SUNDANCENOW DOC CLUB CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH "BLACK LIVES ON FILM" PROGRAM
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SUNDANCENOW DOC CLUB CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH “BLACK LIVES ON FILM” PROGRAM

The Program Features CHISHOLM ’72: UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED, Available for the First Time Ever Online 

Doc Club now available on Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV

SundanceNow Doc Club, the streaming video subscription service for documentary lovers, announced today that “Black Lives on Film,” a program of 11 documentaries curated in honor of Black History Month, is now available online. One of the films featured in the program, CHISHOLM ’72: UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED, Shola Lynch’s intimate examination of Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking presidential campaign, has not been available since its original airing on PBS in 2004.

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Additional featured films include Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ KING: A FILMED RECORD, Göran Olsson’s BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 and Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman’s SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION.

Of the program, Doc Club’s resident curator Thom Powers said: “This Black History collection is full of extraordinary characters – Muhammad Ali, Shirley Chisholm, Harry Belafonte – whose lives are rendered by great directors. Many of these films have been hard to find even though they speak so directly to our times. It’s a pleasure to bring them to new audiences.”

As a complement to the digital program, Doc Club recently presented a panel at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival entitled “Black Lives on Film,” featuring Stanley Nelson, Lyric Cabral, Dawn Porter and Liz Garbus, and moderated by Thom Powers.

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Documentaries in the program include:

  • THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 (Göran Olsson, 2011)
    A collection of 16mm footage shot by Swedish journalists, documenting their meetings with leaders of the Black Power Movement, set to the music of Questlove and Om’Mas and including commentary from contemporary African-American artists and activists.
  • THE BLACK PRESS: SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS (Stanley Nelson, 1999)
    Stanley Nelson’s debut doc illuminates the fascinating history of African-American journalism and newspapers from the early 19th century through the Civil Rights Era.
  • CHISHOLM ’72: UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED (Shola Lynch, 2004)
    Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress, mounts a presidential campaign for the Democratic Party Nomination in 1972.
  • KING: A FILMED RECORD (Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1970)
    A landmark documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, to his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
  • THE LOVING STORY (Nancy Buirski, 2011)
    The ultimate account of the pivotal 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which resulted in the legalization of interracial marriage.
  • THE ORDER OF MYTHS (Margaret Brown, 2008)
    An exploration of Mardi Gras and how the myriad parties and parades encompass class, race and politics in the city of New Orleans.
  • A PLACE OF OUR OWN (Stanley Nelson, 2004)
    Filmmaker Stanley Nelson uses his own family’s experiences to explore the history of Oak Bluffs, a popular summer vacation spot for upper-middle class black families.
  • SING YOUR SONG (Susanne Rostock, 2011)
    A survey of the life of Harry Belafonte and his experiences as a singer, touring a segregated country, and his groundbreaking crossover into Hollywood.
  • SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION (Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman, 2009)
    A moving look at the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the music that both inspired and arose from it, with performances by John Legend, Joss Stone, Wycleaf Jean, The Roots and more.
  • SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: RAISE YOUR VOICE (Stanley Nelson 2005)
    This uplifting musical doc explores the powerful legacy of the beloved African-American female acapella group as they embark on their 30th anniversary tour.
  • THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI (Bill Siegel, 2013)
    The legal battles of the boxing champion as he fights against conscription into the US military during the Vietnam War.

ABOUT SUNDANCENOW DOC CLUB:

SundanceNow Doc Club is the member-based advertising-free streaming video service dedicated to curated documentaries, providing the global community of doc fans a place to discover and watch unforgettable films they can’t find anywhere else. Doc lovers have access to many of the most acclaimed documentaries in recent years as well as many classics from filmmakers including Robert Drew, Joe Berlinger, Errol Morris, Alain Berliner and many more. Doc Club’s carefully curated selection is hand-picked by experts led by renowned film festival programmer Thom Powers. Membership benefits include special screenings, free movie tickets, events with filmmakers, exclusive filmmaker interviews and updates, and behind-the-scenes looks at film festivals.

Recent releases include the exclusive digital premiere of SHOAH and the “Ira Glass Favorites” program. Recent events hosted by Doc Club include a series of panels at the Sundance Film Festival with top documentary filmmakers, and a special screening of THE CRUISE with Director Bennett Miller and Guest Curator Ira Glass. Memberships for SundanceNow Doc Club begin at the low monthly price of $4.99 for an annual subscription or $6.99 per month for a month-to-month subscription, and a new a gift subscription option is now available. Viewers can also sign up for a one-month free trial. Viewers can watch via web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV (via Airplay). For more information, visit www.DocClub.com.

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