Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival Palm Springs

The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival

Join us in Palm Springs for a Special Screening of "Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity"

Join us at Camelot Theatre

on Sat, October 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM

for a very special screening of Marsha Hunt's

SWEET ADVERSITY.

“Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity”, a feature documentary showcasing the life and career of blacklisted actor-activist Marsha Hunt will play at the Camelot Theater in Palm Springs for one night, Saturday October 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 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 $250.00 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.

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 70 years ago, 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 and its specialized agencies was doing on behalf of the planet. Over the course of the next 60 years, Marsha devoted her life to humanitarian causes such as world hunger and homelessness.

Over the years, she worked with fellow activists Eleanor Roosevelt and George McGovern and celebrities such as John Denver and Valerie Harper on the issue of preventing world hunger. She was the original "Angelina Jolie", one of Hollywood's very first celebrity activists. She continues to support causes that she feels need a "voice".

Actor-Activist Joyce Bulifant who starred on Broadway with Marsha in 1967 in “The Paisley Convertible” will be present to talk about her experience of working with Marsha. Joyce will also be available to sign copies of her newly published autobiography “My Four Hollywood Husbands” directly after the screening and a short question and answer session with film director Roger C. Memos and film producer Richard Adkins.

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