Making your plans for Columbus Day Weekend? Here’s your chance to experience three expertly-produced political documentaries and hear from the filmmakers themselves. Join Vermont documentarians Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller for a feature film series, “The Art of the Political Documentary,” in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake areas on October 11, 12, and 13.
Ellis and Mueller will be showcasing three of their social justice and activism-themed documentaries, The FBI’s War on Black America (1990), the Academy Award short-listed Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004), and Peace Has No Borders (2017).
The films will be screened at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake (Friday) and the State Theater in Tupper Lake (Saturday and Sunday). The filmmakers will be speaking prior to each screening and taking questions from the audience afterwards. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival at the door.
The FBI’s War on Black America (1990)
Friday, October 11 at 7 pm at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake
A documentary that addresses the impact of the FBI’s COINTELPRO program in the 1960s and 1970s. Attendance is free, with a suggested donation of $10.
Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004)
Saturday, October 12 at 4:30 pm at the State Theater in Tupper Lake
This film examines the life of Howard Zinn (1922-2010), a historian, activist, and author of A People’s History of the United States. Tickets are $6.
Peace Has No Borders (2017)
Sunday, October 13 at 4:30 pm at the State Theater in Tupper Lake
Ellis and Mueller document the lives of US Iraq and Afghan War veterans who sought refuge in Canada from subsequent tours. Tickets are $6.
“The Art of the Political Documentary” series is made possible by the State Theater, Lake Flower Landing, John Brown Lives!, and Adirondack Film Society board member Fred Balzac.