Film about sit-ins nominated for regional award
A documentary film that captures the seminal historical moment in Greensboro race relations and the act of four defiant NC A&T University students that touched off waves of civil rights sit-ins across the South has received a nod of recognition from the television industry.
February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four, which documents the legacy of the Feb. 1, 1960 sit-in at the Woolworth’s department store, has been nominated for a regional Emmy by the Southeast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Atlanta.
The film was shown at the Greensboro Film Festival in 2004 and was broadcast as part of the PBS Independent Lens series on Feb. 1.
‘“It was such a moving experience to get to know these guys and to know how they got this courage,’” said Daniel B. Smith, a professor of history at the University of Kentucky who is the film’s writer and co-producer. ‘“I’m proud to have made this movie and I’m proud that it’s been nominated.
Steve Channing, a Durham resident, is the film’s executive producer.
The awards will be announced on June 18 in Atlanta.
Other films contending for the top prize in the documentary category are Africa: A Continent of Possibilities, produced by WSB-TV in Atlanta; Jimmy Carter: Beyond the Presidency, also produced by WSB-TV; A Dream Betrayed, produced by Atlanta-based Creflo Dollar Ministries; and The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, produced by Alabama Public Television.
Smith said he hopes the film will be nominated for a national Emmy in January 2005.
‘“Because it was shown nationally we think there’s a decent chance for it to win a national Emmy,’” he said. ‘“Steve Channing and I worked on another project called Alamance. In Alamance we had a really good North Carolina story, but we were looking for a good national story. Boy, you can’t beat the sit-ins because of what it did for the civil rights movement.’”
– Jordan Green