EXCLUSIVE: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and of the March on Washington, Kino Lorber will release a newly restored and re-mastered edition of Oscar-nominated documentary King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery To Memphis. The updated version of the 1970 film will get a special one-night, multi-city screening event on August 28. It will also be presented at BAM’s Rose Cinemas on August 12 and 13. Following that, a special screening will be held at New York City’s Film Forum on August 28, the anniversary of King’s speech. The movie chronicles King’s life and work, from the start of his non-violent campaign for equal rights to his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Celebrity narrators include Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III and Joanne Woodward. The doc was produced by Ely Landau and associate produced by Richard Kaplan. It was originally screened as a one-time-only event on March 24, 1970 and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Feature and to be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Foundation. The new screening iniative is in association with Gathr Films and the Regal theater chain.
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