Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square



Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 99 minutes


Civil rights activist Maynard Jackson first ran for office at the age of 30. He was defeated by segregationist Herman Talmadge for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 1968. Despite the loss, he became a beloved figure in the city of Atlanta, where he was elected mayor in 1973. The victory was historic as Jackson was the city’s first African-American to hold the position. He would eventually transform Atlanta’s reputation as the heart of the confederate South to a renowned world-class city. But it wasn’t an easy task. Jackson faced an uphill battle in changing the racist views and policies that existed within the local government. He was also forced to deal with an epidemic of murders and missing children. MAYNARD tells the story of his incredible rise to political prominence and the legacy he built, not just in Atlanta, but for empowerment movements all across the county. Directed by award-winner Samuel D. Pollard, this rousing documentary features interviews with a number of visionaries who were inspired by Jackson, including President Bill Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Vernon Jordan. —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2:15 PM

African Diaspora
Race Relations

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition


Samuel D. Pollard

Samuel D. Pollard is one of the most respected names in the world of documentary cinema. Between 1990 and 2000, Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee’s films. In addition to his award-winning filmmaking, Pollard is currently a professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®.

Chinatown Film Project (2009), Mr. Soul: Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV (2010), Two Trains Runnin' (2016), ACORN and the Firestorm (2017) – co-director, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've gotta Be Me (2017), Mr. SOUL! (2018), MAYNARD (2018)

Wendy Eley Jackson, Maynard Jackson III, Jason Orr, Dolly Turner, Winsome Sinclair, Donald Jarmond, Autumn Bailey, Karl Carter

Sam Pollard, Wendy Eley Jackson

Henry Adebonojo

Jeff Cooper

President Bill Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Vernon Jordan, Ambassador Andrew Young, Valerie Jackson, Bunnie Jackson Ransom, Alexis Scott, Bill Clement, Carol Ann Miller, Dr. Constance Carter, Dr. Maurice Hobson, Rep. Roger Bruce, Mayor Kasim Reed, Mayor Shirley Franklin, Mayor Bill Campbell, Mayor Sam Massell, Samuel Bacote, Dr. June Dobbs Butts

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