Community Cinema in Studio A, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Nashville Public Television (NPT), with presenting partner Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), offers an advance screening of The Trials of Muhammad Ali on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the NPT Arts Center. The film, by Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel (“The Weather Underground”) explores the extraordinary and complex life of the legendary athlete outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, from his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and influential figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. The Trials of Muhammad Ali premieres on “Independent Lens” on Monday, April 14, 2014, 9:00-11:30 PM CT on NPT and PBS stations nationwide. (check local listings.)
WHAT: FREE preview screening of The Trials of Muhammad Ali, with complimentary lunch. This will be the theatrical version, which runs 94 minutes and includes a few extra scenes not in the broadcast version.
WHO: Presenters: ITVS Community Cinema, Nashville Public Television (NPT), Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: NPT Arts Center Studio A, 161 Rains Ave. Nashville, TN 37203
For more information, visit: http://www.nptinternal.org/mediaupdate/2013/11/18/communitycinemastudioa/
About the Filmmaker
Bill Siegel (Director) has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking and education. He co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground; was a researcher on the films Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story and Hoop Dreams; and a writer on One Love, a documentary on the cultural history of basketball by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings). Siegel is Vice President of School Programs for the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to literacy and lifelong learning.