Green Screen Film Series presented Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton The Academy Award-nominated Film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson and Albert Maysles, Director ofGimmeShelter&GreyGardens
About the Film:
LaLee's Kinexplores the legacy of generations of African-Americans who toiled in the cotton industry in the Mississippi Delta — a hardscrabble life of poverty and virtual illiteracy. LaLee Wallace, a former cotton picker retired on disability, is a great-grandmother struggling to support and encourage her family, while Reggie Barnes, a crusading superintendent, strives to save the failing West Tallahatchie school system from takeover by the state.LaLee's Kinadheres to the rigorous and sober-minded Maysles tradition of presenting things as they are without editorializing.
About the Filmmaker: Albert Maysles is an award-winning documentarian and a Guggenheim fellow. Along with his brother David, he brought us the cult classicsGimme Shelter(1970) andGrey Gardens(1976). The Maysles have also worked extensively with celebrated artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whose monumental environmental projects were documented in Academy Award-nominatedChristo's Valley Curtain(1974),Running Fence(1978),Islands(1986),Christo in Paris(1990), andUmbrellas(1995).
In addition to being nominated for an Academy Award in 2001,LaLee's Kinreceived the Sundance Film Festival 2001 Cinematography Award for Documentaries and the DuPont Columbia Gold Baton Award in 2004.
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