KCET Presents New Documentary 'Karen Black: On Acting'

Revealing Film Showcases the Late Academy Award®

Nominated Actress' Expansive Insights on the Craft of



Film Critic Ben Mankiewicz Introduces Film, Discusses

Actress' Legacy



Burbank, Calif. - July 29, 2014 - KCET, the nation's

largest independent public television, station presents a new documentary, KAREN

, featuring the late Academy Award® nominated and two-time

Golden Globe winning actress, Karen Black. The film premieres on KCET on

Friday, August 8 at 8:30 p.m., exactly one year after her death
from ampullary cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 74.


KAREN BLACK: ON ACTING is an illuminating 75-minute film offering viewers an in-depth look into

Black's most coveted acting methods. In the film, Black covers everything from

perfecting regional accents to finding a character's inner needs.


"The secrets of her craft

and her deeply humanistic observations of life will be of interest both to

makers and appreciators of good drama," said the film's director, Russell



Best known for her starring roles in such critically acclaimed films as Easy

, Five Easy Pieces and The Great Gatsby, Black revealed

publicly in March 2013 that she had been battling cancer for several years.

Prior to the announcement, the actress sat down with Brown to share more than

50 years worth of insight into the craft of acting, which is showcased in the



Black gave the world an array of unforgettable screen characters in

numerous films and television series for more than four decades. She worked

with world-class directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Bob

Rafelson, Jack Clayton and John Schlesinger. In 1970, she earned a Golden Globe

Award for Best Supporting Actress for Five Easy Pieces, which also

earned her an Academy Award® nomination. In 1974, she earned another Golden

Globe Award for her role as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby. 


The film is bookended with a discussion between Brown and film critic Ben

Mankiewicz, who reflects on Black's noteworthy career, her legacy and her contribution to a profoundly significant era in

American cinema. Mankiewicz is known for providing thoughtful cinematic

commentary as weekend daytime host on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  


To view a trailer of this film, please visit: http://bit.ly/1jZP6Y8




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