SSU Indie Film Fest kicks off with free screening of ‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’


The Savannah State University Indie Film Festival kicks off on April 21 with the screening of the NAACP Image Award-nominated documentary “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice.” The film is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and Savannah native Deborah Riley Draper (Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution) and narrated by Blair Underwood.

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The event takes place on April 21 at 3 p.m. the Torian Auditorium, 3219 College Street. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film is executive produced by Dr. Amy Tiemann, Michael A. Draper and Hollywood veteran Blair Underwood. The film is produced by Coffee Bluff Pictures.

Featuring Carl Lewis, Isiah Thomas, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Lonnie Bunch III, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice weaves rarely seen archival footage and photos with interviews including the families of the 1936 Black Olympians, German 1936 Olympic spectators and sports historians, filling in the blanks of a large omission from American history. The Oscar-qualified film follows 18 African-American Olympians – 16 men and two women – who defy Jim Crow segregation and Nazi racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. History remembers the accomplishments of only one of them – Jesse Owens. This is the story of the other 17.
A Q&A session with Ms. Riley Draper will follow the screening.  Newly featured this year, Coffee Bluff Pictures and Deborah Riley Draper will present the inaugural Jeanette Coleman Riley Golden Tiger Filmmaker Award, established to honor the top female filmmaker annually at the Film Festival. The award includes a $250 cash prize from Coffee Bluff Pictures. Jeanette C. Riley, (Class of ’51) is the mother of award-winning filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper. Coffee Bluff Pictures is named for the area in Savannah where Jeanette C. Riley was born and raised.

The SSU Indie Film Festival runs April 24-26, at 6 p.m. in the Savannah State University Student Union Ballroom.  Find out more info at  or find them on social media:  Facebook: SSU Indie Film Fest and Instagram: @ssufilmfest.

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