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Two special highlights have been added to the regular film screenings at the Annual Meeting. Following the Opening Plenary on Taking Measure of Race on Saturday afternoon, August 16, the provocative new “Race – The Power of an Illusion” will be shown. Produced by California Newsreel, this three-part film series premiered in late April on PBS. After showing that race is more of a social and political construct than a biological fact, this ground-breaking documentary series examines why and how race was constructed in America, and how race still affects life chances and opportunities.

The second special feature is a two-evening film festival/symposium entitled “Warner Bros. vs. Atlanta.” The history of changing Atlantan race relations, prominent in chronicles of the national civil rights movement, is receiving a new and telling analysis in the work-in-progress of Emory film scholar Matthew Bernstein and Emory urban historian Dana F. White. This work investigates cinema across the color line in Atlanta, 1895-1996. Bernstein and White will, with the cooperation of Turner Classic Movies, assist the ASA in the presentation of a two-evening film symposium. This will combine showings of that studio’s I Was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Oscar winner of the National Board of Reviews award for best picture of 1932, and its 1937 lynching drama They Won’t Forget. Each showing will be introduced by Bernstein, followed by discussions, facilitated by Bernstein and White, on the sometimes tumultuous interactions among the national film producers and disparate groups within the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia. The evening film discussions are scheduled at 7:30-9:30 pm on Saturday, August 16, and Monday, August 18.

Those looking for new film releases to use in classrooms and instructional situations are invited to drop by the daily film/video screenings. Nominations are still open for new films/videos to be included in the daily screenings during the meeting. Send a copy of the film/video and a brief description of the work and its relevance to sociological instruction and research to: Jean Beaman, Academic and Professional Affairs Program, American Sociological Association, 1307 New York Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4701; (202) 383-9005, x318; Materials received by June 25 will be considered for inclusion in the 2003 Film/Video Screening Series.