Miami University will host its inaugural Freedom Film Festival following the presentation of the Freedom Summer of ‘64 Award to Hollywood film producer Reginald Hudlin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.
There will be a brief introduction to each film, the screening, and then a facilitated discussion about it.
Monday, Nov. 8, 7 – 9:30 p.m. “A Patch of Blue”
A falling-in-love story about a blind white woman and a Black man. Full of 1960s racial realism.
Moderator: Andy Rice, assistant professor, Miami University department of media, journalism, and film
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7 – 9:30 p.m. “Carmen Jones”
Notable for Dorothy Dandridge, the first Black to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
Moderator: Kerry Hegarty, associate professor, Miami University department of media, journalism, and film
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7– 9:45 p.m. “Imitation of Life”
A Black daughter denies her racial heritage, with heartbreaking consequences.
Moderator: Kim Tavares, Miami University associate vice president of alumni relations
Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 – 9:30 p.m. “Shaft”
America was introduced to an unusual figure: A bold Black detective.
Moderator: Ron Scott, Miami University Professor Emeritus of media and communication, former associate vice president of institutional diversity
Friday, Nov. 12, 7 – 9:45 p.m. “The Butler”
A White House butler served eight presidents. Inspired by an article written by Miami faculty member Wil Haygood. Moderator: Wil Haygood, Miami University alumnus, Boadway Scholar-in-Residence, and author