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MLK Weekend Film Festival Schedule

MLK Weekend Film Festival Schedule

MLK Film Festival Schedule

All films shown at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N Oak St,

Myrtle Beach, SC 29579, in Room 101. Admission and parking are free.

Popcorn and other concessions available.

Friday, January 13

2 p.m.: The March

Narrated by Denzel Washington and directed by John Akomfrah, this PBS documentary features interviews with organizers and attendees of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march on Washington, D.C., in 1963 that culminated in the “I Have a Dream” speech. Spine-chilling footage of the March including famous musical performances on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 60 minutes.

3:15: p.m.: Boycott 

By HBO Film and starring Jeffrey Wright as Dr. King, based on the book Daybreak of Freedom by Stewart Burns, and tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts that began in 1955 with Rosa Parks’ refusal to go to the back of the bus. As the jacket says, “The bus stopped. The city stopped. The world stopped.” Also starring CCH Pounder and Terrence Howard as Ralph Abernathy. 118 minutes.

5:30 p.m.: Freedom Riders 

In May 1961, two small groups of white and black activists boarded a Greyhound bus and a Trailways bus to see if it was possible to ride unmolested from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans through the Deep South. Only one bus made it. Stanley Nelson’s 2010 PBS documentary marked the 50th anniversary of the civil rights activists who risked their lives to challenge racial segregation. 117 minutes.

7:45 p.m.: The Witness: From the Balcony

   of Room 306

Nominated for an Academy Award in 2008, this documentary short film commemorated the 40th annual remembrance of MLK. It highlights the events of that fateful day when King was shot outside of Room 306 at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis. 32 minutes.

8:20 p.m.: Selma 

The epic story of “Bloody Sunday” and the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and the its effect on the creation and signing of the 1965 Civil Rights Act by LBJ. Nominated for a “Best Picture” Oscar, it stars David Oyewolo as MLK. Directed by Ava DuVernay, and John Legend won a best song Oscar (and has a role in the movie). 128 minutes.

Saturday, January 14

Saturday Matinee Double Feature

10 a.m.: Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey

         of Jonathan Daniels

“One of the most heroic Christian deeds of which I have heard in my entire ministry and career for civil rights was performed by Jonathan Daniels.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the spring of 1965, Jonathan Daniels, a 26-year-old Episcopal seminarian became one of the many young Americans who answered Dr. King’s call to help register African-American voters in Alabama. By the following August, Daniels was dead, shot by a sheriff’s deputy. His last act was pulling a young black woman out of the line of fire. Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels is an outstanding and inspiring documentary narrated by acclaimed actor Sam Waterston. Scripted largely in Daniels’ own words, it features stirring television footage and interviews with leaders from the civil rights era. 57 minutes, followed by a Q&A and press event with special guest Rev. Judith Upham. 57 minutes.

11 a.m.: Press conference/Q&A with Rev. Judith Upham, who was a friend of Jonathan Daniels

and a Civil Rights worker in Selma in 1965, as shown in the documentary.

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Disney TV movie Selma, Lord, Selma

In 1965 during the turbulent early days of the right-to-vote movement, a young Alabama school girl (portrayed by Underground‘s Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is inspired by Dr. King to resist the degradation that her fellow African-Americans are suffering. Along with a white seminary student from the north, and against the threat of racial violence, she promises to do what she can to help Dr. King’s efforts. She becomes “The Youngest Marcher” to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday. 94 minutes.

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Press conference/Q&A with Rev. Judith Upham, who was a friend of Jonathan Daniels, portrayed by Mackenzie Astin in the movie.

3:40 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Soundtrack for a Revolution:

Every Generation Finds Its Voice

A documentary by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman from the  PBS “American Experience” series, this is the story of the American civil rights movement told through its music — the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. A mix of historical film clips and contemporary musical performances by artists including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, Mary Mary, Ritchie Havens, Angie Stone, and others. Riveting archival footage and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders including legendary Cong. John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, and of course Dr. King. 82 minutes.

Note: Rev. Judith Upham will also be preaching at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church 113 Baskerville Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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