Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

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Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Q&A filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain & producer/editor Randall MacLowry moderated by Gina Duncan

“One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world” (Lorraine Hansberry)

Preview Screening in advance of the American Masters/PBS broadcast

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart follows the life and work of award-winning playwright, author, activist, communist, and outspoken trailblazer Lorraine Hansberry. Best known for writing the play A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry led an extraordinarily active life–befriending James Baldwin, inspiring Nina Simone, facing scrutiny from the FBI, and breaking barriers from Broadway to Hollywood–before her untimely death at age 34. Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain draws upon hours of archival footage as well as interviews with Hansberry’s contemporaries and colleagues to deliver a rich and nuanced portrait of the artist. Narrated by Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and featuring interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, and Louis Gossett Jr., Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is a moving and beguiling tribute to one of history’s brightest minds.

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Q&A filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain & producer/editor Randall MacLowry moderated by Gina Duncan
Thursday, Jan. 4 2018, 7:30
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Tracy Heather Strain is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of The Film Posse, a Boston-based production company. Strain began her career working on films made for public television including Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, Race: The Power of an Illusion and I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Art.

Randall MacLowry is an Emmy® nominee and two-time WGA Award winner working primarily in television. Much of MacLowry’s work has been for the PBS series American Experience, most recently “The Battle of Chosin” and “The Mine Wars.” He recently served as a visiting instructor advising film studies at Wesleyan University.

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