Grand Jury Prize Winner to have Broadcast Premiere on Turner Classic Movies

“Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2016 Sherman Oaks Film Festival and we have wonderful news!

“Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” Broadcast Premiere Set for December 11th, at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST

103-Year Old “Actorvist” Marsha Hunt to be Featured in Upcoming Turner Classic Movies Tribute

Marsha Hunt & director Roger Memos  at SOFF 2016

Los Angeles, California — The television broadcast premiere of Roger C. Memos’ film “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity”, which is co-produced and co-written by Richard Adkins, Joan Cohen and Roger C. Memos, will air on December 11, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST on Turner Classic Movies.

“Sometimes you have to get away from the madness of the world and take a break to find some inspiration. 103 year old actor-activist Marsha Hunt survived the Hollywood Blacklist and became one of Hollywood’s first activists. I’ll be honored if you watch this film about civility and hope,” says director Roger C. Memos.

Marsha Hunt greets friend Ed Asner at SOFF 2016

Marsha Hunt’s life story has peaks and valleys that span the course of the 20th century. In 1935, 17-yearold aspiring actress Marsha Hunt was discovered in Hollywood. She signed with Paramount Pictures and went on to a flourishing career at MGM. She made 54 films in 17 years before a series of unfortunate events led to her being unfairly blacklisted. After the Hollywood Blacklist, she championed humanitarian causes, forging a career as one of Hollywood’s first celebrity activists. As far back as 1955, Marsha Hunt worked tirelessly alongside her mentor Eleanor Roosevelt to support the work that the United Nations Association was accomplishing in the United States.

The “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” Q&A at SOFF 2016

Marsha Hunt is the only member of the Committee for the First Amendment alive today who can talk about the trip to Washington D.C. that she and others took in October 1947 to support the “Hollywood 19”. The underlying theme of this timely documentary is that Marsha rose above adversity. This film is Marsha Hunt’s “final act” of activism. Through this film, her words and deeds serve as an inspirational primer and call to action for activists of all ages.

Acting was always Marsha Hunt’s first love. She made 28 films for MGM. She is the last person alive from the famous 1943 MGM Stock Company photo. Turner Classic Movies will be airing a “Marsha Hunt Marathon” on December 11th, showing seven of her films, leading up to the prime time broadcast premiere of “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity”. Check your local listings for the U.S. and Canada. “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity” film trailer: