2020 Festival

Archived: Mobile in Black and White

Mobile in Black and White is brought to you at the Capital City Film Festival by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
MICHIGAN premiere! Filmmaker in attendance.
Cost: $5
Tickets: presale & at the door
Location: 500 N. Capitol Ave.

Dart Auditorium / 500 N Capitol Ave, Lansing MI 48933

Documentary Feature, Short Film

Film Information

Mobile in Black and White

In many ways, Mobile, Alabama has moved beyond the racial problems that plagued most American cities throughout the twentieth century. Overt racism is no longer tolerated, and, for the most part, race relations in Mobile are not much different than in other cities, north or south. However, fundamental disparities in education, criminal justice, health care, and other systems remain, which, together, lead to inequitable outcomes along racial lines. Mobile in Black and White takes a hard look at the ways racism continues to pervade the structures and institutions of a supposedly post-racial world. Expertly blending the insights and experiences of local residences and leading experts with powerful poetic expression, Mobile in Black and White is a powerful, thought-provoking catalyst for constructive conversations on race. Nationally recognized experts such as Peggy McIntosh, john powell, Tim Wise, Michael Eric Dyson, Wayne Flynt, and Bryan Stevenson present new understandings of how race and racism function in our social structures and institutions. Dozens of local leaders, academics, clergy, and other residents provide their personal experiences and insights, confirming how those concepts play out in Mobile’s community life. Finally, the poetry of Sonia Sanchez, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the film’s director Robert Gray, and others pulls the intellectual, emotional, and experiential into clear focus. Overall, Mobile in Black and White offers an alternative take on how race remains a fundamental issue in American life, but also that it doesn’t require assignments of guilt or blame, only understanding, commitment, and action.

Robert Gray / 2013 / 91 minutes / English / USA

Mobile in Black and White / Trailer from Robert Gray on Vimeo.

Film Information

Rosita Lopez for President

Starring Daniela Bobadilla (AWAKE, ANGER MANAGEMENT) and Charles Robinson (ANTWONE FISHER, NIGHT COURT), ROSITA LOPEZ FOR PRESIDENT is about Rosita Lopez, a 14 – year – old girl scout who is running for President of the United States of America. As she tries to garner votes, she renews more than just a faith in democracy in an older man who has been estranged from his gay son for many years. Despite his insistence that she is too young to run, she manages to convince him that she might just be the right candidate for the job.

Rachel Goldberg / 2103 / 9 minutes / English / USA