FilmRise Celebrates Black History Month with 600 Hours of Free Content on the FilmRise Black TV App

This February, FilmRise celebrates Black History Month with over 600 hours of content on their free Black TV App that highlights the talents of black creators and black stars.  

FilmRise recently acquired a catalog from Maverick Entertainment Group, boasting over 300 titles from predominantly black creators and spanning genres including crime thrillers, rom-coms, faith-based films, genre films, and much more. 

In addition, FilmRise is putting their library of film titles that celebrate moments in Black history – as well as pop culture – front and center. These titles include Oscar winners Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek in THE LONG WALK HOME, an NAACP Image Award-winning period piece about the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott led by Martin Luther King, Jr. And, just for fun, there’s also the SISTER, SISTER-famous Mowry siblings in teen comedy SEVENTEEN AGAIN popularized on the Disney Channel. 

Another highlight is the Ice-T-hosted “The Mediator with Ice-T,” in which Ice-T settles civil disputes after hearing both parties and consulting with experts.

Maverick Entertainment Group Library

Streaming on the FilmRise Black TV App

Download and watch for free on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TVs 

Maverick Entertainment Group (MEG) consistently releases niche genre films that major studios often overlook. These genres include urban (inspirational, action, comedy), Latino, Horror and LGBT titles. Maverick has released over 800 films over the past 22 years and currently controls the world’s largest library of African American feature-length films. 

Featured Titles:

  • NEW YEAR NEW US (Dir. Nina Stakz) While Bakari is focused on his career, his wife Imani believes it’s time to start a family. They began to realize there is nothing more important in love than compromise
  • QUEEN PIN (Dir. Gin X) The drug game is tough, so Rhanni recruits a solid team. But Rhanni soon discovers that she’s not the only game in town.
  • RIDE SWEET DIE LOW (Dir. Chris W. Hill) Following the tragic murder of their sister, a band of female gunslingers prepare to avenge the death by taking down her killers.
  • SUNDAY MORNING RAPTURE (Dir. William Sheals) As a group of church-goers struggles with their every day troubles and vices, they come to discover that they aren’t ready to face the forthcoming rapture.

Black History Month Film Highlights

Streaming on the FilmRise Black TV App

Download and watch for free on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TVs 

Titles Include:

  • BLACK FOX (Dir. Steven Hilliard Stern) A former slave affects peace between Native American tribes and homesteaders in 1860s around western Texas. Starring Tony Todd, Christopher Reeve.
  • LIFE OF A KING (Dir. Jake Goldberger) Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C. Starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. 
  • THE LONG WALK HOME (Dir. Richard Pearce) Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott led by Martin Luther King. Starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek.
  • SEVENTEEN AGAIN (Dir. Jeffrey W. Byrd) While divorced and bickering grandparents watch their grandchildren, a lab experiment gone awry transforms the elders into teenagers again. Starring Tamara Mowry, Tia Mowry, Tahj Mowry.

THE MEDIATOR WITH ICE-T

Streaming on the FilmRise Black TV App

Download and watch free on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TVs

IceT hosts a legal show in which he settles civil disputes after hearing both parties and consulting with experts.

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