Exclusive AFS Screening: Documentary about Lonnie Holley

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This year’s AFS virtual meeting will feature an exclusive screening ofThumbs Up for Mother Universe, the new, award-winning documentary feature that explores the astonishing life and work of visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley. 

The film documents a 30-year span the of the Black self-taught artist’s life and work as he overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to become an art star.

“The 95-minute film is part inspirational story and part art manifesto, while exploring Holley’s creative process—his insights into conservation, ecology and the environment, and his sources of deep inspiration rooted in the spirit, southern life and African American history and culture,” according to the filmmaker, George King.

The film will screen virtually one time only at the 2021 AFS Annual Meeting on October 19 at 7:00 pm. Following the screening, AFS will have a live Q&A with Lonnie Holley, George King, and folklorist Peggy Bulger.

Join us for this exclusive opportunity.

Registered participants in the AFS Annual Meeting will be able to join the film screening and discussion from the soon-to-be-released Meeting conference hub.

Watch the trailer here!

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