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The Reckon Interview Aunjanue Ellis and Christine Swanson Want to Tell Fannie Lou Hamer’s Story on the Big Screen – 3/7/22 (Aunjanue Ellis & Christine Swanson)

Aunjanue Ellis is nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the 2021 biopic King Richard. She’s a two time Emmy nominee for her work in When They See Us and Lovecraft Country. Christine Swanson is a two time nominee for the NAACP Image Awards for her films For the Love of Ruth and The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, which also starred Ellis.

They recently made a short film called Fannie as a proof of concept in an effort to get a full biopic made about Fannie Lou Hamer. On the Reckon Interview, they discuss Hamer’s story and legacy, the hurdles for getting films like this made, and the relationship between art and advocacy. And of course we talk about Mississippi.

Watch the short film, “Fannie” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8cco0wR2UU

 

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