The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the CIvil Rights Movement
Wounded Warriors: Resilience
An American Mosque
THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM: FOOT SOLDIER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT Mr. James Armstrong is a rank and file 'foot soldier' and the proud proprietor of Armstrongâ€™s Barbershop, a cultural and political hub in Birmingham, Alabama, where hair was cut, civil rights marches organized and battle scars from police truncheons iced. This film follows 85-year-old Mr. Armstrong, 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 he carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 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.
WOUNDED WARRIORS: RESILIENCE IN ATTENDANCE DIRECTOR/PRODUCER JAY LAVENDER AND MORE Composed of candid one-on-one interviews, personal photos and film clips, Wounded Warriorsâ€™ Resilience is a short documentary film depicting the extraordinary sacrifice and inspiring resilience of seven brave American men and women in uniform who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 and are role models of the human capacity to overcome adversity. Additional interviews with military medical personnel highlight the wonderful teamwork that helps save our Warriors. The film takes us from September 11, 2001 through August 2011 and the journey of our Warriors being wounded, rescued, recovering and continuing to thrive despite enduring debilitating injuries. Wounded Warriors' Resilience is one of a series of short films about resilience commissioned by Dr. Stephen Flynn for the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit that took place at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Directed by Jay Lavender
ALSO IN ATTENDANCE PRODUCERS DICKIE MORRIS AND RANDALL LARSEN
AN AMERICAN MOSQUE A Muslim community in California needs a place a worship. Their plan: find land, raise money, and build a mosque for everyone. This dream is nearly fulfilled, when an unprecedented crime changes everything. An American Mosque, tells the story of the tragic events that transpire at the Islamic Center of Yuba City, California, and shows how, for Muslims, religious freedom is both alive and under threat in America. Directed by David Washburn.
SLOW CADENCE IN ATTENDANCE CO-DIRECTORS WES EASTIN AND STEFANI BYRD AND MORE For many generations, Southerners were raised with a strong appreciation and connection to nature. This link was forged in an agrarian society where people relied on the land to provide all of their needs. In recent history, that way of life has diminished because of shifts in the Southern economy and in the agricultural industry.As the southern region continues to grow in population, development is spreading through once rural environments. Jobs have shifted from agriculturally based to a stronger emphasis on technology and industrial pursuits. Many people are now moving from a slower rural agricultural lifestyle to a faster urbanized or sub-urbanized one. What are the larger implications of the change in pace of living and in the direct relationship people had to nature?The artists examine the lifestyle, occupation and recreation of people living in this region and tell a cinematic cinematic narrative about the relationship their subjects have to nature and how it impacts their lives. The title of the video alludes to both a slower pace of living and the slower way of speaking associated with the region.
ALSO IN ATTENDANCE PRODUCTION CONSULTANT DAN SLEMONS