NYWIFT invites you to a screening of Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day followed by a conversation with Director Christine Turner on December 17th, 2021.
Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day provides a look at the history of lynchings in America as commemorated through souvenir postcards. From 1880 to 1968, over 4,000 African Americans were lynched at the hands of white mobs. Staged as public celebrations akin to picnics or carnivals, these lynchings were commemorated through the printing and distribution of photos and postcards that would ultimately be subverted by Black activists to expose racist violence in the U.S. to the nation’s leaders and to the rest of the world.
Screening Dates: Film available from Wednesday, December 15th through Friday, December 17th.
Q&A: Friday, December 17th at 4:00pm ET. A conversation with Director Christine Turner.
How to See the Film: Links will be sent out on December 15th
Cost: Members: $2 and Nonmembers: $3 (Q&A included)
Christine Turner is a filmmaker in New York whose work has been called “Exquisitely tender” and “Thoughtful and enlightening” by The Washington Post. Her films include the New York Times Op-Doc Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business, about the 93 year-old artist whose work explodes stereotypes of Black femininity, and Homegoings, about a renowned funeral director in Harlem, which was broadcast originally on POV and is now available on the Criterion Channel. In addition, Christine’s short fiction work has screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance and Tribeca. Her latest documentary, Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day, an MTV Documentary Films production, premiered at DOC NYC and AFI Fest and will be available on Paramount+ this fall.
Marco Williams (moderator) is filmmaker and a film educator. He has been nominated three times for the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Other recognition include: an Emmy Award Nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I duPont Silver Baton, The Double-Take Film Festival Grand Prize, The Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, The Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award, The National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence Award, and the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival Silver Award for Best International Documentary. He is a Professor at Northwestern University, Department of Radio Television and Film.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.