running primetime investigative news program 60 Minutes will have a profile
of Selma director Ava DuVernay this Sunday starting at 7PM (6PM Central.)
I tried to
do some research and I couldn’t find any evidence that the decades long running
show has ever done a profile on a black film director before. Maybe they might
have done one on Spike Lee back during the 1980’s, but was so long ago that
there are no records of it. So this could possibly be a first for them.
profile the director talks to 60 Minutes correspondent bob Simon about the film
and, of course, addresses the still on-going controversy over the phony so-called inaccurate about the film. But also in the profile Ms. DuVernay travels to
her parents’ native home of Loundes County, Ala where she spent her childhood summers
and discusses how that experience shaped her approach to Selma.
talks to the director’s parents, Darlene and Murray Maye, who remember the civil
rights marches during that time and recall stories of locals being threatened
for supporting the movement.
As Ms. DuVernay
is quoted in the 60 Minutes piece: “You’re housing and feeding civil rights
workers (then) someone comes and burns a cross on your lawn. You can’t call the
police because it was the police.”