American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Directed
Grace Lee USA / 2013 / 82 minutes New York Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Grace Lee
What constitutes revolution? 98-year old writer and radical activist Grace Lee Boggs has no hesitations when it comes to changing the world, one conversation at a time.
Filmmaker Grace Lee initially sought out Grace Lee Boggs due to their shared name but instead found a breath of rebellious inspiration in Boggs that continues to motivate nonviolent philosophies of civil rights growth, revolution and evolution. Once a 1960s militant, the Detroit-based activist Boggs continues to challenge expectations through her lifelong devotion to the African American movement and fight for individual freedoms. “The time has come for a new dream,” Boggs says, relying on the ever-evolving artistry of conversation to fuel the fire of revolution. American Revolutionary is a story of growth: of Boggs' lifetime commitment to activism, of filmmaker Grace Lee, and of the viewer as they align with Boggs' philosophy of positivity and change. –Chandra Knotts
Grace Lee’s most recent feature film, set during the 2012 presidential campaign, Janeane From Des Moines, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote
and directed American Zombie, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. She also produced and directed The Grace Lee Project, a feature
documentary that was broadcast on Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies.
Grace received her MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School, where her thesis film Barrier Device, won a Student Academy Award and Directors Guild of America award. She is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant as well as funding from the Center for Asian American Media, Chicken and Egg Pictures and the Ford Foundation. She is currently producing and directing a documentary for PBS about Asian American food culture.
Cast/Featuring: Grace Lee Boggs, Bill Ayers, Angela Davis, Rich Feldman, Danny Glover, Shea Howell, Invincible, Scott Kurashige, Julia Putnam, Ron Scott, Stephen Ward
Executive Producer(s): Joan Huang
Producer(s): Caroline Libresco, Austin Wilkin, Grace Lee
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