It’s been a little over a year since former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing hundreds of women and girls, under the guise of being a trusted medical provider and friend.
The aftermath of his actions and the testimonies of the 156 survivors who came forward during his trial still reverberate across the gymnastics community.
Now, a new HBO documentary — “At The Heart Of Gold: Inside The USA Gymnastics Scandal” directed by Erin Lee Carr — aims to reveal the dangerous system that allowed Nassar to exploit his position, providing him with opportunities to take advantage of unsuspecting athletes, and get away with it for more than 30 years.
“At The Heart Of Gold: Inside The USA Gymnastics Scandal” premieres May 3 on HBO.
Even within the extreme sport of alpine climbing — a sport many of us would never even think of attempting — there are challenges that stand out. The Shark’s Fin at Meru Peak is one of those.
Located in the Indian Himalayas, it’s a 1,500-foot tall face of solid, sheer, nearly-featureless granite, located over 20,000 feet above sea level.
Legendary outdoors writer Jon Krakauer, himself a veteran of many of the world’s most extreme environments, describes it in raw terms: “It’s defeated so many good climbers, and it will probably defeat you, and maybe will defeat everybody for all time. That, to a certain kind of mindset, is an irresistible appeal.”
These are the stakes laid out early on in “Meru,” a 2015 documentary from Elizabeth Chai and Jimmy Chin, the same directing team that won an Oscar this year for “Free Solo.”
Conrad Anker has the mindset — and the resume — to take on that challenge. The veteran of a previous Meru team, Anker is a noted alpinist.
In 1999, he led an expedition that located the long-missing body of George Mallory, one of the first men to attempt an ascent of Mount Everest. He’s summited Everest “four or five times” himself.
Anker has done more than almost anyone in the field of alpine climbing, which he himself describes as “the most dangerous professional sport.”
Imagine Documentaries and Zero Point Zero have joined forces to produce a feature documentary on 14-year-old skateboarding phenom and two-time world champion Brighton Zeuner.
The film will cover her childhood, professional and non-professional relationships, and her evolution into a champion — all leading up to her 2020 Tokyo Olympics debut as part of the Team USA skateboarding team.
Imagine Documentaries’ growing slate also includes the Bryce Dallas Howard doc “Dads,” the Ron Howard-directed “Rebuilding Paradise” for National Geographic Documentary Films, a documentary about 13-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, and the docuseries “She the People With Sarah Jones.” The division also recently teamed with Apple to produce a slate of feature documentaries and docuseries under an exclusive, first-look deal.
Zero Point Zero has produced “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and “Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World” for CNN, “The Mind of a Chef” for Netflix, and feature docs “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” and “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.”
There may not be two communities more iconic to Southern California than skateboarding and the music scene that goes along with it.
For the past six decades, skating has been tied to LA above and beyond any other city, and it’s helped to support tight-knit music scenes for everything from hardcore to punk rock to trap music from the same locations.
That’s why Red Bull Music asked director Van Alpert to make a documentary about the two, and — although it didn’t pan out exactly as originally intended — “LA SKATE + MUSIC” brings a new level of depth to the everlasting connection and what it means to everyone involved on both sides.
The film was created as part of the Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles and is tied to the Illegal Civ Movie Motel event from the festival.
“LA SKATE + MUSIC” is an extension of that event and encapsulates the symbiotic relationship between skate culture and music.