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Brooklyn Academy for Music to tribute film series to March on Washington

Courtenay Brown | 8/12/2013, 4:25 p.m.
BAMcinématek will screen "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis" and several other films as a part of their tribute to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. (Photo from BAM website)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, BAMcinématek will screen 40 films as a part of “A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement,” all of which will chronicle the years leading up to the March and the effects it had on the Civil Rights Movement.

From Aug. 13-28, BAMcinématek, the film program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), will premiere classics like “A Raisin in the Sun” and James Baldwin’s “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” at BAM’s Rose Cinemas located at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

According to Mellie Killiam, a member of BAMcinématek who developed the idea for the series, the collection of films will be "unique," given that it includes rare archival footage and documentaries screened on television in the 1960s .

"I hope that people will be able to see what the landscape was at the time through these films," Killiam said. "People will see the crisis that was seeping into people's homes and a snapshot of the media that surrounded the era."

Several screenings will be followed by question-and-answer segments with experts in the field, including filmmaker Madeline Anderson, whose two films “A Tribute to Malcolm X,” and “I Am Somebody,” will be shown in conjunction with the series.

The series will kickoff with “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis,” which, according to a statement released by BAMcinématek, chronicles the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “from the early days of his civil rights activism to his untimely assassination.”

For a complete listing of movies and showtimes, visit www.bam.org.