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HBO nabs “Herblock” doc

U.S. pay-TV network HBO has acquired the American TV rights for festival hit Herblock: The Black & The White (pictured), from father-son filmmakers George Stevens Jr and Michael Stevens.
October 31, 2013

U.S. pay-TV network HBO has acquired the American TV rights for festival hit Herblock: The Black & The White (pictured), from father-son filmmakers George Stevens Jr and Michael Stevens.

Directed by Michael (Thurgood) and produced by his father George (The Thin Red Line), the film will debut on U.S. TV on January 27.

The documentary traces the life of Herbert L. Block, who started cartooning in his teens in Chicago and went on to win four Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his 55 years at The Washington Post.

“This is the story of a courageous journalist who stood ready to take on the big guys on behalf of the little guy,” said Michael in a statement.

“He stood for fairness and justice and was unafraid to challenge Senator Joe McCarthy, expose Nixon’s duplicity in Watergate, or attack corruption in government or the corrosive influence of money in politics.”

The film is written by Sara Lukinson and Michael; the co-producer is Sara Lukinson; the music is by Rob Mathes; the supervising producer is Bill Urban; and the editor is Jake Hamilton.

 

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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