Congratulations to Film and Video Studies at Mason Professor of Cinematography, Hans Charles. Charles is Director of Photography on Ava DuVernay's new documentary, The 13th, which will be the opening night film of the New York Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This is the first time a nonfiction film will open this prestigious festival.
Read about this essential and groundbreaking doc on incarceration at Shadow And Act: "From D. W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” (1915) and the rebirth of the KKK to the Civil Rights Movement, the 1994 Crime Bill, the rise of ALEC, and the Black Lives Matter movement, DuVernay traces a pattern of fear and division that has consistently driven mass criminalization. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimonies from leading voices, including Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, Van Jones, Newt Gingrich, Angela Davis, Senator Cory Booker, Grover Norquist, Khalil Muhammad, Craig DeRoche, Shaka Senghor, Malkia Cyril, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis."