Netflix has been busy today promoting its upcoming original movies and TV series. Below, you can view previews of What Would Sophia Loren Do?, We Are: The Brooklyn Saints, Firefly Lane, I Care a Lot., and Ginny & Georgia.
What Would Sophia Loren Do? (January 15)
What Would Sophia Loren Do? follows Nancy “Vincenza” Kulik, an Italian-American mother and grandmother living in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Nancy has seen her share of life’s challenges, but has always been able to stay joyful and resilient, inspired in part by another Italian mother, the movie star Sophia Loren.
Nancy uses the metaphorical question “What Would Sophia Loren Do?” as a guide to questions big and small. For example, “Would Sophia Loren eat whole wheat pasta?” Nancy thinks not. But more importantly, this catch phrase also provides comfort and a source of strength in times of crisis.
In 2016, Vincenza’s 51-year-old son passed away suddenly; Nancy was bereft. She found solace in the love and support of her friends and family. But as she describes it, Nancy also found strength in the example of Sophia’s grace and perseverance. For Nancy, the words “What Would Sophia Loren Do?” have helped her navigate some of the most difficult times of her life.
Through the experiences of these two extraordinary women, we come to understand what it means to face life’s challenges with resilience and love, and to age with courage, humor and joy.
Running at 32 minutes, the documentary short was directed by Ross Kauffman and produced by Robin Honan.
The executive producers are Regina K. Scully, Geralyn W. Dreyfous, and Jamie Wolf, while the producers include Regina K. Scully, Ross Kauffman, and Nicole Galovski.
We Are: The Brooklyn Saints (January 29)
From Emmy-award winning filmmaker Rudy Valdez (The Sentence), Imagine Documentaries, and Disarming Films comes We Are: The Brooklyn Saints, a four-part documentary series following a youth football program in the heart of inner city East NY, Brooklyn.
Geared towards boys 7-13 years old, the Brooklyn Saints program is more than a sport – it’s a family, and a vehicle for opportunity. Through intimate verité footage, the series immerses us in the world of Brooklyn Saints football and their community, chronicling the personal stories of the driven young athletes, as well as the support system of coaches and parents rallying behind them.
Over the course of a season, we witness the Saints’ power on and off the field, as they celebrate victories and overcome losses, both personal and athletic. Raw and authentic, the pressures of adolescence unfolds in real time as the boys work to propel themselves to a brighter future.
We Are: The Brooklyn Saints is an Imagine Documentaries and Disarming Films Production that is executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Amy Berg, Sara Bernstein, and Justin Wilkes. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rudy Valdez serves as director, executive producer and cinematographer.
Firefly Lane (February 3)
The greatest love story of all can be between friends. When unlikely duo Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) meet at age fourteen, they couldn’t be more different. Tully is the brash and bold girl you can’t ignore, while Kate is the mousy shy girl you never notice.
But when a tragedy brings them together, they are bonded for life — forever inseparable best friends. Together they experience thirty years of ups and downs — triumphs and disappointments, heartbreak and joy, and a love triangle that strains their friendship.
One goes on to fabulous wealth and fame, the other chooses marriage and motherhood — but through the decades, their bond remains — until it faces the ultimate test.
The series is based on the novel of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, who serves as co-executive producer.
I Care a Lot. (February 19)
Written and directed by J Blakeson, the feature film I Care a Lot. stars Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, Damian Young, with Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Dianne Wiest
Poised with sharklike self-assurance, Marla Grayson (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is a professional, court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards whose assets she seizes and cunningly bilks through dubious but legal means.
It’s a well-oiled racket that Marla and her business-partner and lover Fran (Eiza González) use with brutal efficiency on their latest “cherry,” Jennifer Peterson (two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest) — a wealthy retiree with no living heirs or family.
But when their mark turns out to have an equally shady secret of her own and connections to a volatile gangster (Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage), Marla is forced to level up in a game only predators can play — one that’s neither fair, nor square.
The film was produced by Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, Michael Heimler, and J Blakeson. The executive producers are Andrea Ajemian and Sacha Guttenstein.
Ginny & Georgia (February 24)
The 10-episode Ginny & Georgia stars newcomer Antonia Gentry as Ginny, Brianne Howey (The Passage) as Georgia and is helmed by an all-female creative team with first-time creator/executive producer Sarah Lampert, first-time showrunner/executive producer Debra J. Fisher (Alias, Criminal Minds, Being Mary Jane) and director/EP Anya Adams (GLOW, black-ish).
Angsty and awkward fifteen year old Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) often feels she doesn’t measure up to her thirty year old mother, the irresistible and dynamic Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey). Growing up on the move, Georgia desperately wants to put down roots in picturesque New England and give her family something they’ve never had… a normal life. But it’s not all carpool and Kombucha as Georgia’s past follows them to threaten her and her family’s fresh start.