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Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America's First Blockbuster

Northern Lights Productions presents ; directors, Susan Gray, Bestor Cram ; producers, Bestor Cram, Susan Gray, Matthew MacLean ; writers, Kwyn Bader, Dick Lehr ; a presentation of Northern Lights Productions, in association with Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
"In 1915, African American newspaper editor and civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith's notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Birth of a Movement features commentary from Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and DJ Spooky (who created a new score and remix of the Griffith film), and numerous clips from the technically groundbreaking but racially astounding epic"--Case.
Director
Susan Gray; Bestor Cram
Performers
Narrated by Danny Glover ; with Vincent Brown, William Jelani Cobb, Dick Lehr, Dolita Cathcart, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ira Gallen, Bob Bellinger, Spike Lee.
Michael Curry.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
55 min.
Language
In English, with optional English subtitles
Rating
Rating: TVPG
Notes
  • Based on the book by Dick Lehr.
  • Originally broadcast in 2016.
  • Widescreen (16x9).
Variant Title
Title on container: Birth of a movement : the battle against America's first blockbuster, The birth of a nation
Battle against America's first blockbuster
Related Title
Independent lens (Television program). Birth of a movement : the battle against America's first blockbuster.
Independent lens (Television program)
Local Notes
Public performance rights secured. Limited public performance rights are included with videos designated as AV or Indexed. These videos may be shown in a classroom or screened by a public group, for educational purposes, when no admission is charged for the viewing. These programs may be transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or single campus. Your purchase does not permit you to duplicate or alter the program for any purpose, to distribute the program through any wide access network (internet, open cable, open broadcast, LAN, satellite, telco, etc.), or to digitize, encode and/or place the program on a digital server.
Series
Independent Lens (Television Program)
Contents
  • The grand spectacle
  • Trotter and Griffith
  • The sting of segregation
  • The Clansman
  • History as lightning
  • Direct action.
ISBN
9781531701444, 1531701442
Credits
Executive producers, Sam Pollard and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; executive producer for WNET, Julie Anderson ; editor, Daniel Mooney ; original music by Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky and John Kusiak ; cinematographers, Jesse Beecher, Bester Cram, Dan Mooney.
Published
[Arlington, Va.] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
Publisher no.
INL61807 PBS
Description
1 videodisc (approximately 55 min.) : sound, color and black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, NTSC, region 1; Widescreen (16x9) presentation; Stereo.
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