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Please join the International Documentary Association and Film Independent on Tuesday, November 9 for the DocuClub LA virtual work-in-progress screening of the feature film Leveling Lincoln. Following the screening, we will be joined by Director/Producer Arden Teresa Lewis, Producer Kimberly Woods, and Editor Andrew Jordan for a moderated discussion.

Live screening of the film begins at 7 pm PT on the Eventive platform, followed by a moderated feedback discussion with the filmmaking team in a Zoom meeting - 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm PT.

Space is very limited, so please RSVP only if you can commit to attending the entire event and actively participate in the feedback discussion.


ASL and/or live captioning can be requested for the feedback discussion. Please email your request by November 5th to docuclub@documentary.org.

The documentary film Leveling Lincoln looks at the landmark 1961 desegregation case Taylor vs. Board of Education of New Rochelle, NY. The case, the first of its kind in the North, was praised on the floor of the United States Senate as an example of successful integration by peaceful protest, discourse, and jurisprudence. It's a story of historical importance that was featured on the cover of Life and attracted the attention of figures like Thurgood Marshall and CBS's Mike Wallace. In its wake New Rochelle emerged as a flourishing multi-cultural community and serves as a model for how to achieve educational parity for all our children.

Along with period photos and national newsreel footage, the film features powerful interviews of the students (now adults) who lived the history; we hear their stories about this controversial 1960s racial social experiment that began with the destruction of a segregated black school. They speak on camera about how this affected them as children, where they are now, and discuss what lessons can be applied to today. We flash back through photos and documents as they speak about their parents, teachers and classmates, and reflect on being part of a social experiment that began on their first days of kindergarten, after the implementation of state sponsored busing. They reflect upon their own children and grandchildren as they worry for their future. 

Leveling Lincoln is also a story of how a community came together at the grassroots level to reject the accepted de facto segregation of their city and recognize how its history of privilege made them blind to systemic inequality. Ultimately, we analyze the problems and solutions that the New Rochelle School District dealt with and glean what lessons can be learned and applied to today's equally challenging educational issues.

  • Runtime
    75 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Arden Teresa Lewis
  • Producer
    Arden Teresa Lewis, Kimberly Woods
  • Editor
    Andrew Jordan