Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening, "Getting Back to Abnormal," with Discussion by Dr. Paul Stekler

Thu, September 5, 2019 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Getting Back to Abnormal
Getting Back to Abnormal

What happens when America's most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? New Orleans is the setting for Getting Back to Abnormal (2013), a film that serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman in a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara Lacen-Keller, Head polarizes the city as her candidacy threatens to diminish the power and influence of its black citizens. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS.

Watch the trailer.

Dr. Paul Stekler, UT R-T-FThe screening will begin at 6:30PM, to be followed by a dialogue with Dr. Paul Stekler, the Wofford Denius Chair in Entertainment Studies and Professor in the UT Department of Radio-Television-Film. A nationally recognized documentary filmmaker, Stekler’s films have all been broadcast nationally on PBS, on POV, the American Experience, Frontline, and as specials.  In addition to Getting Back to Abnormal his award-winning work includes George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on FireLast Man Standing: Politics, Texas StyleVote for Me: Politics in America, Eyes on the Prize II (two segments)Last Stand at Little Big HornLouisiana Boys: Raised on PoliticsPostcards from the Great DivideOverall, his films have won two George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Journalism Awards, three national Emmy Awards, and a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Dr. Stekler, who was RTF Chair from 2010 to 2017, has a doctorate in Government from Harvard University, where his work focused on Southern politics. He previously was a political pollster in Louisiana, while teaching at Tulane, and was the founder of Center for Politics and Governance at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.   

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Humanities Institute's Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library. The screening will begin at 6:30PM to be followed by a community dialogue. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and Austin Public Library

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