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Flagler professor’s documentary to be shown for Black History Month

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Mark Huelsbeck, assistant professor of communication at Flagler College, will screen his new documentary, which revisits the landmark events of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine, at the college on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. to honor Black History Month.

The film will be shown in the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Ringhaver Student Center on the corner of Sevilla and King streets. It is free and open to the public.

The documentary — “Unfinished Journey: A City in Transition” — was directed and produced by Huelsbeck and Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai, assistant professor of communications at Michigan State University. Students in Huelsbeck’s Flagler communication classes were also active in the production of the film.

“The students’ involvement was one of the most important aspects of making the film,” Huelsbeck said. “Their initial shyness turned to pride and wonder as they became involved and later saw their names in the credits.”

The film records St. Augustine’s acknowledgment of its conflicted past through special events conducted during the summer of 2011 and organized by The City of St. Augustine, The St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Remembrance Project and the St. Augustine 40th Accord. The efforts of activist Andrew Young, the foot soldiers, and beach protestors are chronicled to acknowledge history and foster reconciliation.

Huelsbeck earned an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa with a focus on film and video production. He earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from The University of Iowa. His areas of special interest and expertise include digital cinema production, documentary film and post-production techniques. Pillai is a graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India. He received his Film Studies from the University of Iowa.

“Unfinished Journey” was also is being screened in January as part of the Second Annual St. Augustine Film Festival.

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