Currently traveling the film festival circuit is Paradox Smoke Productions’ new documentary on Rain Pryor (daughter of the late, great Richard Pryor, and an acclaimed director, producer, actor, stand-up comedian, educator, activist, speaker, and mother), titled That Daughter’s Crazy, likely named after the father’s Grammy award-winning 1974 comedy album That Nigger’s Crazy.
Carrying on a career as an actor/singer/comedian, beyond the shadow of her legendary father, Rain Pryor is an original, bold, and energetic voice, who brings us influences of her upbringing with a deep love and respect for her father. Her quest for individuality is exemplified in her award-winning one-woman show, Fried Chicken and Latkes, which dramatizes growing up in Beverly Hills in a bi-racial, half Jewish/half black household. The film features footage, photos, press clippings of Rain’s life and career, as well as various interviews. A social commentary, the film explores themes of diversity, relationships between parents and children and a profound perspective of one entertainer’s journey.
“What attracted me to our project at first was an electrifying performance of Rain Pryor in her highly acclaimed one woman show. As an “intellectual/artistic globetrotter” from what is still called “Eastern Europe,” I was curious what hid beneath her evocative title. The religious and performance ritual at its best! Axé, Rain! Shalom, my brother,” said director Elzbieta Szoka.
Follow the film’s festival travels on its Facebook page HERE. It’ll next screen at this year’s San Francisco Black Film Festival, which runs from June 12 to 15.
Watch a trailer for the feature documentary below: