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Lynch: A History
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 5:30 PM

Lynch: A History



Director David Shields Attending



A Special Screening in partnership with Rain Taxi Twin Cities Book Festival.



Like books? Join local literary org Rain Taxi as they present their 19th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, taking place Sat. Oct. 12 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. With author presentations, a gigantic book fair, activities for children and more, the #TCBF is a cultural paradise, and it’s all FREE to attend. More information at: https://twincitiesbookfestival.com



Lynch: A History explores the silence that nonconformist NFL star Marshawn Lynch deploys as a form of resistance. Culling more than 700 video clips and placing them in dramatic, rapid, and radical juxtaposition, the film is a powerful political parable about the American media-sports complex and its deep complicity with racial oppression.


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Lynch: A History

DIRECTOR DAVID SHIELDS WILL BE PRESENT TO INTRODUCE THE FILM AND TAKE QUESTIONS

A SPECIAL SCREENING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RAIN TAXI’S TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL

Lynch: A History explores the silence that nonconformist NFL star Marshawn Lynch deploys as a form of resistance. Culling more than 700 video clips and placing them in dramatic, rapid, and radical juxtaposition, the film is a powerful political parable about the American media-sports complex and its deep complicity with racial oppression.

Born and raised in in Oakland by a single mother, Lynch became an All-American, an All-Pro running back, and a Super Bowl champion, but over the last five years he has emerged as a nationally significant figure precisely because he has refused to “play the game” of being a dutiful, cliché-bound interviewee. Silence-as-rebellion has African-American roots tracing back to slavery, and it’s a gesture that has flourished spectacularly in Oakland, where Lynch is deeply involved in the betterment of his hometown and where “troublemakers” have changed the game generation after generation—from Jack London and Gertrude Stein to the Black Panthers, Hells Angels, and Oakland Raiders (where Lynch is now finishing his career) to Bill Russell and Curt Flood to Alice Walker and Ishmael Reed to Tupac Shakur, Ryan Coogler, and Boots Riley.

Lynch: A History— very loosely inspired by the director David Shields’s book Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season—documents and celebrates Lynch’s attempt to be true to himself in a capitalist, racist society that wants to exploit him and that he wants to both exploit and oppose. Lynch is leaving a legacy of the eloquence of silence, echo, and mimicry as key tools of defiance. Albert Camus says, “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” No one is absolutely free, but Marshawn Lynch comes thrillingly close.

Like books? Join local literary org Rain Taxi as they present their 19th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, taking place Sat. Oct. 12 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. With author presentations, a gigantic book fair, activities for children and more, the #TCBF is a cultural paradise, and it’s all FREE to attend. More information at: twincitiesbookfestival.com


Director Biography

David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty-two books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Other People: Takes & Mistakes (NYTBR Editors’ Choice). The film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel was released by First Pond Entertainment in 2017. Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention was published in 2018; The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is forthcoming in March 2019. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into two dozen languages.


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