Driving While Black: Interview with Filmmakers Gretchen Sorin and Ric Burns
Join filmmakers Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Ric Burns in a discussion of their film DRIVING WHILE BLACK (2020, USA, 120 minutes), which is a featured selection at Glimmerglass Film Days virtual film festival.
DRIVING WHILE BLACK was presented as a work-in-progress to a sold-out crowd at Film Days in 2018. The film is based on Dr. Sorin’s scholarship on the role that the automobile played in the lives of African Americans from the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights movement and beyond. Dr. Sorin is a Distinguished Professor and director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program SUNY Oneonta.
DRIVING WHILE BLACK premiered nationally on PBS on October 13 to great acclaim. Tambay Obenson of IndieWire calls the film “a must-watch…the ability to relate to another person’s experience is how empathy is inspired. And a documentary like ‘Driving While Black’ which is truthful and urgent, has the power to bring about real and necessary social change.”
During Glimmerglass Film Days, DRIVING WHILE BLACK will be available to watch for 48 hours beginning at 10 am on Friday, November 6.
Though the film and the online discussion are free, you need to order a ticket through glimmerglassfilmdays.org. You will then be emailed a link to watch the film and directions for how to participate in the online discussion.
DRIVING WHILE BLACK at Glimmerglass Film Days is sponsored by Faith Gay and Francesca Zambello.
The film is presented in partnership with the Cooperstown Graduate Program SUNY Oneonta, a Film Days Community Partner.