FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
EPIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY, THE CURRENT, PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 8PM EST
Inspirational Film Follows Athletes who are Disabled as they Explore Freedom of Movement in Water
New York, NY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 – Premium entertainment network EPIX announced the World Premiere of its Original Documentary, The Current, on Wednesday, March 12 at 8PM ET. This one-hour inspirational documentary follows athletes with disabilities as they explore a newfound freedom of movement through water sports such as scuba diving, surfing, and swimming with dolphins. The film features French explorer, environmentalist and educator Jean-Michel Cousteau and his son Fabien, lifelong champions of the healing power of the world’s oceans.
Individuals featured in the documentary include athletes, public figures and athlete ambassadors such as: renowned “soul surfer” Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, but now surfs professionally; world record swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin; NCAA Wrestling champ and ESPY winner Anthony Robles, who was born without his right leg; adventurer Grant Korgan, the first adaptive athlete to ski 80 miles in the South Pole; Afghanistan veteran Jesse Murphree, who underwent dual-leg amputations above the knees, but has since re-learned how to ski; and London Paralympics swimming gold medalistMallory Weggemann.
In addition, The Current will be featured as the Red Carpet Preview for the country’s leading disability film festival, ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival (www.reelabilities.org) on Wednesday, March 5, at 7:00pm at The Times Center in New York City. Bethany Hamilton and others featured in the film will attend.
EPIX is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EPIX.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox consoles, first on PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PlayStation®4 (PS4™) systems, first on Android tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and Windows 8.1 and is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network.
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