National Center for Civil and Human Rights Announces 2nd Annual Films That Matter Partners and Line-Up

August 29,2011

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights announces its September, 2011 line-up for Films That Matter. The second annual series features mainstream hits with civil and human rights themes and will take place on consecutive Friday evenings from September 9-30. All events are free and open to the public. This year, Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Atlanta BeltLine are coming together with the Center to add locations and family-entertainment options to each night.

“Films That Matter is a fun way to acknowledge the power of visual arts and storytelling to transform our civil and human rights perspectives,” said Doug Shipman, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. “Movies grip us in a profound way and we are very proud to bring this free, outdoor experience to four Atlanta communities in partnership with CAP and the Atlanta BeltLine.”
“’Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’ is a celebration of art, the community and public spaces, and we are thrilled to bring it together with Films That Matter,” said Brian Leary, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “We’re very excited about this new partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights and CAP/ADID to bring free arts and culture to Atlanta that will bring communities together.”

“We are proud to support and be a part of Films That Matter for a second year,” said A.J. Robinson, president of Central Atlanta Progress/ Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. “This wonderful film series isn’t just a fun, family-friendly event, it serves as a cultural outlet to communities that may not have traditional access to the humanities, and sheds light on issues that are important to all citizens of Atlanta.”

The 2011 films and locations are:
• September 9- The Constant Gardener - Atlanta BeltLine corridor - Reynoldstown (next to H. Harper Station)
• September 16- The Pursuit of Happyness - Washington Park
• September 23- Remember the Titans - Woodruff Park
• September 30- Philadelphia (in collaboration with the AIDS Memorial Quilt) - Historic Fourth Ward Park

This year’s film locations include three parks and green spaces on the Atlanta BeltLine, giving guests an opportunity to enjoy the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine temporary art exhibit, including live performances before some of the films. The September 30 screening of Philadelphia will commemorate 30 years of the AIDS epidemic and will be presented in collaboration with the AIDS Memorial Quilt.