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The ABCs of Book Banning

November 18, 2023 · 11:30 am

Saturday November 18, 2023 at 11:30am
Williams Hall

The ABCs of Book Banning

FREE Screening + Event!

The recipient of this year’s Golden Key for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking is industry icon Sheila Nevins.

Not only in Florida but across the country, more than 2,500 books have been removed from school districts, variously described as banned, restricted or challenged—yanking the titles away from the eyes of millions of students. It’s no mistake that the books’ themes trigger the nation’s right wing: Black history, LGBTQ+ issues, womens’s empowerment. The new short THE ABC’S OF BOOK BANNING, directed by documentary film legend Sheila Nevins, focuses on one such school district in central Florida, and weaves together a lyrical montage of young readers and authors, giving voice to those most impacted by this reactionary trend.

Nevins, an industry icon who currently heads up MTV Documentary Films and whose recent credits include the Academy Award-nominated ASCENSION (2021) and Oscar contender THE ETERNAL MEMORY, will be honored with the Golden Key Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking. Award-winning director Erin Lee Carr (Britney vs. Spears, The Ringleader: The Case of the Bling Ring), winner of the festival’s inaugural documentary award, will join Nevins from Key West for a conversation via satellite.

Nevins is the former president of HBO Documentary Films and Family Programming for Home Box Office. At HBO, she was responsible for overseeing the development and production of more than 1500 programs for HBO, HBO2 and Cinemax.

She has received 32 Primetime Emmy® Awards, 35 News and Documentary Emmys® and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries won 26 Academy Awards®. She has been honored with numerous prestigious career achievement awards, including the 2018 Realscreen Legacy Award and the 2017 DOC NYC Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the recipient of the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is a NYU Tisch School of the Arts Honoree. Women in Film presented Sheila with a Lucy Award for her outstanding achievements in advancing documentary filmmaking and the National Board of Review presented her with the Humanitarian Award for her contribution to the advancement of social reforms and the promotion of human welfare through film.

No tickets required. Seating is first come, first served.

Director: Sheila Nevins
Year: 2023
Country: USA
Language: English


November 18, 2023
11:30 am
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