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F11 and Be There

Director - Jethro Waters
Run Time - 84 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2020
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- African American Studies, American Studies, Art, Biographies/Profiles, Civil Rights, Cultural Studies, History (US), Media Studies, New Releases, Photography, Political Science

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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For 65 years and counting, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in American history. From Martin Luther King Jr. to Woodstock to America's small towns and back roads, Uzzle's photographs have provided a breathtaking commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art. Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, his work grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors, Henri Cartier-Bresson.

An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, "F11 and Be There" captures the life and artistry of Uzzle, including his current portrait work with the African American community in Eastern North Carolina.

Official Selection:
Austin Film Festival
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Riverrun International Film Festival
Oaxaca FilmFest

"Critic's Pick! Burk Uzzle, the subject of this unusually distinctive documentary, doesn't have the name recognition of Bill Cunningham or Jay Maisel, two lensmen highlighted in recent features, but he should. The film is as beautifully composed as Uzzle's pictures. The director Jethro Waters also shot the movie, a subtle feast of light and color." - Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

"From director Jethro Waters comes the new documentary F11 and Be There, which in addition to a richness of wide-ranging interviews with Uzzle, plentiful archival materials, and behind the scenes creative-process footage, is also a gorgeously produced film in itself. Warm and evocative cinematography, quirky and wonderful animated interstitials, lavish use of interesting music, and interviews with Uzzle’s subjects combine for a thoughtful and frequently profound and emotional portrait of an artist who has never been more engaged with his craft and message." - Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly

"A moving and essential documentary. Uzzle surprises us at every turn with both his sensitivity and unflagging energy, creating a 'culture of respect' that pays off in profound, unforgettable images." - Sandra Bertrand, Highbrow Magazine

"With its behind-the-scenes look at one of America's best photographic practitioners and its depiction of a man with the soul of a true artist, F/11 and Be There should be required viewing for aspiring artists everywhere. In a world filled with darkness, this film shines a little light." - Rod Machen, Cinapse

"A great photograph invites contemplation. Burk Uzzle's work somehow goes a step further, ushering the viewer into a meditative state. The pulse quiets, the mind clears of distraction when looking at a Burk Uzzle picture. In his photos of mourners after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., for instance, one studies the faces - of Coretta Scott King and the couple's young sons, but also of the nameless men and women absorbing his loss. That quality of both arresting time and the viewer's attention has remained consistent throughout Uzzle's career, which began more than 65 years ago. The full breadth of his contributions - from the 1960s until today - comes into frame in the new documentary F11 and Be There by filmmaker Jethro Waters." - Matthew Carey,

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