American Visions in Documentary

Date
Nov 21, 2005, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Speakers
Sponsors
  • Program in American Studies
  • Program in African American Studies
  • Department of History
Event Description

An acclaimed 14-hour television history of America’s civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize was broadcast over two seasons, in 1987 and 1990. As a team employed by Blackside, Inc. in Boston, Sheila Curran Bernard and Sam Pollard created two films for the second season: “Two Societies” and “Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More,” which won national Emmy awards for both writing and editing. They will present clips from both films and discuss the series’ creation, recent changes in archival documentary storytelling, and current efforts to renew underlying rights so that Eyes can be rebroadcast.

Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Sheila Curran Bernard’s broadcast credits include I’ll Make Me A World, Eyes on the Prize, and School: The Story of American Public Education. She is the author of Documentary Storytelling.