"Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home", panel & Sugar Hill Ale reception [Masterclass: Eric V Tait, Jr]
Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home (Pt. 1)
Dir. Eric V. Tait, Jr., 2000, 90 min.
The last film that the legendary Lena Horne worked on, As Texas tries to propagate textbooks that re-write an even more exclusionary version of American History, and the Elmendorf Reformed Church, the oldest church in Harlem (est. 1660) battles to reclaim and restore it's 330-year old Colonial African Burial Ground -another chapter of that untold American History- we look at that history with a more in-depth and inclusive perspective.
WHO TELLS (& WHO "SELLS") THE STORY?
Educators, activists, elected officials and journalist-filmmakers discuss the state of public education, political power and education decisions, inclusive/non-inclusive American History (and the lack of mandated history/social studies curricula in NY State), Glen Beck and the Fox faux-news' attempts at usurping the Civil Rights movement, and other related highly crucial issues...
PANELISTS: NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills (moderator); Dr. Alan Singer, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Hofstra University, Rev Patricia Singletary, Pastor of East Harlem's Elmendorf Church; educational consultant Gene Peterson; City Councilman Robert Jackson.
Followed by reception sponsored by Harlem's own Sugar Hill Ale.
3 Day series pass, $25 - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/133404
This 3 day exploration of the work of Eric V. Tait is part of the bi-monthly series 'Masterclass'. The goal of 'Masterclass' is to identify and survey exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens. Eric V. Tait Jr's career as journalist (print, network and independent television), documentary filmmaker, media watchdog and advocate for excellence in journalism and documentary film, comprises a robust contribution to the documentary tradition, through his own work and the paths he created for others to follow. Wearing the hat of organizer and media activist, Mr. Tait crafted the panels that follow his films himself, placing greater concern for how his work can be employed in examining current social issues and the media's representation of them than receiving congratulations and praise for his 40 years in media. Mr. Tait says it best: "The goal is to use my 40th Anniversary Retrospective to take a good hard look at where we've been, what's been gained and/or lost, and what's now in store for all of us."
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