A serious new movie documentary, “How the Monuments Came Down,” which explores Richmond’s historical past via the lens of its Confederate monuments, will premiere on Thursday, June 10 at Maymont in partnership with Afrikana Film Festival, Maymont and the JXN Project. Funded by VPM and the Virginia Film Office, it was made by Emmy-winning administrators Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, whose earlier works have aired on PBS.
The administrators’ Field Studio and VPM introduced that the premiere will likely be a socially distanced outside occasion that includes pods. It will embrace a particular pre-screening dialogue with Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams and the movie’s 4 story advisors: Christy Coleman, Julian Hayter, Enjoli Moon, and Joseph Rogers.
The screening on June 10 in Maymont can have gates open at 7 p.m. and there will likely be meals vans readily available with music from Butcher Brown at 7:30 p.m.
According to a press launch: “The program will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. with a pre-screening discussion, followed by the film, and conclude at 10:45. Tickets are $10 and should be purchased in advance at this link. Each ticket will secure a pod on the Carriage House Lawn that accommodates up to four people, and each pod will be distanced from the others in an effort to encourage safe viewing for all attendees. In the event of rain, the premiere will take place on Wednesday, June 23.”
Here’s a trailer for the movie:
Here’s extra from the press launch:
“‘How the Monuments Came Down’ begins with scenes from final summer season, when streets shook with protests towards systemic racism within the wake of the homicide of George Floyd. The filmmakers reveal the deep historic roots of this second, grounded within the competing traditions of white supremacy and Black resistance in Richmond for the reason that finish of the Civil War. A various solid of 30 Richmonders — together with history-makers, descendants, students, and activists — tells this story, supported by an unlimited visible document of Richmond’s historical past by no means earlier than offered in a single work.
Throughout, this epic story of struggles over energy and justice is pushed by particular person narratives with names each acquainted and certain new to most viewers: Robert E. Lee, James Apostle Fields, Jubal Early, Maggie Walker, Curtis Holt, Arthur Ashe, Chuck Richardson, and Janine Bell are a number of the many individuals whose lives and work assist for example why Confederate monuments got here to powerfully form Richmond’s panorama — and why folks demanded they be taken down.”
Most lately, Ayers and Warren produced two seasons of the VPM collection, “The Future of America’s Past,” a historical past on-location present hosted by historian Edward L. Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond. They additionally made a documentary quick, “Woke Vote,” which lined Black millennial political activists mobilizing voters within the South.
The new documentary included a largely native crew, because the press launch notes, together with “story advisors Christy Coleman, a nationally renowned museum professional who led the American Civil War Museum for 12 years; Julian Hayter, an historian at the University of Richmond and an authority on Richmond’s political history; Enjoli Moon, Founder and Creative Director of Afrikana Film Festival, Co-Founder of The JXN Project, and Assistant Curator of Film at the ICA; and Joseph Rogers, a public historian at the American Civil War Museum, descendant of a key character in the film, and a progressive organizer.”
“The film is principally a work of history,” the discharge notes. “And yet, through its documentation of last year’s uprising for racial justice, it is also a historical source preserving moments in Richmond’s history that will never be seen again.”