About the Film
Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, “Flannery” is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. With her family home at Andalusia (the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best known work) as a backdrop, a picture of the woman behind her sharply aware, starkly redemptive style comes into focus. Including conversations with those who knew her and those inspired by her (Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, Hilton Als and more), Flannery employs never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters and her own published words (read by Mary Steenburgen) alongside original animations and music to examine the life and legacy of an American literary icon.
The Modern Consciousness: A FLANNERY Discussion Series, a four-part weekly series of virtual panel discussions on O’Connor’s legacy, will be presented concurrent with the presentation of the film, with a new discussion every Monday from July 20 – August 10.
Filmmakers Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco will be joined by new special guests for each conversation to explore the many topics addressed in the new film. Held over the course of four weeks, each virtual event begins at 4pm MT/6 pm ET and can be watched via the FLANNERY Facebook page. Viewers can ask the panelists questions in real-time via the broadcast’s chat feature.
Monday, July 20 // ON RACE
Guest Panelists: Richard Rodriguez, author and critic // Karin Coonrod, dramatist // Carlton Terrence Taylor, actor
Monday, July 27 // ON FAITH
Guest Panelists: Randy Boyogoda, author and critic // Carolyn Jones Medine, African American Studies Professor at University of Georgia
Monday, August 3 // ON DISABILITY
Panelists: Timothy J. Basselin, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary // Forthcoming representative from the Lupus Foundation of America
Monday, August 10 // ON CRAFT