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"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" Film Series and Discussions

Friday, October 11, 2013, 1:00 PM to Sunday, October 13, 2013, 2:30 PM
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What:   12th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF)
When: Friday and Saturday October 10-12, 2013 - 1:00-2:30 p.m.
             Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092 USA

              Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 1:00-2:30 p.m.
              Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College Street, Norcross, Ga 30071 USA

Admission: FREE - you MUST have a ticket for admission. 

For more information: www.umff.com | info@umff.com | 404.460.2793.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.

The Urban Mediamakers Association and Film Festival is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.  Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

The Created Equal Film Series presented at the 12th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival will feature documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, along with open discussions with attendees from all walks of life and cultures - humanities scholars, youth, teachers, activists, parents, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, artists and more. “These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Cheryle Reynolds, producer of the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival.  “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, these screenings and discussion forums will allow a much needed conversation on race relations, immigration and the changing demographics of Gwinnett County and the United States as a whole," continued Reynolds.

Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life.

The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

About the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival

The Urban Mediamakers Film Festival is the annual festival of the Urban Mediamakers Association, a volunteer-staffed, non-profit (501c3) consortium of multimedia producers.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public. www.gilderlehrman.org.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. Visit www.neh.gov/created-equal for more information.

Restrictions

We use a rating system on all of our films. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed in films rate PG-13 or R. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children under 16 are not allowed in workshops. The Youth Screening Series on Saturday is open to all youth.

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