Virginia Film Society Concludes Fall Schedule with Documentary on Iconic Photos From the New Deal Era

November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008 — In the 1930s and early '40s, a group of New Deal-sponsored photographers traversed the country chronicling the lives of Americans — rich and poor, urban and rural, black and white — to create one of the most astonishing documentary portraits of America ever compiled.

These legendary still photographers, including Gordon Parks, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott and Jack Delano, brought to life the New Deal programs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information under the direction of Roy Stryker who headed the organization during the Depression.

Now, a film, "Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers," brings their story to life. It will be screened Dec. 2 at Vinegar Hill Theatre at 7 p.m. The screening is the last in the fall schedule of the Virginia Film Society.

Documentary filmmaker Jeanine Butler, who has more than 15 years experience writing and producing documentary and educational films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, National Science Foundation and The National Geographic Channel, directed the film and will lead a discussion after the screening.  

Narrated by U.Va. history professor and civil rights leader Julian Bond, this documentary tells the remarkable stories behind the personal vision and the struggles experienced by the photographers who created some of the most iconic images in history.

About the Virginia Film Society

Virginia Film Society events are co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Festival and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Most screenings feature guest speakers. Admission to individual screenings is $9 and free to society members. Individual admission tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before the screening when seats are available.

A full-year membership in the Virginia Film Society is $60 ($50 for students and seniors). Membership benefits include admission to the screenings throughout the year, one free pass to Regal Cinemas, $2 off Mondays at Sneak Reviews and $6.50 Tuesday movies at Vinegar Hill Theatre.

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