WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Documentary filmmakers Sam Pollard and Douglas Blackmon will introduce the History Film Forum, the second annual film festival sponsored by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Thursday, March 9
Warner Bros. Theater
National Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
John Gray, director, National Museum of American History
Sam Pollard, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker
Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
William Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Museum of American History has partnered with the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce film forums that explore how history is presented through narrative and documentary film. To open the second annual History Film Forum, award-winning director Sam Pollard and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon will participate in a keynote interview with Jeff Bieber, vice president of content development and production for WETA television, addressing how society engages with the past through film and television and how this engagement shapes public understanding of history.
The History Film Forum includes four days of movie screenings and discussions with filmmakers, policymakers, scholars and journalists. The festival explores five questions:
- What does it mean for films to present "good" history?
- What are the characteristics of a film that depicts good history?
- What can films reveal about the nature of historical events?
- How do films reflect the social, political and cultural concerns of the times in which they were made?
- How do films examine the boundaries of history as entertainment?
A full schedule and ticket information are available at http://historyfilmforum.si.edu.
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