Jul 15 2010

Harlem Free Outdoor Screening of Jump at the Sun documentary

The Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem will be the location on July 21 at 8P for a free outdoor evening screening of Jump at the Sun, the PBS’ American Masters presentation of the Bay Bottom News documentary on Zora Neale Hurston.  The event is sponsored by Reel Sisters and Reel Harlem.

Zora and the Slugger, who was the first black baseball player to sign with the Major League in 1947, shared similar politics.  They backed Republicans but used the “cafeteria plan” – picking and choosing which of their politics and politicians they preferred in the party.

Although the park is in Harlem, it was the Brooklyn Dodgers who signed up Robinson not the NY Yankees.  Up until then, black players played in the Negro Leagues.  Robinson’s very fascinating life is detailed in Wikipedia.

I wish I could be there to join you, Jackie, and Zora.  From that article in Wikipedia, it seems they both had the same spunk and spirit, and because of that, this world is a better place.  Please be sure to buy a dvd from my good friend Elaine Beery who will be there in my absence.

For directions to the park, go the Jackie Robinson Park website.


Jun 23 2010

NEH Zora Neale Hurston Teachers Conference

The Florida Humanities Council is in its third year sponsoring a conference on teaching Zora Neale Hurston’s life and works in the classroom. A week long program, the conference operates out of Rollins College in Winter Park and the teachers travel to Eatonville, Zora’s inspiration for her independent head-strong style. They also go to Maitland Art Center and Ft. Pierce, where Zora was buried. I’ll be there screening my film and discussing how teachers can use film terms and techniques to bring writing into their media classes. No more going straight to the camera and the edit suite – writing is an important part of filmmaking!