Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Chicken & Egg Pictures Executive Produced at IFC Center's DocuWeeks!
During the month of August, IFC Center's 15th Annual DocuWeeks program will screen two films Executive Produced by Chicken & Egg Pictures! -- THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement and SEMPER FI: Always Faithful.
IFC Center's DocuWeeks program is designed to highlight the year's best documentaries in time for the Academy Awards® considerations.
Throughout DocuWeeks, THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement will be showcased in a special two hour filmmakers-in-person program along with Barbara Hammer's MAYA DEREN'S SINK and Phio Ambo's THE HOME FRONT.
THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
Directed by: Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday
The film features 85-year old Mr. Armstrong, an African American barber in Birmingham, Alabama, as he experiences the manifestation of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president. This colorful and courageous activist of the Civil Rights era casts his vote, celebrates Obama’s victory and proudly unfurls the American flag as he is inducted into the Foot Soldiers Hall of Fame. Mr. Armstrong links the magnitude of the present paradigm shift with challenges he faced in the past: from his sons’ integration into an all white school to the Bloody Sunday march for voting rights. The documentary raises questions about democracy and patriotism in the face of adversity, and the vigilance and action required to ensure continued forward movement to end racial injustice.
Filmmakers in Person Screening Event Dates & Times:
- Tuesday, Aug 16th, 5:00 PM
- Thursday, Aug 17th, 7:15 PM
- Friday, Aug 18th, 5:00 PM
Click here for more information on this special filmmaker event!
SEMPER FI: Always Faithful
Directed by: Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon
Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years. As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the “Corps” and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or “Always Faithful.” When Jerry’s nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.
Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry’s mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country.
Semper Fi: Always Faithful Screening Dates & Times:
- Friday, Aug 26, 12:05 PM & 5:20 PM
- Saturday, Aug 27, 3:50 PM & 9:55 PM
- Sunday, Aug 28, 2:00 PM & 7:40 PM
- Monday, Aug 29, 12:05 PM & 5:20 PM
- Tuesday, Aug 30, 3:45 PM & 9:55 PM
- Wednesday, Aug 31, 2:00 PM & 7:35 PM
- Thursday, Sept 1, 12:05 PM & 5:20 PM
For more information about these screenings and more check out IFC Center's DocuWeeks website!