Free Members-Only Screening: The United States vs. Billie Holiday


Free Members-Only Screening: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

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This screening has reached its registration capacity.

Film Independent Members, you and a guest are invited to watch The United States vs. Billie Holiday in our Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room, powered by Vision Media. A special pre-recorded conversation with director/producer Lee Daniels and and newly Golden Globe®-nominated actor Andra Day, moderated by film critic Scott Mantz, is included as part of this screening experience.

The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.” Led by Oscar®-nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated, irrepressible life. Screenplay writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement. NAACP Image Award® nominee Trevante Rhodes and Emmy® nominee Natasha Lyonne co-star, along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell and Erik LaRay Harvey.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday premieres on Hulu on February 26.

2021, 130 minutes, color | Directed by Lee Daniels | Written by Suzan-Lori Parks | Starring Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund, Rob Morgan, Miss Lawrence, Tyler James Williams, Evan Ross and Tone Bell | Produced by Lee Daniels, Jordan Fudge, Pamela Oas Williams, Tucker Tooley, Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum

Registration Information

All Film Independent Members can register for this online screening starting at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 4. | Registration is free; one registration per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to complete registration.

Arts Circle and Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to this event; email for more information.

How to Watch

On the first day of screening availability, registered Members (and guests, when applicable) will be emailed a secure link by our partner Vision Media to watch this title in the Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room.

Online Screening Policies

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible to ensure access. Links are watermarked, nontransferable and may only be used by the Member who completed the registration. Limit one link per Membership, per event.

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Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.