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[ Indistinct shouting ] Whereupon all the people got up and started fighting. And when the boys, as they were euphemistically called, when the Klan would ride down the hill toward the store... -Maya? Scandinavia House Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. 'You see, if they think, they've really got it wrong.'. So I said, 'Mrs. And I called him at least once a week. It was quite interesting to see people jump up and run out. Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 09/29/2016 – 10/02/2016 I learned my multiplication tables exquisitely. And I think that, for whatever else it is, this is a life lived onstage. And I went with friends, and we were so moved. I have forgiven myself. Roswell, Georgia, 3/10/2017 And that's just the way she treated him. Halifax Black Film Festival – HBFF But what they gave me -- Look at what they gave me. International bekannt wurde der erste Teil ihrer Autobiographie I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (197… When I decided to speak, I had a lot to say. So, finally, I went under the house where there used to be chickens and the dirt was soft like powder. And there was a boy who used to say, 'Hey, Maya, when you gonna give me some of that long brown frame? My Uncle Willie taught me my times tables. When I was living in Ghana, the people there looked at me and thinking I looked so much like them that maybe I was the daughter of one of the people who had been taken. -Just a desk, a chair, a pen, and maybe some Johnnie Walker. Get your work done, study, put it in the brain. I met Bill Clinton, and one of the first things we talked about was that book. (the Mavis Staples story, HBO 2016), Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, (American Masters), Steve James’ Head Games, and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (ESPN 30 for 30), Alex Gibney’s Catching Hell (ESPN’s 30 for 30), and Bob Hercules’ Forgiving Dr. Mengele. So I sang some calypso -- just a cappella. Finally! Munt 10* And she'd read one of the poets to me. Hapeville, Georgia, 3/16/2017 Then you come to the group, and what you want is the criticism. Rita and Bob, For all inquiries or questions, please contact us: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston And I looked at her, I said, 'I'm not calling you Maya.'. [ Applause ] -I want to acknowledge the presence of my son. Tuschinski 2* Editor David E. Simpson edited Life Itself (the Roger Ebert documentary directed by Steve James) which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. And neither of them wanted the problems of having two toddlers. -Maya was responsible for teaching me why I should know more about my roots. “The film reflects on how the events of history, culture and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life, and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism,” said co-director and co-producer Rita Coburn Whack (Curators of Culture, Remembering 47th Street, African Roots American Soil). Then I went to work in the university. -And believe it or not, she started to write. MLK Dreamfest Celebration Ritz Theatre I'd written a 10-episode series for PBS. All of us loved bars. Colorado Springs, CO Bands always wanted to play for me because I danced. One of her lines was, 'I am the lily-white queen of the West, centuries and centuries of breeding.'. And a film set is the absolute opposite. -Now, we he no idea what she was gonna say. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise . In March the documentary was presented in Dr. Angelou’s hometown of St.Louis on two screens with over 750 viewers and more than 2800 requests to attend. Troy, Alabama, 3/12/2017 His PBS series include Broadway: The American Musical (hosted by Julie Andrews), Make ‘Em Laugh (hosted by Billy Crystal) and Superheroes (hosted by Liev Schreiber). The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel. I didn't have any racial consciousness or anything. He had studied at Lincoln University in the United States. I had met Langston Hughes in California. Across the wall of the world, a river sings a beautiful song. A man won't cry on the outside, but he usually cries inwardly. -Have you had any commitments from any nations in Africa to support you? So if I would sing, I would make three times the money, and so I stopped dancing as a rule and started singing. Houston Cinema Arts Festival, 11/16/2016 “It was a unique privilege to be the first filmmakers to tell Dr. Angelou’s full story and exciting to uncover stories that most people hadn’t heard,” said co-director and co-producer Bob Hercules (American Masters – Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, American Masters – Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, Forgiving Dr. Mengele). When you're producing Maya Angelou, you could say, 'Excuse me, could you just put a little more something in it,' but, you know, you don't want to go too far. -She was able to go way back and remember... in a very meaningful way, things that I think she never told anybody. I thought she might like to have them. Directed by Joe Berlinger. Everyone else was trying to make sure things were right for her. I say [Laughs] 'Yes, ma'am'... for working's sake. I mean, you sang Puccini and Bach and Beethoven and Haydn, and I sang what W.E.B. Doc Edge Festival So I stood on the stage alone and sang... ♪ I am a poor pilgrim of sorrow ♪ ♪ I'm lost in this wide world alone ♪ I sang her song. And then she pointed at me, and she was a grand and gentile lady. East Langsing Film Festival, 11/10/2016 – 11/17/2016 All white people are not blue-eyed devils.'. -I thought that her relationship with Paul was the most compatible that I witnessed over the years. And I was almost sorry to meet Malcolm X because the chicken was so good and I had to share it with him. They were the people that I would have looked to to lead. Very angry -- to tears -- because she was fighting the devil, the white devil, as she called it. ♪♪ -The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still. An eloquent poet, writer and performer, Maya Angelou’s life intersected with the civil rights struggle, the Harlem Writers Guild, the New Africa movement, the women’s movement, and the cultural and political realignments of the 1970s and ’80s. Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. With Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou. ', He just said, 'I want you to write a poem and deliver it at my inauguration.'. ', And then I would come home, and I would ask my mother, 'Don't you have a sweater/skirt outfit, one of those Penny's things?'. Me, Rosa, Maya, we were barstool people. -And that's kind of what I like about Dr. Angelou. -The parents are not taking care of the children. And she would say to me, 'This is your history. Honolulu African American Film Festival -It was a wonderful experience because we went all over the world. I'm too proud to bend and too poor to break. Gene Siskel Film Center I don't think she's ever gotten over that. -When I was three and Bailey four, we had arrived in the musty little town wearing tags which instructed that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr. -She was able to go way back and remember in a very meaningful way things that I think she'd never told anybody. And I turned his back to the crowd and just talked to him. And people, as soon as the statement was made to the press, people would see me in the supermarket, on planes and say, 'How's the poem going?'. ARC Entertainment has released the trailer for Sundance doc Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, is set for limited theatrical release on October 16, 2016. Keith Walker is director of photography, with original music by Stephen James Taylor. -And the mother realizes, 'You know what? And his idea of nonviolence was absolutely what I had been waiting for. And so I met people who invited me out and... And I said, 'Have you heard calypso?'. Colonel Joseph Mobutu, whose forces seized Lumumba at the beginning of December. ', He said, 'What?!' Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is the first documentary about Dr. Maya Angelou. -What she did -- and it's not easy -- was find a way of replicating who and what she was on paper. -I always knew that what Maya Angelou held as a poet and a writer was something that the world needed to feel and experience. What makes us stumble and fall and somehow miraculously rise... and go on? He was a good husband. ', So I said, 'Oh, well, I'm glad to know that, and he's fine, and all is well.'. -Dr. King came to New York to speak at Riverside Church. -The firing of Don Imus for his remarks about the Rutgers women's basketball team touched off a national discussion about the power of words. By the time the police got to us, there was probably eight or nine people out of the 400 behind us. ', I said, 'That's good.' And Baldwin asked me, 'Tell a little bit about your grandma. Loading... Unsubscribe from Tukang Bakso Channel 1? Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, 11/10/2016 – 11/13/2016 And that's a great gift, because if you're really paying attention and then you can put it into words, you can empower other people as they absorb your experience. He reached across the table and took my hand. He said, 'Maya Angelou, you talk about courage all the time. But poets tend to be more introspective. -I could see Maya looking at Paul with a look that was just -- You can't describe it any other way but, wow, this woman is really taken with this guy, you know? I think at some point, we have to stop and wonder, how did we come to a place where young men call their other gender 'ho.'. Vancouver, British Columbia, 1/6/2017 His feet are tied, his wings are clipped, so he opens his throat to sing. Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, 11/11/2016 He was a good father. I was living in Cairo, and my son had finished high school. -She'd sit down with a Bible and a thesaurus, and she makes draft after draft after draft after draft. Reading the older writers means that their language is going to be archaic. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. And it raised the consciousness of race to such a degree that it's called the theater of the absurd. I can only conclude what they feel from the state of their institutions. Funding for Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is provided by IDP Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, National Endowment for the Arts, National Black Programming Consortium, Anne Ulnick, Michael Metelits, and Loida and Leslie Lewis. She said, 'You'll never like it until you speak it, until you feel it come across your tongue, over your teeth, through your lips. husband!'. I mean, it was a phenomenal woman at a moment in history where she belonged with a president with whom she could relate. First feature documentary on the author/activist includes exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others. Yet today, I call you to my riverside, if you will study war no more. Pasadena, CA, 3/17/2017 And he was. If she lived another lifetime, she wouldn't be able to fulfill the requests to speak at universities and colleges. Laemmle Theatres – Santa Monica, CA, 11/04/2016 – 11/13/2016 You could get into any kind of discussion on any subject in Ghana at the time. Cucalorus Film Festival, 11/11/2016 & 11/13/2016 [ Drums playing ] It was the time of afros, dashikis, the re-establishment of the African-American black roots. Teaneck International Film Festival, 11/03/2016 – 11/06/2016 Editor Lillian Benson, ACE was one of the original editors of the landmark series Eyes on the Prize. The greatest thing that ever happened to me was to give birth to Guy Johnson and to have the privilege and the pleasure and the fear and the great and all of that of raising... that black boy in a white country. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. -I have been in the house where somebody on the other side of the room was in the midst of telling a joke, and I think this happened to be a joke about a gay person, and she hears the tone of that joke, and she stops the party and asks them to leave her home. Watch the official trailer for the award-winning, first-ever documentary on Dr. Maya Angelou and join us for a Facebook Q&A with the co-directors (Bob Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack) on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 9:00pm ET.Your comments and questions are welcome! And it takes a lot of courage to say to the world, 'You remember everything I said last week? And we lived together in great harmony out in California. But she had the carriage and the grandeur of the white, pompous woman. Lone Star Film Festival, 11/10/2016 And she stood there until the girls went on and walked on past the store and into town. -And so I saw her in New York and asked her would she be interested in doing a lyric for B.B. Raymond earned writer and producer credits for the award-winning documentary film PHUNNY BUSINESS: A Black Comedy and is currently serving as a executive producer on two new documentary films, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and All The Queens Horses with Kartemquin Films. Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. [ Applause ] -'Joy' was a word that Maya wrote in an autograph tens of thousands of times. -150 years of family history right here. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career (1957’s Miss Calypso album and Calypso Heat Wave film, Jean Genet’s 1961 play The Blacks) to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise reveals hidden facets of her life during some of America’s most defining moments. Alexander Valley Film Festival, 10/19/2016 – 10/23/2016 For the first time, a documentary has been put together that chronicles the life of the late great Maya Angelou. Or a frown can mean I'm selling you off to Mississippi, you see? Williamsburg, Virginia, 2/9/2017 -Right. -Genet set aside six actors who were black, six actors who were also black but wore white masks, representing the whites. As friends from Dr. Angelou’s inner circle, directors Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules were granted remarkable and unmatched access to Dr. Angelou’s life. Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1/26/2017 My mother's boyfriend was intoxicated with my mother. The young man who was cursing said, 'I wouldn't give a --' I said, 'I understand that. And I've always been a patsy for men who could think. I had no idea the majesty of his work at the time. And that was a very, very important place. Milwaukee Film Festival, 09/22/2016 – 09/26/2016 ', I looked at her, and I thought, 'You really have gone crazy.'. So [Chuckles] I laugh... until my stomach ache when I think about myself. And that is the bond that brings you together. -And then we heard that Patrice Lumumba from the Congo had been killed. -At that point in her life, Maya was, you know, climbing up the ladder of success. [ Cheers and applause ] ♪ I open my mouth ♪ To the Lord, and I ♪ Won't turn back, no ♪ I will go ♪ I shall go ♪ To see what the end is gonna be ♪ ♪♪ -Maya was a dancer. You want me to make an act of faith on some idealism which you assure me exists in America, which I have never seen. -Just as important as the story that we were telling was how we treated ourselves and each other in the process of telling that story. Maya Angelou (/ ˈ æ n dʒ ə l oʊ / (); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. Kimball Theatre Chicago, IL, 1/15/2017 It's important, if not, in fact, imperative... that each knows that there's a line beyond which you will not go. -When 'Caged Bird' came out in '69, she had no idea how popular and beloved she would become around the world. Du Bois, one of the great thinkers of our time, had come to Ghana to live. It was just -- It was a great place to live. My mother was leading this demonstration, and I was with her. And it will read well 100 years from now. At that time, Lena Horne, Belafonte, Sammy Davis, they were all big-name black performers, but they couldn't mingle in the lounges. ♪♪ -Playwrights and writers have all gone through the Harlem Writers Guild. [ Singing in foreign language ] I looked over, and she was crying. Port Townsend Film Festival He was angry at injustice, at ignorance, at exploitation, at stupidity, at vulgarity. Each of you, descendant of some passed-on traveler, has been paid for -- bought, sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare, praying for a dream. [ Laughs ] But I remember when she was introduced to him. Mama knows when you and the good Lord get ready, sister, you gonna be a preacher and you gonna a be a teacher. ', And we got together in 1960, and we did Jean Genet's production of 'Le Negras' -- 'The Blacks.'. I don't know if the board of education hates black people, but I know the textbooks they give my children to read and the schools that we have to go to. I want to have enough sense to see the new thing and enough courage to say the new thing. I think they wearied of the presence of this sullen, silent child. But black women, because we are last on the totem pole, everybody has a chance to take a chance on us. Her reaction let me know how painful that still was for her so many years later. -The first time I ever sat down with her was during the making of 'How to Make an American Quilt.'. This stirring documentary explores the personal strength and talents of Maya Angelou. ♪♪ When Harlem became politicized, really politicized in the '50s and '60s, it was so amazing. King for two songs, and I needed a lyricist. ', So I said, 'Darling, I don't know Six-pack Shakur.'. -We wanted to meet so he could tell us what was going on in the States and what his plans were. And he talked to me harder than he'd ever talked to me before. And he asked if he could use some of my poetry for Janet Jackson to speak. Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise remains a triumphant anthem of transcendence over adversity. I'm not starting any -- I'm not starting any race riots. And I was going to go back and then... -Dr. Martin Luther King, the apostle of nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement, has been shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee. I memorized Shakespeare -- whole plays. She moved a 14-room house two days before the wedding 500 miles away. The yellowish acid of the ponds and rivers, the deep pots of greens cooking for hours with smoked or cured pork, and above all, the atmosphere was pressed down with the smell of old fears. She can't help herself. See, Maya didn't read modern poetry until later, and a lot of people who come from country do that. 'So what the hell you gonna do, girl?'. She turned to me, and she said, 'One person standing on the Word of God is the majority. And Bob Loomis called me about three or four times. -Godfrey Cambridge, Charles Gordon, and, of course, Maya Angelou. And each one of the whites would come down the ramp and offer their objections to blacks even existing. In his rage at his inability to control her and have her when he wanted her, he raped me. I said, 'I can't tell you his name because he said he would kill you.'. We started asking people in Harlem to come down to United Nations and protest -- people who had never been down to Times Square, people born in Harlem full of anger at the way Africans were treated on their homeland. Troy University And then he got into a big row with another young man. -We believe that the only way to keep the Cold War out of the Congo is to keep the United Nations in the Congo. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is a co-production of The People’s Poet Media Group, LLC, THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET, and ITVS in association with Artemis Rising. This machine will do anything for you -- anything. It won the Audience Award at AFI Docs and was featured at notable film festivals worldwide, including Full Frame, Sheffield, IDFA and Seattle, winning 17 awards on three continents, and has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Here was this Maya, up here at eight feet tall, and here he was, right? -♪ 'Tis a wonder to me to constantly see ♪ ♪ All that happens in the marketplace ♪ -♪ All that happens in the marketplace ♪ -We had a dance troupe in Los Angeles called the Lester Horton Dancers. My mother went out and bought about six chickens -- and she rarely fried chicken. When I told him I have no aria, he said, 'But don't you at least know one spiritual?'. -When I read it, I couldn't believe that these things happened to her and that she was free enough to talk about them. -Mm-hmm. ', And she said, 'He's got a beautiful face, but he fat, ain't he?'. Jackson, Mississippi, 3/14/2017 The Negro section of St. Louis in the mid-'30s had all the finesse of a gold-rush town. Our plane landed at Cairo on a clear afternoon. My closet is free of specters and ghosts and skeletons.'. And a black lady in town had some connection with the white school, so she brought books from the white school. -For the next year and a half, save for my short out-of-town singing engagements, I began to write. -When I moved to Ghana, my intention was to go to Liberia, and I had been offered a job in Liberia. Get Tickets, 11/16/2016-11/27/2016 The tales they tell sound just like lying. -The 'Roots' miniseries comes out in '77. 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