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[09/24/20 - 12:05 PM]
National Geographic to Broadcast Five-Part Critically Acclaimed Series "City So Real" in an Unprecedented One-Night, Five-Hour, Commercial-Free Event Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 P.M. ET/PT
All five episodes, from filmmaker Steve James, will then be available on Hulu the following day - Friday, October 30.

[08/03/20 - 10:31 AM]
National Geographic Acquires Critically Acclaimed Sundance Series "City So Real" with Fall Debut Planned
From twice Academy Award(R)-nominated filmmaker Steve James, the fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral election.







CITY SO REAL (NGC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/29/20 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2020)
TIME SLOT:
thursdays from 7:00 PM-12:00 AM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (5 episodes)
DESCRIPTION:
(from National Geographic Channel's press release, September 2020) National Geographic Documentary Films announced today that the critically acclaimed five-part documentary series from Participant and Kartemquin Films, CITY SO REAL, will air in an unprecedented one-night, five-hour, commercial-free event on Thursday, October 29 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. All five episodes will then be available on Hulu the following day - Friday, October 30. From twice Academy Award(R)-nominated filmmaker Steve James ("America to Me," "Hoop Dreams") and his longtime producing partner Zak Piper ("Life Itself," "The Interrupters"), the fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral election. CITY SO REAL was an official Indie Episodic selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival where it had its world premiere. Vox hailed the series as "an engrossing portrait of a city - and a country - at an inflection point, and a love letter to Chicago, too," while IndieWire raved that CITY SO REAL is "substantial, engrossing, and declarative." The premiere on National Geographic will exclusively feature an epic fifth episode that follows the COVID-19 pandemic and social uprising following George Floyd's death.
CREW INFORMATION:
· Alex Kotlowitz as EP
· Betsy Steinberg as EP
· Diane Weyermann as EP
· Gordon Quinn as EP
· Janea Smith as PROD
· Jeff Skoll as EP
· Jolene Pinder as EP
· Steve James as DIR/PROD
· Sylvetta Christmas as PROD
· Zak Piper as PROD
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (documentary)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Kartemquin Films
· Participant Media