Co-executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx & directed by Nelson George Premieres on Saturday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT
(Toronto, Canada) – Astral Media’s The Movie Network (eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (western Canada) present the exclusive Canadian premiere of HBO Films’ Life Support, premiering day-and-date with HBO on Saturday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central. Inspired by a true story, Life Support is a candid look at the African-American community’s HIV crisis in the U.S., through the eyes of HIV-positive Ana Wallace, a wife, mother and former addict turned AIDS activist. Academy Award®-nominee and Grammy® Award-winner Queen Latifah (Chicago) plays Ana, a character based on director Nelson George’s sister, Andrea Williams. Ana, who contracted the virus from her husband Slick (Wendell Pierce, HBO’s The Wire), a former intravenous drug user, made choices in her youth that ruined her life and divided her family. Trying to purge the demons of her past by giving back to her community, Ana turned her life around and is a peer educator for the Brooklyn-based AIDS outreach group Life Support. In this film, Ana must deal with her estranged teenage daughter Kelly (Rachel Nicks), whose HIV-infected friend Amare (Evan Ross) disappears. Looking for a way to reconnect with her daughter, Ana throws herself into searching for Amare and embarks on a dangerous journey that forces her to confront past mistakes and allows her to learn a poignant lesson about loving and letting go. To capture the true essence of this community and to gather research for the film, George accompanied his sister to various AIDS events and support groups and combined actors with real HIV/AIDS-affected individuals. Executive producer Jamie Foxx, says he was attracted to the film first and foremost because, “Life Support confronts the epidemic of HIV in the African-American community, but unlike most films on HIV, it is not about dying from the virus, but living with it, and how the past continues to live with you. The film is overtly a story about living with HIV, but it is also about the struggle to forgive.” Life Support was the closing film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and is co-executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shelby Stone, Jaime Rucker King, Marcus King and Shakim Compere.
The film also stars Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Soul Food), Gloria Reuben (ER), Tony Rock (All of Us), and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends).
The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada. With premiere access to blockbuster movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and Showtime series, and first-rate Canadian programming, this pay-television service presents Canadians with some of the best television entertainment available. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels – M, MMore, MExcess, MFun! and MFest – which deliver diverse and entertaining programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The Movie Network also offers The Movie Network HD and MMore HD, two dedicated high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across eastern Canada. For more information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca.
Astral Media is one of Canada’s leading media companies, active in specialty, pay and pay-per- view television, radio and outdoor advertising. Astral Media’s solid and dynamic presence in the country’s major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. www.astralmedia.com. Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to the best of HBO and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.