Ruby Dee

  • Ja’Tovia Gary – An Ecstatic Experience (2015)

    An Ecstatic Experience (2015) incorporates narratives and sounds from different archival media, such as harp recordings by jazz musician and composer Alice Coltrane and a film performance by the actress, playwright, and civil rights activist Ruby Dee in the role of Fannie Moore, a woman born into slavery in 1849 who narrates the story of her mother praying ecstatically that their enslavement be over. Within these montages, Gary intersperses animated scratches, glitches, markings that draw the viewer to an interview with Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, and scenes from Black Lives Matter protests in Baltimore.Read More »

  • Sidney Lumet & Joseph L. Mankiewicz – King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

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    King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis

    King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Clarence Williams III, Burt Lancaster, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, The movie was produced by Richard Kaplan and Ely Landau.Read More »

  • Jules Dassin – Up Tight! (1968)

    “Uptight” is an updated remake of John Ford’s 1935 film, “The Informer”. Dublin becomes the Cleveland ghetto and the Irish Republicans are replaced by black revolutionary fighters. Days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Tank Williams (Julian Mayfield) is an unemployed and itinerant steelworker who turns over his militant friend, Johnny Wells (Max Julien) to the police for $1,000 reward, resulting in an underground all-points bulletin to exact vengeance on the squealer. Legendary director, Jules Dassin’s unrelenting directional pace is complemented by the driving score of Booker T. Jones. The stellar cast includes Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Frank Silvera.Read More »

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