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Blacklist: Investigating the Life of Canada Lee

A documentary-in-progress coauthored by Dr. Allen Partridge will debut at the Angelika Film Center in New York as one of the films selected for the prestigious 27th annual Independent Feature Project Market. Each year the IFP selects two hundred projects from more than one thousand submissions to premiere at the festival, which aims to coordinate industry producers and distributors with independent filmmakers.

“Blacklist: Investigating the Life of Canada Lee” reintroduces actor and activist Canada Lee to contemporary society, as remembered by his widow and friends. Canada’s ill-fated career and well-being, following his refusal to call Paul Robeson a Communist, serves as a reminder of the transgressions enacted on civil liberties during the McCarthy era. Those involved unanimously agree Lee’s life and career were wrongfully cut short.

Partridge worked closely with director Kenneth Kilfara to conceive and design a moving portrait of Canada’s life and investigate the reasons behind his erasure from American history. Partridge was inspired by the passion displayed by Canada’s widow, and describes the work as “a moving love story and a disturbing account of the political fervor and prejudice that typified the era.” 

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