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atCentral: The Silence of Marshawn Lynch

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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

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A film screening of the David Shields documentary LYNCH: A HISTORY, about the silence of NFL player Marshawn Lynch.

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Join us for a special screening of the 2019 documentary LYNCH: A HISTORY, which explores the silence that nonconformist NFL star Marshawn Lynch deploys as a form of resistance. Culling more than 700 video clips and placing them in dramatic, rapid, and radical juxtaposition, the film is a powerful political parable about the American media-sports complex and its deep complicity with racial oppression.

Writer / producer / director David Shields will join us after the screening to discuss the film with Daron Roberts, a former NFL coach and founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas.

"David Shields's portrait of Marshawn Lynch is a groundbreaking documentary about a silence that isnt really a silence," writes Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen.

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ABOUT MARSHAWN LYNCH: Born and raised in in Oakland by a single mother, Lynch became an All-American, an All-Pro running back, and a Super Bowl champion, but over the last five years he has emerged as a nationally significant figure precisely because he has refused to “play the game” of being a dutiful, cliché-bound interviewee. Silence-as-rebellion has African-American roots tracing back to slavery, and it’s a gesture that has flourished spectacularly in Oakland, where Lynch is deeply involved in the betterment of his hometown and where “troublemakers” have changed the game generation after generation—from Jack London and Gertrude Stein to the Black Panthers, Hells Angels, and Oakland Raiders (where Lynch is now finishing his career) to Bill Russell and Curt Flood to Alice Walker and Ishmael Reed to Tupac Shakur, Ryan Coogler, and Boots Riley.

ABOUT DAVID SHIELDS: David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty-two books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Other People: Takes & Mistakes (NYTBR Editors’ Choice). The film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel was released by First Pond Entertainment in 2017. Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention was published in 2018; The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is forthcoming in March 2019. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into two dozen languages.

ABOUT DARON ROBERTS: Daron Roberts is a former NFL coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, and Cleveland Browns. He is also the author of Call an Audible, which was named a #1 New Release and Best Seller by Amazon. Sports Illustrated selected the book as one of its Best Sports Business Books of 2017. Roberts currently serves as founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas.

ABOUT AT CENTRAL: atCentral is a cultural series hosted by The Library Foundation, featuring authors, filmmakers, artists, chefs, and innovators for conversations in the Central Library.

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