Nationtime—Gary. 1972. USA. Directed by William Greaves. DCP. 79 min.
Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime—Gary is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 60-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, returns the film to its original 79-minute length and visual quality.
Co-presented with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. Introduced by Louise Greaves, Producer, William Greaves Productions, and executor of the estate of William Greaves; and Shola Lynch, Curator, Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.