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Indie Lens Pop-Up features I Am Not Your Negro

ITVS, MVAC and Idaho Humanities Council present

Indie Lens Pop-Up featuring  I Am Not Your Negro Jan. 10

Pizza at 6 pm, film is shown at 6:30 pm Twin Falls Center for the Arts’ Sligar Auditorium 195 River Vista Pl

Join us for Indie Lens Pop-Up, a FREE nation-wide documentary film series offering groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiatives featuring screenings of films from the Emmy award-winning PBS television series Independent Lens. Sponsored by Independent Television Service, Idaho Humanities Council & MVAC, the films explore the human experience, timely subject matter and allow viewers to engage in post-screening, moderated dialog.

              We offer a FREE slice of pizza for film viewers at 6 pm. Each additional slice is $1.    

One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.

The post-film moderator is Betti VanEpps-Taylor, a writer and independent scholar specializing in 20th Century Multi-cultural American History.  She holds a Master’s Degree in history from the University of South Dakota, had a 24 year career in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, then taught English Composition at the College of Southern Idaho for eight years. Born and raised in South Dakota, her assorted life experiences have encompassed half a dozen other states.

            Her first marriage in 1958 was to an African American fellow student in her Southern California junior college, who subsequently became a college administrator. Immersed in the black culture of her new family, she saw first-hand the tumultuous years of the civil rights movement of James Baldwin’s writing. Later, in Denver, as a single mom with a bi-racial daughter, she worked in the city’s federal anti-poverty program, where she continued her activism and cross-cultural education.
She has written and published extensively about black America. Her work includes a biography of early black film maker and writer, Oscar Micheaux, who homesteaded in South Dakota in the early 20th Century.  She also is the author of Forgotten Lives, (South Dakota History Press), which documents the lives of African Americans on the Northern Great Plains from territorial days through the late 20th Century. Her most recent book, Shadow Walker…the Last Manitou Ojibwa is her late husband’s memoir of growing up as part of the off-reservation Indian community, and time as an exile into the black/white world of rural Arkansas’ cotton plantations in the 1940s. 

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