The Obamas say they “couldn’t be more excited” about the projects they’re announcing Tuesday for their Netflix production company.
The lineup includes a series about food aimed at preschoolers, a scripted drama about the post-World War II fashion world and a documentary film focused on American factories.
“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,” former President Obama said in a statement.
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The former first family’s production company, Higher Ground, signed a multiyear deal with Netflix last year to produce shows and other original content for the streaming giant.
Among the projects announced Tuesday are “American Factory,” which won in the directing category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The documentary “takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans.” But, according to Higher Ground, “early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.”
Also poised to be released over the next several years, according to the company, is “Bloom,” a scripted series set in the New York fashion world “that depicts barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.”
Another show aimed at families comes from “Drunk History’s” Jeremy Konner and is called “Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents.” The program will tell preschoolers stories about food. As first lady, Michelle Obama launched a food and exercise–focused anti-childhood obesity initiative called the Let’s Move! campaign.
Other projects include a feature film about Frederick Douglass based on David W. Blight’s award-winning biography of the abolitionist and former slave.
“Crip Camp” will detail a real-life summer camp for disabled children that was created in the 1970s near Woodstock. “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis will head up a nonfiction series about “the importance of unheralded work done by everyday heroes guiding our government and safeguarding our nation.” And another project will adapt the New York Times’s obituary column “Overlooked” into a scripted series.