Judy Richardson, SNCC Veteran, Documentary Filmmaker
“An Interview: Eyes On The Prize as Documentary and Document”
Judy Richardson is a Civil Rights Movement veteran and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South, from 1963 to 1966, working in SNCC’s national office in Atlanta; in Mississippi during “Freedom Summer”; in Southwest Georgia; and in Lowndes County, Alabama. She describers her experiences on the front lines of the movement in Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, which she co-edited with five other female SNCC activists. In 1978, Ms. Richardson began her first stint with the film production company Blackside, Inc. She worked on all 14 hours of Blackside’s seminal PBS series, Eyes on the Prize, which received an Academy Award nomination and won six Emmys. She was Series Associate Producer for the second series, content advisor and researcher for the first series, and Education Director for the full series. In this talk, Ms. Richardson will draw on her movement experiences and involvement in producing Eyes On The Prize to provide an insider’s take on the making and meaning of this groundbreaking series.