BRITISH ACADEMY LANDMARK CONFERENCE
Civil Rights Documentary Cinema and the 1960s: Transatlantic Conversations on History, Race and Rights at The British Academy, London on 24-26 May 2016
This conference is co-sponsored by the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Leicester and the University of Birmingham.
This conference – held in memory of American social activist, politician and leader in the civil rights movement Julian Bond (1940-2015) – brings together documentary filmmakers, activists, and film, history and media scholars. Its focus is films based in civil rights history and inspired by it. It will promote a trans-Atlantic exchange of ideas around film production, activist subjects, and historical research in the making of civil rights cinema, civil rights history and cultural memory. It examines race and rights – activism, massive resistance, film and visual cultures – to intervene creatively in the history of the 1960s and in the historiography of the civil rights movement.
The convenors are:
· Prof. Sharon Monteith, Founding Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights, University of Nottingham,
· Dr George Lewis, University of Leicester
· Prof Nahem Yousaf, Nottingham Trent University
· Dr Helen Laville, University of Birmingham
Speakers and filmmakers:
· John Akomfrah OBE, Smoking Dogs Films and co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1998), artist and filmmaker, UK
· Dr Reece Auguiste, documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective (1982-1998), University of Colorado, US
· Eduardo Montes-Bradley, director of Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement (2012), writer and director with Heritage Films Project at the University of Virginia, US
· Professor Clayborne Carson, selected in 1985 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband Martin Luther King, Jr. is Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of History at Stanford University, US
· Professor Jon Else, documentary filmmaker and Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley, US, was co-producer and cinematographer on Henry Hampton’s Eyes On The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years (1987)
· Matthew Graves, Southern Documentary Film Project, University of Mississippi, US
· Professor Peter Ling, University of Nottingham, UK
· Professor Allison Graham, documentary filmmaker and historian and co-producer of At the River I Stand, University of Memphis, US
· Judy Richardson, documentary filmmaker and co-director of Scarred Justice and co-produced Blackside’s Malcolm X: Make It Plain,former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and education consultant throughout the production of Eyes on the Prize, US
· David Shulman, director of Ballots & Bullets in Mississippi, as well as Race Against Prime Time (1985) and Everyone’s Channel (1990), a history of alternative media used to counter racist speech, US and UK
· Professor Stephen Tuck, University of Oxford, UK
· Professor Clive Webb, University of Sussex, UK
Films screened will include selections from the ground-breaking 14-hour documentary series Eyes on the Prize I (1987) and full screenings of:
· At the River I Stand (1993);
· Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968 (2008), a UK premiere;
· Rebels: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss (2012) a UK premiere;
· The March (2013);
· Ballots and Bullets in Mississippi (aka Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi, 2015)
To view the programme and to register for the conference please visit the British Academy event page.
In conjunction with the conference, there is will also be a free event to honour Julian Bond, including the UK premiere of Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement with its director Eduardo Montes-Bradley
Julian Bond was an activist, politician, lawyer, writer, and educator. In the wake of his sudden passing in 2015, this event celebrates the life of one of the key figures in American Civil Rights with a screening of a documentary of his life followed by a discussion with the director of the film and those who worked with Julian Bond and who knew him well.
· Eduardo Montes-Bradley, the film’s director
· Judy Richardson, a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) with Julian in the 1960s. Judy ran Julian Bond’s first successful campaign for the Georgia legislature
· Professor Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of History, Stanford University
· Chair: Professor Sharon Monteith, University of Nottingham
Organised in connection with the British Academy Conference Civil Rights Documentary Cinema and the 1960s: Transatlantic Conversations on History, Race and Rights on Tuesday 24th May. Please register for this separately at the British Academy event page.