Frequent Small Meals presents
The Fierce Urgency of Now Part 3 of Civil Rights on Film curated by Andy Ditzler
A program of rare short films capturing the difficulties, urgency and hopes of the Civil Rights movement and its leaders
"richer and more complex glimpses of the civil rights era than we get from history books" -- Curt Holman, Creative Loafing
Read Creative Loafing's cover story about Civil Rights on Film
still from NOW! by Santiago Alvarez
Black Power, White Backlash (excerpt) (CBS-TV, 1966) 15 min., color, shown on DVD
Perfect Film (Ken Jacobs, 1986) 22 min., b&w, 16mm
Malcolm X: Nationalist or Humanist? (Madeline Anderson, 1968) 14 min., b&w, shown on VHS
NOW! (Santiago Alvarez, 1965) 6 min., b&w, shown on DVD
I Have a Dream (speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, August 18, 1963)
Phyllis and Terry (Eugene and Carole Marner, 1964) 36 min., b&w, 16mm
A group of rare films from the 1960s, from a wide range of media sources, capture the difficulties, urgency, and hopes of the Civil Rights movement and its leaders. A network TV special (Black Power, White Backlash) gives a glimpse of mainstream media coverage of the tensions between Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Power movement, and a film on Malcolm X (Nationalist or Humanist?) is shown as an example of the first Black-produced network TV show. Two films consist entirely of images taken from the media – one by a noted avant-gardist who simply left the raw footage alone to speak for itself (Perfect Film), and another by a master propagandist who edits for maximum emotional effect (NOW!). Martin Luther King Jr.'s legendary speech "I Have a Dream" is seen here in its entirety as it appeared live on television screens in 1963. The second part of the program is a little-seen documentary gem about two teenage girls on New York’s Lower East Side (Phyllis and Terry), made by independent filmmakers in 1965.
THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW is part 3 of CIVIL RIGHTS ON FILM, a four-part series of rare films on African-American life, 1941-1968. The programs take place from February 20 to 28, 2009, at the Atlanta Cyclorama, Eyedrum, and Emory University. For complete program details, visit the website or download the pdf schedule (300 KB).
CIVIL RIGHTS ON FILM is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006.