LFCC Luray-Page County Center to Offer Black History Month Film Festival

For Immediate Release:
January 22, 2009

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

LURAY, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College’s Luray-Page County Center will be celebrating Black History Month by hosting a film festival in February. The films will be shown each Monday at 1 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

Following is information about the films that will be shown at the Center, which is located at 334 North Hawksbill St. in Luray:

  • February 2 – “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006) – A true story of a black man who went through incredible difficulty in his career and personal life and finally achieved success through hard work. The protagonist, played by Will Smith, worked as an unpaid intern at a brokerage firm to gain experience and eventually opened his own successful brokerage firm. The picture was nominated for multiple Academy Awards and received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People distinction as Film of the Year in 2006.
  • February 9 – “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967) – This film is an award-winning comedy that addresses a subject that is still controversial today: interracial marriage. The film reflects on historical and contemporary issues and stars Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier and Spencer Tracy.   
  • February 16 – “A Raisin In the Sun” (2008) – This film focuses on the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago’s south side in the 1950s against a backdrop of racism, poverty and segregation. The film stars Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs.
  • February 23 – “To Kill A Mockingbird” (1962) – Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch, a white lawyer defending a black man unjustly accused of raping a white woman in Alabama in 1932. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee.

For more information, interested individual may contact the Center at 540-843-0722.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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