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Posted Jun 18, 2012

The Durrs of Montgomery

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THE DURRS OF MONTGOMERY, a new production from Alabama Public Television’s award-winning documentary team, examines the story of two people who made significant contributions to the political landscape of the United States during the last century. The program premieres on Alabama Public Television (APT) Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. with a second broadcast on Monday, June 25 at 9:00 p.m. A pre-premiere screening, free to the public will occur on Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery’s historic Capri Theatre. A Forest Gump-like story, the film covers Clifford and Virginia Durrs’ early years growing up in a segregated South; then as young adults awakened by social change during Roosevelt’s New Deal landscape; Clifford Durr’s service on the Reconstruction Finance Committee and Federal Communications Commission; Virginia Durr’s appearance before McCarthy’s “Red Scare” hearings; and later in life, their return to Alabama and work as Civil Rights leaders in their native state. Viewers of the documentary will see the story of two individuals whose lives unfold on the stage of a changing nation. In additional to news footage and a host of original source documents, THE DURRS OF MONTGOMERY includes interviews with a number of national scholars and figures, such as Clayborne Carson, Stanford University and Wayne Flynt, Auburn University; Civil Rights leader Julian Bond; former Montgomery Advertiser journalist Ray Jenkins; and author John Edgerton. Documentarian Andrew Grace is the producer of the film for Alabama Public Television. Grace teaches the “Documenting Justice” course offered through the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama. His works include the APT-produced documentary, Alabama Craft: Tradition and Innovation; independent productions The Fullness of Time and Backstage; other films produced for the Wyoming Humanities Council and a forthcoming independently produced documentary Eating Alabama. APT’s documentary crew collectively has garnered 11 Southeastern Regional Emmy Awards for The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, WWII: Alabama Remembers and Sloss: Industry to Art, among others. Support for THE DURRS OF MONTGOMERY was provided by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Alabama Power, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Colorado Humanities Foundation, Hugh Kaul Foundation, Rebecca Maisel Memorial Endowment, National Endowment for the Humanities, Robert R. Meyer Foundation, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Southern Poverty Law Center, Texas Council for the Arts and private contributions by individuals. About Alabama Public Television Alabama Public Television, established in 1955, was America’s first statewide public television network. Affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), it is a seven-day-a-week educational resource for Alabamians of all ages through online services, analog and digital television programming, documentary production and outreach activities. For more information about APT, visit www.aptv.org.

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Clifford and Virginia Durr

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