Fuse Media, “a cross-platform entertainment media brand for multicultural youth,” has announced the next three documentaries to make their U.S. television premieres as part of its Fuse Docs series. These films will spotlight “young, idealistic and diverse people who celebrate their cultural heritage and identity, confront issues, and overcome prejudice.”
Following in the footsteps of Peabody Award-winning Indivisible, Daytime Emmy Award-nominated Bean, and the most recent premiere, Time for Ilhan (which showed the rise of Ilhan Omar, who was just sworn in as one of the first two Muslim female members of the U.S. House of Representatives), the documentaries to debut on Fuse in early 2019 are:
- Fatherhood (world TV premiere: Saturday, March 2, 2019, on Fuse)
This one has been described as “Part documentary, part musical performance, all heart.” The “new style of film” delivers “powerful, shocking and uplifting stories,” told through the lens of music culture.
Featuring genre-spanning songs from hip-hop to blues, Fatherhood follows young people in Memphis, Los Angeles, New York, and London as they write and perform songs which address healing, with the goal of closing the gap between children and their fathers.
Directed by Ben Gregor, Fatherhood explores the reasons why some fathers “choose to remain absent, the impact on their kids and families and the discovery of new and innovative ways forward.”
- Sickyboy (U.S. TV premiere: Saturday, April 6, 2019, on Fuse)
Three best friends team up to create a podcast which “laughs in the face of serious illness.” Jeremie (one of the trio), whose own disease limits his life expectancy, “has become deeply concerned about how our society conditions us to avoid speaking with loved ones about serious health problems. What started off as a joke transforms into a personal journey, where the guys reflect on their own mortality and their wishes to help others.”
Directed by Andrew MacCormack.
- I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (World TV premiere: Saturday, May 18, 2019, on Fuse)
What turns a fan into a stan? We are all fans here, but sometimes a fan’s passion can take over one’s entire life and not in the most positive manner.
“From Beatlemaniacs to Directioners, obsession with a famous boyband is a curious thing. The Beatles, Backstreet Boys, Take That and One Direction all inspire a particular, fanatical fascination.”
Directed by Jessica Leski, in this “surprising” coming of age story, the focus is on four diverse women “across different generations who struggle with the challenges and contradictions that come with their obsession.”
Along with the documentaries mentioned above, Fuse Media will be premiering a new series, Fuse Films, a franchise spotlighting independent films which tell stories “about and by members of underserved” communities.
“Inclusive, authentic and upbeat,” these indie films are selected because of their aspirational and hopeful storylines, along with “a connection to music culture and/or the ability to explore key issues through entertainment.”
The first in the upcoming series is the queer film Venus, coming to Fuse in May, as part of Fuse Media’s Future Asian/Pacific History programming.
- Venus (U.S. TV premiere: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, on Fuse)
This “spirited” romantic comedy has been described to have a distinctly modern touch. It focuses on a family “where gender, generations, and cultures collide.”
A South Asian transgender woman sees her life flipped on its head when she meets the “white” teenaged son she didn’t know she had. As her complicated circumstances unfold, she must navigate parenting, a romantic relationship, her culture and an overbearing mother. Written and directed by Eisha Marjara, who delivers a resounding plea to cast off gender stereotypes.
“We continue to be proud of the stories being told through Fuse Docs, and by expanding into independent film, we are able to broaden the breadth of stories we can seek out and share with our young viewers,” said Fuse Media Senior VP of Content Strategy Marc Leonard. “Venus is a fun and thoughtful film that touches on timely topics, and I can’t wait for our audience to discover Eisha’s compelling creation.”
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