In a new initiative to explore and discuss diverse creative media work, the Department of Mass Media launches the See Me Series with a 50th-anniversary screening of Maya Angelou’s first film and a conversation with its leading actor Dirk Benedict.
Georgia, Georgia is a 1972 independent film written by Maya Angelou. It is the first original feature film screenplay solely credited to an African American woman.
Angelou used the framework of a romantic encounter to tell a much more complex story involving gender, race, sexuality, celebrity, and class. It is a film that was ahead of its time culturally, politically, and socially. It is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
Produced by Jack Jordan and Quentin Kelly, the film was the first of three from their company Jorkel, Inc. Jordan, an African American with connections to creative personnel and performers, and Kelly, an Irish American with connections to marketing and business financing, wanted to tell stories from the African American perspective and offer audiences an alternative to early 1970s blaxploitation films.
The film starred Tony-nominated actress Diana Sands and film newcomer actor Dirk Benedict, who would go on to have a successful stage, film, and television career that included performances of two iconic television characters: Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica and Templeton Peck (Face) on The A-Team.
The film is rated R and contains adult material as defined by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Be part of the Conversation!
Both events are free and open to the public.
Georgia, Georgia film screening
Join us March 30 at 6 p.m. in Rose Theatre to see the film and to explore its timeless themes with a panel discussion by Southeast faculty.
Conversation with Dirk Benedict
Join us April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Rose Theatre to hear Dirk share his experiences of making the movie that launched his career, working with Maya Angelou, and his reflections on his time in the industry.
Mark your Calendar!
Georgia, Georgia film screening / 6 p.m. / Rose Theatre
Conversation with Dirk Benedict / 6:30 p.m. Rose Theatre
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701