Too much blathering from the experts can get in the way of having a visceral experience watching History unfold in your living room. This weekend, with the nation commemorating the moment “we lost our innocence” and the moment TV became the way we shared our lives, there’s a new way to really feel it.
FilmOn Networks launched its newest streaming channel, Living History on FilmOn.com on Nov. 22 with nonstop programming surrounding John F. Kennedy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The channel will feature rare documentary footage — no yapping from Dan Rather, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams, Bill O’Reilly and the rest. And the dramatic recreations? Rob Lowe? Puh-leaze.
“Living History will be unlike any other history channel,” said FilmOn Networks Founder & CEO Alki David. “It won’t be about history. It will be history itself — unfiltered, unexplained and raw. At once confusing, enlightening, devastating — as it unfolded in front of film and television cameras live.”
The JFK collection runs around the clock on FilmOn’s free streaming service to kick off Living History. It will document every major event during the President’s campaign, presidency, assassination and Congressional hearings afterward. Programming will include footage of his first trip to Ireland; raw televised reports of the shooting in Dallas as they unfolded; the funeral procession uncut; detailed accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Warren Commission investigation and plenty of Jackie Kennedy.
The day starts off on a somber note with complete wall-to-wall coverage of the state funeral of Kennedy in Washington D.C. begging at 5 a.m. PST. It will be followed by the Academy Award-nominated documentary Four Days in November (1964) about the assassination and looks at Kennedy’s presidential election and work with the Civil Rights movement. Then from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Living History will run NBC’s stunned live coverage of that day in Dallas, uncut, as viewers experienced them across the country. (FilmOn’s service includes the ability to DVR programs).
The JFK footage will continue through the rest of November. Upcoming features on Living History will include the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Vietnam War, the Nixon Era, the Age of Reagan and the Soviet War in Afghanistan. Everyone from Steve Jobs to Bobby Fischer to Britney Spears will make an appearance.
According to the producers of Living History, the channel also hopes to honor the life and work of the journalists and photographers who gave their lives to bring the world a better understanding of world conflict.
Living History is the second collaboration between FilmOn Networks and CineBX Library, which began with the recent launch of Chillings, a free streaming channel devoted to the weirdest and wackiest in classic horror including films by George Romero, Dennis Hopper, Mario Bava and Francis Ford Coppola.
Living History is on now:
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