or


[08/12/05 - 12:00 AM]
Hallmark Channel Celebrates Unheralded Hollywood Pioneer at the 10th Annual Oscar Micheaux Film Festival

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]

HALLMARK CHANNEL CELEBRATES UNHERALDED HOLLYWOOD PIONEER AT THE 10TH ANNUAL OSCAR MICHEAUX FILM FESTIVAL

Network Premieres �The Reading Room,� Starring James Earl Jones, Georg Stanford Brown and Tim Reid at Event, August 11-13; Brown and Hallmark Channel Recognized on Oscar Micheaux�s Walk of Fame

Hallmark Channel proudly announces the world premiere of �The Reading Room� August 11-13 at the 10th Annual Oscar Micheaux Film Festival in Gregory, South Dakota. Micheaux, the most prolific African-American filmmaker in cinematic history, is not a household name. Micheaux was a trailblazer, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film and the first to produce a �talkie� motion picture.

A former homesteading farmer, Micheaux�s entrepreneurial spirit helped him work around the �Whites Only� mentality of the film industry: he started his own production company. He wrote all of his scripts from his own novels, and gained funding from owners of �black� theatres. The owners paid him upfront for first-run rights to the films, which allowed Micheaux to continue producing more films.

Micheaux�s films were shown in some 700 segregated black theaters throughout the country, and distributed internationally. In his lifetime, Micheaux wrote, produced and directed 27 silent films and 16 talkies, many of which dealt with heated topics including lynching, racial hate crimes and corruption among preachers. When the controversial film, Birth of a Nation came out in 1915, Micheaux created a response: 1920�s Within our Gates, a film that took the exact perspectives of D.W. Griffiths classic and turned the tables from black-on-white crime to white-on-black.

The Oscar Micheaux Film Festival, which occurs in the shadow of Micheaux�s South Dakota homestead shack, was created to celebrate this legacy. The festival features viewings of his films, speeches and discussions by scholars and historians, and performances by South Dakota�s Lakota Indian Tribe (seen most recently in TNT�s �Into The West�).

The feature event at this year�s festival is the world premiere of the Hallmark Channel Original movie, �The Reading Room,� which stars James Earl Jones, Tim Reid, Georg Stanford Brown (who also directed), Kathryne Dora Brown (Georg�s daughter with acclaimed actor Tyne Daly), Joanna Cassidy and Spencir Bridges. Georg Stanford Brown, Maya Angelou (another member of the Hallmark family) and the Hallmark Channel are some of the recipients of prestigious granite stones on the Oscar Micheaux �Walk of Fame.�

�Hallmark Channel is proud to premiere �The Reading Room� at the 10th Annual Oscar Micheaux Film Festival.� said David Kenin, Hallmark Channel EVP, programming.

Mr. Kenin concluded, �Hallmark Channel is humbled to be in Gregory, South Dakota, the heart of Oscar Micheaux country � a place where humanity, dignity and one man�s legacy (the theme of �The Reading Room�) is synonymous with the filmmaker who, through 44 films, courageously depicted the beauty of African-American society at a time when such eloquent art seemed impossible. Micheaux�s name and history should reside among the best of American cinema.�

�The Reading Room� will premiere only on Hallmark Channel, Saturday, November 26 (9/8 c).

Hallmark Channel is a 24-hour basic cable channel that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 69 million subscribers. The program service is distributed through 5,020 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN) owns and operates Hallmark Channel. In 2004, Crown launched its second 24-hour linear channel, Hallmark Movie Channel. Through its subsidiary, Crown Media Distribution, LLC, Crown also distributes titles from its awardwinning collection of movies, miniseries and films for exhibition in a variety of television media including broadcast, cable, Video-on-Demand and High Definition Television.

-- HALLMARK CHANNEL --





  [august 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· INTO THE WEST (TNT)
· READING ROOM, THE (HALLMARK)





[09/27/16 - 10:00 AM]
Starz Offers Bloody Good Time with Free Sampling of Original Series "Ash vs Evil Dead" Second Season Premiere Episode
A free multiplatform, nationwide sampling of the episode in its entirety will also be available online at Starz.com and through participating U.S. cable, satellite and Telco affiliates as well as participating OTT partners beginning Wednesday, September 28.

[09/27/16 - 09:10 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Coverage of the First Presidential Debate
Said 90-minute telecast draws a collective 45.3 million viewers between ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

[09/27/16 - 07:01 AM]
Video: Netflix Releases Trailer & Key Art for "Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids"
The Netflix Original Film, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, gives you the best seat in the house for the final show of the 20/20 Experience World Tour at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.

[09/27/16 - 06:58 AM]
Sonar Entertainment Joins with Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and Sky Deutschland to Co-Produce and Distribute Eight-Episode Series "Das Boot"
The new production is set immediately after the events of Wolfgang Petersen's 1981 Oscar-nominated classic anti-war film, one of the most successful German films of all time.

[09/27/16 - 06:12 AM]
Amazon Studios Greenlights Three New Series for Prime Video
"I Love Dick," "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" and "The Tick" are all due next year on the streaming service.

[09/27/16 - 06:09 AM]
Video: Get Ready for "The Crown" - Official Trailer, Key Art and Brand New Images Released
"The Crown" tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II's early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

[09/26/16 - 12:09 PM]
Viceland Sets Premiere for Its First-Ever Daily, Late Night Show "Desus & Mero"
The show will air Mondays-Thursdays at 11:00/10:00c beginning Monday, October 17.

[09/26/16 - 11:33 AM]
Prepare to Be Scared with Syfy's Annual "31 Days of Halloween" Celebration
Among the highlights: "Channel Zero: Candle Cove," which will now premieres Tuesday, October 11 at 9:00/8:00c.

[09/26/16 - 11:14 AM]
Raise a Glass to An All-New Season of Bravo Media's "Vanderpump Rules" Premiering Monday, November 7 at 9PM ET/PT
The new season of "Vanderpump Rules" once again partners Lisa with Jax Taylor, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, James Kennedy, Katie Maloney, Tom Schwartz, Kristen Doute, and Lala Kent.

[09/26/16 - 11:06 AM]
TNT Orders "Hinges" Pilot from Executive Producer/Writer Janine Sherman Barrois and Executive Producer John Wells
A series that provocatively and humorously dissects middle-class suburbia, "Hinges" follows two sets of neighbors whose lives are dramatically changed in the wake of a scandal that rocks the community.

[09/26/16 - 11:01 AM]
History's New Unscripted Series "Lone Star Restoration" Premieres Monday, October 3 at 10 pm ET/PT
The network has teamed up with Texas based restoration expert, Brent Hull, and his company Hull Historical in a new eight episode series.

[09/26/16 - 10:49 AM]
Nerdist's Kyle Hill Named Host of Science Channel's "MythBusters: The Search"
The all-new series features the next generation of fearless contenders with killer build skills, science smarts and nerves of steel, ready to be judged each week as they bust myths and vie for the win in becoming the next myth-busting superstars.

[09/26/16 - 10:04 AM]
Science Channel Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Science Super Heroes
Recognizing the science superstars all around us, the new Science Super Heroes initiative recognizes individuals who are furthering science in local communities across the country.

[09/26/16 - 09:51 AM]
FX Productions Lands Exclusive Overall TV Production Deal With Emmy(R) Award Winning Writer and Producer D.V. DeVincentis
DeVincentis won two Emmy awards on "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" (producer and writer).

[09/26/16 - 09:49 AM]
Travel Channel's Jack Maxwell Discovers America's Unique Watering Holes in "Booze Traveler: Best Bars"
The two specials follow Jack Maxwell as he hunts down prohibition-style bars hidden from view, as well as bars with spectacular and unforgettable views.