SundanceNow Doc Club, the streaming video subscription service that specializes in documentaries, has announced that online availability of its “Black Lives on Film” program of 11 documentaries, curated in honor of Black History Month.
The lineup includes a number of films we’ve profiled on this blog over the years, including “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975,” “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords,” Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed” (available for the first time online), “King: A Filmed Record,” “The Loving Story,” “The Order of Myths” and several more.
It truly is a solid group of documentary films, all of them I’ve seen, and I recommend you watch all of them, or as many as you can, especially if you haven’t already. Best of all, they’re all available to watch right now! Just click on each link below.
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.
Documentaries in the program follow below. Again, click on each title link to watch. Doc Club is also now available on Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV:
- 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.