Wednesday, January 3, 2018

NM PBS SCREENING OF "I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO" TO FEATURE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA PHOTO COLLECTION


Art Shay: James Baldwin, Chicago, 1962




NEW MEXICO PBS AND SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE PRESENT A SPECIAL
PREVIEW SCREENING OF ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED
DOCUMENTARY I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

SCREENING TO FEATURE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA PHOTO COLLECTION INCLUDING PORTRAITS OF JAMES BALDWIN AND DISCUSSION LED BY SFAI WORKS MANAGER KOURTNEY ANDAR


(Santa Fe, New Mexico) — New Mexico PBS and Santa Fe Art Institute are excited to present an Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, one of the most acclaimed films of the year and a 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in this incendiary documentary, which premieres on New Mexico PBS Monday, January 15, 2018, 8:00 - 9:30 PM, filmmaker Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and a flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

"The Long Road: From Selma To Ferguson" an exhibition of photographs documenting the Civil Rights movement in America from the 1950's to the present day, curated by The Monroe Gallery of Photography, will be on view January 8 through January 19 at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

The exhibition comes at a time of heightened awareness, from political and social tensions in the aftermath of President Trump’s election, threats of “investigation for voter fraud“, the just concluded special election in Alabama, and conflicts across the racial divide in Charlottesville and other American Cities.

In 1963, photographers captured dramatic images of dogs and fire hoses turned on protesters that transformed national public opinion towards support of civil rights. At the time, there was a feeling in the movement that it took journalists, and especially photojournalists, covering the struggles to tell their story as history and visual evidence and shock the world.

Recently, documentary evidence has been denied or disputed by those in power, and coupled with the new administrations attacks on the press, the exhibit is a reminder that photojournalism is a vital and necessary component of a free society.

The exhibition features iconic photographs from the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African Americans. Other powerful photographs capture the heroes of the Civil Rights movement--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, and John Lewis--but also the countless grass-roots organizers and anonymous marchers who risked everything to trudge a long, dusty, and violent path to equality. Also included in the exhibition are images from more recent keystones of the modern civil rights movement, including the Eric Garner killing in New York, modern KKK protests, and the unrest following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.


WHAT: FREE preview screening of I Am Not Your Negro followed by a community discussion.
"The Long Road: From Selma To Ferguson" An exhibition from The Monroe Gallery of Photography, will be on view January 8 through January 19

WHERE: Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe

WHO: Presenters: Indie Lens Pop-Up, New Mexico PBS, Santa Fe Art Institute, Monroe Gallery of Photography

WHEN: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6 PM

## For more information, visit: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/i-am-not-your-negro/