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Sam Pollard's MLK/FBI from IFC screens across the US for Black History Month

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

What we know of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and times has been incomplete up until now. Newly declassified documents from the FBI form the spine of Sam Pollard's documentary MLK/FBI. For Black History Month, the film will receive a nationwide screening cycle with some very prestigious organizations and partners. Finally the complete MKL portrait has emerged.

LOS ANGELES, CA: MLK/FBI is an essential expose of the surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (labeled by the FBI as the "most dangerous" Black person in America), undertaken by J. Edgar Hoover and the U.S. government. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists. Directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard, MLK/FBI recounts a tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment. IFC Films released MLK/FBI in select theaters and on VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, AT&T, Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, and Spectrum, among others, on Friday, Jan. 15. IFC will partner with the organizations listed below during Black History Month, February 2021.

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In honor of Black History Month, IFC Films will be screening MLK/FBI across the country with the following organizations and partners: *ACLU* *AFI Docs Silver Theatre and Cultural Center* *African Diaspora International Film Festival in the Classroom program in collaboration with the Office of the VP for Diversity and Community Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University Virtual Screening* *American Cinematheque* *AspenFilm* *Austin Film Society* *BAM* *BendFilm* *Chicago International Film Festival* *Columbia University* *Coolidge Corner Theatre* *Enzian Theater* *Forum on Life, Culture and Society followed by a Conversation with Sam Pollard moderated by Thane Rosenbaum* *Howard University Film School* *Middleburg Film Festival* *Mill Valley Film Festival / California Film Institute* *MoMA Contenders* *Morehouse CTEMS Program* *Museum of the Moving Image* *New Orleans Film Society* *Newport Beach Film Society* *New York Film Academy* *R.A.C.E Matters in Partnership with NYU followed by a Conversation with Sam Pollard moderated by Alrick Brown* *Salt Lake City Film Society* *Santa Barbara International Film Festival* *Seattle International Film Festival* *Sidewalk Film Festival/Theater* *SIE Denver Film* *Soho House (Global) Virtual Double Feature BLACK POWER MIXTAPE and MLK/FBI followed by a Conversation with Goran Hugo Olsson and Sam Pollard moderated by Jelani Cobb* *University of Southern California* *Walker Art Center/Film North*


DIRECTOR: Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin'Eyes on the Prize) 

PRODUCER: Benjamin Hedin 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Friend, Charlotte Cook, Jeffrey Lurie, Marie Therese Guirgis, Kate Hurwitz, Dana O'Keefe, Steven Farneth



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