Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks
(90 minutes) This documentary takes an intimate look at the life and career of Gordon Parks, a celebrated photographer, novelist, journalist, poet, musician, and filmmaker. The film stretches across two centuries as it traces his life and career from abject poverty in Kansas City, circa 1912, to his astonishing and unprecedented rise as a top photographer for Vogue, Life, and other magazines. The film also documents his later years as a filmmaker and composer up to 2006, the year of his death. Though Parks’ subject matter widely varied, his biggest claim to fame was his heart-stopping photographs of the Southern civil rights movement in the 1960s for Life magazine. Aside from footage and voice-overs of Parks himself, Half Past Autumn features Parks’ children and ex-wives, as well as celebrities and life-long friends Russell Simmons and Gloria Vanderbilt. In conjunction with the exhibition For Whom It Stands. This program was rescheduled from Sunday February 22, 2015.
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