Ciudad Juarez becomes the subject for IFC Documentary Now!
Just a few days prior to its official premiere, comedians Bill Hader and Fred Armisen decided to stream a full episode of their latest project Documentary Now!
As Jack Black explains as the host of the episode, “We are keeping a close eye on the world of madness to bring you the real news of the world.” In Dronez: The Hunt for El Chignon – a Vice-parodying installment of Documentary Now! – Armisen and Hader play hipster journalists tracking down a dangerous drug lord, a.k.a El Chingon, in Juarez, Mexico.
What follows is a hilarious satire that manages to balance between making fun of the hosts (“journalists”) and making fun of the people involved, with many of the expected American/Mexican stereotypes, and the comedic genius of both Hader and Armisen.
Described as a television program that brings you unparalleled access to exceptional storytelling, the series will premiere on IFC on Thursday, Aug. 20.
The project created by Hader and Armisen, in collaboration with Seth Meyers, “takes you through the history of excellence and integrity in documentary filmmaking.” Each installment is presented by Dame Helen Mirren, who invites you to explore the series’ archives and watch the trailer for the 294-disc definitive collection.
Set to be a six episode show, the season begins on Thursday with the "mockumentary" Sandy Passage, a tribute to Albert and David Maysles’ 1975 doc Grey Gardens "about an eccentric upper-crust mother and daughter (related to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, of course) who live together in a dilapidated Hamptons manor," according to IFC.
Detroit Free Press reported that the idea for the project grew out of a 2013 "SNL" skit called "The History of Punk," a fake documentary in which Armisen played a punk singer named Ian Rubbish.
"It was the week that Margaret Thatcher passed away, and it got me to thinking how she was the villain in so many punk songs. I just wanted to write about the one punk singer who was a huge fan of hers," Meyers recalls. "Fred had, in the time I'd worked with him, provided me with sort of an education in punk music. Pretty much, I grabbed Fred. He started working on the songs. I started working on the sketch."