Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking Out in America

The freedom to speak out, to express one’s individual ideas, to be accepted for being different resonates at the heart of Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking out in America – a documentary from Academy Award winner Brigitte Berman (The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent) that features the most cutting edge personalities and the best and most captivating performances from Hugh Hefner’s landmark TV Series, “Playboy’s Penthouse” and “Playboy After Dark”. 

Unlike other variety shows on network TV in the late 1950s and 60s, Hefner’s shows embraced freedom of speech and racial equality, giving a voice to human rights and other important social issues. With the artists, their songs, their comedy and their spirit, the impressive roster of guests highlighted the rebellious feelings and groundbreaking ideas of the times, featuring controversial and iconic figures such as Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr., Lenny Bruce, Pete Seeger, Bill Russell, Moms Mabley, James Brown, Taj Mahal, Linda Ronstadt, Tony Bennett, Joan Baez, Michael Wadleigh, and more.

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Available to stream from 12:01AM, September 17th to 11:59PM, September 24th.
Ticketholders have 24 hours to complete the stream once they start a particular presentation.

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Director:  Brigitte Berman
Writers:  Brigitte Berman, Victor Solnicki
Producers:  Brigitte Berman, Dan Peel, Victor Solnicki
Cinematographer:  Simon Ennis
Editors: Brigitte Berman, Lee Cochran
Country:  Canada
Language:  English
Runtime:  101 minutes