Sunday, April 13, 2014

'Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark' Documentary Trailer

According to BET Centric, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark is the candid documentary that takes an in-depth look at the legendary jazz musician’s life on and off the camera and the effects his careers had on how Black entertainers were and are treated in American society. The documentary will chronicle Cole’s time as the only black television star in Hollywood during a time when people of color were demonized and attacked; and will highlight the unwillingness of advertising executives to actively promote and patronize Cole and other people of color.  Directed by Jon Brewer , the film features never before seen archival footage of the late singer, and interviews with Cole’s widow, Maria Cole, his daughter, Natalie Cole; and friends and musical peers Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett and Aaron Neville.  

A statement released about the film reads:  Imagine what it would feel like to be the ONLY black television star in Hollywood at a time when the KLU KLUX KLAN acted out violently against BLACK persons, when America groaned under the weight of segregation and prejudice. Imagine being in possession of a natural talent so great, so unique and disarming that these issues were seemingly swept to one side to allow you to perform and be acknowledged for this gift, yet behind closed doors they were trying to think of a way to package you as something you were not: white.  Some of these shocking stories have never been told before, speaking a wider truth of the national climate at the time, and beg the question “how far have we come?” Director Jon Brewer is given exclusive access to archive held by the estate, which will be revealed for the first time in this film; honoring the man and his journey and the passing of a true icon, but also revealing his feelings behind his ultimate calling as a “beacon of hope” to the legions of the oppressed.  Cole died in 1965 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 45 years old.  Afraid of the Dark will be released in the UK on April 14 by Universal Music. A U.S. release date has yet to be made public.

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