I Am Somebody: The Trailblazing Career of Madeline Anderson

I Am Somebody: The Trailblazing Career of Madeline Anderson

Join LancasterHistory on Saturday, September 23 for a screening of two documentary films directed by the acclaimed Madeline Anderson. Integration Report 1 (1960) documents the struggle for Black equality in Alabama, Brooklyn, and Washington, D.C. I Am Somebody (1970) tells the story of Black hospital workers who went on strike in Charleston, South Carolina. During the afternoon program, Madeline Anderson will join us on Zoom for a live Q&A about her films, career, and the upcoming film she’s creating about her life.

Photograph of Madeline Anderson. Photo credited to the National Museum of African American History & Culture at the Smithsonian.

Madeline Anderson was born in 1924 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania… and dreamt of becoming a director from a young age. It was while studying psychology at NYU that she found an unlikely entry into the world of professional filmmaking by answering a babysitting ad for documentarian Richard Leacock and his wife. The direct cinema innovator would become her mentor, and she would make her groundbreaking first film Integration Report 1 (1960) at his Andover Productions. In 1967 she directed A Tribute to Malcolm X for William Greaves’ legendary public TV show Black Journal, in close collaboration with X’s widow, Betty Shabazz. Anderson’s rich […] career includes films made for the Ford Foundation (1975’s The Walls Come Tumbling Down) and the Children’s Television Workshop (Sesame Street), where she became their first female supervising editor and an in-house producer. She now lives in Brooklyn. (Biography from Le Cinema Club)

“I Am Somebody,” a Collections Up Close program, takes place on Saturday, September 23 at 2pm at LancasterHistory. Tickets are $10/Adults (18+) and $5/Students (17 and Under or w/College ID). LancasterHistory Members are free, but should still register in advance to receive their complimentary admission. Tickets can be purchased or reserved online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Capacity is limited, so advance registration is strongly recommended.

Film Screening In-Person Event Program

September 23, 2023 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, PA 2pm $10/Non-Members | Free for Members and Students 17 & Under