Premiere dates announced of OWN Network Documentary Club films
The Oprah Winfrey Network has released the air dates of the three newest films to be added to the OWN Documentary Club.

The three films, "Sons of Perdition," "Serving Life" and "Life 2.0," will be broadcast this summer following the release of the first film in the series, "Becoming Chaz," airs Tuesday.

"Sons of Perdition" follows three teenage boys as they escape from the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints compound, the oldest polygamy compound in the United States. Without resources or knowledge of life outside their compound, they struggle to adapt to life in mainstream America while having only the support of fellow castaways to provide structure in this unfamiliar territory.

The documentary has been seen at more than 30 film festivals, with Filmmaker magazine calling it "an emotional rollercoaster" and the Huffington Post referring to it as "a penetrating, insightful and riveting documentary." Produced by Left Turn Films in association with Motto Pictures and Cactus Three and directed by Tyler Measom and Jennilyn Mertern, the film is an emotional account of self-discovery and the struggle of finding oneself in everyday America.

In the newest OWN original documentary, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker takes a look at the underbelly of humanity to see if redemption actually exists. "Serving Life" documents the inmates of Angola, Louisiana’s maximum security prison, and their unlikely hospice program that cares for dying inmates. In a prison where 85 percent of inmates never see the outside world again, rapist, murderers and kidnappers come together to care for their fellow man, despite having committed terrible crimes against others.

Whitaker says of the film: "‘Serving Life’ reveals the humanity that exists inside each and every one of us. In the Angola prison’s hospice, we meet inmates who decide to take an opportunity for redemption, reminding us of the connection that exists between each and every human being." The inmates are trained and tested in order to forgive themselves and, as one prisoner recounts, "relieve some of the guilt." Produced and directed by Lisa R. Cohen, "Serving Life" was produced by Lightworks Pictures in association with KPA for OWN and executive produced by Forest Whitaker, Nick Stuart and Molly Fowler.

In August, "Life 2.0" will look at life through the freedom of a virtual world to create a new reality in Second Life. People use their avatars to fill the void in their real life, as the virtual life offers opportunity to exist as they truly see themselves. One woman fulfills her professional dream of being a successful designer, as another couple falls in love only to face difficulties in living an actual life together. One man materializes himself as an 11-year-old girl in order to be true to himself.

The drama premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and took home the award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 Philadelphia Film Festival. "Life 2.0" was produced, directed and edited by Jason Spingarn-Koff, produced by Andrew Lauren and Stephan Paternot, co-produced by Jonathan Shukat, and is an OWN presentation in connection with Andrew Lauren Productions and PalmStar Entertainment.

"Sons of Perdition" will be broadcast on June 2, while "Serving Life" airs on June 28. Both films will be televised at 9 p.m. ET. "Life 2.0" will show in August, although an exact date has not yet been announced.
Originally published May 10, 2011