Tuesday, August 3, 2010

History Center Shines Light on Zora Neale Hurston

Novelist, anthropologist, collector of folklore. These are just a few of the achievements of Florida's own, Zora Neale Hurston.

On Thursday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m., the Tampa Bay History Center will screen Jump at the Sun, a new documentary on the life of Zora Neale Hurston written by St. Petersburg resident Kristy Andersen. Produced for the acclaimed PBS series American Masters, Jump at the Sun explores Hurston’s work as a novelist, WPA field worker in 1930s-Florida and her role in the Harlem Renaissance, of which she was a key figure.

Directed by Emmy Award-winner Sam Pollard (When the Levees Broke), the documentary features interviews with Alice Walker and Maya Angelou as well as never-before-seen archival footage of Hurston in the 1930s.

After the screening, join Andersen and Dr. Lois Gaston, Hurston’s great-niece and former president of Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus for a talk back session about the film. Admission is $10.00.

For more information on the August 5th screening, contact the Tampa Bay History Center at http://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org./

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