NATIONTIME-GARY
1972, 90 min, USA, Dir: William Greaves

One of America’s most famous and enduring documentary artists, the Harlem-born Greaves is also renowned for his stunning feature film, SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM (1968), which was named to the National Film Registry in 2015. He returned to documentary filmmaking with this insider’s look at the 1972 National Black Political Convention, held in Gary, Indiana. With narration by Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier, and appearances by Amiri Baraka, Richard Hatcher, Dick Gregory, Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, Bobby Seale and Betty Shabazz (the widow of Malcom X), among others, NATIONTIME - GARY captures a key moment of black solidarity in American history. The film was dramatically shortened for television, and the director’s full-length version was never released - until now.


MARSHA HUNT’S SWEET ADVERSITY
2014, 98 min, USA, Dir: Roger C. Memos

This fascinating documentary on the life and career of “Golden Age of Hollywood” actress-turned-humanitarian Marsha Hunt includes interviews from such stars as Norman Lloyd, Margaret O'Brien and Harry Belafonte.


ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW
1959, Park Circus/MGM, 96 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Bigoted ex-convict Robert Ryan’s mistrust of partner Harry Belafonte undermines the heist plans of their ex-cop leader (Ed Begley) in this searing, underrated crime drama - the first film noir to feature a black protagonist. Great on-location New York ambiance fills every exterior shot. With Shelley Winters and Gloria Grahame, and featuring an atmospheric score by Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis.


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