Movie spotlight: Gordon Parks festival

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 21, 2012 - 2:45 PM

Screenings planned of "Shaft," "The Learning Tree" and more.

Friday: Had he lived, renowned filmmaker, photographer, composer and writer Gordon Parks would have turned 100 next Friday. Parks, who lived in St. Paul and died in 2006, worked as a photojournalist for Life magazine and a fashion photographer for Vogue. He directed the groundbreaking film "Shaft," which starred Richard Roundtree as a super-cool detective. A Parks festival kicks off Friday with director Craig Rice's documentary "Half Past Autumn." The celebration includes a rare appearance by Roundtree, plus screenings of "The Learning Tree," "Shaft" and "Leadbelly," all at the Film Society, which co-presents the festival with Robin Hickman's Soul Touch Productions. Hickman is Parks' niece and producer of "Half Past Autumn." "Uncle Gordon was unique in his talents and his caring for young people," she said. "This festival is not about aggrandizing him. It's about offering an example to young people, especially young men, about what they can do, how they can turn their lives around." "Half Past Autumn" screens at 7 p.m. Fri., "The Learning Tree" screens at 7 p.m. Sat. and Tue., "Leadbelly" screens at 7 p.m. Sun. and Wed., and "Shaft" screens at 7 p.m. Thu., St. Anthony Main Theaters, 115 SE. Main St., Mpls., 612-331-3134 or www.mspfilmsociety.org/content/gordon-parks-tribute.

 

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