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Free State Festival’s first act will feature The 24th, Not So Silent Cinema, and more

Monday, May 10, 2021

 

University of Kansas film professor and Oscar winner Kevin Willmott is pictured with cast members of “The 24th.” // Photo courtesy Free State Festival
University of Kansas film professor and Oscar winner Kevin Willmott is pictured with cast members of “The 24th.” // Photo courtesy Free State Festival

 

Sophia Misle | The Pitch

The Free State Festival’s first act will bring a celebration of cinema al fresco to venues across Lawrence the week of June 21-27.

Its lineup of movies, art, live music, and more—announced this week—will take place in safe, open-air environments.

“The Free State Festival is a much loved city-wide event and this year we are so excited to ‘take it on the road,’” says Marlo Angell, director of new media at the Lawrence Arts Center and director/founder of the festival.

One highlight of the festival will be a screening of University of Kansas film professor and Oscar winner Kevin Willmott’s August 2020 release, The 24th, which tells the story of the all-Black 24th United States Infantry Regiment and the Houston Riot of 1917. The infantry rose up against a racist police force in a chapter of history that’s often swept under the rug.

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