Reel Women in Film: Selma

Texas Spirit Theater | PG-13 | 128 min. | Biography, Drama, History

February 7, 2020 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the film Selma and the female filmmakers behind the scenes.

Selma chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Event Details

In Selma, Director Ava DuVernay and Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter capture, on screen, the complexity and nuance behind a historical civil-rights event that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Over four decades after the passing of the 19th Amendment, the right to vote was again challenged. This film offers a study of the exercise of human rights and suffrage seen from a different lens. Crucial to this exploration is the attention to detail in styling and depiction of figures on screen.

This screening is part of Reel Women in Film, a film series that highlights the filmic works of women in front of or behind the camera. In its second season, focus will be on ideas of empowerment seen through the lens of fashion and activism. Additionally, we will look at those within the field of filmmaking that are in the periphery, the costume designers. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our Sister Suffragists exhibition, celebrating the suffrage centennial along with our Fashion Forward exhibition, which explores how the fashion innovations of yesterday impact our closets today. This program includes a film screening and Q&A with independent curator and art librarian, kYmberly Keeton. Prior to the feature film is a trailer for Tia Williams's upcoming series, Gentrified. Come early and explore the 3rd floor exhibit and enjoy complimentary coffee and treats from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: PG-13
Director: Ava DuVernay
Costume Designer: Ruth E. Carter
Runtime: 128 min.
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Release year: 2014

About the Guest Speaker

kYmberly Keeton is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Master’s in Library Science. In her present role, she documents and archives African American narratives in Austin, Texas – The State Capitol. As the African American Community Archivist and Librarian at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Keeton’s work is about forming collaborative partnerships, building relationships with the community, and collecting, archiving, and sharing experiences about Austin’s African American History in the state capitol. Keeton is the 2019 Honoree Recipient in of the Austin, Texas Civic Futures Award for Community Engagement and Inclusion. In addition, she is a 2019 Inductee into The Frederick Douglass Club of Austin, Texas – Mary Church Terrell District. Independently, kYmberly Keeton is writing a scholarly book about African American art & creative librarians as social advocates for change from the south, and curating & archiving an African American digital art library - repository (ART | library deco). “I’m rebelling against being handed a career, like, “You’re the next this; you’re the next that.” I’m not the next anything, I’m the first me.” – kYmberly Keeton

About the Web Series and Filmmaker

Gentrified is a dramatic web series about three Black millennials battling to find themselves in a city that is quickly changing.

Born in Austin and raised in a small town right outside of the city of Houston, Tia Williams followed in her mother’s footsteps and moved back to the weird city as an adult. Tia found her creative niche while podcasting about entertainment and politics and began blogging about victims of Police brutality. Soon after she began combining her true love for writing and passion for people of color and expanded her storytelling abilities with short stories and screenplays. In 2018 Tia made the decision to leave her position at a well-known tech company and make her dreams a reality. As a new filmmaker Tia’s goal is to use HER art to tell the stories that help not only entertain, but break down societal norms and stereotypes. Her latest project "Gentrified" has garnared national attention and aims to capture the financial and emotional effects of gentrification through a thought-provoking dramatic narrative web series.


About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

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