Local writer pens, directs documentary

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Keith Dunnavant

“Three Days at Foster,” a documentary film about civil rights and sports that was written and directed by Newnan’s Keith Dunnavant, will screen at the prestigious Sidewalk “Three Days at Foster,” a documentary film about civil rights and sports that was written and directed by Newnan’s Keith Dunnavant, will screen at the prestigious Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham on Aug. 25.

Coweta residents will also have a chance to see it later that same week.

“This is a story that’s been in my head for more than a decade, and so it’s very gratifying to have the film recognized in this way,” said Dunnavant, a best-selling author of sports books, including biographies of football icons Bart Starr and Paul “Bear” Bryant.

The Newnan-based ShadowVision Productions team, which began work after a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign in the summer of 2012, included director of photographer/editor Jonathan W. Hickman, editor Joe Beamon, and design consultant Maggie Boudreaux Hickman.

“Getting accepted into this significant festival is a validation of our work and bodes well for what is to come,” said Hickman, a long-time film critic and veteran of several documentaries.

The film focuses on the pioneers who shattered the athletic color barriers at the University of Alabama in the shadow of segregationist Governor George Wallace’s futile attempt to block the integration of the student body at Foster Auditorium in 1963. In the film as in real life, Foster emerges as a symbol of change as the integration of sports in Tuscaloosa profoundly impacts Alabama culture. Many of the key figures in this drama have never appeared on camera before.

ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said, “‘Three Days at Foster’ is simply an unforgettable film. Keith Dunnavant has taken one of the seminal moments in the civil rights movement and peeled off a new layer that is both haunting and gut-wrenching.”

Among the 40 plus people interviewed for the film were Newnan residents Bill Headley and Jo Ann Ray, who were on hand to witness Wallace’s stand “in the schoolhouse door.”

The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission will host a special screening of “Three Days at Foster” at the Wadsworth Auditorium on Jefferson Street in downtown Newnan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29. Tickets are $15 (adult) and $10 (student) and are available at Let Them Eat Toffee on the Court Square and Morgan’s in Ashley Park. Festival in Birmingham on Aug. 25.

Coweta residents will also have a chance to see it later that same week.

“This is a story that’s been in my head for more than a decade, and so it’s very gratifying to have the film recognized in this way,” said Dunnavant, a best-selling author of sports books, including biographies of football icons Bart Starr and Paul “Bear” Bryant.

The Newnan-based ShadowVision Productions team, which began work after a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign in the summer of 2012, included director of photographer/editor Jonathan W. Hickman, editor Joe Beamon, and design consultant Maggie Boudreaux Hickman.

“Getting accepted into this significant festival is a validation of our work and bodes well for what is to come,” said Hickman, a long-time film critic and veteran of several documentaries.

The film focuses on the pioneers who shattered the athletic color barriers at the University of Alabama in the shadow of segregationist Governor George Wallace’s futile attempt to block the integration of the student body at Foster Auditorium in 1963. In the film as in real life, Foster emerges as a symbol of change as the integration of sports in Tuscaloosa profoundly impacts Alabama culture.

Many of the key figures in this drama have never appeared on camera before. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said, “‘Three Days at Foster’ is simply an unforgettable film. Keith Dunnavant has taken one of the seminal moments in the civil rights movement and peeled off a new layer that is both haunting and gut-wrenching.” 

Among the 40 plus people interviewed for the film were Newnan residents Bill Headley and Jo Ann Ray, who were on hand to witness Wallace’s stand “in the schoolhouse door.”

The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission will host a special screening of “Three Days at Foster” at the Wadsworth Auditorium on Jefferson Street in downtown Newnan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29. Tickets are $15 (adult) and $10 (student) and are available at Let Them Eat Toffee on the Court Square and Morgan’s in Ashley Park.



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