The Fourth Annual Knoxville Film Festival will present a special screening of the acclaimed documentary film “The Clinton 12” on Sunday, August 28, at 3 p.m. at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 in Knoxville. The screening is in honor of the 60th anniversary of the integration of Clinton High School in Clinton and the 10th anniversary of both the film and the opening of the Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton.
Narrated by award-winning actor James Earl Jones, “The Clinton 12” tells the compelling story of the integration of the first public high school in the South as a result of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, a press release said. The title refers to the 12 black teenagers who, in the fall of 1956, were forced to attend the all-white high school in Clinton, Tennessee.
“The Knoxville Film Festival is proud to bring this story to our audience,” said Keith McDaniel, director of “The Clinton 12” and co-founder/executive director of the Knoxville Film Festival. “This has been, and continues to be, an important story about courage and determination. We want to make sure all East Tennesseans have an opportunity to see this film, and it is our pleasure to honor those who carried the torch of equality and changed our nation.”
Members of the Clinton 12 have been invited as special guests of the film festival, and a reception honoring them will be held immediately following the screening. This event will be the first theatrical screening of the film in Knoxville. A limited number of tickets are available for the screening and may be purchased online for $10 each at http://www.knoxvillefilmfestival.com/product/film-block-15/.
For more information about the Knoxville Film Festival (August 26-28), visit www.knoxvillefilmfestival.com.
This press release was submitted by Marilyn Hayden.
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