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When I Rise - February 8, 2010

When I Rise

Documentary Alliance and RealFilms co-sponsor this screening at the HMFA Brown Auditorium.

See the trailer here:http://www.whenirisefilm.com/

Director: Mat Hames
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011
Location: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005
Tickets: Free, but must RSVP by February 3 to: rsvp.cah@austin.utexas.edu or (512) 495-4369
Screening Time: 6:30 pm
Conrad Performance: 7:45 pm
Conrad Reception: 8:30 pm

Synopsis:Picture of Barbara Conrad at a young age
A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. When I Rise is an inspirational journey toward finding forgiveness within oneself.

About The Director: Mat Hames is an award-winning filmmaker based in Austin. He directed the 2008 documentary Fighting Goliath, which was narrated by Robert Redford and was an official selection of 12 film festivals in four countries. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the Red Rock Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and the Golden Sun at the Barcelona International Film Festival. Both the Sundance Channel and PBS acquired Fighting Goliath for national broadcast in 2009.
Mat's directorial credits include Last Best Hope, an award-winning documentary film about the Belgian Resistance during WWII. In 2007, His Royal Majesty King Albert II awarded Mat the decoration of Knight of the Order of the Crown in recognition of his contribution to preserving the history of the Belgian Resistance. Before its national broadcast on PBS in 2006, Last Best Hope garnered numerous awards and festival accolades, including a Silver Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival.
Mat also directed and produced the PBS series State of Tomorrow, which won five regional Emmy Awards. He is co-founder of Alpheus Media, whose long-standing clients include the Sundance Preserve and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

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Sponsored by:
Dr. and Mrs. Bud Frazier
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,
University of Texas at Austin Museum of Fine Arts, Houston