Film

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Mae West: Dirty Blonde –American Master’s Film (June 2020)

Coming to PBS June 16, 2020–American Masters features a documentary on the life of Hollywood’s controversial and pioneering actress Mae West. Produced and directed for PBS by Sally Rosenthal and Julia Marchesi. (Consult and on screen comment: Jill Watts)

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Kevin Goff (great nephew of Hattie McDaniel), Jill Watts, and Alysia Allen (producer of Hattie McDaniel biopic): Kevin Goff Photo

Hattie McDaniel Biopic: In Development (2020)

Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood under option for film, television, and theater, by Alysia Allen–Alysia Allen and Aaron Maganani producers

Press Coverage: 2018

Variety, “Film News Roundup: Hattie McDaniel Biopic in Development”

Ebony Magazine, “Hattie McDaniel: First African American to Win an Oscar has Biopic on the Way”

Hollywood Reporter, “Gone With the Wind Star Hattie McDaniel Biopic in Works”

Rolling Stone, “Biopic About Gone with the Wind Star Hattie McDaniel in Development”

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Makers: Women In Comedy PBS 2014

Documentary about the history of women in comedy since the 1960s produced by Mikaela Beardsley and Melissa Gomez. (Historical Advisor: Jill Watts)

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Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America PBS 2009

Documentary on the history of comedy in American popular culture during the twentieth century produced by Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal. (On screen comment: Jill Watts)

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God, Harlem U.S.A: The Father Divine Story

In Development: Optioned for film by LLC Divine Productions

Website Services: Penmark Media

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