Alex Cooley Presents: Time Has Come Today

Before there was Woodstock, before there was Altamont, there was the First Atlanta International Pop Festival. Held at the Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron over the July 4 weekend in 1969, the festival lineup featured some of the biggest names in rock and popular music, from Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker to Johnny Winter and Canned Heat. Concert producer Alex Cooley followed up with a second festival the following year.

Cinema Politique: Boycott

Cinema Politique aims to introduce and discuss international and national political developments on the basis of movies and documentaries.

The February 2018 selection is the Peabody Award-winning 2001 movie Boycott. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King and Ralph Abernathy were still in their twenties in 1955 at the start of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. HBO Films brings to life in a stylish and unconventional manner the story of how a single act of defiance united a community, ignited a movement and gave voice to a new leader.

Film Screening - Cinema Politique: Hooligan Sparrow

"Hooligan Sparrow" centers on a horrible crime that took place in 2013: A school principal and a member of the education bureaucracy abducted six female students 11 to 14 years of age, took them to a hotel and sexually assaulted them over a 24-hour period. When parents and their supporters demanded justice, the perpetrators insisted the girls were prostitutes. Sparrow (activist Ye Haiyan) is joined in her support for the abused schoolgirls by Wang Yu, one of the very few female lawyers who specialize in human rights in China. Both would suffer greatly for their activism.

UGA Libraries sponsor Home Movie Day at the Russell Special Collections Libraries

Amateur films and filmmaking will be the stars of the day  when National Home Movie Day 2017 is observed  in Athens at the UGA Special Collections Libraries.

National Home Movie Day is a worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, held annually in October.  The event provides an opportunity for attendees to bring in their home movies, learn more about their own family films, how to care for films and videotapes, and how home movies have helped capture personal history.