JAMES BALDWIN PROJECT
Co-Directors Karen Thorsen & Douglas K. Dempsey
Driven by James Baldwin's 90th birthday (8/2/15), the 50th anniversary of significant Civil Rights milestones, recent current events and an urgent need for social change, the award-winning 16mm documentary film JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET (1989) is being released in Widescreen HD as the centerpiece of our nationwide Outreach & Engagement initiative, Conversations with Jimmy. Why? Because Baldwin’s call for brotherhood, for an end to prejudice and injustice, has yet to become a reality.
The JAMES BALDWIN PROJECT was created to keep Baldwin’s message alive. Launched in 2012, after filmmaker/preservationist Martin Scorsese discovered that the original BALDWIN film elements were damaged, the project’s first goal was to repair and transform the original film into a 21st-century ‘digital BALDWIN.’ Funded by the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and Stan & Joanne Marder, this phase has been completed – with a sold-out premiere at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In 2015 and beyond, the new HD BALDWIN is now animating discussions of discrimination and brotherhood across a wide range of transmedia platforms, from film festivals to PBS/American Masters.
The objective? To educate and inspire separate groups within specific communities – and to persuade them to interact with each other. Participants are both privileged and underserved: from students to senior citizens, from artists to activists, from inner city residents to law enforcement officials.
Danielson Baldwin Panel Discussion
Willimantic Baldwin Panel Discussion