NEW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL SERIES “I AM REBEL” INTRODUCES GAME-CHANGING INDIVIDUALS WHO BREAK THE RULES
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY MATT WOLF (IT’S ME, HILARY: THE MAN WHO DREW ELOISE; WILD COMBINATION: A PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR RUSSELL; TEENAGE) AND DOUG LIMAN (THE BOURNE IDENTITY) PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 5
“I Am Rebel,” a new National Geographic Channel series that features first-person interviews and recreations that blur the line between feature films and documentaries, is set to premiere Sunday, June 5 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. The series is executive produced by documentary filmmaker Matt Wolf (It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise; Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell; Teenage) and Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity).
“I Am Rebel” tells the story of the lightning bolts of change that can emerge from the fringes of counterculture, effecting change that reverberates through history. The episodes center around a backyard chemist who invents the world’s most infamous club drug, a crime scene photographer who changes the way police fight crimes, a civil rights activist who hijacks a plane and causes sweeping airport security reforms, the first dark-side hacker who revolutionizes computer security and more.
Of the series, showrunner and Executive Producer Matt Wolf comments, “I love to tell stories about unexpected rule breakers. These stories all show the innovative side of rebellion. It was amazing to bring to life these wildly different worlds—from 1930s gangsters to 1980s hackers—in one project”
Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director. He has created films for HBO, PBS, the Sundance Channel, The New York Times, TIME Magazine and the Whitney Museum. His documentaries have been released worldwide and play at top festivals including Sundance, Berlin, London, Tribeca and SXSW. A Guggenheim Fellow, Matt designs character-driven portraits with a youthful cadence. His most recent film, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, is currently showing on HBO.
Matt’s work is represented commercially at C41 Media. “Matt’s specialty is making portraits of extraordinary characters and figuring out ways to reinvent the documentary genre, bringing fiction-style filmmaking techniques back to real people storytelling as we see in so much of the most exciting commercial work being made today,” notes Brendan Doyle, Executive Producer at C41 Media.
Launched in 2011 by award-winning documentary filmmaker/commercial director Pete Sillen and producer Brendan Doyle, C41 Media is a full-service production company headquartered in New York City’s Chinatown. Joined by Executive Producer and longtime commercial producer Carla Tate in 2015, C41 has assembled a roster of documentary-style directors who focus on “real people storytelling” in projects spanning television commercials, online content and documentary films.
For more information, please contact Joe Cohen, Samantha Tillman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.
I Am Rebel: Jacked
Premieres Sunday, June 5, at 9/8c
African-American civil rights activist Louis Moore is targeted by Detroit police in 1972. After being beaten and threatened by the cops, Moore wants justice. In an era when one flight a week is taken hostage, he hijacks Southern Airways Flight 49 with two demands—to speak to President Nixon and to receive $4 million from the city of Detroit. But Moore’s ill-fated mission fails, and he’s transformed from an idealistic activist into a terrorist. The hijacking’s notoriety triggers sweeping reforms in airport security and raises awareness of police brutality.
I Am Rebel: Weegee the Famous
Premieres Sunday, June 12, at 9/8c
Weegee, New York’s first crime scene photographer, composes compelling works of art chronicling the city’s violence and public reaction at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars. Largely considered the world’s first paparazzo, his sensational photography defines the era’s organized crime racket. More important, it puts pressure on law enforcement to end the bloody public spectacles and gives rise to today’s tabloid news culture.
I Am Rebel: The Love Drug
Premieres Sunday, June 19, at 9/8c
Respected pioneering chemist Alexander Shulgin invented more than 250 psychedelic drugs in his home laboratory, but arguably his biggest success is popularizing MDMA for psychotherapy uses. But when the formula escapes the laboratory and hits the streets as the club drug Ecstasy, Shulgin goes to war with the DEA to protect it. Today, MDMA remains the best medical hope for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
I Am Rebel: Phreaks and Geeks
Premieres Sunday, June 26, at 9/8c
In the early 1980s, computer hackers are seen as dark and nefarious. But what officials don’t understand is that by identifying the holes in online security, hackers help make systems safer. Prank caller and telephone system manipulator Kevin Mitnick is one of the first notorious hackers to do this. Using his hacking skills, he eludes the FBI for years. When finally caught, he teaches the government how to tighten digital security and turns hacking into a respectable career.