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Prom Night in Mississippi
     

Prom Night in Mississippi

Director: Paul Saltzman,

Cast: Paul Saltzman, Morgan Freeman, Chasidy Buckley, Jessica Shivers

 
While the United States Supreme Court declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional in 1954, change came slowly to Charleston, Mississippi. Once a haven for the Ku Klux Klan, Charleston maintained segregated public schools until well into the 1970's, and even then one major event in the school year was still divided along racial lines. Charleston's high

Overview

While the United States Supreme Court declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional in 1954, change came slowly to Charleston, Mississippi. Once a haven for the Ku Klux Klan, Charleston maintained segregated public schools until well into the 1970's, and even then one major event in the school year was still divided along racial lines. Charleston's high school had separate Senior Proms for white and African-American students, and the annual events made news in 1997 when actor Morgan Freeman, a Charleston native, spoke out against the "separate but equal" proms and made the school board an offer -- if they held an integrated prom, he would pay for it. Morgan's offer was refused at the time, but in 2008, Charleston announced that black and white students would attend the same prom for the first time. Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman offers a look at the long and rocky road to this step towards racial equality in the documentary Prom Night In Mississippi, which features interviews with a number of students (some of whom speak out against racism while being photographed in shadow, fearing repercussions from their community and their parents), faculty members and parents on both sides of the issue, as well as Morgan Freeman. (A group of white parents in Charleston staged a private "whites only" prom, but Saltzman and his crew were denied permission to film it.) Prom Night In Mississippi received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0767685168820
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
87,952

Special Features

Conversation with the director and producer ; Deleted and extended scenes; Filmmaker biography; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Freeman Participant
Chasidy Buckley Participant
Jessica Shivers Participant
Bucky Smith Participant

Technical Credits
Paul Saltzman Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Nancy Abraham Producer
Patricia Aquino Producer
Bongo Cinematographer
Corey Easley Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Hay Associate Producer
Paul Kolycius Cinematographer
Jack Lenz Score Composer
Asher Lenz Score Composer
Thabi Moyo Associate Producer,Sound/Sound Designer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Stephen Philipson Editor
David Ransley Editor
Kevin Schjerning Editor
Don Warren Cinematographer
Bongo Don Warren Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prom Night in Mississippi
1. Opening Credits [7:00]
2. Separate Proms [9:57]
3. My Parents [9:33]
4. Prom Committee [8:02]
5. Meeting Tonight [5:24]
6. Attention Please [5:59]
7. That Looks Nice [8:43]
8. My Clients [10:47]
9. Prom Day [6:19]
10. Senior Walk [5:59]
11. It's Going Good [7:27]
12. Closing Credits [4:08]

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