Posts from the ‘Film’ Category
Join us at the Full Frame Theater in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus for a provocative exploration of Southern race and politics on film, followed by a Q&A with Directors Paul Stekler and Andrew Kolker.
New Orleans’ long history of political dysfunction and complicated racial dynamics gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Four years later, she needs black votes to get reelected. But will her record of blunt racial talk doom her chances? GETTING BACK TO ABNORMAL follows the unlikely odd couple of Head and her irrepressible black political advisor, Barbara Lacen-Keller, as they try to navigate New Orleans’ treacherous political scene. With its cast of only-in-New-Orleans characters, Getting Back to Abnormal is a provocative and amusing look at race in America, set against the backdrop of the city’s rich culture. The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was nationally broadcast on the PBS series POV in August 2014. You can view a behind-the-scenes discussion between the producers about portraying New Orleans on film here.
Panel Discussion: From George Wallace to New Orleans After Katrina: Southern Race and Politics on Film
Please join us in the Freedom Forum on Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 pm for a panel discussion, using documentary films as the starting point for a larger conversation about how race relations have unfolded in Southern politics. Sharing clips from their own work, our guests will engage the legacies of African Americans who directly challenged Jim Crow, white segregationists who resisted those challenges, and political actors of all races and approaches. The panelists will explore what has and has not changed in this country’s reckoning with civil rights and racial equality.
This panel, moderated by Malinda Maynor Lowery (Director, Southern Oral History Program, UNC-Chapel Hill), is co-sponsored by the Southern Oral History Program, the Southern Documentary Fund, and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.
A new, free, six-week online course that explores the stories, music and art of the American South will be offered Oct. 13 to Nov. 28, developed and taught by the Center’s Senior Associate Director, William R. Ferris, in conjunction with the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.
About the Course:
This course explores the stories, music, and art of the American South and considers how they serve as a window on the region’s history and culture. We will see how the region’s distinctive sense of place defines music and literature in each generation. From small farms to urban neighborhoods, from the region itself to more distant worlds of the southern diaspora, stories, music, and art chronicle places and the people who live within them.
Our course explores the nature of oral tradition and how its study can provide a methodology for understanding Southern literature. We will discuss Southern artists and photographers and will show how the history and traditions of the South influences their work. We will consider the work of Southern Writers and discuss how they utilize specific stories, music, and art as a structure for literary forms such as the novel and the short story. Lastly, we look into the rich history of southern music and its roots in work chants, fife and drum, and one-strand on the wall musics.
For more information, and to register for free, visit: www.coursera.org/course/south.
As part of the Stone Center’s Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, the Center is pleased to co-sponsor a screening of the 2013 documentary film “The Reconstruction of Asa Carter,” directed by Douglas Newman.
Forrest Carter was best known for his “autobiography,” The Education of Little Tree. Published as a memoir about his life as a Cherokee orphan in the Tennessee hills, the book was embraced by critics as a seminal work of Native American literature and topped the New York Times bestseller list. But Forrest Carter was neither Cherokee nor an orphan. He was actually Asa Carter, a notorious white supremacist and KKK leader. Asa had gained national attention when his followers attacked Nat King Cole on stage, as well as local notoriety for his involvement in a shootout. Most notably, he penned George Wallace’s infamous 1963 “Segregation now, Segregation forever” speech. This film examines Asa Carter’s reinvention as “Forrest Carter,” posing the question, “Did he ever really change?”
This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Free parking is available in the Bell Tower Parking Deck behind the Stone Center.