Cinestudio to Host James Baldwin Film Screening and Filmmaker Talkback

Conversation with Award-winning Writer/Filmmaker Karen Thorsen Part of National Initiative

Hartford, Connecticut, December 8, 2015 –

What: As part of a nationwide series of community forums, a screening of the award-winning documentary film James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket will be followed by a discussion/talkback with award-winning writer/filmmaker Karen Thorsen. The event is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cinestudio, on the campus of Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT, 06106 (For directions and a map of the campus, please click here.)

Filmmaker Karen Thorsen

Background: This award-winning film classic was re-digitized this year. An emotional portrait, a social critique, and a passionate plea for human equality, the film is a vérité feast. Without using narration, the film allows James Baldwin to tell his own story: exploring what it means to be born black, impoverished, gay, and gifted – in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.”

Karen Thorsen began the project when Baldwin was still alive, working with documentary legend Albert Maysles. When Baldwin died, Maysles passed the directing torch to Karen; the film was made in collaboration with co-producers William Miles and Douglas Dempsey. At this event, Thorsen will provide a quick introduction to the film and then discuss the work immediately following the screening. Instrumental in bringing this event to Trinity are Associate Chaplain John L. Selders, Jr., who will introduce Thorsen and lead the discussion, and James Hanley ’72, Cinestudio co-founder.

 Trinity College sponsors of this event include:

Office of Spiritual and Religious Life

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Center for Urban and Global Studies

Film Department

Sociology Department

Women and Gender Resource Action Center

Encouraging Respect of Sexualities

History Department

Political Science Department

American Studies Department