The Little Rock Film Festival’s Reel Civil Rights Film Festival concludes today with three different films. The concluding one is George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire at Historic Arkansas Museum at 6pm.
George Wallace was one of the most controversial and conflicting figures of the second half of the 20th Century in America. Four times governor of Alabama, four times a candidate for president, he was feared as a racist demagogue and admired as a politician who spoke his mind. A lightning rod for controversy, Wallace both reflected and provoked tensions in American society over more than four decades. This film traces the rise of the firebrand politician from his roots in rural Alabama to the assassination attempt that suddenly transformed him.
Winner of the Sundance 2000 Film Festival Special Jury Prize, “George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire” is produced by Paul Stekler and Dan McCabe and written by Steve Fayer (“Eyes on the Prize,” “Vote for Me,” “Rock & Roll,” “Nixon”). According to PBS, this film places the public and private George Wallace within the turbulent history of the 1960s and 1970s, tracing a powerful story relevant to today’s presidential politics.
The first film of the day is Beyond Galilee at 12 noon. It is the story of the Civil Rights movement in Shreveport. Following the film, director and producer Tim DeWayne will lead a talkback.
At 3pm, the documentary Central Park Five will be shown. It explores the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. Social justice activist Iris Roley will lead a discussion following the film.