The 1960 Greensboro Sit In, revisited in the television documentary February One.

 

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 for PBS.

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, schanning@videodialog.com ; rcerese@videodialog.com, www.videodialog.com . See also www.februaryonedocumentary.com , http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/. 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 at www.newsreel.org