Executive produced by Maria Shriver, ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Short, “Brave in the Attempt,” captures the force of nature that was her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and shows how her personal mission, inspired by her sister Rosemary Kennedy’s own struggles with inclusion, to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities eventually developed from the summer camp she started in 1962 in her Maryland backyard into the global organization it is today with more than 4.5 million athletes all over the world. As the Special Olympics Athlete pledge: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt.”
Executive produced by Maria Shriver, Still Alice, is based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Lisa Genova. The story centers on Alice Howland, who is happily married with three grown children and a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested. Alice’s struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth & Hunter Parish.
Executive produced by HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver in association with The Shriver Report, Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert offers the deeply personal, emotionally harrowing, and unvarnished true story of Katrina Gilbert, a single mom in Chattanooga, Tennessee, struggling to get ahead, but constantly knocked back by an out-of-date system that seems to prevent her from being able to push back from the brink.
Executive produced by Maria Shriver and written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom; The Mask You Live In, follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.
Executive produced by Maria Shriver alongside HBO’s Sheila Nevins, this Emmy award-winning, four-part documentary series on HBO, The Alzheimer’s Project, takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries being made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer’s and on their families. One of the films in the series, Grandpa, Do you Know Who I Am? was based on Shriver’s best-selling children’s book of the same name. It was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for exemplifying “television with a conscience.”
Executive produced by Maria Shriver, American Idealist brings Sargent Shriver’s story to life in this documentary which aired nationally on PBS on January 21, 2008. A powerful 90-minute depiction of practical activism, it offers a hopeful vision of what this nation could be and could do, based on the experience of what it once did when pushed by the civil rights movement and guided by the War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver invented a string of social initiatives that shaped an era and dared millions of young Americans to live out their ideals, including Peace Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Head Start, Legal Services for the Poor, Youth Corps, Job Corps, and more. Those who knew him — Bill Moyers, Andrew Young, political commentator Mark Shields, and so many others — have spoken of Shriver in the same breath as Martin Luther King, Jr., calling him a visionary of deep humanity who helped create a more just society.