Monday November 5, 2012

PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents a special screening of the new documentary film, "White: A Memoir in Color" on Thursday at 7 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill. The film will be introduced and followed by a discussion with producer, director and editor Joel Katz who returns to Next Stage for this event.

This personal film explores issues of race, adoption, family and what it means to be white in America through the story of Katz’s own family across generations. His father’s role as a white professor at Howard University, a traditionally black college, during the civil rights era comes to bear on decisions Katz and his wife later make about adoption and starting their own family.

Katz returns to Next Stage after an appearance last year when he screened his compelling documentary "Strange Fruit" about the origins of the iconic song recorded by Billie Holiday. Katz will also host a screening and workshop on Friday afternoon for Putney Central School and Grammar School students as part of a collaboration between Next Stage Arts Project and area schools. Tickets are $10, available at Offerings in Putney and online at www.nextstagearts.org. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Proceeds benefit NSAP.