Phillips’ Formula: The Art of Politicizing Noir on Page and Screen

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Scripts, comics, TV episodes and fiction flow from the prolific, protean pen and brain of Gary Phillips, who is now adding two more books to his already impressive oeuvre of 20-plus volumes. The Los Angeles-based auteur’s latest novel, One-Shot Harry (Soho Crime), is set against the backdrop of Dr. Martin Luther King’s imperiled visit to L.A. as he prepares for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. And hard on the heels of this hardboiled page turner, the tireless Phillips has edited the crime anthology South Central Noir (Akashic Books), which drops September 6.

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Ed Rampell was named after legendary CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow because of his TV exposes of Senator Joe McCarthy. Rampell majored in Cinema at Manhattan’s Hunter College and is an L.A.-based film historian/critic who co-organized the 2017 70th anniversary Blacklist remembrance at the Writers Guild theater in Beverly Hills and was a moderator at 2019’s “Blacklist Exiles in Mexico” filmfest and conference at the San Francisco Art Institute. Rampell co-presented “The Hollywood Ten at 75” film series at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is the author of Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and co-author of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.    

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