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Startup Movie Night - Durham: A Self-Portrait
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)
Join the Triangle startup/tech community for a screening of "Durham: A Self-Portrait". Learn Durham's historical context - tobacco, finance, civil rights - as we work together to build Durham's future.
Emmy-winning filmmaker and documentarian Steven Channing will provide remarks before the film.
This event is presented by The Southern Documentary Fund.
The event is sponsored by:
Drinks and snacks provided. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Southern Documentary Fund.
About the film:
Durham - A Self Portrait - Emmy-winning filmmaker Dr. Steven Channing has produced a new portrait of the "Bull City," Durham, North Carolina. The film opens with historian John Hope Franklin revealing the story of the "secret game," a basketball game played one Sunday morning in 1944 between all-black N.C. Central University and an all-white team from the Duke University medical school. Dr. Franklin's appearance in Durham: A-Self-Portrait marked perhaps his final filmed commentary before his death at age 94. Franklin's account of the "secret game" frames a set of stories over six film chapters, told by Durham people from every walk of life. The film covers the birth of the tobacco era and "Black Wall Street," as a bustling new industrial city develops at the turn of the 20th century. It continues through a tumultuous Civil Rights movement, alongside the rise of Duke University. Under the glare of the national media, the community struggles to confront crime and despair, and keep an open dialogue.
About Southern Documentary Fund:
Stories are at the heart of the work of the Southern Documentary Fund. Stories that come from the varied landscapes of the American South -- its people, its history, and its contemporary life. Our mission is to help preserve and share those stories by acting as a resource for documentary artists. Through services like fiscal sponsorship, we aim to connect people, ideas, and resources -- furthering our goal of growing a community of documentary artists. SDF has supported over 100 documentary projects in its 10 year history.