Free film series open and welcome to the public; filmmakers will appear at screenings
HANCEVILLE, Ala. — For the third year, The Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State Community College will host the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Starting in September, the first of six films will be screened, all of which are free and will include an appearance by the filmmakers for question and answer sessions.
“This film series has developed a core group of area residents who have been coming back each time since the first year we hosted the series,” said Kristen Holmes, administrator for the museum. “In the previous two years they’ve been able to view some wonderful films on a wide range of subjects that have been both entertaining and informative. This year’s line up of movies, I think, is the best yet.”
The six films showing at Wallace State this year are all documentaries and provide glimpse into lives of the famous and not-so-famous, share stories that have historical significance and intrigue, and celebrate different cultures and diversity.
“I Will Dance” is the first film and will be shown on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. The film follows young people from an integrated theater program in Selma as they journey to New York City to dance their hearts out, defy statistics and share their stories. Visit www.iwilldancemovie.com to see the trailer and for more information about the film.
“1971” will be shown on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m., and tells the story of a March 8, 1971, break-in at an FBI office in Media, Penn., during which every file in the office was removed. The documents were mailed anonymously to newsrooms and revealed an illegal surveillance program overseen by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. No arrests were ever made and, until now, those responsible never revealed their identity. For more information about the movie, visit www.1971film.com.
“Imba Means Sing” will be shown on Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. The story follows three children from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, through a world tour with the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir. Go to the film’s website at www.imbafilm.com for more information.
“Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” will be shown Feb. 18, 2016, at 6 p.m. The film will explore, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life of acclaimed photograph Dorothea Lange who captured the iconic image “Migrant Mother” that personified the Great Depression. To learn more about the film, visit www.grabahunkoflightning.com.
On March 10 at 6 p.m., “American Made Movie” will look back on the glory days of manufacturing in the United States, when there was a more balanced relationship between the goods produced and consumed, and illustrates how technology and globalization have changed the competitive landscape for companies doing business in America and overseas. Visit www.theamericanmademovie.com for more about the film.
“Althea” will be the last film of the series on April 14 at 9:30 a.m. Althea Gibson grew up as a truant on the rough streets of Harlem but emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She became the first African-American to play and win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before Arthur Ashe, only to be shunned by the tennis establishment. For more information about the film, visit www.altheathefilm.com.
All of the films will be screened in the Recital Hall of the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit Screenings are funded in part through a sponsorship with the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.southarts.org for more information about the series or call The Evelyn Burrow Museum at 256.352.8457 or visit www.burrowmuseum.org or www.wallacestate.edu.