NYFVC Stoney Memorial Screening presents William Greaves’ STILL A BROTHER, with special guest Louise Greaves
Thursday August 23, 2018, 6pm.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
111 Amsterdam Ave (between 64th and 65th St.) or enter at the Lincoln Center plaza level
Film Study Room (Third Floor)
Free for All
Join us on Thursday, August 23rd at 6 p.m. as the New York Film and Video Council presents its annual George Stoney Memorial Screening. This year, the series expands to present STILL A BROTHER by William Greaves (1926-2014), the pioneering filmmaker and former NYFVC board member.
Programmed in conjunction with the Library for the Performing Arts, William Greaves’ STILL A BROTHER: INSIDE THE NEGRO MIDDLE CLASS (1968, 88 min) is an Emmy-nominated documentary originally produced for NET Journal examining how the Civil Rights struggle was impacting the black middle class’ sense of themselves as a privileged group within the community.
Projected from a rare 16mm print held by the Reserve Film and Video Collection, the film—narrated by Ossie Davis, written by William Branch, and directed & edited by William Greaves—is as fascinating and vital today as it was 50 years ago.
After the film, join us for refreshments and a discussion about the film and Bill’s career with his longtime partner, Louise Greaves.
About William Greaves:
Director, producer and writer William Greaves began his career as a featured actor on Broadway and in motion pictures. His work behind the camera earned him over 70 international film festival awards including an Emmy and four Emmy nominations. In 1980 he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. In addition to pioneering works like SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE and the long-running television show BLACK JOURNAL, Bill was a NYFVC Board Member during the 1970’s.
About the George Stoney Memorial Screening Series:
For the past 5 years, the NYFVC has presented a screening in honor of George Stoney (1916-2012), the much beloved filmmaker, educator, and longtime NYFVC board member and former President. For decades, George was a cherished and tireless supporter of the NYFVC who, among his own achievements as filmmaker, played a key role in democratizing the media with the creation of public access television. George never failed to inspire with his sense of mission, hospitality, his determination to use cinema to give voice to those outside of power, his willingness to travel -- even up to age 96 ––to explore experimental, documentary and narrative cinema, and his strong commitment to his community. The series seeks to continue to keep alive his spirit in cinema and works by his contemporaries.