Telling Our Stories: The African American Experience on Film w/ Sam Pollard & Michele Norris (2020)

  • Conversation
  • 45min

**October 16, 12:00 pm

Join filmmaker Sam Pollard and journalist/author Michele Norris for a conversation focusing on film and documenting the African American experience.

SAM POLLARD is an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director and producer. His films for HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel include the documentaries Four Little Girls, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Slavery by Another Name, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me, ACORN and the Firestorm, Why We Hate, and Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children. Pollard also directed two episodes of the groundbreaking series “Eyes on the Prize II”. Since 1994 Pollard has served on the faculty of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and lives in New York City.

His most recent documentary, MLK/FBI, uncovering the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is screening at this year’s festival.

MICHELE NORRIS is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post opinion page and her voice will be familiar to followers of public radio, where from 2002 to 2012 she was a host of National Public Radio’s afternoon magazine show, All Things Considered. She later served as a special correspondent for NPR covering race and identity in America. In 2010, Michele started The Race Card Project where she asked people around the world to share their experiences, questions, hopes, and dreams, laments, and observations about identity –in just six words–as the starting point for conversations about race.