DICK FONTAINE & PAT HARTLEY: I HEARD IT THOUGH THE GRAPEVINE (1982)
We are glad to be featuring a film by Dick Fontaine in the Lost Gem strand. Dick’s achievements span four decades of filmmaking, during which time he has introduced new techniques and styles to the film industry and played a pivotal role in shaping television’s investigative journalism and representation of popular culture. This film, produced and directed by Dick along with Pat Hartley, is a highly personal film essay written by James Baldwin about exactly who and what survived the civil rights movement (“everything changes on the surface.”) It features Baldwin, his brother David, novelist Chinua Achebe, poet Amiri Baraka, and other friends Baldwin made "on that long, long road” through the sixties. Baldwin returns to this road visiting Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma and St Augustine as well as the projects in Newark. The revised opinions of Civil Rights activists are interleafed with rare footage from the 60’s and Baldwin’s narration and conversations, as well as live performings of blues and jazz, provide a stoic and poetic commentary. Another world is possible.