Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas
The Oscar Micheaux Black Film Festival is excited to pay tribute to one of the world's greatest actors. Join us for a movie marathon of the incomparable actor Sidney Poitier’s most-loved performances. During this marathon of his films, there will be dialogue and panel discussions with local actors and filmmakers.
After a delinquency-filled youth and a short stint in the U.S. Army, Sidney Poitier moved to New York to pursue an acting career. He joined the American Negro Theater and later began finding roles in Hollywood. Following his performance in the 1963 film ”Lilies of the Field”, he became the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also directed several films, including ”Buck and the Preacher” and ”Stir Crazy”. The acclaimed actor was knighted in 1974 and honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
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