Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, July 3:
DOC NYC 2017
American Black, Sarasota, Martha’s Vineyard African American, Atlanta, New Voices in Black Cinema, Pan African, Full Frame, RiverRun
A portrait of a pioneering African-American politician.
The film premiered at DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Director Sam Pollard constructs a portrait of charismatic trailblazer Maynard Jackson, who became Atlanta’s first black mayor in 1973. The son of pastors raised in the segregated South, Jackson entered college at 14 and took office at 35. During his three-term tenure, he led the city through the traumatic Atlanta child murders and triumphantly hosted the 1996 Olympics, all while championing racial equality. Family and colleagues, including Bill Clinton, Andrew Young, and Al Sharpton, tell the epic story of a dynamic leader and his legacy of honor and progress.