Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Holyoke Community College to Host James Baldwin Screening and Talkback

WHAT: Screening of documentary film “James Baldwin: the Price of the Ticket”
WHEN: Wednesday, May 6 at 1PM
WHERE: Holyoke Community College / Leslie Phillips Theater

HOLYOKE, MA - Free and Open to the Public: On May 6th, 2015, at 1PM, the award-winning documentary film classic JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET – recently restored and re-mastered in WideScreen HD – will be screened by Holyoke Community College in the Leslie Phillips Theater (FORUM). As part of HCC’s “Dialogues on Race” series, filmmakers Karen Thorsen & Douglas K. Dempsey will host a Conversation with Jimmy after the screening. The Topic: Diversity, discrimination and the meaning of brotherhood – in the context of personal stories and local issues – with James Baldwin as catalyst.

Co-produced with Maysles Films and PBS/American Masters, this extraordinary 90-minute film is an emotional portrait, a social critique, and a passionate plea for human equality. Extensive vérité footage allows the late best-selling author and Civil Rights activist to tell his own story: exploring what it means to be born black, impoverished, gay and gifted – in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” Baldwin's message, a clarion call for racial, social, and sexual equality, remains painfully relevant.

This event is sponsored by Mass Humanities, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts in support of their mission to engage diverse communities, inspire dialogue, and encourage citizen-activists.

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