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Film and Media Studies Program

Stanley Nelson Film Series

Special Screening Events

The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 6:00 pm
A semester-long series of Stanley Nelson films begins with The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, the first film to chronicle the history of the Black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African American identity. The critically acclaimed documentary recounts the largely forgotten stories of generations of Black journalists who risked life and livelihood so African Americans could represent themselves in their own words and images. Professor Kenneth Campbell will introduce the film at 6 pm in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, room 106. Admission is free.

The Murder of Emmett Till

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:00 pm
The Stanley Nelson film series continues with The Murder of Emmett Till, a documentary exploratiion of the brutal 1955 murder of the fourteen-year-old Till and its aftermath. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement.  Professor Laura Kissel will introduce the film in the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications room 106 at 6:00 pm

Freedom Summer

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
The Stanley Nelson Film Series continues with Freedom Summer. Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states. This free screening of Freedom Summer will feature a talk-back with former SNCC member Cleveland Sellers. His autobiography of his time as an activist, The River of No Return, is a standard in college classrooms. Journalism Room 106. 800 Sumter Street

A Place of Our Own

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Stanley Nelson’s A Place of Our Own is in part autobiographical. The 60-minute long documentary offers a portrait of Oak Bluffs, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, a place that holds special meaning not only for Nelson’s family but for many other upper middle class African Americans.  In the 1950s and ‘60s, an era when demands for racial equality would explode on the national stage, Oak Bluffs provided a crucial reprieve. Filmed during the summer following the death of Nelson’s beloved mother, a renowned Oaks Bluff hostess and the glue that held the family together, A Place of Our Own uses the family's odyssey to explore the complexities within this privileged community: conflicts of class, color and age. For men like Nelson's father, Stanley Sr., the community at Oak Bluffs was a defiant stand against the constant oppression of racism. 
Screening in McMaster 214 at 6 pm on Thursday, Feb. 16.



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