By Sahil Patel
Netflix continues its documentary push with the acquisition of four new films that will roll out on the service in the coming months.
The first is “Battered Bastards of Baseball,” which tells the story of a now-defunct minor league baseball team. Premiering on July 11, the film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, is a passion project of sorts for actor Kurt Russell’s family. The team profiled in the film was founded by his father, Bing Russell, and the film itself is directed by Bing Russell’s grandsons Chapman and Maclain May.
The second project is “Mission Blue,” a documentary about marine biologist Sylvia Earle and her campaign to create a network of protected marine sanctuaries. The documentary will bow on Netflix on August 15.
The other two projects, “E-Team,” about human rights workers investigating war crimes, and “Print the Legend,” which is about the 3D printing industry, will debut later this year.
In a statement to the Press, Lisa Nishimura, who oversees Netflix’s documentary films division, says Netflix’s pitch to filmmakers is that it can provide a longer shelf-life for their films. This is different from TV networks, she said, which can provide more immediate attention but not the longevity.