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DECEMBER 5-7, 2019

A cinematic showcase of films that celebrate the African-American experience.


December 5th, Thursday

6:00 Introduction: Bob Fitzgerald of the Manasota ASALH, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and Frances Presley Rice, executive producer of “No Lye”.

6:15 “No Lye: An American Beauty Story” (2019) – WORLD PREMIERE – documentary about the history of the black beauty industry.

7:30 Discussion

December 6th, Friday

6:00 Introduction

6:10 “Something The Lord Made” – a film that explores the life of Dr. Vivien Thomas, an African-American pioneer in the field of heart surgery.

8:00 Panel discussion, led by Dr. Lisa Merritt, discussing local issues involving health care in the lower income communities.

December 7th, Saturday

10:00 Interactive Hair Demonstration with Monique Moore, an inspirational public speaker and stylist.

11:00 Introduction: Prof. Zabriskie

11:15 “Back to Natural” – 67 minutes – documentary about the contemporary natural hair movement.

12:25 Conversation with Prof Zabriskie and stylist

12:45-1:00 Lunch

1:30 Introduction

1:40 “American Ascent” – a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali.

2:45 Panel on “American Ascent”

6:00 Introduction – Bob Fitzgerald

6:10 “Oscar Micheaux, the Black Czar of Hollywood” – 1 hour 7 minutes – documentary about Oscar Micheaux, an African-American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 African-American themed films.

7:20 Panel Discussion (led by Bob Fitzgerald)