2018 DOC WEEK: SAY HER NAME with Director and Film Society Board Member Kate DavisUSA | 2018 | Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Kate Davis
Friday August 03, 2018, 7:30 pm
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$15 General Admission, $12 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Kate Davis
Produced by David Heilbroner
Joining us after the screening are director Kate Davis, producer David Heilbroner, Sandra Bland’s sisters: Shante Needham and Sharon Cooper, both national spokespeople for Sandra Bland, and Cannon Lambert, lead attorney from Chicago
In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Dash cam footage revealing her violent arrest went viral, leading to national protests claiming that this was a case of racially-motivated murder. Sandra quickly became a poster child for police brutality, leaving millions to question ‘What really happened to Sandra Bland?’
The filmmakers worked closely with the family and their legal team starting ten days after Sandra’s death, and later Texas law enforcement, tracking the two-year battle between Sandra’s aggrieved family and a trio of small-town Texas authorities. Filled with disturbing, never-before-told revelations about the case, the film is also punctuated by Sandra’s own passionate video blogs which call out racism, and eerily foreshadow the questions her own death.
Part legal thriller, part parable about race in America, SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND takes viewers deep inside a story that came to polarize the nation.
"Heartbreaking..one of the most galvanizing episodes of this generation's civil rights struggle...poignantly explored...should revive conversations about this upsetting case...What the film does best is bear witness to what happened on the day of the arrest and place it in the context of Bland's political life.” -- JOHN DEFORE, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
KATE DAVIS studied filmmaking at Harvard and has made acclaimed documentaries for twenty years. An AMPAS member, her film SOUTHERN COMFORT won dozens of awards including The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, The Berlin Film Fest Special Jury Award and First Prize at Hot Docs and Seattle Film Festival, and The Grierson Award in England.
Kate and her partner, David Heilbroner, were nominated for an Academy Award (2018) for their film, TRAFFIC STOP.
Davis and Heilbroner co-directed/co-produced THE CHESHIRE MURDERS, THE NEWBURGH STING (Peabody Award), directed JOCKEY (Emmy Award, Best Direction), STONEWALL UPRISING (Peabody Award) for American Experience, and SCOPES: THE BATTLE OVER AMERICA’S SOUL for the History Channel. They are currently completing a music film titled BORN INTO THE GIG, and for HBO, are releasing a documentary on the national case of Sandra Bland, titled SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND.