IFC documentaries visit Darkon, Death Row

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Cable channel IFC is expanding its original nonfiction programming slate with a trio of documentaries on topics ranging from fantasy role-playing gamers to a punk band, to the execution of a man who was possibly innocent.

First up, next fall, will be Darkon, which follows the real-life adventures of an unusual group of weekend "warrior knights," fantasy role-playing gamers whose live-action "battleground" is modern-day Baltimore reimagined as a make-believe medieval world called Darkon.

Spring 2008 will see the premieres of Heavy Load and At the Death House Door.

Heavy Load centers on the punk band of the same name comprising musicians with and without learning disabilities.

At the Death House Door centers on the 1989 execution of Carlos DeLuna, a Texan who was convicted of the 1983 murder of a service station clerk, and on Pastor Carroll Pickett, who spent the last day of DeLuna's life with him. Pickett believed DeLuna was innocent, and the film will track the investigative efforts of a team of Chicago Tribune reporters who have turned up evidence that strongly suggests he was.

Documentaries making their way to IFC next year include The Bridge, Indie Sex, Does Your Soul Have a Cold?, and IFC's first theatrical release, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, debuting on the network March 31.

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