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'Black Art: In the Absence of Light' HBO Documentary Official Trailer

"Whenever you made work, it ought to be about something… And it ought to be about something that mattered." Another "how did we miss this when it was first released?!" trailer to feature. Black Art: In the Absence of Light is a documentary already available to watch via HBO that was initially released earlier this month for Black History Month. Inspired by the late David Driskell's landmark 1976 exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art," the documentary Black Art: In the Absence of L...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Trailer, Fbi, Documentaries, Driskell, David Driskell, To Watch, Sam Pollard


In the Absence of Light: celebrating the history of black artists in America

In a compelling new HBO documentary, film-maker Sam Pollard speaks to prominent creatives to tell the struggle and success of African American art“I get up at 7.30 in the morning and then I’m at my computer working, thinking about new ideas, pushing along the projects that I’m involved in,” 70-year-old Sam Pollard explains. The documentary film-maker, as an editor, frequently collaborated with Spike Lee on films such as Mo’ Better Blues, 4 Little Girls and Bamboozled. His storied directing caree...
Tags: Art, Hbo, Film, America, Culture, Art and design, Spike Lee, Little Girls, Sam Pollard, Documentary films, Trains Runnin


Black Art: In the Absence of Light

Next week, a documentary film directed by Sam Pollard will premiere on HBO: Black Art: In the Absence of Light. Inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” the documentary Black Art: In the Absence of Light offers an illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today. Directed by Sam Pollard (Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children) the film shines a light on the extraordinary...
Tags: Hbo, Atlanta, Jason Kottke, Driskell, David Driskell, Carrie Mae Weems, Sam Pollard


Overheard on the Radio...

I was driving downtown to shoot some photos and drop off some film last week. Terry Gross was interviewing filmmaker Sam Pollard on Fresh Air for MLK Day... Pollard: "But to now know that the minister of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Raphael Warnock, is going to be our - the first Black senator from the South is a phenomenal experience."I nearly swerved up onto the sidewalk on Meridian Street at hearing that. While Warnock is the first Black senator from Georgia, Tim Scott would be surprised to l...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Georgia, History, South Carolina, Tam, Scott, Rosa Parks, Bruce, Raphael Warnock, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Warnock, Pollard, Terry Gross, Meridian Street, Spitting In The Wind


'MLK/FBI': Documentary shows Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggles with J. Edgar Hoover

Sam Pollard's "MLK/FBI," debuts on-demand and in theaters Friday. It examines J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI's surveillance and harassment of MLK.          [Author: The Patriot Ledger]
Tags: Religion, Fbi, Martin Luther King Jr, J Edgar Hoover, Sam Pollard, The Patriot Ledger


'MLK/FBI' probes 'the darkest part' of the bureau's history

The government-sanctioned harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. provides the chilling spine of "MLK/FBI," a documentary timed to the annual holiday for the civil rights icon. Director Sam Pollard's film also raises an interesting question -- namely, what historians and journalists owe King's legacy in terms of releasing material amassed specifically in an effort to sully his name.
Tags: Cnn, Fbi, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Sam Pollard


Review: 'MLK/FBI' probes 'the darkest part' of the bureau's history

The government-sanctioned harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. provides the chilling spine of "MLK/FBI," a documentary timed to the annual holiday for the civil rights icon. Director Sam Pollard's film also raises an interesting question -- namely, what historians and journalists owe King's legacy in terms of releasing material amassed specifically in an effort to sully his name.
Tags: News, Fbi, Stories, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Sam Pollard


‘MLK/FBI’ Director Sam Pollard on the ‘Need to Have a Reckoning About Race’

Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI” is an arresting look at how J. Edgar Hoover used the country’s top law enforcement agency to wage a surveillance campaign against Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that made a mockery of the justice system. By illegally wiretapping King’s hotel rooms, Hoover’s agents discovered that the minister was having adulterous relationships and […]
Tags: Features, Fbi, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Hoover, J Edgar Hoover, Sam Pollard, MLK/FBI, Doc Dreams Episode Five


Harrowing new 'MLK/FBI' documentary humanizes Martin Luther King's struggles with J. Edgar Hoover

Sam Pollard's new documentary 'MLK/FBI' recounts in harrowing detail J. Edgar Hoover's attacks on Martin Luther King Jr., even as it humanizes King.          [Author: Arizona Republic]
Tags: Religion, Fbi, Martin Luther King, Arizona Republic, J Edgar Hoover, Edgar Hoover, Sam Pollard


J. Edgar Hoover waged war against Martin Luther King Jr. 'MLK/FBI' takes us to the battle

Sam Pollard's documentary film 'MLK/FBI' recounts in harrowing detail J. Edgar Hoover's attacks on Martin Luther King Jr., even as it humanizes King.          [Author: Arizona Republic]
Tags: Religion, Fbi, Martin Luther King Jr, Arizona Republic, J Edgar Hoover, Edgar Hoover, Sam Pollard


‘MLK/FBI’ Director Sam Pollard on Documentary Filmmaking After Black Lives Matter: ‘You’ve Got to Keep Pushing’

Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI” follows the dirty war that America’s FBI declared on civil rights figurehead Martin Luther King, a vendetta that began in the 50s and ended with his assassination in 1968, inspired by recent revelations (as well as credible long-held suspicions), and backed up by declassified secret government documents. Documentary festival IDFA, which runs […]
Tags: News, Global, America, Fbi, Martin Luther King, IDFA, Sam Pollard


‘MLK/FBI’ Trailer: New Documentary Examines How the FBI Tried to Stop Martin Luther King Jr.

Every child learns about the historic efforts of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. to stop systemic racism in a society that continually treated Black people as inferior. But what they don’t often learn is how the Federal Bureau of Investigation, led by J. Edgar Hoover, was ordered to provide surveillance of King in order to get enough evidence to destroy him and the movement that he was leading. The new documentary MLK/FBI uncovers rarely seen facets of the FBI’s investigation into ...
Tags: Movies, Documentary, Toronto, Fbi, Doc Nyc, Movie Trailers, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Hoover, Ifc Films, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Telluride, Trump, J Edgar Hoover, Pollard, Sammy Davis Jr


International Documentary Association to Honor Sam Pollard With Career Achievement Award

Three-time Emmy winner Sam Pollard has been selected for the career achievement award by the International Documentary Association. He will be honored at the 36th annual IDA Documentary Awards’ digital ceremony in January. The nominees for all categories will be revealed on Nov. 24. Pollard won two Emmys for “When The Levees Broke: A Requiem […]
Tags: News, Awards, Pollard, International Documentary Association, Sam Pollard


‘MLK/FBI’ Review: An Infuriating Look at J. Edgar Hoover’s Attempt to Stop Martin Luther King [TIFF 2020]

There’s a dark shadow cast over the life and career of J. Edgar Hoover, the infamous FBI Director who created the G-Man persona and ruled the Bureau with an iron fist for over four decades. Even if you want to overlook the unconfirmed rumors, the fact remains that for all his righteousness, Hoover did not do things by the book. He made the rules up as he went along, and bent them to suit his own needs. And when it comes to Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s common knowledge that Hoover despised the ...
Tags: Movies, Documentary, Toronto, Features, Fbi, Movie Reviews, United States, Martin Luther King, Memphis, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Hoover, James Comey, Trump, Bureau, Robert F Kennedy


New York Film Festival 2020 Unveils Main Slate Including New Films From Steve McQueen and Chloé Zhao

The 2020 New York Film Festival has announced the 25 films that will make up the main slate of its fall festival. The New York City-based festival, which usually kicks off in the last week of September, is expanding its dates in order to accommodate drive-in screenings, starting a week earlier on September 17. Opening the festival will be new movies from Steve McQueen and Chloé Zhao, while Azazel Jacobs’s French Exit has been chosen to close the festival. Film at Lincoln Center has unveiled ...
Tags: Movies, Boston, New York City, Time, America, Fbi, Steve McQueen, Lincoln Center, Lebanon, Mcqueen, City Hall, Gianfranco Rosi, Zhao, Film Festivals, Frederick Wiseman, Dennis Lim


The Canceled 2020 Telluride Film Festival Announces Its Lineup Anyway, Including ‘Ammonite’, ‘Nomadland’, and More

Thanks to COVID-19, the 2020 Telluride Film Festival has been canceled. The festival organizers made that decision a few weeks ago. But just because the fest isn’t actually happening this year, doesn’t mean they can’t still shine a light on the movies that would have played there if this godforsaken pandemic hadn’t thrown the world into turmoil. “Though we aren’t able to present our program in-person as planned, we still want to announce the lineup to bring attention to these brilliant films,” ...
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Toronto International Film Festival Sets 2020 Hybrid Lineup

Toronto International Film Festival Sets 2020 Hybrid Lineup Shortly after fellow prestige cinema convention Venice announced its lineup for the 2020 edition, Toronto Film Festival has revealed its full roster of projects set to premiere at its hybrid event, including Chloe Zhao’s upcoming adaptation of Nomadland starring Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). RELATED: Venice Film Festival 2020 Competition Lineup Unveiled PB = PB || {}; ...
Tags: Movies, Mexico, France, Toronto, Georgia, Iran, Egypt, United Kingdom, Frances Mcdormand, Brazil, Miami, Venice, Toronto Film Festival, Viggo Mortensen, Halle Berry, Toronto International Film Festival


TIFF 2020 Line-Up Includes Films from Regina King, Viggo Mortensen, Halle Berry, Werner Herzog & More

The 2020 Toronto International Film Festival is still happening this fall, albeit with a lot of changes as the world is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Though there will still be some physical screenings in movie theaters happening up in Canada, this year’s line-up features a smaller selection of films, the addition of plenty of digital screenings, and some collaboration with the Venice Film Festival and New York Film Festival. And now we known which movies will be playing The full...
Tags: Japan, Usa, Movies, Australia, Mexico, France, Boston, India, US, Toronto, Georgia, Iran, Earth, Taiwan, Fbi, Budapest


A Sister’s Raw Deal: ‘A Story That People Never Get to See’

Rudy Valdez is a Michigan-raised, Brooklyn-based filmmaker. He got his start as a camera operator on the Peabody Award-winning Sundance Channel series “Brick City,” and has worked as a cinematographer for such directors and producers as Sebastian Junger, Whoopi Goldberg, Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard. Ten years in the making, Rudy’s directorial debut “The Sentence” […]
Tags: Features, Brooklyn, Michigan, Rudy, Criminal Justice Reform, Sam Pollard, Rudy Valdez, Sebastian Junger Whoopi Goldberg Geeta Gandbhir


Tribeca Film Festival review: MR SOUL!

Screenings and Venues: Wednesday April 25, 9:15pm at Cinépolis Chelsea Thursday April 26, 6:30pm at Regal Cinemas Battery Park   (USA) – World Premiere Section: Tribeca TV   This documentary has been a long time coming, and from the opening credits to the, yes, soul-stirring opening featuring crooner Al Green, it’s obvious we’re all in for something extra-special. Yet by film’s end, that will be an understatement. “Mr. SOUL!” offers an entertaining and essential look at the groundbreaking public...
Tags: Europe, Music, Usa, New York City, America, Al Green, Film/tv, Midwest, James Baldwin, Howard University, Tribeca Film Festival, Amiri Baraka, Black Excellence, Curtis Caesar John, Cinépolis Chelsea, Carmen de Lavallade


Spielberg’s Why We Hate Documentary Series Heading to Discovery

Spielberg’s Why We Hate documentary series heading to Discovery Discovery has assembled a team of award-winning filmmakers to tackle one of the most important issues of our time: Why We Hate. The project is being executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg (The Post, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Death Row Stories). Directed by Emmy winners Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts), this six-par...
Tags: TV, Movies, Oscar, TV News, Alex Gibney, Sam, Discovery Channel, Spielberg, Alex, Steven Spielberg, Steven, Steve Tisch, Gibney, David Zaslav, TV Premiere Dates, NANCY DANIELS


The 2018 Grammy Nominations Have Dropped — See The Full List!

Can you believe it's almost time for the Grammys?? On Tuesday, The Recording Academy finally announced their full list of noms, and now we can finally see who will be up for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. So, who did get nominated for 2018?? Current frontrunners include JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars. Ch-ch-check out the FULL nominations list (below)! Record of the Year "Redbone" — Childish Gambino "Despacito" — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Fe...


DOC NYC review: “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”

SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME Directed by Sam Pollard (USA, 100 min.) NYC PREMIERE SUN. NOV. 12, 1:30PM (SVA Theatre) TUE. NOV. 14, 12:15PM (IFC Center) Series: Centerstage   When you think about it for a second, it’s pretty odd that a true documentary on a legendary talent like Sammy Davis Jr. has, until this point, never been made.   Yet when you properly examine his career, as “ Sammy Davis, Jr,: I’ve Gotta Be Me ,” titled off of one of his most famous songs , so ...
Tags: Music, Usa, Blog, Davis, Doc Nyc, Frank Sinatra, Civil rights movement, Humphrey Bogart, Black, Film/tv, Tom, Richard Nixon, Sammy, Sammy Davis Jr, Kim Novak, James Cagney


8th Annual DOC NYC showcases Politicos, Playwrights, Insurrection, and ‘Mister Show Business’

For the eighth consecutive year, the United States’ largest documentary film festival, DOC NYC returns to delight and challenge audiences.  Premiering and showcasing many of the world’s best documentaries, this high calibre film fest  takes place over eight days in November from the November 9-16, 2017 at New York’s IFC Center , Cinepolis Chelsea and the SVA Theatre  (click links for locations). Our emphasis and forthcoming reviews cover Black subject films, and while they’re not all ...
Tags: Music, Hbo, Usa, New York, Hollywood, Documentary, New York City, Africa, US, America, Blog, Atlanta, Fbi, Chicago, United States, Nelson Mandela


REVIEW: “The Rape of Recy Taylor” – New York Film Festival

Showtimes: Tuesday, October 3rd – 6pm , Francesca Beale Theater post-screening Q&A with Nancy Buiriski on 10/3   There are so many relatively unknown stories that have helped to change the world as we know it. Recy Taylor’s own is one of them. The horrendous thing that happened to her is obvious from the title.  But what is not so obvious is that at the time of her gang rape by six white boys, deep in 1944 Abbeville, Alabama, within the pervasive culture of silence of Jim Crow South (w...
Tags: Music, Usa, Colin Kaepernick, Broadway, National Football League, Naacp, Donald Trump, Jim Crow, Black, Parks, Film/tv, Vsb, Rosa Parks, New York Film Festival, Oscar Micheaux, Cynthia Erivo