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'Watsons Go To Birmingham' Sneak Peek At Roxbury Fest + 'Conversation w/ Tonya Lewis Lee'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 24, 2013 at 12:17PM

'Watsons Go To Birmingham' Sneak Peek At Roxbury Fest + 'Conversation w/ Tonya Lewis Lee'
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Tonya Lewis Lee
Tonya Lewis Lee
The 15th annual Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston, MA will open with Charles Murray's drama Things Never Said, this Thursday, June 27 at the Museum of Fine Arts at 7pm.

A key highlight of this year's event will be "A Conversation with Tonya Lewis Lee,author, producer (and wife of Spike Lee), which will close the festival on Sunday, June 30.

A treat for those in attendance for that "Conversation" will be a sneak preview of Lee's upcoming film adaptation of the historical fiction novel, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, which Kenny Leon (Lifetime's Steel Magnolias remake) is directing currently.

The film's cast includes: Anika Noni RoseDavid Alan GrierSkai JacksonLaTanya RichardsonWood HarrisBryce JenkinsPauletta Washington and Harrison Knight.

Co-produced by Nikki SilverThe Watsons Go To Birmingham adapts Christopher Paul Curtis' 1995 novel which centers on an African American family living in the town of Flint, Michigan, who visit their grandmother's home in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, a turbulent time during the civil rights movement.

The film is being made for The Hallmark Channel, and will have its World Premiere on Friday, September 20 (8pm ET/PT, 7C).

Produced by The Color of Film Collaborative, the 15th Roxbury International Film Festival, New England’s largest film festival of celebrating people of color, kicks off this Thursday, June 27 and runs through Sunday, June 30, 2013.

For the festival's full screening lineup, as well as ticket information, visit: http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/roxbury-international-film-festival.

Boston, MA – The Roxbury International Film Festival hosts “A Conversation with Tonya Lewis Lee” on Sunday, June 30 at the Museum of Fine Arts at 4pm. Tonya Lewis Lee has been a creative presence in children’s literature and production for almost fifteen years. Lee is anwriting three children’s books: Please Baby Please (2002), Please Puppy Please (2004) and Giant Steps to Change the World (2011).

She is also the co-author of the best-selling novel Gotham Diaries and her company is producing the film version of the children’s book The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963 (which she wrote).

For five years Lee has served as the national spokesperson for the A Healthy Baby Begins with You campaign initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to raise awareness about the infant mortality crisis in the United States. Additionally, she produced Crisis in the Crib: Saving Our Nation’s Babies, a documentary film about the campaign and efforts to reduce infant mortality rates. And in 2009, Lee launched the website, HeatlhyYouNow.com an online community dedicated to providing resources and support as women navigate the challenges of healthy living.


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