This film, born out of a UCF honors public history and documentary class, details the history of two local high school band directors—one black, one white—inspired by music to cross color lines in the deep south and work together for the sake of their students.
This courageous cooperation between Chief Jim Wilson at Jones High School and Del Kieffner at Edgewater High School resulted in the experience of a lifetime for Orlando’s black and white students at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Since its release in early 2019, the film has screened in 14 festivals from Florida to Los Angeles. It won the prestigious “Best of Show – Long Form Documentary” at the Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas, held by the Broadcast Educators Association. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
UCF Celebrates the Arts, an annual festival showcasing creativity, innovation and collaboration from Orlando’s hometown university, returns to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts April 7-19, 2020. See the full festival schedule and learn more at arts.ucf.edu/celebrates.