LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As a part of its year round programming schedule, The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to announce the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival, in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival will take place September 21st – 25th, 2012 in lead up to the 55th anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School. All screenings and events are FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets: http://lrff.eventbrite.com.
“The festival sheds light on important past and contemporary civil and human rights issues in the nation and abroad,” says Reel Civil Rights festival director Spirit Trickey. “It is a privilege to honor such distinguished civil rights icons as the Little Rock Nine, Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith, and Tony Award winner Harry Belafonte.”
The festival kicks off with an opening night screening of Miss Representation on Friday, September 21st at 7 p.m. in the Conway Room of the Peabody Hotel. Screenings will continue all day Saturday at the Peabody, along with a discussion with author and motivational speaker Kevin Powell at Oxford American Magazine (1300 Main Street). Sunday’s screenings and events will take place at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock, including a 6 p.m. screening and conversation with Olympic gold medalist and civil rights activist Tommie Smith. Tommie Smith shocked the world in 1968 when he clinched his fist in a black power salute while receiving his gold medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City.
Closing night of the festival will take place on Tuesday, September 25th at 7 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater, with a screening of Harry Belafonte’s documentary, Sing Your Song: The Music, Hope and Vision of a Man and an Era. Both Harry Belafonte and members of the Little Rock Nine will be honored at the screening.
“Little Rock’s importance in American civil rights history makes our city the perfect place to hold the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival,” says LRFF Executive Director Craig Renaud. “The Little Rock Film Festival is proud to help Spirit Trickey grow the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival into one more reason why Little Rock is becoming the next great Southern City.”
For tickets: http://lrff.eventbrite.com.
For a complete line up of events, please visit: www.nps.gov/chsc.
For more information call (501) 374-1957 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.