In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, this event chronicles an epic American battle for civil rights. The film follows three families in Yonkers, New York in the 1980s in the middle of a heated confrontation about the politics and law of racial discrimination. It shows how public policies and a hostile political machine isolated poor people of color in segregated neighborhoods that were served by failing schools. Our panel will also discuss the ongoing barriers to equal housing and their continued effect on social justice today.
Join us for HBO's King in the Wilderness on July 21st. The film follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership during the bus boycotts, sit-ins, and historic marches, which are now the stuff of legend. But left out of the history books is much of what happened during the last three years of King's life.
Before Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, there was Dick Gregory. The comedian, activist, and author broke ground by becoming the first black stand-up comic to perform in major white nightclubs. Gregory used his platform to support the fight for civil rights, ran for President in a write-in campaign in 1968, and devoted decades to promoting health and wellness.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Shirley Chisholm’s election to Congress, the first Black woman to do so, we’ll explore why participating in elections is vital to our democracy, the importance of the upcoming mid-terms, and the impact of women candidates nationwide.
Join us on Thursday evening for a screening of the short film The Loving Generation and the feature film How Jack Became Black. Following the screening we will have a conversation with Anna Holmes, author and filmmaker; Eli Steele, filmmaker, How Jack Became Black; and Lacy Schwartz, filmmaker, The Loving Generation, moderated by Adam Serwer, Deputy Politics Editors, The Atlantic.
Join us at NPR for a special screening of CBS Sports Network's 1st & Goal in the Bronx: Grambling vs. Morgan State, followed by a conversation on Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity in American Sports, History, and Life.
At this invite-only event at the Supreme Court of the United States, we’ll honor African-American State Supreme Court Justices, past and present, as arbiters on the ultimate judicial tribunals for the appeal of state legal issues. By carving a distinct path in national jurisprudence, they served as vital mentors, role models and precedent-setters in our communities.
Join us at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a screening of From Swastika to Jim Crow. This ITVS film explores the encounter between two peoples targeted by racial oppression, brutality, and forced segregation who were brought together by the war and by racism in their societies.
This new PBS documentary highlights the life of Reginald F. Lewis, the first African-American ever to close an overseas billion dollar leveraged buyout deal, acquiring a global conglomerate of 64 companies in 31 countries. We will also honor the first wave of African-Americans to serve on major corporate boards and celebrate their influence on the business of the nation.
A haven for intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and the path of promise toward the American dream—Historically Black Colleges and Universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field for over 150 years. This film and panel examines the impact HBCUs have had, and continue to have, on American history, culture and national identity.
In 1944, Recy Taylor, a young wife and mother, was kidnapped at gunpoint on her way home from church and brutally raped by a gang of white teenagers in her Alabama town. With the help of Rosa Parks, then an investigator for the NAACP, Taylor reported the crime and Black-owned newspapers gave it national attention. Although her assailants went unpunished, Taylor’s story resonates with today’s #MeToo movement and inspires women to speak up against sexual violence.
Join us for a screening of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart. With the stroke of her pen, Lorraine Hansberry changed the face of American theater as the first-ever Black woman to author a play performed on Broadway. Hansberry used theater as her medium for activism at a critical time in the Civil Rights Movement. An outspoken trailblazer until her untimely death at the age of 33, she remains an iconoclast of American arts and letters.
Despite his having over a million followers around the world in his heyday, Father Divine's story remains largely unknown. Father's Kingdom hopes to change that. During the Great Depression, Divine’s International Peace Mission established a series of cash-only businesses and hotels where anyone in need could live, get food, and find work. He was also a staunch advocate for anti-lynching laws and desegregation, and used the Mission to promote these causes.
This film takes an innovative look into the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and counter cultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta. He was the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas written by his friend, legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter Thompson. OZA’s untold story probes issues of racial identity, criminal justice, politics, and media representation, while revealing the personal side of a troubled, radical and brilliant man coming to terms with his identity and finding meaning in the struggles of his people.
Join us for an audio visual exploration of the Emmy Award-winning Gospel Jubilee Showcase, aired on ABC Chicago’s WLS Channel 7 from 1963 to 1984. Produced and hosted by the late Sid Ordower, the show presented top artists and a wide variety of gospel and inspirational music every Sunday morning, establishing itself as an institution in Chicago known as “church before church.”
HollyShorts Films is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. This screening of short films includes past Academy Award winners.
Chosen from more than 140 submissions from 20 countries, the films of our 10 finalists will be screened consecutively in this last round of the competition. These documentary and narrative short films each address the theme “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.”
Enjoy a special preview screening of A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night, directed by Qasim Basir, during this red-carpet event.
Cass is a Los Angeles club promoter who meets a Midwestern woman named Frida on the night of the 2016 Presidential election. She challenges Cass to revisit his broken dreams, while he pushes Frida to pursue her dreams.
Two Dollars and a Dream, a documentary on Madam C.J. Walker, noted as the first self-made American female millionaire, anchors the examination of her life and achievements as the founder of a manufacturing company of hair care products, creator of beauty schools and salons, philanthropist, activist for racial and economic justice, and role model for beauty culturists and entrepreneurs to the present day. The film is directed by Stanley Nelson.
Do you need to know more about working with actors and executives in the entertainment business? Do you have questions about the legal hoops involved? Join us for a master class focusing on studio, talent, and network management, and another focusing on legal affairs.
In the spirit of the schools built by Madam C.J. Walker that trained thousands of beauty and hair technicians across the U.S. and the Caribbean, Hollywood hair designer Camille Friend (Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Help, Django Unchained, Dreamgirls) delivers a Master Talk on her career path from salon to award-winning stylist for film, television and videos.
Cassandra Butts’ illustrious career included serving as legal counsel to Senator Wofford and Congressman Gephardt, Domestic Counsel to the Obama transition team, and Deputy White House Counsel for Domestic Affairs. In 2014, she was appointed US Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and later was U.S. representative to the 17th Session of the U.N. General Assembly. The Festival will honor the late Cassandra Butts by bestowing awards in her name to the Student Narrative and Documentary short film winners of the Student & Emerging Filmmaker Competition.
From silver dreadlocks, micro braids, and Wakanda knots to Caesar cuts, fades, and bald; from African traditional to Afro-punk, this Hollywood award-winning, third generation hairstylist lit up the film Black Panther with culturally–rooted extensions, wigs, and natural hairstyles. She changed the rules in the Black hair game and inspired the planet.
Join us on opening night for a screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, an Attie & Goldwater Productions film. For 81-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women's liberation, and peace. We will celebrate her pivotal role as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist, early Spoken Word artist, and a thought leader in African-American culture for over a half century. Following the screening, there will be a special performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock.
The March on Washington Film Festival is proud to host a three-day art exhibit complete with lectures on Friday afternoon from artists, executives, and industry insiders spanning generations.
This exhibit is a group fine art show that pairs the pieces and stories from some of the legacy artists of the 1963 Spiral Group with contemporary artists who are following in their footsteps using their art and influence for social justice, including Lavett Ballard, Jamaal Barber, Kevin Cole, Najee Dorsey, Claudia Gibson-Hunter and Charly Palmer.