Last year in May Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama struck a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce original shows and movies.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s content chief, responded on the deal saying, “Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better.”
It looks like everything is going well as on Tuesday, The Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, announced the shows and movies that will be coming up on Netflix.
All the projects are currently in development and will be released starting next year. Below are the names of seven projects that were announced by Higher Grounds.
1) American Factory
American Factory is a story of a Chinese billionaire who opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. The film is being directed by Emmy Award®-winners Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert.
Bloom is a drama series set in post-WWII New York City that depicts the barriers faced by women and by the people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress. Clement Virgo is the writer-director of the film.
3) Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Adaptation)
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is a feature film and adaptation of author David W. Blight’s Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, for which he won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History. The New York Times called the book “an ambitious and empathetic biography of major American life.”
Overlooked is the story of some of the remarkable people whose deaths were not reported by the newspaper.
5) Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents
Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents is a half-hour preschool series from creators Jeremy Konner and Erika Thormahlen. The show will take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.
6) Fifth Risk
Fifth Risk is a non-fiction series that will tell us the importance of unheralded work done by everyday heroes guiding our government and safeguarding our nation.
7) Crip Camp
Crip Camp is a feature-length documentary film. The film will be set in the early 1970s when a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers that would transform young lives, and America forever by helping to set in motion the disability rights movement. The film is directed by Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham.