Jesse Owens + Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man's World
Saturday Feb 16 01:00 PM
Saturday Feb 16 06:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $20.00
General Admission: $25.00
About the Film:
Directed by Laurens Grant. USA, 2012, 53 mins. Hawai’i premiere.
Emmy Award-winning Freedom Riders producer Laurens Grant pays tribute to legendary African-American sprinter Jesse Owens, a sharecropper’s son, who triumphed over adversity to win four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Despite the racial slurs he endured, his grace and athleticism rallied crowds around the world. Through stunning archival footage, recollections by Owens’s friends and daughters, and interviews with writers and scholars like Jeremy Schaap and Harry Edwards, this film highlights the intersections between racism and sports, and the public and private lives of national heroes. Official Selection: Full Frame Film Festival.
Jesse Owens is a Firelight Films production for American Experience.
Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World
Directed by Annette von Wagenheim. USA, 2006, 45 mins. Hawai’i premiere.
In this tender, revealing documentary about one of the most popular performing artists of the 20th century, we go beyond the legendary banana belt dance to explore Josephine Baker’s work as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination.
Opening-night reception Feb 16 6-7:30pm: Enjoy elegant pūpū by chef Sean Priester of Soul and a glass of wine before 7:30pm screening, $25, $20 for museum members (includes reception and screening). Purchase online.
Menu: Crab cake with remoulade, warm asparagus crudités with Meyer lemon citronette, cornbread with green tomato-Hawaiian chili-pepper jam, smoked barbecued-brisket sliders, papaya-avocado salad with Naked Cow Dairy feta, sweet potato “patatas bravas” with garlic aioli, strawberry-apple banana ambrosia with pineapple-toasted coconut yogurt.
Special guest: Jesse Owens director Laurens Grant will introduce her film at 7:30pm, and lead a post-screening Q+A.
Laurens Grant is a multi-Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose credits as a producer include two ground-breaking four-hour series for PBS: the recently released Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave and the Emmy-winning Slavery and the Making of America: Seeds of Destruction. Grant was also coordinating producer for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's The Murder of Emmett Till, which was honored with a Sundance Jury Award, Primetime Emmy and a Peabody Award for Best Documentary. The U.S. Department of Justice re-opened the Emmett Till murder case in part due to the film's previously unpublished eyewitness accounts and research. Grant has produced and directed films for A&E and The History Channel, and has directed projects in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and in America's inner city high schools. Prior to her work in documentary film, she worked as a foreign correspondent, heading up the Reuters bureau in Panama. She has written about Latin America for Newsweek, the Miami Herald, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The San Francisco Examiner. Grant is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.