Thursday, February 26, 2009

'Dare Not Walk Alone': Acclaimed Civil Rights Doc Screens Tonight and Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Aspiring documentarians can find some inspiration in the story of director Jeremy Dean, who as a college student in St. Augustine, Florida worked to repair stained glass windows in an African American neighborhood. While there, he began to hear stories about the city during the civil-rights era--including the flabbergasting detail that on St. Augustine's beaches at the time, even the Atlantic Ocean was segregated.

Dean had to wait tables and scrape pennies to afford the archival footage he needed to tell the story of St. Augustine's checkered past, and the efforts that led to pioneering civil-rights legislation. But the resulting doc, Dare Not Walk Alone, has won awards at festivals around the country. This week Dean will host two local screenings co-sponsored by the International Black Film Festival of Nashville: one 7 p.m. tonight in the Watkins College Theatre in MetroCenter, and another 7 p.m. tomorrow at Gallatin's historic downtown Palace Theatre. Tickets are $7.

Above is a clip that gives whole new meaning to the term "no day at the beach."

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