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September 6, 20129 months ago
For me, these projects are so close together in terms of era—1964 and 1966, but they are incredibly different stories. In many ways they are about different paths to liberation for African Americans. These projects are important now because we want to capture the voices of those who were active in those struggles and are aging. They are also about how individuals can participate and make a call to action in very different ways: one group fighting for the vote and for change within the system and the other saying we need drastic revolutionary change in this country. In many ways, young people have mythologized them, but many don’t know the true story. We want to make these figures human and demonstrate that the people who participated were really young. Movements can happen if you participate and if you believe in them.
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August 25, 20129 months agoFreedom Riders documentary film was a phenomenal success—winning three Emmy awards, reaching three million viewers on PBS, screening at the White House and being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. But another gauge of the film’s impact is the role it played as an organizing tool.
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April 17, 20121 year agoJESSE OWENS is a Firelight Films production for the PBS series American Experience. It centers on the African American track and field star, Jesse Owens, who triumphed at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin amidst the rise of Nazi propaganda. This is the first feature-length documentary directed by Laurens Grant for PBS. The film is also produced and written by veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson with whom Laurens has worked with on a number of projects, including Freedom Riders, which garnered three Emmy Awards. JESSE OWENS aired on PBS on May 1, 2012.
Laurens is also a participant in the Firelight Media Producers' Lab where she is working on another film Rokia: Voice of a New Generation. Check out our exciting interview with Laurens below.
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April 9, 20121 year agoGeorge Foster Peabody Award, widely considered the most prestigious award for electronic media. Freedom Riders was among the series' showcase films.
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April 6, 20121 year agoFreedom Riders as one of his 10 picks for documentaries about champions of social justice. He wrote: "The 10 powerful films below are...certainly proof enough that social change is possible, even under the most challenging conditions." Check out the list here.
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March 6, 20121 year agoFreedom Riders, with three million viewers on PBS' American Experience, "was the most-watched in the franchise in 2011." Click here and scroll down to read the article "PBS On a Roll". Congrats to the Freedom Riders team!
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February 22, 20121 year agohttp://www.arts.gov/podweb/podCMS/pod.php?id=p0095.
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February 22, 20121 year ago