David Simon, Ta-Nehisi Coates to Speak on Md. Film Festival Panel

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Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 4.17.07 PMA day before it rolls, the Maryland Film Festival added a headlining panel to this year’s lineup. 

A May 8 panel discussion, titled “Writing Race,” will feature historian Taylor Branch, novelist James McBride, Wire creator David Simon and Atlantic editor/author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The four writers are working on a miniseries for HBO titled, America in the King Years, which is based on Branch’s MLK trilogy.

“The panel will try to offer insights into the process of developing a significant and acclaimed historical literary work into drama in a medium that until recently has not proved particularly welcoming to precise renderings of history,” an announcement from the Festival said.

MFF Director Jed Dietz also noted that the conversation is “timely and relevant for our city, and a powerful way to frame conversations around protest.”

The discussion will take place at 6 p.m. on May 8 in the Film Festival’s Tent Village.

 



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