ROSARIO DAWSON JOINS ORIGINAL EPIX DOCUMENTARY SERIES
‘AMERICA DIVIDED’ – SET FOR PRE-ELECTION FALL RELEASE
Dawson to Explore Flint, Michigan Water Crisis for Series
New York, NY – June 16, 2016 – Premium TV network EPIX® announced today that actress Rosario Dawson (“Daredevil,” Sin City, Rent) has joined the limited Original Documentary Series America Divided as a celebrity correspondent. The docu-series created by Solly Granatstein, Lucian Read, and Richard Rowley, with executive producers Norman Lear, Common and Shonda Rhimes, and produced by DividedFilms in association with RadicalMedia, feature narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system – all woven into an eight-story, four-and-half hour series. Dawson, who is no stranger to offering her voice to conversations of national importance, has been tapped to explore the ongoing causes and legacy of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Dawson’s segment begins production this month.
Dawson profiles the citizen-scientists who first exposed the existence of lead in the Flint water supply; investigates the alleged cover-up; and examines the policies behind the decision to switch the water supply in the first place. She joins residents, doctors, scientists, academics and political leaders in in-depth conversations to find answers to questions raised by one of the worst public health disasters in American history.
America Divided follows high-profile correspondents as they explore aspects of inequality related to their own biographies. Oscar®-winning hip-hop artist Common returns to his hometown of Chicago — ground zero for disparities in the criminal justice system. Emmy®– and Golden Globe®-winning actress America Ferrera travels to Texas to witness battles around access to the ballot and healthcare for poor women. Actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis investigates the political landscape in his home state of North Carolina and considers how it’s emblematic of the country’s deepening political divide during the 2016 campaign. Legendary TV producer Norman Lear, an original member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame, reports on the housing crisis in New York — from people who have no homes to luxury apartments purposely kept vacant. Actress and producer Amy Poehler witnesses the complex challenges faced by domestic workers who maintain an intimate relationship with the families that employ them, while also struggling for better conditions. Actor and activist Peter Sarsgaard explores the addiction crisis ravaging a heartland beset by unemployment and the shuttering of America’s factories. And “Grey’s Anatomy” star and former teacher Jesse Williams goes back to the classroom and becomes immersed in the battle to fix inequality in education.
America Divided, is an EPIX Original Documentary series produced by Divided Films in association with RadicalMedia. Norman Lear (“All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons”), Common (Selma, John Wick 2) and Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”) are the executive producers along with the co-creators Solly Granatstein (“Years Of Living Dangerously,” “60 Minutes”), Lucian Read (“Years of Living Dangerously,” 99%) and Richard Rowley (Dirty Wars, “Years of Living Dangerously”). Jon Kamen (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, The Fog of War), Dave O’Connor (You Don’t Know Bo, Whitey: The United States v. James J. Bulger) and Justin Wilkes (What Happened, Miss Simone?, Under African Skies) are executive producers for RadicalMedia. Nicole Dow and Derek Dudley (Freedom Road Productions), and Brent Miller (Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You) are co-executive producers. Solly Granatstein, Lucian Read and Richard Rowley also serve as directors. Rebecca Teitel (Hate in America, Hubris) and Jesse Williams (Farword Films) are senior producers. Abby Ellis and Leah Natasha Thomas are producers. Mark S. Greenberg, Jocelyn Diaz, Ross Bernard and Jill Burkhart are executive producers for EPIX.
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