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Noted filmmaker here for screenings, March 1-2

Noted filmmaker William Greaves will attend screenings of two of his works and participate in discussions Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1-2. Both will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St .

On Tuesday, "Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey" will be shown and followed by a discussion with Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion. On Wednesday, "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 2-1/2" will be screened and discussed by Su Friedrich, professor in the Council of the Humanities and visual arts.

A former actor, Greaves has been making films since the 1950s. He has won more than 70 international film festival awards, including an Emmy and four Emmy nominations. His honors include the first award for lifelong achievement in film and for contributions to black theater from the National Black Theater and Film Festival. This past December, he received a career achievement award from the International Documentary Association.

His 2001 documentary on Nobel laureate and United Nations diplomat Bunche, narrated by Sidney Poitier, aired on PBS and at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 2-1/2" is a sequel to Greaves' 1968 film, "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take 1," that was never released theatrically but has become legendary. The sequel, for which Steven Soderbergh and Steve Buscemi served as executive producers, was screened this year at Sundance.

The March 1-2 events are designated as the Faber Lecture and the John Sacret Young Lecture and are presented by the Program in Visual Arts in conjunction with the Program in African-American Studies and the Film Studies Committee.

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