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Emmy-nominated "Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett" Documentary Showcased at Figge Nov. 9

We are pleased to share that Kevin Kelley and Marie Wilkes, of New Mile Media Arts, will appear with their Emmy-nominated documentary Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett at the Figge Art Museum on Thursday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Azubuike African American Council for the Arts. This special FREE screening of Elizabeth Catlett's inspiring art and life story includes a Q&A with the filmmakers following the film.

Truth First Film Alliance's first film event showcased New Mile Media Arts' award-winning Stout Hearted: George Stout the Man Who Saved Art. We are pleased to see them return to the Figge with another outstanding documentary film. Read more about the event in a story by WHBF journalist Jonathan Turner below.

DSC_6860 adjEmmy award-winning documentary filmmakers Kevin Kelley and Marie Wilkes of New Mile Media Arts.

By Jonathan Turner

A groundbreaking documentary chronicling the life of a renowned artist and activist with an Iowa connection will premiere in the Quad Cities at the Figge Art Museum (225 W. 2nd St., Davenport) on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023.

“Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett,” produced by Marie Wilkes and directed by Kevin Kelley of Iowa City-based New Mile Media Arts, tells the remarkable story of Elizabeth Catlett’s journey to earning an advanced graduate degree from the University of Iowa during a time when African-Americans were denied the right to live on campus.

Catlett’s life and legacy have long been a source of inspiration for Black artists, art enthusiasts, activists, and history buffs alike, according to the Figge screening host, Davenport-based Azubuike Arts. “This documentary promises to provide an in-depth exploration of her struggles, triumphs, and the indomitable spirit that made her a trailblazer in the art world and the fight for civil rights,” says an event release.

The event is free and open to the public, and the schedule is as follows:

  • Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Film screening: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Q&A with the filmmakers (Marie Wilkes and Kevin Kelley): Immediately following the screening.

Read the rest of the WHBF story HERE!


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