West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) July 13, 2006
IDA presents a special screening of VOICES OF CIVIL RIGHTS, A Film by Jeffrey Tuchman.
Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.
The civil rights movement began with a collection of quiet rumblings - in secretarial pools, grade schools, five and dimes, and on city buses. Away from the headlines, long before the marches and sit-ins and secret church-house meetings -- like ripples in the rain barrel - countless individual indignities sparked ire in the hearts of both white and black Americans. And from those first faint murmurs, their voices grew into a tidal wave of change which altered America's social and political landscapes forever.
But the narratives of history's major turning points tend to be written by the leaders -- and many of the stories of ordinary folks, the foot soldiers who truly made those turning points possible - their stories are often lost.
VOICES OF CIVIL RIGHTS is one humble attempt to make sure that -- at least in this case - that doesn't happen. To capture the stories of this pivotal era, a group of journalists, photographers and videographers took a 70-day bus trip around the country. From Greensborough, North Carolina to Jackson, Mississippi to Texas and Ohio, what emerged was not a textbook history lesson, but a series of powerful, intimate themes: awakening, anger, defiance, suffering, regret, triumph, and reconciliation. The stories we collected now constitute the country's largest archive of oral histories of the civil rights movement and are housed in the Library of Congress.
VOICES OF CIVIL RIGHTS, a one-hour Peabody Award-winning documentary, presents the most compelling of these stories in the hope that they will inspire not only researchers and historians, but generations of Americans too young to remember the triumph of spirit, soul and courage that was the civil rights movement.
One night only: Saturday, July 15th, 7:00 PM
Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills (one block west of
About Jeffrey Tuchman
Jeffrey Tuchman is a Peabody award-winning documentary producer, director and writer who, for the past twenty years, has dedicated himself to the creation of innovative documentary film and television. In that time, he has built a formidable body of long-form documentary work, with over 30 film titles to his name, and network credits including A&E, PBS, The History Channel, NHK, ABC, Discovery/TLC, Court TV, CBS, MSNBC and HBO. Tuchman recently completed MURDER IN THE QUARTER, a true-crime drama set in New Orleans for Court TV, and VOICES OF CIVIL RIGHTS, a one-hour oral-history project on the Civil Rights movement which had its premiere at the Smithsonian Institution and aired in February, 2005 on The History Channel (and for which Tuchman won the Peabody Award).
Also making its broadcast debut on The History Channel was MAVERICKS, MIRACLES & MEDICINE, Tuchman's award-winning four-part series on the history of medicine.
Currently, Tuchman is at work on several documentary features, including VEILED HUMOR, a film about Muslim stand-up comic, Shazia Mirza; WHAT THE F#*K HAPPENED TO THE DEMOCRATS?, a feature doc on the state of American politics, and TESTIMONY, a film about his father's return to Germany to testify in a war-crimes trial against the Nazi who murdered his mother.
Known for his exploration of new forms, models, and styles of documentary filmmaking, Tuchman is sought out as a development consultant and show doctor by numerous documentary production companies and broadcast networks.
Over the past decade, he's helmed more than a dozen investigative documentaries, looking at such varied subjects as the HMO crisis, the rise in heroin addiction among young women, and the ongoing battle between privacy and security.
As an executive producer, Tuchman guided the Silver Gavel Award-winning RAILROADED IN TEXAS , a groundbreaking film on the civil-liberties debacle in Tulia, Texas for Court TV . As senior producer, he created the 1998 documentary, 'TIL DEATH DO US PART, which followed notorious polygamist Alex Joseph, his eight wives and 21 children for two months as they all attempted to cope with Joseph's impending death from cancer. This award-winning documentary was followed by, EPISODE 1 UNAUTHORIZED: THE PHANTOM MENACE, a comic one-hour special for the Sci-Fi Channel on the mayhem surrounding the release of George Lucas' blockbuster film. In 1996 Tuchman created the pilot for SCIENCE TIMES, a series produced with the New York Times for Discovery/TLC, which took a verité look inside the scientific process, and was - at its conception - among the first broadcast documentary series shot entirely by video-journalists on small-format digital video (DV). Following his abiding passion for politics, in 1994, Tuchman directed WHITE HOUSE, a one-hour film in which he followed Presidential photographer Robert McNeely as he documented the Clinton presidency. Produced for NHK/Japan, White House was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1995 International Electronic Cinema Festival in Japan, and had its U.S. premiere at the Kennedy Center. It aired here as one of the flagship documentaries on HD-Net -- America's first all high-definition broadcaster -- in 2002. Tuchman's relationship with the Clinton's began in 1992, when he directed THE MAN FROM HOPE, the acclaimed Bill Clinton biography shown at the 1992 Democratic Convention, which was widely hailed as an historic piece of political filmmaking (and won Tuchman a Pollie Award). Then in 2000, Tuchman directed the spots for Hillary Clinton's Senate Campaign for which his "Ed Koch" spot was called "the best political ad of the 2000 election season" by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.
His interest political and humanitarian subject matter, both global and closer to home, began early on in his career, when he began using the documentary form to explore such diverse topics as the AIDS crisis, U.S./Soviet relations, the public schools, the environment, and penal reform.
During this time, he co-produced the pilot for Choices, a PBS series on changing social values in America, and he served as a program consultant for two national PBS specials -- CONDITION CRITICAL: THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE FORUM, and THE ISSUE IS RACE. And he also directed public service campaigns The Rainforest Alliance, UNICEF, and PBS.
Finally, Tuchman writes and lectures extensively on documentary filmmaking. He's done panels and workshops at Silverdocs, Real Screen, the IFP, the Tribeca Film Festival, the International Congress of History Producers and Brazil Documenta, among others. He holds a faculty appointment at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he teaches the documentary workshop, and he is on the board of directors of the International Documentary Association.
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