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Atlantic Magazine feature on DJ Spooky

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Why Remix The Birth of a Nation?

A live multimedia performance by the musician DJ Spooky considers the 1915 silent film’s legacy as a pioneering document in alternative facts.

In some dark corners, The Birth of a Nation might be received as enthusiastically today as it was when it debuted in 1915. The silent dramatization of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction was the first American motion picture to be screened at the White House, with President Woodrow Wilson and his cabinet in attendance. While violent racism is not tolerated so openly as it was during Wilson’s day, vintage white nationalism is making a comeback in the Trump era.

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Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster

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Join the NAACP and DJ Spooky and host a screening of this important film!

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/videos/birth-of-a-movement-full-film/

Boston 1915. African-American newspaper editor and activist William Monroe Trotter wages a battle against D.W. Griffith’s groundbreaking blockbuster The Birth of a Nation. A Notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly reimagining of history, Griffith’s motion picture unleashes a conflict that still rages today about race relations, representation, and the power of Hollywood. Narrated by Danny Glover and featuring interviews from Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Spike Lee, Birth of a Movement, based on Dick Lehr’s book The Birth of a Movement captures the backdrop to this prescient clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape.

Music Score by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

Broadcast Premiere + Independent Lens/PBS
February 6, 2017 + 10PM/9c
Free After Broadcast until 3/9/2017

Supported by: WNET Thirteen, Independent Lens, Northern Light Productions, National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Birth of a Movement Trailer

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Here’s the trailer for the powerful documentary about the rise of the Civil Rights Movement as a response to the media of the early 20th century. Scored by DJ Spooky – watch the trailer – it’ll be on PBS throughout the next month.