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The NY Film Premiere of SELMA at the Ziegfeld by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

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Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and director Ava DuVernay. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

The Film SELMA premiered in New York at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 14, 2014; directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb; based on the actual 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting right marches lead by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  and John Lewis. It has a complete stellar cast starring David Oyelowo as “Dr. King”, Carmen Ejogo as “Coretta Scott King”, Tom Wilkinson as “LBJ”, Common as “James Bevel”, Wendell Pierce as “Hosea Williams”, Stephan James as “John Lewis”, Oprah Winfrey as “Annie Lee Cooper” and other notable performances by Lorraine Toussaint, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Niecy Nash, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Martin Sheen; and Ledisi portrays legend Mahalia Jackson. The red carpet hosted A-list guests such as Aretha Franklin, Tyler Perry, Tia Mowry,  Gayle King, Jason Moran & Alicia Hall Moran, Michael Kenneth Williams, Martin Luther King III, to name a few.

The red carpet was the time when the celebrities pointed out the similarities between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the recent protests surrounding police brutality and recent killings of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers, in particular Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY and Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO; both of which there was no indictment for the murders. Many from the cast wore “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts on the red carpet and to the after party which was held at the grand legendary New York Public Library to complete the evening.

David Oyelowo, who portrays Dr. King in the film, stated that “they could not have predicted the drama that surround Michael Brown and Eric Garner”, and he pointed out “we do not live in a post-racial America.”

 

Oprah Winfrey stated, “Life is always there to teach, enlighten, and open you up to the greater possibilities of what can be done, if you’re willing to be awake and see it. What’s exciting to me is that people are awake.”

The story of SELMA is deeply rooted in America’s history and chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the marchers entered dangerous territory to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The first march took place on March 7, 1965 on Edmund Pettus Bridge; it was given the nickname “Bloody Sunday” after its 600 marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas. The violence led to a national outcry and wave of civil disobedience. This epic march from Selma to Montgomery convinced President Johnson the signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was essential. It was one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement which forever altered history. The film also includes a dramatic soundtrack with “Glory”, an original song made for the film by John Legend and Common. This film shows us struggles and similarities from 1965 to 2015 exist and it is imperative the movement continues forward.

All Photographs and Article by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino. All Rights Reserved.

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Producer Oprah Winfrey portrays “Annie Lee Cooper”. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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David Oyelowo stars as “Dr. King”. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Wendell Pierce as “Hosea Williams”. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Lorraine Toussaint as “Amelia Boynton Robinson”. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Stars David Oyelowo & Carmen Ejogo. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Cuba Gooding, Jr. as attorney”Fred Gray”. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Producer Oprah Winfrey portrays “Annie Lee Cooper”. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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COMMON who along with John Legend wrote and performs the original film song “Glory”. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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VIP Film Premiere Guest Aretha Franklin. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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VIP Film Premiere Guests Martin Luther King III and wife Andrea Waters-King. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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VIP Film Premiere Guest Tyler Perry. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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The Ziegfeld Marquee for the New York Premier of SELMA. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

John Legend and Common Glory – Won The 87th annual Academy Award, 2015 (Glory won the Oscar for Best Original Song):

All Photographs and Article by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino. All Rights Reserved.

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http://lisapacino.smugmug.com/

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