ARIZONA PREMIERE: THE LONG SHADOW
LOFT FILM FEST at The Loft Cinema
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AT 5:00PM AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 AT 7:30PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 • LOFT MEMBERS: $8
With director Frances Causey in person!
Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, director Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. Causey and Long Shadow producer Sally Holst, both daughters of the South, were raised with a romanticized vision of America’s past. Causey and Holst conceptualized the film together after reflecting on how haunted they are by the truth of slavery’s legacy in their own histories.
“Shadow is a gripping personalized history lesson, with Causey covering salient points, including how economics drove the despicable trading of humans. Her of-the-moment feature couldn’t be more necessary.” – Randy Myers, Mercury News
Causey and her team passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice, which burns undiminished despite our seeming progress. From the moment of America’s birth, slavery was embedded in institutions, laws, and the economy, and yet even as slavery ended, racism survived like “an infection.” By telling individual stories—of free blacks in Canada; of a modern, racially motivated shooting—Causey movingly personalizes the costs and the stakes of continued inaction. “The past is never dead,” William Faulkner once said, and this echoes one scholar’s warning: “We’re still fighting the Civil War, and the South is winning.” (Dir. by Frances Causey, 2017, USA, 91 mins., Not Rated)