Delta Heritage Center screens award-winning documentary about Black sacred music
BROWNSVILLE TN (May 25, 2015): The Delta Heritage Center in cooperation with the Geneva Miller Historical Society will welcome Stanton, Tenn., native Henri Giles to Brownsville Saturday, June 6, to screen her Emmy Award-winning documentary Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music. The film showing will begin at noon, followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker.
Giles has worked independently over the years as a writer and producer of broadcast and cable television, corporations and web-based media. She wrote, produced and directed the Black sacred music documentary. Narrated by acclaimed actor Alfre Woodard, the film underscores the cultural significance of this original American art form and the need to preserve it.
Giles also co-created and produced the film Waiting in the Wings: African Americans in Country Music for CMT/MTV networks. She has been a freelance field producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show and worked with civil rights activist Rev. Joseph E. Lowery on his first book project, Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land.
Honored earlier this year in Nashville at the Midsouth Emmy Awards, which is part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Giles says she brings a “what if” philosophy to all her works. The documentary was done as a project for the United Methodist Church.
For more information about the film screening, contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000. Find out more about Giles at www.henrigilesmedia.com.
About the Center: The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds are Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
About the Geneva Miller Historical Society: The Geneva Miller Historical Society is named in honor of a renowned teacher of history at Haywood County Training/Carver High School in Brownsville, Tenn. The major work of the society focuses on researching the past and using this information and collected artifacts as the basis of free public presentations and exhibits. For more information, contact Dr. Dorothy Granberry at [email protected].