The Learning Tree


Landmark Center Sun, May 8, 2022 3:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$5.00
Film Info
Festival Programs:Luminaries Tribute
Black Perspectives
Release Year:1969
Runtime:107 min
Director:Gordon Parks
Producer:Gordon Parks
Cinematographer:Burnett Guffey
Screenwriter:Gordon Parks
Editor:George R. Rohrs
Composer:Gordon Parks
Principal Cast:Kyle Johnson
Alex Clarke
Estelle Evans
Dana Elcar
Mira Waters
Joel Fluellen
Malcolm Atterbury
Richard Ward


Post-film discussion featuring lead actor Kyle Johnson and SoulTouch Productions’ Robin Hickman-Winfield.

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Newt and Marcus are two great friends whose lives take radically different paths in their small Midwestern town. Based on Parks’ autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree (which he wrote, produced, composed the score, and directed), is a blistering examination of how Blacks navigate the narrow corridors of America’s racism.

Director Biography

Gordon Parks

When speaking of Gordon Parks, one could easily write an entire biography on his work as a pioneering Black photographer working with the New Deal government; or on his fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including The Learning Tree; or on his music, including the scores for his own movies; or on his editorial work or his oil paintings.

Photo Courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation