Martin Luther King Jr. documentary to show on anniversary at Chief Theater
August 26, 2013
Steamboat Springs — It was Aug. 28, 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. closed the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with a bit of improvisation that would come to define the civil rights movement.
Wednesday marks 50 years since King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It was a beginning and not an end in the push for racial equality, King said.
It's been 43 years since a one-night film event collected years of footage from King's rise to civil and human rights hero to create "King: A Filmed Record…from Montgomery to Memphis," which will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chief Theater.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.
"What we learned from Girl Rising is that the town showed us there's a demand for this type of programing," Scott Parker, executive director of the Chief Theater, said about the social documentary shown the past two Tuesdays.
The company that the theater worked with to secure the rights for Girl Rising also had the film about King, Parker said.
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The King documentary combines archival news footage from 1955 to 1968 along with celebrity interviews with figures such as Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and was added to the National Film Registry in 1999.
If necessary, Parker said, the film can be shown in the Chief's smaller theater in addition to the main theater.
Parker said people have requested more social awareness programming and that emails have come in suggesting other topics.
"We're receiving feedback that this would be supported if we were to do more of it," he said.
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