Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror * 2019 * Not Rated (Suggested 16+) * 1 Hour 23 Minutes
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Horror Noire is a documentary feature film that traces traces the history of African-American people in horror settings, starting with the 1915 film Birth of a Nation, which used white actors in blackface to portray the African-American characters. Horror Noire continues to cover the history of African-American involvement in horror films in front of and behind the camera up to the time of the film’s completion, including the 2017 film Get Out, which was written and directed by Jordan Peele, who went on to work on a Twilight Zone reboot and HBO’s Lovecraft Country.
Though it had a theatrical premiere, Horror Noire is normally available exclusively on the Shudder network. It’s currently included free with Amazon Prime membership until 10/31/20. The film is based on the 2011 book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Robin R. Means Coleman, PhD. The documentary was directed by Xavier Burgin, produced and written by Ashlee Blackwell and Danielle Burrows, with cinematography by Mario Rodriguez, for Stage 3 Productions.
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One Child Nation * 2019 * Rated R * 1 Hour 28 Minutes
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One Child Nation is a very personal documentary, made by director Nanfu Wang when she had her own first child and began to seriously consider, for the first time, the implications of China’s one child policy, which she had been born and raised under. Wang had relocated to the US years before her son was born, so her pregnancy was unaffected by the harsh government program, which was in force from 1979 to 2015. But the internalized trauma from growing up in that environment, from events she didn’t even realize she’d absorbed, began to affect her attitude toward her own pregnancy, so she set out to examine the wide-ranging effects of China’s long-term push to gain control of its population size.
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HBO has released a new trailer for the Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which the cable channel will premiere on Saturday, January 7th at 8:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM CT.
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HBO will Debut the Film Saturday, January 7 at 8PM ET/7PM CT
TCM to Run Debbie Reynolds Movie Marathon Friday, January 27
HBO announced this morning that they will broadcast the Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds documentary film Bright Lights: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on Saturday, January 7, at 8:00 PM ET, instead of in March, as originally planned, in response to the deaths of both women this week. The documentary was filmed and completed in 2016, and has already been screened at the Cannes and New York Film Festivals.
HBO will air the 2010 documentary film of Carrie Fisher’s one-woman Broadway show Wishful Drinking Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 9 PM ET.
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HBO Will Also Show New Documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” in the First Half of 2017 [Updated]
In the wake of the tragic loss of both Carrie Fisher on December 27, and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, just one day later on December 28, HBO is changing its schedule to honor the two women. Both women were multi-talented performers with decades long careers. Their accomplishments are too long to list here, so I’ll just link to their Wiki pages and try not to start crying again. I grew up watching Debbie in Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, then enjoyed her later turn from spunky ingenue to crotchedy maternal type as she aged. I saw Star Wars: A New Hope as a teenager in theaters during its original run. Carrie was the same age as my sister. I cheered for her success as she broke out of her Princess Leia buns to avoid type-casting and become a bestselling author as well. In a culture where so many female artists are benched by the time they are 40, these two kept going long afterwards.
After the cut, trailers for both films, and a 2011 Oprah interview with Carrie and Debbie.
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