The Documentary Channel will ring in the new year with its initial original half-hour series.
The network will debut DocTalk on Friday, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Produced by Documentary Channel Original Productions, the series will tip off the network's primetime lineup every Friday throughout 2010.
Created and executive produced by Documentary Channel founder and chief creative officers Tom Neff, and produced by Barry Rubinow, the network's senior vice president of creative services, DocTalk takes an inside look at the modern world of documentary film. Through extensive, in- depth interviews with the world's top documentary filmmakers, along with scenes from their films, DocTalk will delve into the filmmakers' process and motivations for how and why they made their films.
In the premiere episode, the series will explore a quartet of films. Director Kenny Ortega and his team recall the warm memories and musical mastery of working with the king of pop, in Michael Jackson's This is It. Michael Moore follows the money from Wall Street to Capitol Hill to the country's heartland in Capitalism: A Love Story. Director Davis Guggenheim and producer Leslie Chillicott give insight into the making of the rock guitar saga, It Might Get Loud, with added commentary from Jack White and Jimmie Page, two of the film's subjects. Finally, director Aaron Marshall discusses the unique challenges of following a 12-year-old girl and her mom as they make a blood-filled horror movie in Zombie Girl: The Movie.
"DocTalk is an entertaining, informative and emotionally moving series that we feel is a must see for any hard core or casual documentary fan," said Neff in a statement.
Noted Rubinow: "It has been a great pleasure to talk one on one with the great documentary filmmakers of our time and I think our audience will thoroughly enjoy the films and the fresh perspective given in these thoughtful, revealing interviews."