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"Across The River with Hedrick Smith" & panel: Where are we now? [Masterclass: Eric V Tait, Jr]
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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"Across The River with Hedrick Smith" & panel: Where are we now? [Masterclass: Eric V Tait, Jr]
Across The River with Hedrick Smith
Dir. Eric V. Tait, Jr., 1995, 57 min.
An uplifting look at the Anacostia section of Washington, DC and its modern struggle to break the yoke and legacy of the Slavery/Jim Crow system that Inner-City residents continually battle: from lack of economic opportunity and gentrification, to uncaring, discriminatory Policing and Criminal Justice practices.

Panel Discussion:
Activists, Elected Officials, and Journalist-Filmmakers discuss what's changed for the Inner City Residents, especially Harlemites since the mid-1990s: Gentrification, the NYPDs Stop & Frisk Program, Empowerment Zones-- who's really benefited in the past 15 years, and what's in our future? How's the story being told?

PANELISTS: Attorney Bonita Zelman; City Council Member, 8th District, Melissa Mark-Viverito; Filmmaker Duana Butler, Pearl Barkley; author and activist Herb Boyd (moderator).

3 Day series pass, $25 -

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."



Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
United States

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