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Feature-in-Progress “180 Days: Hartsville” Continues Fresh Docs Series

Film still from "180 Days: Hartsville."

Film still from “180 Days: Hartsville.”

On October 24, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund will present a free screening of Jacquie Jones and Garland McLaurin’s 180 Days: Hartsville—the story of education reform efforts in a South Carolina town—as part of the Fresh Docs series, which features documentary works-in-progress. Following screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker in which the audience participates, providing valuable feedback.

180 Days: Hartsville
Friday, October 24, 7 p.m.

Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell Street, Durham, North Carolina

180 Days: Hartsville, which will premiere in spring 2015, spends a school year exploring what it takes for a small South Carolina town to meet the needs of its students during a massive reform effort. From the state’s largest corporation to one of its smallest Boy Scout troops, this community’s combined efforts have turned around test scores and graduation rates in less than five years. But is Hartsville a model or an outlier in the search for solutions to close the achievement gap? And what lessons can your community learn from Hartsville’s journey?

Filmmaker Bios
Jacquie Jones produces, writes, and directs documentary films. Her 2013 series for PBS, 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, won a Peabody Award, a Gracie Award, and was a finalist for the Media for a Just Society Award for best film and an IDA Award for best limited series. Her other work includes Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (also a Peabody winner), From Behind Closed Doors: Sex in the 20th Century and the series Matters of Race. Jones is the former executive director of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), a media arts organization that funds, distributes, and produces public interest media for all platforms.

Garland McLaurin works in television and film in the United States and abroad. He served as co-cinematographer on Wes Moore’s Coming Back documentary series highlighting veterans and on the award-winning documentary The New Black by filmmaker Yoruba Richen, which explores the fight for marriage equality in the African American community. Other professional credits include: field producing on CNN’s Black in America 4, producer/shooter for WAMU 88.5 American University, BET’s special Homecoming: The Killing of DJ Henry, and digital media work for Black Public Media, Time.com, the New York Times and National Geographic.

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