Sankofa Film Series present: James Baldwin - The Price of the Ticket

28 February 2014
Sankofa Film Series present: James Baldwin - The Price of the Ticket

Recognized for showcasing inspirational documentaries, the Sankofa Film Series presents the screening of “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, March 21 beginning at 6:15 p.m.

The event will include complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments to all guests. Following the film, Mr. Gary Anderson of Plowshares Theatre Company will lead a brief discussion on the documentary.      

“James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” is a documentary on the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist. In the film, the acclaimed writer shares his life experiences of being black, homosexual, poverty-stricken and gifted. The film also includes intimate interviews and articulates speeches with original scenes from his funeral service in 1987.

Born in Harlem in 1924, James Baldwin was the grandson of a slave. During his early life he followed in his stepfather’s footsteps and became a preacher. After working briefly for the railroad, he moved to Greenwich Village and became a freelance writer with a focus on book reviews. Baldwin moved to Paris in 1948 and worked on a number of pieces for various magazines.  His first novel, “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” was published in 1963 and is considered an American classic.  Baldwin also wrote two books of essays, “Notes of a Native Son” and “Nobody Knows My Name,” both becoming bestsellers.  In addition, he wrote two novels “Giovanni’s Room” and “Another Country.”  During the early 1960s, Baldwin returned to the United States, traveling throughout the South to take part in the Civil Rights Movement. He began work on another bestselling novel, “The Fire Next Time,” landing him on the cover of Time Magazine.  Although often facing criticism for his outspoken views, James Baldwin has remained an important figure of African American History.

About the speaker: Mr. Gary Anderson is a graduate of Wayne State University where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fine arts with a specialization in directing.  He is the co-founder and director of Plowshares Theatre Company and serves as a Board Member with the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance. During his career, he has worked with several well-known artists including playwrights Ron Milner and August Wilson, producer Woodie King Jr, and actresses Denise Nichols and Stephanie Mills.   Among Mr. Anderson’s directing credits are “I Am A Man,” “Two Trains Running,” and “The Piano Lesson.”  He is the recipient of the Detroit Free Press’ Lawrence DeVine Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre and received the Michiganian of the Year Award from the Detroit News.  In addition to his theatre activities, Mr. Anderson serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Humanities Department for the Wayne County Community College District.

About the African and African American Studies Program (AAAS): The AAAS at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is an interdisciplinary degree housed in the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters (CASL).

The AAAS major offers students a broad knowledge of essential aspects of the African American experience in the United States, as well as an understanding of the continuities between African civilization and the cultures of Africans in the Diaspora. Students gain knowledge of the critical movements for change in African and African American history, as well as the contributions of outstanding political leaders, intellectuals and artists.

These pedagogical objectives are enhanced by a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and approaches that emphasize the value of an international perspective.

The University of Michigan Detroit Center is located on the first floor of Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Avenue (next to Orchestra Hall). For more information on the event, contact the Detroit Center at detroitcenter@umich.edu / 313-593-3584