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TV: A New Season of HBO VICE - Michael K. Williams on His Emotional Documentary 'Raised in the S

The Emmy-winning weekly news magazine series VICE returns for its sixth season with an extended special season premiere featuring Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, The Night Of) as he embarks on a personal journey to expose the root of the American mass incarceration crisis: the juvenile justice system. “Raised in the System” offers a frank and unflinching look at those caught up the system, exploring why the country’s mass incarceration problem cannot be fixed without first addressing the juvenile justice problem. Williams investigates the solutions local communities are employing that are resulting in drastic drops in both crime and incarceration. With over 850,000 j

Capturing the Flag Documentary Film: An American Call to Action to Defend Democracy

Capturing will have its world premiere on April 8 at the Full Frame Film Festival. Capturing the Flag is seeking tax-deductible donations through the fiscal sponsor Independent Documentary Association. Please go to the website and click to donate. Every dollar raised will help the project’s outreach get more people involved in conversation and action around voter rights as we run up to the midterm elections. Please support Capturing the Flag. DONATE HERE America’s voter protection workers are volunteers who work to ensure that anyone eligible to vote is able to do just that. They guide themselves with a simple motto: “one person, one vote.” The latest documentary by director Anne De Mare an

Cecil Taylor, Pioneer of Free-Jazz Movement, Dies at 89

He was also known as a poet and would recite his poems at live shows. Cecil Taylor, the visionary pianist who revolutionized jazz by launching the free-jazz movement in the late ’50s, died Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. Taylor’s legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner, confirmed the death to The Associated Press by phone Friday. No more details were provided. Taylor, born in New York on March 25, 1929, was known as one of the pioneers of the free jazz movement and was seen as both a grounding breaking and uncompromising artist. Taylor released his first album, Jazz Advance, in 1956. He was also known as a poet and would recite his poems at live shows. “Cecil had a magical touch on the k

Paterno Challenges Audiences to Consider the Meaning of Responsibility

BY ASHLEY MORTON The women behind the film sat down to discuss how and why they brought the story of the legendary football coach to the screen. Before 2011, Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s name was uttered with reverence, synonymous with football. But after the Jerry Sandusky scandal hit the news, it became linked with questions of morality and greater responsibility. This striking contrast, which developed in only a few weeks, is the subject of Paterno. Directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack and The Wizard of Lies) and starring Al Pacino, the film covers the two-week period when Paterno celebrated a history-making 409th win, the abuse accusations against his assista

The HBO Films presentation PATERNO debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Paterno centers on Penn State’s Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Paterno’s legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure in regard to the victims. Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Al Pacino (HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack; Scent of a Woman) stars in the film’s title role. Paterno is Pacino’s third HBO collaboration with award-winning director Barry Levinson, having starred in You Don’t Know Jack, which earned Pacino a Golden Globe for Best Actor and an Emmy for acting and Levinson an Emmy for directing. Pacino also starred in the title role in HBO’s Phil S


SPMG Media - UPCOMING BOOK RELEASE: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson On Sale: 04/10/2018 About the Book Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home. Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? There wasn’t a point to setting the record stra

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