Morgan Freeman Helps Make History In Prom Night In Mississippi

By Perri Nemiroff 2009-12-15 19:00:35
Did you miss Prom Night in Mississippi when it premiered on HBO on July 20th? Well, you’re in luck because on January 26th, 2010, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee will debut on DVD in honor of Black History Month.

Back in 1997, Morgan Freeman offered to fund a Charleston high school prom under the condition the party was racially integrated, but he was denied. Freeman made that same offer every year until 2008, when it was finally accepted. In Prom Night in Mississippi, writer/director Paul Saltzman talks with a number of students, families, faculty, and Freeman to get a sense of the archaic racism that plagued the community.

Considering Freeman’s Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in Invictus, come January, he’ll likely be consumed by award-season ado. If you’d like to take a step back and appreciate another side of Freeman, Prom Night in Mississippi could be the way to go. In addition to the film, the release comes with “Conversations with the Director and Producers,” deleted and extended scenes, and a filmmaker biography for just $26.95.
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