Long-time Spike Lee editor (as well as director and producer in his own right) Sam Pollard's feature documentary for PBS, titled Slavery By Another Name, will make its debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, in the documentary competition section, and it's on my short list of films to see while I'm there, starting just over a week from today.
To recap… the film is based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal writer Douglas Blackmon, which "challenges the belief that slavery ended with 1863's Emancipation Proclamation… [recounting] how in the years following the Civil War, new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, trapping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in a brutal system that lasted until the onset of World War II."
Its Sundance 2012 premiere will be followed by its TV debut on PBS, on February 13th (during Black History Month).
However, 2 days before that, on Saturday February 11th, it'll screen at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, a Part 1 of the festival's Saturday Night Special series.
So, if you live in Los Angeles, or you plan on attending the PAFF like I am, you'll be able to catch a theatrical screening of the film.
We've already shared some PAFF exclusives with you folks – specifically films that will make their world premiers there like Think Like A Man, The Undershepherd and On The Seventh Day amongst others… the festival's full lineup should be posted shortly.
Slavery By Another Name, which includes reenactment scenes, will be narrated by Laurence Fishburne.
Pollard talks about the project in the below Sundance "Meet The Artist" series video: