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February 21, 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM | Chazen Auditorium
6 p.m. Special Talk:
Steve Ryfle on “Desegregating Hollywood: Film and the Civil Rights Era.” Co-Presented by UW Madison Friends of the Libraries.
7 p.m. Film:
USA, 1969, 35mm, 107 min.
Directed by Gordon Parks
Cast: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans
Famed photographer Parks became the first African-American to direct a feature film for a major Hollywood studio (Warner Bros) with this adaptation of Parks’ own semi-autobiographical novel. The film depicts the coming-of-age of teenaged Newt Winger (Johnson) in rural Kansas of the 1920s.
In celebration of Black History Month and in conjunction with the Chazen’s exhibition Southern Rites (January 25–May 12), the Cinematheque will co-present two landmark films in February by significant directors. Legendary independent auteur Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates (1920) is the oldest existing feature-length movie by an African-American filmmaker and Gordon Parks The Learning Tree (1969) is the first film directed by an African-American for a major Hollywood studio.