Woodstock Vermont Film Series: Citizen Ashe Explores Legacy of Tennis Great & Humanitarian, Arthur Ashe Screening at Billings Farm & Museum Jan. 14 & 15
Athlete. Activist. Champion. The Woodstock Vermont Film Series will present Citizen Ashe with showings on Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 at 3:00PM.
This tribute to an extraordinary life explores the legacy of tennis great and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe. The film charts his personal evolution from being the first major Black tennis star to becoming a global activist. His quiet determination and gentility emanated change from within the sport of tennis and through his involvement in the civil rights movement, his actions to counter South African apartheid, and his activism in the face of the stigma of AIDS.
“(Ashe) embraced the role of pioneer and resolved to use his new platform to join the fight that had been swirling around him.” -William C. Rhoden, New York Times
Saturday’s screening will be followed by a discussion with former professional tennis player and prominent tennis historian, Art Carrington, and Film Series curator, Jay Craven. Carrington wrote “Black Tennis: An Archival Collection Between 1890 and 1962,” a historical look the American Tennis Association and the pioneer period for African American tennis at large. Involved in the game for more than five decades, Carrington runs the Arthur Carrington Tennis Academy in Amherst, Mass., teaching some of the highest-ranked juniors in both New England and the entire nation.
The Woodstock Vermont Film Series will screen documentary films weekly on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00PM in the Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center Theater through February 19. Tickets are $15 for all regular screenings, and $12 for Billings Farm & Museum members. For film listings, tickets, and more information, visit billingsfarm.org/filmseries or call 802-457-5303.
About the Woodstock Vermont Film Series
The 2022-23 Woodstock Vermont Film Series will take viewers on a journey from Japan to remote Idaho, with stops in New York, New Orleans, and home to Vermont. Storytelling is at the heart of the Billings Farm & Museum mission. The Film Series, produced by Billings Farm & Museum, is dedicated to sharing place-based stories of people near and far, engaging audiences, and inspiring conversations that increase connections with each other and the world.
The Woodstock Vermont Film Series is curated and directed by award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven, produced by the Billings Farm & Museum, with generous support from local sponsors. We gratefully acknowledge the Film Series season underwriter Mad Old Nut, and lead sponsors Farmhouse Pottery, Woodstock Inn & Resort, and Ellaway Property Management.
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