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Atlanta Film Society Celebrates Black History Month With Short Film Series

The Atlanta Film Society kicks off Black History Month with a screening of short films ranging from fantasy to historical.
The Atlanta Film Society kicks off Black History Month with a screening of short films ranging from fantasy to historical.
Credit Courtesy of Brendan Murphy

The Atlanta Film Society kicks off Black History Month with a screening of short films ranging from fantasy to historical. It’s aptly called “Histories & Legends: Exploring Black History through Art & Motion.”

Brendan Muphy, who curated the films, also produced one of the list. “The Red Cape” tackles a brutal moment in American history in 1898.

“The Wilmington Race Riot, it’s the only coup d’etat in U.S. history, but a lot of people are unaware that this event happened,” said Murphy. “It’s a monumental piece of Civil Rights history especially in North Carolina, as it led to Jim Crow laws being passed the next year.”

His short film is followed by a two-minute film featuring Atlanta artist Fabian Williams, who is known for his murals of Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King Jr. and Colin Kaepernick. The final film is “The Forever Tree,” which is a fantastical story featuring a antiquarian’s assistant, starring Wendell Pierce and Olivia Washington.

Lois Reitzes spoke with Murphy in studio along with the Atlanta Film Society’s Executive Director Chris Escobar.

“Histories & Legends: Exploring Black History through Art & Motion” is this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre.