Thomas’ vivid, loving portrait chronicles her mother’s personal and professional struggles, including a turbulent marriage, drug abuse and chronic illness.
The film celebrates this mother-daughter reconciliation as Sandra Bush achieves a measure of celebrity posing for her daughter’s most famous paintings.
The documentary premieres on HBO on Monday February 24th at 9:00pm.
About Mickalene Thomas:
Mickalene Thomas, who holds an MFA degree in Painting from Yale University, is known primarily for elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel which center on womanhood and the expanded definition of beauty in today’s society. Her work is exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and can be found in several significant collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN was conceived and directed by Mickalene Thomas; produced by Tanya Selvaratnam; executive producers, the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Mickalene Thomas and Lisa Cortés; distribution consultant, Sarah Lash; cinematographers, Shane Sigler and Omar Mullick; editor, Alex Meillier; music by Thomas M. Lauderdale.
PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT, March 17 (#PaycheckToPaycheck), executive produced by Maria Shriver, explores complex issues of women and poverty in the United States today through the story of Katrina Gilbert. A single mother from Chattanooga, Tenn., she raises three children, works a full-time job and lives below the poverty line. Produced and directed by Nick Doob and Shari Cookson (HBO’s “The Memory Loss Tapes” and “The Weight of the Nation for Kids”), the film is part of the series “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.”
PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL, (March 31) goes inside the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary, one of America’s oldest maximum security prisons, to tell the poignant story of terminally ill prisoner Hall. Filmed over the course of six months, the documentary explores the prison’s hospice system, and the volunteer care that Hall receives from other prisoners, who touch the lives of fellow inmates during their final days. Directed by Edgar A. Barens.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SING SING (March 31) follows several inmates at the infamous maximum-security Sing Sing Correctional Facility as they pursue their education through Hudson Link, a rigorous college program that yields impressive results. Directed by Tim Skousen.