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"Something to Talk About" documentary series returns to DirectTV's Audience Network

Melissa Hayer Published: September 30, 2013

DirectTV and Brainstorm Media will kick off a new season of the documentary film series “Something to Talk About” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 on Audience Network.

The five films, making their exclusive television debuts on Audience Network, will also be shown in theaters nationwide.

Details on the documentaries, provided by DirecTV, are as follows:

HAITI UNTOLD, directed by Dan Shannon, chronicles the personal journey of a few famous and not-so-famous individuals who have put their heads and hearts to the task of effecting radical change in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake of 2010.  The film features Sean Penn, Donna Karan, George Laraque, and a host of other notable individuals whose ongoing efforts in the country are effecting radical change in the country. Haiti Untold will kick off the series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 3.

DRAWING DEAD: The Highs and Lows of Online Poker, directed by Mike Weeks, is an insightful look into the highs and lows of online poker from two very different perspectives: a professional poker player worth millions, and a gambling addict.  This film will air at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 10.

When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, it was a wake-up call to a new reality. SHORED UP, directed by Ben Kalina, takes us to the heart of the climate change controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide. Beginning 3 years before Hurricane Sandy hit and following the debates over beach replenishment and other attempts to hold back the sea, the film becomes convincing call for action along our coasts. As the oceans rise and storms flood our towns and cities, we have a choice to make: do we continue to develop as we have in the past, ignoring clear risks and danger? Or, do we allow science to guide our policies for the future…before it’s too late.
The film will premiere at 7 p.m. on October 24.

JFK: A PRESIDENT BETRAYED, directed by Cory Taylor, uncovers new evidence that reveals how John F. Kennedy was determined to get out of Vietnam; open negotiations with Cuba’s Fidel Castro; and forge peaceful relations with the Soviet Union. The film brings to light how President Kennedy was subverted by government officials and considers how the world might be different had he lived.  The film will premiere at 7 p.m. on November 7.

DESERT RUNNERS, directed by Jennifer Steinman, follows a diverse group of non-professional runners and their attempt to complete the most difficult ultra-marathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the world¹s most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles. The film delves deep into the mindset of these ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph. The film will premiere at 7 p.m. on November 21.

The documentaries will also be available on DIRECTV on Demand, DIRECTV Everywhere, on home video and via electronic sell-thru.

The theatrical screening dates of each of these films is still to be announced.  Please go to for more information on theatrical dates and cities and updates on the series.

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