By: Kayla Reyes
In 2018, the Obamas announced their multi-year production deal with Netflix where they will produce films and television shows. Now, the Obamas finally announced the seven projects that are in development!
The Obamas production company, Higher Ground Productions, will cover and focus on a wide range of programming. They stated, “Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all.”
Here is the list of shows and films that are planning to be released:
1. American Factory
The Sundance Film Festival award-winning film follows a Chinese billionaire who operates a new factory in post-industrial Ohio made up of two thousand blue-collar Americans. The promise of new jobs gives workers a sense of hope, until a culture clash between American and Chinese workers causes tension.
Written and produced by Callie Khouri, creator of the hit TV series Nashville and classic film Thelma and Louise, Bloom is fashion series set in NYC that highlights the plight and triumphs of women and people of color living in a post-WWII world.
3. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
After winning the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History for his novel on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, David W. Blight's 2018 novel Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is now being adapted into a film.
Overlooked is a scripted anthology series inspired by the The New York Times’ ongoing obituary column. Hear me out: This series will tell the stories of those whose deaths were not covered in the obituary column but deserve to be shared.
5. The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy
Based on Michael Lewis' book The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, this series will highlight the heroes working behind the scenes in government who keep our nation safe.
6. Crip Camp
Crip Camp tells the story of "a summer camp for disabled teenagers that would transform young lives, and America forever by helping to set in motion the disability rights movement." Jim LeBrecht, a former camper and Nicole Newnham, will direct the film.
7. Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents
Given the success of other hit Netflix kid shows, Ask the Storybots, PJ Masks, and more, Jeremy Konnerand Erika Thormahlen are developing a show that educates parents and kids about "our food" through adventures around the world.
We look forward to seeing which films will hit Netflix first! Let us know what you think about the films and tv shows so far!