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Hooks doc 'Duty of the Hour' screens Feb. 4

A free public showing of Duty of the Hour, a documentary on the life of the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, will be held Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Michael D. Rose Theatre at the University of Memphis. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton will introduce the film. Duty of the Hour is a production of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.

This event is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are required. They should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Jan. 31, and should include the name of the person reserving seats, the number of guests, and a daytime telephone number. Seating for guests, and for groups greater than 20, may also be reserved by calling (901) 678-3974. Parking is available in the public garage on Zach Curlin Street.

Duty of the Hour is the first documentary to explore the life of Civil Rights leader Benjamin Hooks and his dramatic intersection with many of the defining historical moments in the American Civil Rights Movement. The film explores his journey from the segregated backstreets of south Memphis during the Great Depression, the Memphis “reign of terror” on the black community, WWII, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and the accession of Hooks to the grand stage of American public life.

The documentary consists of interviews with Dr. Hooks as well as a host of individuals who worked with him through the civil rights era and those who can bear witness to a life lived in pursuit of social justice. Among those interviewed are President Jimmy Carter, Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman Steve Cohen, wife Frances Hooks, civil rights advocates Hazel Dukes, the Rev. Billy Kyles, Maxine Smith, Vernon Jordan, and historian Laurie Green. The extensive use of archival film footage and photographs of Memphis and the Civil Rights Movement highlight the historical events in which Hooks was an active leader and participant.

Daphene R. McFerren, director of the Hooks Institute was the executive producer of the film. Reece L. Auguiste, a former visiting professor in the U of M’s Department of Communication and now a faculty member at the University of Colorado, was the co-producer, director, and writer of Duty of the Hour. Tony Dancy, a Nashville filmmaker, was co-producer, director, and editor of Duty of the Hour. Julian Bond, noted civil rights activist and also the narrator for the award winning documentary Eyes on the Prize, was the film’s narrator.

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Regional Emmy Winners

Congratulations to the Memphis area winners of the annual Midsouth Regional Emmy® awards. They were given out Saturday at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Here are the local winners:

COMMERCIAL SPOT: Memphis Music Foundation, Jonathan Pekar, Ardent Film Department

EDITOR/PROGRAM: The Soundtrack Project, Robert Bear, Lance Murphey, Running Pony Productions

DIRECTOR/SHORT FORM: FOX13 Composite, Waheed AlQawasmi, Paul Sloan, WHBQ

CONTINUING COVERAGE - NO TIME LIMIT: Kimberlee's Law, Bofta Yimam, Michael Moore, WHBQ

SPECIALTY ASSIGNMENT REPORT: Making Money at Storage Auctions, Valerie Calhoun, WHBQ

ARTS: The Soundtrack Project, Jonathan D. Epstein, John Hubbell, Lance Murphey, Running Pony Productions/Greater Memphis Chamber/Memphis Symphony Orchestra

ANIMATION: Casey Latiolais Composite, Casey Latiolais, Running Pony Productions

WRITER/PROGRAM: The Soundtrack Project, John Hubbell, Running Pony Productions/Greater Memphis Chamber/Memphis Symphony Orchestra

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Coming Saturday: Midsouth Regional Emmy® awards

The annual Midsouth Regional Emmy® awards are being handed out this Saturday at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

The Nashville/Midsouth Region, founded in 1984, encompasses North Carolina (except Asheville) and Tennessee, and the television market of Huntsville, Alabama. I

Several Memphis area organizations have been nominated and represent superior and creative work in broadcast, audio and video. Here's a list of local nominees:

 

NEWSCAST/EVENING

-Adam Mayes Captured & Bain Sisters Rescued, Samantha Davidson, Ursula Madden, Joe Birch, Jason Miles, Jarvis Rodney Greer, Shiela Whaley, Daniel Yohey, WMC

-Deadly Funeral Home Crash - 10pm Newscast, Krista Pennie Myers, Jason Miles, WMC

 

NEWSCAST/MORNING

-Bain Sisters Found Alive, Megan Pope, Andrew Douglas, Justin Hanson, Kym Clark, Nichole Cyprian, Jason Miles, Amy Speropoulos, Shiela Whaley, WMC

 

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT - WITHIN 24 HOURS

-Animal Dump Ground, Natasha Chen, Terrence Muldoon, Pablo Gaviria, WREG

 

CONTINUING COVERAGE - NO TIME LIMIT

-Kimberlee's Law, Bofta Yimam, Michael Moore, WHBQ

 

SERIOUS FEATURE NEWS REPORT

-Underground Homeless, Michael Moore, Lynn Lampkin, WHBQ

 

LIGHT FEATURE NEWS REPORT

-Extreme Couponing, Bofta Yimam, Michael Moore, WHBQ

-The Homecoming Queen, Bofta Yimam, Michael Moore, WHBQ

 

BUSINESS/CONSUMER REPORT

-Does it Work? - Flex Seal, Kris Anderson, Scott Sutherland, WREG

 

SPECIALTY ASSIGNMENT REPORT

-Making Money at Storage Auctions, Valerie Calhoun, WHBQ

 

SPORTS SEGMENT

-Rumble on the River, Trevor Campbell, Les Smith, WHBQ

 

SPORTS PROGRAMS/SERIES

-Memphis Grizzlies: Grind Forth, Patrick Stage, Memphis Grizzlies

 

ARTS

-The Soundtrack Project, Jonathan D. Epstein, John Hubbell, Lance Murphey, Running Pony Productions/Greater Memphis Chamber/Memphis Symphony Orchestra

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

-Go Jim Go, Jim Jaggers, Scott Sutherland, Holly Ford, Jennifer Cates, Alex Coleman, WREG

 

PSA SPOT

-Sophia's House, Javier Leiva, Running Pony Productions

-We're Dog People "Adopt", Chris Conroy, Jenny Smith, WMC

 

PROMO SPOT/NEWS SAME DAY

-Action News Five - Bain Sisters Team Coverage, Amanda Fryer, WMC

 

PROMO SPOT/NEWS IMAGE

-Action News 5 Dog People, Chris Conroy, Jenny Smith, Rich Wales, WMC

-Stay Connected, Vanessa Ezernieks, Waheed AlQawasmi, Alistair Clark, WHBQ

 

PROMO SPOT/IMAGE

-We're Dog People - Super Bowl, Chris Conroy, Tonya Smith, Jenny Smith, Rich Wales, WMC

 

PROMO SPOT/SPORTS

-Made in Memphis, Patrick Stage, Memphis Grizzlies

 

PROMO CAMPAIGN

-Good Morning Memphis TMZ, Vanessa Ezernieks, Alistair Clark, Paul Sloan, WHBQ

 

COMMERCIAL SPOT

-Memphis Music Foundation, Jonathan Pekar, Ardent Film Department

-Mid-South Gastroenterology Group-"Heroes", Javier Leiva, Running Pony Productions

 

COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGN

-Memphis Zoo � Dinosaurs, Scott Mahr, Casey Latiolais, Running Pony Productions

 

ANIMATION

-Casey Latiolais Composite, Casey Latiolais, Running Pony Productions

 

DIRECTOR/SHORT FORM

-FOX13 Composite, Waheed AlQawasmi, Paul Sloan, WHBQ

-We're Dog People - Super Bowl, Chris Conroy, Jenny Smith, WMC

 

EDITOR/PROGRAM

-Grind Forth Edit Composite, Patrick Stage, Memphis Grizzlies

-The Soundtrack Project, Robert Bear, Lance Murphey, Running Pony Productions

 

MUSIC COMPOSER/ARRANGER

-The Soundtrack Project, Robert Patterson, Jonathan Kirkscey, Marshall Fine, Running Pony Productions/Greater Memphis Chamber/Memphis Symphony Orchestra

 

PHOTOGRAPHER/SHORT FORM

-FOX13 Photography, Alistair Clark, Waheed AlQawasmi, WHBQ

 

WRITER/PROGRAM

-The Soundtrack Project, John Hubbell, Running Pony Productions/Greater Memphis Chamber/Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1957, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), best known for the internationally recognized Emmy Award, is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of television at all levels. NATAS strives to raise industry standards, encourages those new to the profession, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on industry problems and concerns.

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'Grace Card' on Encore and Starz

"The Grace Card," the filmed-in-Memphis production directed by Dr. David G. Evans, is getting some screen time on the Encore and Starz cable channels over the next few weeks.

The film, released in 2010, features Louis Gossett, Jr. and stars Michael Joiner and Michael Higgenbottom as two Memphis police officers who learn the power of God's love. "The Grace Card" is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Here's the lineup:
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5:45 a.m. on ENCORE
Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6:10 a.m. on ENCORE
Monday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. on STARZ In Black
Sunday, Feb. 10 at 6:20 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on STARZ In Black
Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. on STARZ In Black
Friday, March 8 at 11:35 a.m. on STARZ

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Animal Planet 'Pit Bulls' episode tonight

An episode of Animal Planet's "Pit Bulls & Parolees" shot in Memphis last August is being shown on the cable network at 9 tonight.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and The City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods welcomed the show to the new Memphis Animal Services Shelter. In the episode, Tia Torres is contacted by NBA Grizzlies star Zach Randolph regarding a dog rescued from a drainpipe in Memphis after being trapped there for several days.

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