Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity @ Laemmle’s Town Center 5, Encino

Laemmle’s Town Center 5

17200 Ventura Blvd #121, Encino, Calif

(310) 478-3836

Show dates: Friday, July 13 through Thursday, July 19

Show Times: Daily: 1:30pm, 4:30pm

 

Marsha Hunt was discovered while on a trip to Hollywood in May 1935. She was 17 years old when she was signed by Paramount Pictures. In the depth of the Depression, she made $250 a week. She went on to a flourishing career at MGM in the 1940’s before her career was cut short by a series of unfortunate events that led to her becoming unfairly blacklisted. Through interviews with Marsha and those who knew her well, Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity explores her life and career achievements as an actress and activist.

The film breaks Marsha’s life story down into three parts – her life before being blacklisted, the period leading up to the blacklist and her life after the blacklist. It shows how the blacklist served as a “springboard” to her second career as a full time activist and humanitarian (though she’s still very much an actor.)

Marsha’s life before the blacklist was a time of great joy and innocence. The period leading up to her being blacklisted provides the drama and tension in the film. Her story is a history lesson that can only be told by someone who was there as Marsha was. She is the only member of the Committee for the First Amendment alive today that can talk about the trip she and others took in October 1947 to support the “Hollywood 19.”

In 1950, her thriving career in radio, television and films came to a screeching halt when her name appeared in the right wing publication “Red Channels.” After witnessing abject poverty while on a trip around the world in 1955, Marsha knew she had to educate her fellow Americans about the dire state of the world. She used her celebrity to help raise awareness and funds for the work that the United Nations was doing on behalf of the planet.

Over the course of the next 60 years, Marsha devoted her life to humanitarian causes such as ending world hunger and homelessness. Over the years, she worked with fellow activists Eleanor Roosevelt and George McGovern (who is interviewed in the film) and celebrities such as John Denver and Valerie Harper (also interviewed) on the issue of fighting world hunger.

Her most powerful and meaningful activism work took place when she was asked to be the “Honorary Mayor” of her hometown, Sherman Oaks. Her crowning achievement as Mayor was opening the first homeless shelter in the San Fernando Valley thirty-two years ago.

Her life story has peaks and valleys that span the course of the 20th century. The underlying theme of the documentary is that Marsha rose above adversity. When life handed her lemons, she made lemonade. When the industry she loved turned its back on her, she forgave them and moved on a second career as a “planet patriot.”

She continues to support causes that she feels need a voice. This film is Marsha’s final act of activism. Through her words and action, this film will serve as an inspirational primer for activists of all ages. (Laemmle)

Praise for Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity:

“A compelling story that’s told with authority … at (age) 100, it’s time to celebrate an actress who, while not a household name, probably should be.” – Jeremy Kinser, Moviemaker.com 

“Best film I have ever seen dealing with the Hollywood blacklist.” – Ed Asner

“Passionate … worth checking out due to the life and nature of this remarkable woman.” – Lara Fowler, Backlots.net

“(Contains many) memorable scenes … Marsha Hunt was as American and as patriotic as her accusers claimed to be.” – Dennis McCarthy, Los Angeles Daily News

About the Film:
Marsha Hunt was discovered while on a trip to Hollywood in May 1935. She was 17 years old when she was signed by Paramount Pictures. In the depth of the Depression, she made $250 a week. She went on to a flourishing career at MGM in the 1940’s before her career was cut short by a series of unfortunate events that led to her becoming unfairly blacklisted. Through interviews with Marsha and those who knew her well, Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity explores her life and career achievements as an actress and activist.

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Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 97 min
Language: English

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One Response to “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity @ Laemmle’s Town Center 5, Encino”

  1. thank you ever so much for this article! I just want to let you readers know that we also have a screening of the film on Tuesday night, July 17th at 7:20 pm. Marsha will be speaking after the screening this night and her councilman David Ryu will be at the screening Same place- at the Laemmle Town Country 5 in Encino Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.. Roger C. memos Director Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity

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