Ann Arbor: Danny Glover and David Turnley to appear at 'Shenandoah' premier

March 25th, 2013

Danny Glover and David Turnley to appear at ‘Shenandoah’ premiere

By Jenn McKee Entertainment Reporter

Mar 25, 2013

On Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m., the documentary “Shenandoah” will have its premiere at the Michigan Theater, followed by a panel discussion that includes the director, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer (and University of Michigan alumnus and associate professor) David Turnley; and the film’s executive producer, Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon,” etc.).

The documentary focuses on “a coal mining town with a proud immigrant heritage, once pivotal in fueling America’s industrial revolution and today in decline and struggling to survive and retain its identity, soul and values – all of which were dramatically challenged when four of the town’s white, star football players were charged in the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Luis Ramirez.”

The New York Times’ Lens blog offers more detailed information about the story and the film’s creation.

“We are so lucky to have this gifted artist in our community,” Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins said in a press release. “David used his journalist’s instincts to tell Shenandoah’s troubling story in insightful ways. Hard work, community spirit, racism, economic distress, hope, and personal transformation are all subtly layered in this excellent, carefully crafted film.”

Immediately following the screening, University of Michigan Residential College Director Angela Dillard will moderate a talk that will include Turnley; acclaimed actor and activist Glover; executive producer Billy Peterson; and civil rights attorney Gladys Limon.

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