Together with ITVS and KQED, PBS Education is hosting a 3-part series of film screenings followed by panel discussions for classrooms around Black History Month. Viewers will be able to ask questions to producers and directors live through the OVEE platform, interacting in real time.
These events will bring filmmakers, historians, and esteemed individuals virtually into classrooms to facilitate a discussion about the importance of highlighting black history. During the screening, producers and classrooms will be able to engage in a text-based chat for insights and behind-the-scenes relating to each film. After the screening concludes, a live panel discussion will take place, where filmmakers will be able to share more insights and stories and answer questions from classrooms. Each panel discussion will be moderated by a student and teacher.
Date: January 17, 1pm ET
Length: 2 hours (1.5 hour doc + 30 minute Q&A)
Featuring: Producer, Hébert Peck and James Baldwin’s niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart
Moderators: Mike Lang, Educator from Nevada and Unique Hodge, HS Student from MA
Film Description: One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.
Date: February 1, 1pm ET
Length: 1 hour (20 min. clips + 40 minute discussion)
Featuring: Director, Tracy Heather Strain
Film Description: At a time when women, people of color and homosexuals were confined to the margins of society, Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), best known for A Raisin in the Sun, boldly challenged U.S. society to live up to its ideals. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart tells the dramatic story of the young, gifted and black woman who chose words to fight injustice—on stage and off.
Date: February 15, 1pm ET
Length: 1.5 hours (1 hour doc + 30 minute Q&A)
Speaker: Director, Stanley Nelson
Partners: OVEE, PBS Education, KQED, Independent Lens
Film Description: Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice.
These virtual learning opportunities are powered by OVEE: a shared media viewing experience. Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community-building conversation of social media in a single-screen experience.
Through OVEE, filmmakers, educators, public media stations and other partners create online screenings that bring together fans, students, subject experts and special guests to watch streaming media and chat live in a virtual theater. The OVEE chat enables them to discuss the topic, share resources, and ask questions of panelists and experts featured in the video.