To kick off the celebration of Black History Month in Southern California, a FREE Film Screening and Question and Answer Session with Stuart A. Goldman, Executive Producer of "Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader," a new documentary film about the formative years of President Barack H. Obama, will be presented by the Compton High School Alumni Association in conjunction with Compton High School and Corky Hale Productions, on Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in the Compton High School Auditorium; 601 South Acacia Avenue (between Compton Boulevard and Alondra Boulevard); Compton, CA 90220 near the courthouse.
Admission to the event is FREE of charge and open to the general public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Event attendees are encouraged to arrive at least 15 - 30 minutes in advance of the program start time. FREE Parking will be available on campus and on nearby streets. Opening Comments will be made by the Principal of Compton High School, Jesse Jones. A Question and Answer Session will be moderated by Deborah Spottsville, President of the Compton High School Alumni Association. Copies of the DVD of the documentary film will also be available for sale at the event. For further information, please visit the website, www.comptonhighalumni.org or call Compton High School at 310-635-3881.
Deborah Spottsville, President of the Compton High School Alumni Association, said: "We are honored to be celebrating the kick off of Black History Month here in Southern California with a special screening of the documentary film, ‘Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader,' which documents the path of our nation's current President which ultimately led to The White House. This film is an important part of not only black history, but American history as well. The film also serves as an inspiration for people of all ages, especially young students who are in the process of planning their futures. As a special treat, we will have the opportunity to speak with the Executive Producer of the film, Stuart A. Goldman, about the making of his film."
"Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader" traces the early path of a man destined to make history and to be a catalyst for global change, a man who would become known throughout the world as Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States. The documentary film, produced by The Stuart Goldman Co.; distributed by Little Dizzy Home Video; executive produced and written by Stuart A. Goldman; co-produced, written and directed by the late Robert Yuhas, and narrated by actor Phil LaMarr, features footage from three of the earliest known recorded interviews with Barack Obama: a 12-minute never-before-seen "lost" interview from 1993, which never aired, and was filmed in Chicago by an aspiring inner-city documentary producer, Zeke Gonzalez; a 1990 clip from a news interview of Obama after he was elected President of the Harvard Law Review; and a 1986 WMAQ-Chicago news story about Obama's earliest success as a community activist, which hasn't been aired publicly since its original local broadcast 23 years ago. The film also includes excerpts from Obama's audio book reading of Dreams of My Father.