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DATE: Sept. 16, 2002


Award-winning film producer to screen new documentary at UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Award-winning film producer and editor Sam Pollard will screen and discuss the first episode of a new documentary, "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 8 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters building on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Pollard, an Emmy Award winner for his work on "Eyes on the Prize II," is producer of episode one and co-producer of episode four in a four-part PBS series called "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow" that will air every Tuesday during the month of October on PBS.

A distinguished panel of social activists, members of the media and historians will respond to the one-hour documentary after the screening.


Panelists will include Saul Green, former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Michigan and senior counselor at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone; De Witt Dykes, associate professor of history at Oakland University and former president of Michigan Black History Network; and Donald Anderson, chair of UM-Dearborn's Department of Social Sciences and director of the criminal justice studies program at UM-Dearborn.

The public also will have an opportunity to ask questions. A reception will follow.

Pollard, who is currently associate professor of film and television at New York University, has worked with leading filmmakers as a feature film editor, director, producer and writer.

Editing credits include "Clockers," "Girl 6," "Fires in the Mirror," "Child of Mine/The Lullaby Video," "Juice," "Jungle Fever," "Iron Mike," "Mo' Better Blues," "A Vision Shared," "We Shall Overcome," and "Bamboozled."

His producing credits include "Passin' It On," and "Going Back To T'Town." Pollard was producer, writer and director on "Eyes on the Prize II: The Civil Rights Years" (episodes two and five), for which he received an Emmy Award for best writing. He also taught previously in the cinema department at Columbia University.

Pollard's visit is presented by UM-Dearborn's African/African American Studies Program in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and the King/Chavez/Parks Initiative.




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