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GENIUS: ARETHA
2021, National Geographic, 60 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Hemingway

GENIUS is National Geographic’s Emmy-winning anthology series that dramatizes the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, their extraordinary achievements and with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. This season will explore Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world. Grammy Award winner Franklin was a gospel prodigy, an outspoken civil rights champion and widely considered to be the greatest singer of the past 50 years, receiving countless honors throughout her career. Franklin will be portrayed by the triple threat Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy Award-winning Cynthia Erivo and Emmy-winning Courtney B. Vance will play Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin.


CALL ME LUCKY
2015, MPI Media Group, 106 min, USA, Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait

Director Bobcat Goldthwait’s triumphant and wickedly funny documentary profiles Barry Crimmins, whose Boston club fostered the careers of countless comedians, Goldthwait among them. In the 1980s, Crimmins was known as a political satirist; spurred by a horrific personal history, he became an equally fierce crusader offstage. Celebrated comedians including Steven Wright, David Cross, Margaret Cho and Tom Kenny weigh in on the man’s inspiring transformation from standup to advocacy in this remarkable portrait. “A terrifically engaging surprise.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety


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