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Celebrate Selma’s Civil Rights Heritage

Louretta Wimberly was one of thousands who marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. She walks us through Selma, Alabama, on the fiftieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

Marching with Selma’s foot soldiers

I have been to Selma, Alabama, at least three dozen times. My father grew up there with his grandparents and a gaggle of cousins. For much of his childhood, his front yard was a...

March Getaway Guide: Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah, and more

Travel to Knoxville to hear big names at the Big Ears Festival, visit a family-friendly Saint Patrick's Day festival in Savannah, see the wardrobe of "Downton Abbey" at Asheville's Biltmore, and more.

Q&A: Selma director Ava DuVernay

Selma director Ava DuVernay shot her new film about the civil rights movement’s 1965 bloody march to voting equality in just six weeks this summer in Atlanta and Alabama. Scheduled to open in limited release on Christmas Day, Selma stars David Oyelowo as MLK, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, and Stephan James as a young John Lewis. We talked with DuVernay in the fall, when she took a break from the editing room to discuss the film.

Atlanta-filmed MLK biopic Selma opens in theaters December 25

This June, Ava DuVernay, director of Selma—the long-delayed movie about a pivotal period in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.—stood at the front of historic Wheat Street Baptist Church. She was preparing for a scene featuring Stephan James, the Canadian actor who plays civil rights legend John Lewis. “My back was turned to the door when suddenly Stephan’s eyes got big,” DuVernay said.

A preview of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma

Even by eager-to-please Atlanta standards, a new standing ovation record may have been set at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema during October’s BronzeLens Film Festival. After seeing just six minutes of Selma, Paramount Pictures’ upcoming drama chronicling MLK and the 1965 Alabama voting rights campaign, the crowd rose and applauded wildly for director Ava DuVernay.

How to decode Atlanta movie production signs

Update 8/12: The mystery of 1159 has finally been solved. The code refers to NBC's upcoming drama Constantine, which is based on DC Comics' Hellblazer series. We recently pulled together a list of productions shooting...

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