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; Academy Award(R) winning actress Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Aviator, I'm Not There) and prominent professor and climate change scientist Tim Flannery; NBA player Steve Nash and Academy Award(R) winning filmmaker Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Parenthood) and illusionist David Blaine and artist Chuck Close.
Set against such unique and personal backdrops as Jane Goodall's chimpanzee refuge in the Republic of Congo and Lenny Kravitz's recording studio in the Bahamas, each episode of Iconoclasts provides an intimate look into the lives, work, past experiences and aspirations that have made each icon who they are today. Episodes include:
ICONOCLASTS: Charlize Theron + Jane Goodall
Saturday, Oct 2nd
In ICONOCLASTS: Theron + Goodall, award winning Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall welcomes Academy Award(R) winning actress Charlize Theron to the Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo, where Goodall works to save endangered, orphaned chimpanzees. Theron is introduced to adolescent chimps as she and Dr. Goodall discuss the issues facing the young people of Africa and the African wildlife. Charlize explains how the loss of her father at a young age affected her, while Dr. Goodall describes what it was like being sent into the dense African Jungle in her early twenties and discovering just how similar chimpanzees are to humans. The episode also features Theron working with the young people of South Africa teaching them how to protect themselves from AIDS.
ICONOCLASTS: Lenny Kravitz + Lee Daniels
Saturday, Oct 9th
In ICONOCLASTS: Kravitz + Daniels, Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz welcomes his close friend and collaborator Producer/Director Lee Daniels to the secluded island paradise of the Bahamas, where Kravitz lives and works. The two discuss their collaborations on both the film PRECIOUS, Daniels' Oscar-winning film, and on his upcoming drama, SELMA, about Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fight for Civil Rights, in which Kravitz will act. Kravitz shares his process with Daniels in his personal recording studio and Daniels does some Hollywood wheeling and dealing on the phone in his hotel room. The episode ends on a highpoint, as Kravitz plays Daniels the song he has written for SELMA for the first time.
ICONOCLASTS: Hugh Jackman + Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Saturday, Oct 16th
ICONOCLASTS: Jackman + Vongerichten features Tony Award (R) winning actor Hugh Jackman and world renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten who are friends and neighbors. The two discuss their creative processes, the importance of family and taking risks, all while putting together a benefit dinner at Jean-Georges' new restaurant, ABC Kitchen. Vongerichten and Jackman shop for the dinner they are preparing, and Hugh takes Jean-Georges to boxing practice where he is preparing for his next role. The episode culminates with the presentation of delicious gourmet dinner prepared by Hugh and Jean-Georges.
ICONOCLASTS: Cate Blanchett + Tim Flannery
Saturday, Oct 23rd
ICONOCLASTS: Blanchett + Flannery features Academy Award(R) winning actress Cate Blanchett and eco-scientist Tim Flannery. Blanchett shows Flannery around the Sidney Theatre Company, discusses her work as co-artistic director and reveals her plans to green the theatre with high-tech solar panels. Blanchett follows Flannery to the Sidney Zoo where the two come face-to-face with the nearly extinct komodo dragon. Tim shares his plans to reintroduce the animal back into the Australian wild. The friends then travel to North Head, the place where the earth nearly died, to understand the stark risks of not taking actions towards fighting climate change.
ICONOCLASTS: Ron Howard + Steve Nash
Saturday, Oct 23rd
In ICONOCLASTS: Howard + Nash, Academy Award(R) winning director Ron Howard invites Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash to Chicago where his new film, CHEATERS, is in production. They share a mutual love of filmmaking and sports so Howard shows Nash the first dailies of his film and Nash challenges Howard to a game of one-on-one at a nearby court. Then they go to a White Sox game where Howard throws out the first pitch of the game. Throughout episode they talk about discipline, collaboration, family, and maintaining a level head, while excelling in very public lives.
ICONOCLASTS: David Blaine + Chuck Close
Saturday, Oct 30th
Details for ICONOCLASTS: Blaine + Close are TBD.
The fifth season of Iconoclasts is co-produced by @radical media and GREY GOOSE Entertainment and directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (the filmmakers behind Brother's Keeper and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster).
Former pairings include: Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Russell, Tom Ford and Jeff Koons, Mario Batali and Michael Stipe, Brian Grazer and Sumner Redstone, Renee Zellweger and Christiane Amanpour, Robert Redford and Paul Newman, Eddie Vedder and Laird Hamilton, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alice Waters, Quentin Tarantino and Fiona Apple, Isabella Rossellini and Dean Kamen, Paul Simon and Lorne Michaels, Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou, Sean Penn and Jon Krakauer, Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee, Mike Myers and Deepak Chopra, Howard Schultz and Norman Lear, Wynton Marsalis and John Besh, Madeleine Albright and Ashley Judd, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson, Stella McCartney and Edward Ruscha, Tony Hawk and Jon Favreau, Bill Maher and Clive Davis, Venus Williams and Wyclef Jean and Cameron Diaz and Cameron Sinclair.
Iconoclasts is executive produced by Robert Redford; Jon Kamen, Frank Scherma, Sidney Beaumont and Justin Wilkes of @radical.media; Emil Jattne of Grey Goose Entertainment and Sarah Barnett and Mala Chapple of Sundance Channel; and co-executive produced by Joe Berlinger. The series producer is Caroline Suh. Images are available at the Sundance Channel press site: http://press.sundancechannel.com.
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