By Barney Blakeney
The College of Charleston, in partnership with the City of Charleston, South Carolina Humanities, and the International African American Museum, announces the 2017 Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival, a landmark event being held April 20-22 exploring the power of film to shape and inspire social change.
The three-day festival runs from April 20 to 22. Its schedule includes: a special screening of “Freedom Song”, a film about the 1960s voting rights movement in Mississippi - actor Danny Glover will appear in person to present the film; a showing of “Two Trains Runnin’”, a documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers during Freedom Summer - presenting will be director, Emmy and Peabody award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian Sam Pollard; other films and short films that focus on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement; workshops at the College of Charleston and Burke High School; a showcase of local emerging student filmmakers; and town hall and panel discussions.
College of Charleston Education and History Professor Jon Hale says the festival, which he anticipates will become an annual event, is an opportunity to showcase Charleston as a venue for film festivals connected to civil rights history. Sponsors include the College of Charleston, the City of Charleston, South Carolina Humanities, the International African American Museum and other donors.
Among the highlights of the festival will be the Charleston premier of Stanley Nelson’s “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities”. A conversation with scholars Bernard Powers, Jon Hale and civil rights activists, Dave Dennis and Judy Richardson will follow. There also will be a Master Workshop with Sam Pollard and a panel discussion with Actor Danny Glover.
The first Septima Clark Emerging Filmmaker Award ceremony and student film screening will be presented. Mayor John Tecklenburg will introduce a screening of “Freedom Song” followed by a conversation with Danny Glover, International African American Museum CEO Michael Moore, and civil rights activists Dave Dennis and Millicent Brown.
Hale promises the festival will be a unique event that explores the power of film to shape and inspire social change. Venues include the College of Charleston campus, the American Theater and Burke High School. All events and screenings are free and open to the public. For information about times and venues go to: www.charlestoncivilrightsfilmfest.com. You can also email Jon Hale at email@example.com or call (843) 953-6354.