ALEXANDRIA, La. — The Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents Joe Papp in Five Acts, the opening film of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center on September 7, 2012 at 7 p.m. Following a screening of the feature film, Co-Director, Producer and Writer Tracie Holder will engage in a discussion with the audience about the film and her work as a filmmaker. Tickets can be purchased for $5 one hour prior to the film screening or by calling the Arts Council at (318) 443-4718.
Joe Papp in Five Acts, a feature-length documentary film, tells the story of New York’s indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts who introduced interracial casting to the American stage and created free Shakespeare in the Park, Hair and A Chorus Line. From 1954 until his death in 1991, Joe Papp brought more theater to more people than any other producer in history. In his eyes, art was for everyone, not just a privileged few. “We have public libraries,” he would argue, “Why not public theaters?” Papp recognized the role art could play in building a more democratic and diverse society, and he became a tireless fighter who raised enduring debate about the value of the arts to all people and communities.
Joe Papp In Five Acts is the first of six films to be screened through 2012 and 2013 as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Southern Circuit is a unique and interactive way of viewing independent films. It takes the audience away from televisions and computer screens and connects them with the filmmakers, making the film-viewing experience communal.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts Council is pleased to acknowledge Capital One Bank as Title Sponsor of the Film Series for the third year.