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COS presents a screening of documentary and filmmaker conversation on civil rights essayist James Baldwin

COS presents a screening of documentary and filmmaker conversation on civil rights essayist James Baldwin

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VISALIA — College of the Sequoias’ Cultural Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) presents a screening of the digitally remastered documentary film, “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Visalia campus Ponderosa Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public, parking will be free during the event.

Filmmakers Karen Thorsen and Douglas Dempsey will present the film about the American writer and civil rights activist. COS Professor Jaime Moore will moderate the discussion about the film and life of Baldwin.

Baldwin (1924-1987), who explored issues of race, sexuality, class and the power of protest, is as relevant today as ever. He spent a great deal of his life abroad, but remained a quintessentially American writer. In numerous essays, novels, plays and public speeches, the eloquent voice of Baldwin spoke of the pain and struggle of black Americans and the saving power of brotherhood. This feature-length documentary about his life premiered in 1990 to wide acclaim at over 50 worldwide film festivals, garnering dozens of awards and honors.

Thorsen (writer/producer/director) began as a writer. After graduating from Vassar College, with a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, she was an editor for Simon & Schuster, a journalist for LIFE Magazine, and a foreign correspondent for TIME. Screenwriting followed, then directing.

Dempsey (writer/producer/director) is an award-winning communicator in multiple worlds: documentaries, feature films and museum media. As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, his original focus on anthropology morphed into a passion for film. His first job was for an educational film company in Princeton; he now writes, produces, shoots and edits.

For more information, please contact the COS Public Information Office at 559.730.3921 or publicinfo@cos.edu.

CHAP is an annual speaker and performance series designed to expose COS students and the broader community to a variety of intellectual and cultural topics vital to contemporary society. Each year, the CHAP program establishes a general theme, and invites speakers and performers from across professions and academic disciplines to share their work and scholarship. By encouraging a range of interdisciplinary conversations, the CHAP program enriches the intellectual life of COS and of the broader communities of Central California.

 

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