SILVER SPRING, Md., June 22 - Award-winning actor John Turturro will host Discovery Times Channel's weekly series DISCOVERY TIMES SCREENING ROOM, which features powerful and distinctive films by leading documentarians, bringing film festival style and personal storytelling to viewers' living rooms. Every Thursday in July, Turturro will present a showcase documentary that offers a unique perspective on topical issues.
"John Turturro brings a passion for quality filmmaking that matches our own network commitment to bring viewers the highest quality documentary films," said Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager, Discovery Times Channel. "John represents the kind of distinctive voice that we seek in our sampling of documentary films on provocative, topical issues."
Among his many accolades, Turturro has received a Cannes International Film Festival Best Actor award (1991) and Camera d'Or award (1992), a Golden Globe Best Actor nomination (1994) and multiple Independent Spirit Award nominations. He has starred in films such as Rounders, He Got Game, The Color of Money, To Live and Die in L.A. and Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.
Some of the films to be shown in the DISCOVERY TIMES SCREENING ROOM series include the following:
PROMISES - Network Premiere, Thursday, July 7 at 9 PM
This 2002 Academy Award-nominated film presents the complicated relations between Israelis and Palestinians through the eyes of young people on both sides of the divide. Though the children live only 20 minutes apart, they exist in completely separate worlds -- the physical, historical and emotional obstacles between them run deep.
BOLLYWOOD BOUND - Network Premiere, Thursday, July 14 at 9 PM
If you thought it was tough to make it in Hollywood, Bollywood -- and BOLLYWOOD BOUND -- will blow you away. The film follows the lives of four aspiring Indo-North American actors trying to make it in the mainstream Indian film industry, a.k.a. Bollywood.
WITH ALL DELIBERATE SPEED - Network Premiere: Thursday, July 21 at 7 PM
This is the powerful and moving story of the heroic acts leading up to the May 17, 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that legally desegregated America's public school system. While this character-rich historical saga will be the foundation of the film, it will also be the springboard into the very modern drama of race relations today -- some 50 years after Brown.
The Discovery Times Channel (http://www.discovery.com/times) combines the journalistic authority of The New York Times with the programming excellence of Discovery Communications to bring viewers provocative, engaging and relevant documentary series and specials about the events and ideas shaping our times. The network has won multiple industry honors for its breakthrough programming, including an Emmy, an Overseas Press Club Award, three National Headliner Awards, a BANFF Rockie Award, and has had a film selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Available to more than 36 million subscribers in the United States, the Discovery Times Channel is a joint venture between The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) and Discovery Communications, Inc., the leading global real-world media and entertainment company.