WCTE hosts free screening of Indie Lens pop up

COOKEVILLE – On Tuesday, Jan. 21, WCTE will once again partner with Tennessee Tech and the Backdoor Playhouse to bring to the public a free screening of Indie Lens “Always in Season” written by Jaqueline Oliver. 

“Always in Season” takes an unflinching look at the multi-generational impact of lynching, connecting the racial violence that persists today to historical lynching terrorism. The film centers on the case of Lennon Lacy, an African-American teen who was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, N.C. in 2014, and whose mother, Claudia, seeks answers for her son’s death which was quickly ruled a suicide despite inconsistencies in the case. 

In “Always in Season,” descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history. Blending observational footage with first-person testimonies and expert input, “Always in Season” examines the lingering impact of lynching and the link between this historic form of racial terrorism and the racial violence that exists today. The film is 86 minutes longand rated MA.

The screening will be held at the Backdoor Playhouse located at 805 Quadrangle Dr. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the screening begins promptly at 6 p.m. There will be a Q&A immediately following the screening featuring a panel of experts from TTU’s history dept. 

WCTE has served the Upper Cumberland for 40+ years as the region’s premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville. WCTE is a proud strategic partner with educators, health services, government, arts and music organizations across the Upper Cumberland. WCTE is a 501-(c) 3 and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council. WCTE is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide. 

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