ALBANY, NY (02/06/2017) (readMedia)-- SACCO AND VANZETTI (United States, 2006, 80 minutes, color, directed by Peter Miller) will be shown on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. [note early start time] in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany's downtown campus. The screening will be followed by commentary and Q&A with the film's director Peter Miller and film editor Amy Linton. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice, the screening is free and open to the public.
This documentary, winner of the American Historical Association's best film award, tells the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrants and outspoken anarchists charged with the 1920 robbery of a Massachusetts shoe factory and the murder of two of its employees. The film's first half details Sacco and Vanzetti's upbringing and political beliefs. The second half follows the duo's two trials, six years of public protests and appeals on their behalf and offers insights into present-day issues of civil liberties and immigrant rights. Ken Burns called it "A wonderful film, as timeless as the struggle for human justice, as relevant as today's headlines."
Peter Miller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films include the theatrically-released A.K.A. DOC POMUS, JEWS AND BASEBALL, and SACCO AND VANZETTI. He has directed numerous documentaries for PBS and has been a producer for documentaries by Ken Burns and Lynn Novak including THE WAR and JAZZ, and the Peabody Award-winning FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT.
Amy Linton has edited numerous award-winning films including Julie Dash's DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, a Sundance winner that was selected for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. She has worked on dozens of documentaries, feature films, and music videos in her 25-year career.
The screening is sponsored in conjunction with UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice's Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century: Crime, Justice, and Public Memory Film Series
For additional information contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.