HBO Documentary Films in association with Rise Films and Apatow Productions are currently in production on a two-part documentary about legendary comedian George Carlin, who headlined 14 stand-up comedy specials on HBO over the course of his career. Emmy® winner Judd Apatow directs, along with longtime collaborator Michael Bonfiglio, with Emmy® winner Joe Beshenkovsky editing, reuniting the … Read more
Film Features First Person Account of Notorious WFAN Radio Host Craig Carton’s Gambling Addiction & Ticket-Brokering Scandal From HBO Sports and StreetSmartVideo comes a story of fame, greed, wild excess and self-destruction in the upcoming documentary presentation WILD CARD: THE DOWNFALL OF A RADIO LOUDMOUTH charting the rise and fall of prominent New York sports radio personality … Read more
LOS ANGELES, July 22, 2020 – HBO has renewed the drama series PERRY MASON for a second season, it was announced today by Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming. “It has been an exciting journey to work with the immensely talented team behind PERRY MASON,” said Orsi. “Viewers have relished being transported back in time to 1930’s Los … Read more
NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 23. The uncrewed Russian Progress 76 is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz rocket at 10:26 a.m. (7:26 p.m. … Read more
HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this season, returns for an all-new episode TUESDAY, JULY 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The 279th episode is highlighted by a virtual roundtable led by Gumbel, who is joined by insiders Peter King (NBC Sports), David Aldridge (The Athletic) and Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated, MLB Network) … Read more
Finding forever homes for rejected dogs isn’t easy – but that’s exactly what the staff of Wood Green do every day. Set inside a rural British animal rescue center known for its commitment to matching homeless dogs with eager owners, The Dog House: UK captures the joy and complexity of the human-dog “dating” experience. Each episode introduces tearful tales of abandoned dogs, while also touching on relatable backstories of families, couples, and singletons all hoping their lives will be changed by a new four-legged friend. It’s up to the center’s dedicated staff to match pet with potential new owner – and to arrange an all-important first date that will determine if the adorable pups and hopeful humans have that fated connection. The entire eight-episode season drops Thursday, July 23 on HBO Max.
YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN, directed by Muta’Ali Muhammad (“Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee”) and debuting WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 (9:00-10:40 p.m. ET/PT), tells the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black teenager who was murdered in 1989 by a group of young white men in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Yusuf Hawkins’ death and the official response to it sparked outrage in New York, unleashing a torrent of racial tension and spurring tireless civil rights activism that exposed deep racial prejudices and inequities which continue to plague the country today.
This film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
Over 30 years later, New Yorkers, including Yusuf’s family and friends, reflect on the tragedy and the subsequent fight for justice that inspired and divided New York City. The film utilizes archival footage and photos, witness statements, news footage, in addition to candid interviews with Yusuf’s mother, Diane; brothers, Freddy and Amir; cousins, Darlene and Felicia Brown; and friend Christopher Graham and the two friends with him during the attack, Luther Sylvester and Bensonhurst native Russell Gibbons. The documentary also includes interviews with Defense Attorney Stephen Murphy; Joseph Fama, who was convicted of the crime; Reverend Al Sharpton, who became the family’s spokesperson; Assistant District Attorney Douglas Nadjari; activist Dr. Lenora Fulani; and former Mayor David Dinkins.
On August 23, 1989, sixteen-year-old East New York-native Yusuf Hawkins and three of his friends made a trip to the predominantly Italian-American neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn to view a used car his friend was hoping to buy. Unknowingly, the teenagers emerged from the subway station into a racially charged scene. A group of white young men had already gathered there, intent on harassing a group of black guys rumored to be dating girls in their neighborhood. Yusuf and his friends were quickly surrounded by the crowd of white attackers wielding baseball bats. In the midst of the attack, Yusuf was shot to death.
Devastated by the senseless murder and seeking answers, the Hawkins family was shocked when police asked them to stay silent in order to prevent civil unrest. However, the press caught wind of the story two days later and the family was met with Yusuf’s face on the front page of the newspaper. Yusuf’s father, Moses, reached out to activist Reverend Al Sharpton, who became the family’s spokesperson and co-organized a series of marches in the Bensonhurst neighborhood where Yusuf was killed. Throughout the protests in the year following Yusuf’s murder, activists, protestors and Yusuf’s family were met with intense racist vitriol from residents.
Though a handful of young men were arrested in connection with Yusuf’s murder, the suspected shooter, Joseph Fama, remained at large before eventually turning himself in. As the marches for justice continued, the tensions reached a fever pitch when Sharpton was stabbed before a protest in January 1991. Still, Yusuf’s brother Amir maintains that the protests were crucial in making the community’s voices heard, proving that “There’s always strength in numbers.”
A harrowing account of an immutable part of the city’s history, and of a family coping with profound grief deepened by injustice, YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN details how the senseless murder that shook the foundation of the city shed light on deep racial divisions and inequity. Yusuf’s death and the demands of his family and community had political ramifications that contributed to the ousting of New York Mayor Ed Koch in favor of David Dinkins, the city’s first and only black Mayor.
“It’s important to remember Yusuf Hawkins, honor his life and be mindful that our martyrs have families who need our love long after the marching subsides,” states Muta’Ali Muhammad. “This film ties together the past and the present showing how racism can rear its head anywhere, even in a liberal city.”
A deeply emotional film with chilling resonance in today’s America, YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN, explores the 30-year legacy of Yusuf’s murder as his family and friends reflect on the tragedy and the subsequent fight for justice that inspired and divided New York City.
Today, a mural dedicated to Yusuf has been erected in Brooklyn, a sign that for his community, and many more, Yusuf Hawkins’ life will never be forgotten.
The film, selected from more than 300 submissions, is the winning project of the inaugural Feature Documentary Initiative created by the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and academy award winning production company, Lightbox, as part of their partnership to foster diversity in the feature documentary arena. The program is open to all African American documentary filmmakers and any documentary filmmakers interested in exploring nonfiction stories that speak directly to the Black experience.
YUSUF HAWKINS: STORM OVER BROOKLYN is directed by Muta’Ali Muhammad; producers Jevon Frank, Victorious De Costa and Muta’Ali Muhammad; co-producer Melanie Share; executive producers Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, Jeff Friday, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. For HBO: executive producers Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller and Jacqueline Glover; supervising producer, Greg Rhem.
LOS ANGELES – July 14, 2020 – On the heels of her successful #MailedIt Tweetathon campaign that purchased over 130,000 stamps to help save the United States Postal Service, Samantha Bee of TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, debuts her new podcast today, Full Release with Samantha Bee, featuring an impressive guest lineup that includes journalist Soledad O’Brien (Real Sports with Bryant … Read more
The mysterious Mr. Wilford has been revealed! Here’s a first look at Sean Bean as Mr. Wilford. What chaos will he and Melanie Cavill’s daughter Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard) bring in season two of TNT’s Snowpiercer?
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpier cercenters on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series and the film from Oscar® winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite).
Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; showrunner Graeme Manson, who wrote the first episode; director James Hawes; Matthew O’Connor; Scott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.
In anticipation of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness premiere this Sunday, TNT has released an all-new trailer:
This season, Sara (Dakota Fanning) has opened her own private detective agency and is leading the charge on a brand-new case. She reunites with Dr. Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), the formidable alienist, and John Moore (Luke Evans), now a New York Times reporter, to find Ana Linares, the kidnapped infant daughter of the Spanish Consular. Their investigation leads them down a sinister path of murder and deceit, heading towards a dangerous and elusive killer. As in The Alienist, the series shines a light on the provocative issues of the era – the corruption of institutions, income inequality, yellow press sensationalism, and the role of women in society – themes that still resonate today.
The Alienist: Angel of Darknesswill premiere Sunday, July 19 with two episodes airing back to back starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series will roll out as a four week event with two episodes airing every Sunday starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT through August 9.