2016 Festival

Agents of Change


Thursday, April 13, 7:00pm – Opening Night Film

Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country in the late 1960’s that led to protests on college campuses from SF State to Cornell University. Through the stories of the courageous young men and women at the forefront of these efforts, the film takes viewers to the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, as the struggle continues with the Black Lives Matter, immigration concerns and concurrent nationwide student-led protests, Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past, revealing how much work remains to be done. The film is co-produced and co-directed by filmmakers Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg, both of whom are Cornell alums.  Ironically, Mr. Dawson participated in the takeover at Willard Straight Hall, while Ms. Ginzberg protested in support with other student outside the building.  Yet, the two would not meet until four decades later as both sought to document this historic event on film. With interviews from then-student activists such as actor Danny Glover, Dr. Ramona Tascoe and Roger Alvarado, the film also features a searing, soul-stirring musical score by award-winning composer Patrice Rushen.

Documentary, Directed by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg. 66 minutes.

* Director and special guests present for screening.