For his latest documentary, Andrew Young is training his lens on one of the city’s most fascinating friendships of the past 100 years.
On August 24 at the Buckhead Theatre on Roswell Road, the former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador will debut “Change in the Wind,” a probing new look at the unlikely relationship between “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell and Morehouse president Dr. Benjamin Mays in the deeply segregated South of the 1940s.
After her death in 1949, Mitchell’s heirs revealed that she had privately struck a deal with Mays to anonymously underwrite scholarships to Morehouse students.
The film’s intriguing tagline?
“A Secret as Simple as Black and White.”
For his new film, Young also snared actors Joanne Woodward and David Oyelowo to provide the voices of Mitchell and Mays.
Other famous folks lending their voices to the project include Oscar winner Walton Goggins, Jasmine Guy, Jennifer Holliday, Ted Turner and Martin Luther King III. “Gone With the Wind” actress Cammie King contributes special narration for the project.
Joining Young for the evening’s hosting duties: Aaron’s founder Charlie Loudermilk, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin and former Margaret Mitchell House director Mary Rose Taylor.
Intel’s advice? Get to the screening when the doors open at 6 p.m. Organizers will be displaying private correspondence between Mitchell and Mays in the Buckhead Theatre’s lavish new lobby.
Admission is $10 and attendees can RSVP by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.