Greensboro Sit In, revisited in the television documentary February
The new PBS series
Independent Lens will feature the documentary February One in
its national broadcast schedule for 2004-2005. The film tells
the story of the 1960 Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins,
and the "whirlwind" of sit-ins that swept the South
and reignited the Civil Rights movement. The film is introduced
by the distinguished actress Susan Sarandon and premieres nationally
on February 1, 2005.
February One uses first hand accounts of the events that took
place at a Woolworth lunch counter to document one volatile winter
in Greensboro, that not only changed public accommodation laws
in North Carolina, but served as a blue print for non-violent
protests throughout the 1960's.
February One had its
World Premiere screening at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
to a packed audience of over 600 middle and high school students,
and several hundred adults. The audience at the historic Carolina
Theatre responded with tremendous enthusiasm to this great story
of courage and principle.
The film has also
screened at the Nashville, Telluride Indie, Key West, Memphis,
Chicago and Asheville film festivals, and the IFP Film Market
in New York. It was awarded the Human Rights Award at the River
Run Film Festival, Winston-Salem, and received the first annual
Global Peace Film Festival Award, presented in Orlando, Florida.
It was named Best Picture at the 2004 Greensboro, NC Film Festival
and will screen at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta
this coming January.
February One was produced
by Video Dialog Inc., located in Durham, NC. Our television projects
include And Still I Rise: Maya Angelou, America's 400th Anniversary,
narrated by Andy Griffith, This Other Eden, hosted by Patricia
Neal, and Upon This Rock: The Black Religious Experience. VDI
also produced the regional Emmy winning historical drama Alamance
Funding for February
One was provided by Sit In Movement, Inc., The Cemala Foundation,
the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, The Greater Greensboro Community
Foundation, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Mary Norris
Preyer Fund, The North Carolina Community Foundation, the North
Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Mr. Randall Kaplan,
and the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation.
For more information
please contact: Steven Channing and/or Rebecca Cerese at Video
Dialog Inc., (919) 416-6166, firstname.lastname@example.org
. See also www.februaryonedocumentary.com
The website for home video purchases is through South Carolina
Educational Television at http://etvstore.org
The site for educational purchases is through California Newsreel