Black History Month Film and V-Day Overview

The Film Detective is a media streaming network and film archive that restores and distributes classic films. It has announced a weekly program dedicated to Black History Month throughout February on Sling, STIRR, and DistroTV.

Every Wednesday at 6 PM EST The Film Detective’s flagship channel will feature a lineup dedicated to Black History Month. Titles from pioneering African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux will receive a spotlight throughout February, including God’s Stepchildren (1938) and Within Our Gates (1920). Stories of famous figures Joe Louis and Jackie Robinson will come to life on screen in The Joe Louis Story (1953) and The Jackie Robinson Story (1950).

Complementing the live channel, viewers of the TFD app can honor Black History Month with modern-day icons including Sidney Poitier and Cicely Tyson. As well, they can celebrate actor Sidney Poitier’s 93rd birthday in February with his role in The Mark of the Hawk (1957) and Cicely Tyson with her Oscar-nominated performance in Sounder (1972).

Sounder (1972) will be one of many Oscar-nominated films in the spotlight this February. Beginning on Feb. 7, at 12:00 PM EST, fans can prepare for the Academy Awards on Sunday with a weekend-long marathon of Oscar-nominated and winning films of years past. Best Leading Actors José Ferrer and Charles Laughton take center stage in Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) and The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933).

Before there was Garland, Streisand, or Gaga, Janet Gaynor received an Oscar nomination for her performance in A Star is Born (1937). Gaynor’s performance will be joined by stunning award-nominated performances from Bette Davis and Susan Hayward in Of Human Bondage (1934) and Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947).

Fans will not have to wait long before the next movie marathon from The Film Detective. Following the Academy Awards, TFD is celebrating the day of love with 24-hours of romance on Valentine’s Day. Romantic comedy fans can look forward to My Man Godfrey (1936) starring Carole Lombard and William Powell, as well as Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor’s The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954). ◊

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