June 4, 2018

Screen Time: Week of June 4

From Jeffrey Schwartz's 'The Fabulous Allan Carr.' Photo: David Alexander

Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.

Premiering June 5 on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play is Jeffrey Schwartz's The Fabulous Allan Carr, a project of IDA's Fiscal Sponsorship Program. The film tells the story of dynamo Hollywood impresario Allan Carr—producer, marketing genius, and host of the wildest, most Babylonian parties LA has ever seen.

Premiering June 11 on World Channel's Local, USA series is Dan Habib's IDA Award-nominated short, Mr. Connolly Has ALS. As a life-long educator, high school principal Gene Connolly was passionate about including students with disabilities in regular classes. Those personal connections with students and families would have a profound impact on his life when his own health and abilities declined, preventing him from continuing his career.

Coming out on DVD through FilmRise and currently streaming on Netflix, Kasper Collin's I Called Him Morgan profiles the legendary jazz artist Lee Morgan, who, at age 33, was murdered by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. Drawing on an audio interview that Helen gave 20 years later, the film blends archival footage, on-camera testimonies and great music to tell the ill-fated pair's story.

Making its VOD Premiere on June 12 through IFC Films, Jeff Unay's The Cage Fighter follows mixed martial arts competitor Joe Carman, who pursues his dream despite his advanced age (40), his grueling day job, an ongoing custody battle, his wife's chronic illness and the demands of raising four girls. The Cage Fighter is a riveting look at what drives a man to push himself to the limit.