Virginia Film Society to Offer Free Community Event at the Paramount Theater

January 26, 2010

January 26, 2010 — Following its success at this year's Virginia Film Festival, the Virginia Film Society at the Paramount Theater will present a free screening of "Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance" as part of Black History Month. The screening will be held Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville's Paramount Theater.

Decades ago, court-ordered school desegregation in Virginia met with political and social resistance which eventually led to the closing of schools by several Virginia localities. "Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance" tells the stories of many of the students who found themselves on the front lines of the fight against Massive Resistance.

"Locked Out" was previewed at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville and in several localities across Virginia. This hour-long documentary, produced by public broadcasting stations WCVE and WHTJ in partnership with the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, offers first-hand accounts of this concerted abuse of public power and yet tells how it also paved the way for future progress.

The screening will be followed by a live onstage discussion with Ken Stroupe of the Center for Politics and some of the students involved in the exclusion who appear in the film.

Watch the video promo here.

About the Virginia Film Society

The Virginia Film Festival and the Paramount Theater will host a series of films throughout the year under the banner of The Virginia Film Society. Starting in January, they will be playing movies with different themes each month. All movies will be at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $6 ($5 for U.Va. staff and students) and free for existing Film Society members.