Painted Bride Art Center in collaboration with Reelblack Presents host the Philadelphia premiere of the acclaimed documentary, THAT DAUGHTER’S CRAZY. The film’s subject RAIN PRYOR, and the film’s producer, DARYL SLEDGE and SAM ADELMAN will be on hand for a DVD signing post film Q&A.
That Daughter’s Crazy, directed by Elzbieta Szoka and produced by Paradox Smoke Productions, is a portrait of Rain Pryor, daughter to legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Rain grew up during an era when race, ethnicity and religion caused her constant internal and external conflict. The award-winning film unveils her vibrant and complicated life as a black Jewish girl, looking for self- identity and recognition in Hollywood, and as a woman coming to terms with the loss of her father, while learning to be a mother. That Daughter’s Crazy takes scenes from Rain’s one-woman stage show and intertwines them with personal interviews and anecdotes from Rain, her grandmother Bunny, and her mother Shelley for an intimate depiction of life as one of Richard Pryor’s progenies.
Wanting to find a way to share her artistic talents despite the barriers in Hollywood, Rain says “I wasn’t black enough to be black, I’m not white enough to be white…unique wasn’t in yet.”
Ahead of her time in many ways, Rain knew she was different from an early age, and that fact only became more apparent as she grew older. In That Daughter’s Crazy, viewers learn that Richard Pryor leaves the family home before Rain is a year old, while her mother struggles to make ends meet in the ‘middle class’ section of Beverly Hills. While growing up, Rain spends time at her father’s mansion and eventually moves in with him as a teenager. She shares his affections with an entourage of hookers and partygoers, but despite all this, she describes Richard as an involved and loving father. So, not only does the girl in the mirror with cocoa-colored skin and wild hair look different, she has a famous father with an extremely public lifestyle. Long before the age of social media in the 1980’s, Beverly Hills High is the gossip capital of the world. The school is crawling with the children of celebrities, so “inside” news travels fast and Rain is bullied and mocked relentlessly and regularly. She learns to adapt to the environment, capturing her father’s attention when she’s able, while navigating her mother’s growing hostility towards his indulgent way of life. http://www.thatdaughterscrazy.com/