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The Documentaries Of Spike Lee & Sam Pollard (Film Series At Yale)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 12, 2013 4:25 PM
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Spike Lee, Levees

News you can use if you live in the New Haven, CT area, or plan to be when this series runs at Yale - June 14 to 16.

Everything you need to know follows below:

Presented in association with the Yale Summer Film Institute

Working together and separately, Spike Lee and Sam Pollard have produced a series of ground-breaking documentaries on African-American history. These include If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise (2010), a follow-up to critically-acclaimed documentary on the effects of Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke (2006). The latter was presented at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in 2007.

This year, Festival takes an opportunity to look at their work in greater depth, with screenings of several important documentaries in their collaboration.

SCREENING: 4 Little Girls


Spike Lee and Sam Pollard’s first documentary collaboration recounts the events leading up to the one of the most despicable hate-crimes of the civil-rights era.

Fri, June 14, 2013, 7:00pm

2 hrs 15 min

SCREENING: If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise

Filmmaker Spike Lee returns to New Orleans, focusing on post-Katrina rebuilding and the impact of the 2010 BP oil spill.

Sat, June 15, 2013, 12:00pm

4 hrs

Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

PANEL: Post-Katrina New Orleans and the Documentary Film

A panel of scholars and documentary filmmakers discuss the issues raised in Spike Lee's post-Katrina documentary, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise.

Sat, June 15, 2013, 4:15pm

1 hr


Spike Lee's portrait of Michael Jackson working on his solo album Bad, released in 1987.

Sun, June 16, 2013, 12:00pm

2 hrs 15 min

Q&A: Spike Lee

A Q&A with director Spike Lee, following a screening of his Michael Jackson documentary, Bad 25.

Sun, June 16, 2013, 2:30pm

Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

SCREENING: Slavery by Another Name


Slavery by Another Name spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this "neoslavery” to begin and persist.

Sun, June 16, 2013, 3:30pm

1 hr 30 min

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