Sunday, February 13, 2005

Eyes on the Screen

This is kind of a follow up to my previous Orphan Works and documentary filmmaking posts. Currently, in honor of Black History Month, Downhill Battle is making Eyes on the Prize available for free download. This film, which is the most important film on the American Civil Rights Movement, has been unavailable for broadcast or on video for the last ten years due to licensing issues (such as when a crowd of people are singing "Happy Birthday" to MLK). It's a tragedy that folks (especially kids) haven't been able to watch this documentary. Downhill Battle is sticking their neck out by relying on Fair Use to make this film available in its entirety. I think it's great.

Update: when I originally posted this, I thought that the film was still available for download. Unfortunately, Downhill Battle has caved under pressure from Blackside, Inc., the copyright owner of Eyes. Sigh.


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