Clarence Thomas, arguably the most conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, may be known for his silence on the bench during oral arguments, but now he’s speaking out.
In the upcoming documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” Thomas describes his faith, his political awakening, his judicial philosophy, and the role that race has played in his life, offering viewers rare insight into the mind of a justice known for his reticence on the public stage.
“‘This is the wrong black guy, he has to be destroyed,’” Thomas says at one point in the film, characterizing those who opposed his nomination to the Supreme Court nomination in 1991. “Just say it. And now at least we’re honest with each other.” Remembering the moment that Anita Hill’s allegations that he had sexually harassed her were made public, Thomas says, that’s when “all heck broke loose.”
The film was produced by Manifold Productions, which is led by Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker who has worked with Steve Bannon. In 2018, Donald Trump nominated Pack to be the head of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
“Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words” is set to air in May 2020 on PBS.
Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 presidential campaign was hindered by the hacking and dissemination of Democratic National Committee emails, will moderate a Q&A with the directors and one of the subjects of the Netflix documentary “The Great Hack” following a Nov. 1 screening in New York City for Academy members and others.
Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer’s film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and began streaming on Netflix on July 24, explores the questionable actions of the UK-based company Cambridge Analytica during the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Brexit vote in the UK, and the efforts of a select few investigative journalists, including UK journalist Carole Cadwalladr, to expose them.
Noujaim, Amer, and Cadwalladr will be questioned by Clinton at the gathering, which is being hosted by filmmaker Geralyn Dreyfous (a producer of the film) and Chris Hegedus.
HBO has ordered two new seasons of its Sunday night news series “Axios on HBO” which has produced newsmaking interviews with presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and business leaders Elon Musk and Tim Cook.
The announcement means 12 new episodes each year in 2020 and 2021.
“Axios on HBO” wraps up its second season with four new episodes beginning on Oct. 20.
Axios’s daily newsletter and website concentrates on politics, business, and technology with an emphasis on brevity, which producers Matthew O’Neill and Perri Peltz use as models for the HBO series.
Nobody benefited from the surprising outcome of the 2016 presidential election more than Steve Bannon, the firebrand alt-right figure who parlayed his oversight of Donald Trump’s campaign into a short-lived run as a senior advisor to the President of the United States.
In Errol Morris’s “American Dharma,” the filmmaker confronts Bannon about his dramatic rise and the terrifying connotations of what it might portend for America’s future.
The documentary premiered last fall at the Venice International Film Festival and ended 2018 without U.S. distribution, landing a spot on IndieWire’s list of the best undistributed movies of the year.
In an interview with IndieWire last October, Morris expressed his frustration over backlash to the documentary, which largely involved questions of whether the filmmaker should have sat down with Bannon in the first place. “I could never imagine that people would say I was promoting Stephen K. Bannon or endorsing his views. That’s a surprise,” he said. “The ethics thing, to me, is not a terribly interesting argument. Sorry.”
New distributor Utopia recently acquired “American Dharma” and the documentary will open in limited release on November 1.
Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace” will be going out on tour this fall and winter.
The film will be part of a 22-state road show that will offer free screenings of the documentary as a centerpiece of multi-day voter registration events being sponsored by the Poor People’s Campaign, a historic civil rights organization that Franklin supported since it was founded by Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s.
The tour was announced on Monday at a press conference prior to a screening of “Amazing Grace” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In a separate development, “Grace” producer Alan Elliott tells Variety that an expanded version of “Amazing Grace” is being prepared for release in theaters next spring to coincide with Franklin’s birthday in March.