What: The University of North Texas and the Denton Black Film Festival are teaming up for a special, free screening of the movie “Hidden Figures.” Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, who will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 19 – 21 in Grapevine, Texas, the film adaption tells the story of a group of black women whose mathematical prowess helped NASA win the space race.
When/Where: 4 p.m. June 9 (Sunday) at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, located at 3220 Town Center Trail in Denton.
Cost: Free, but attendees must RSVP at https://one.unt.edu/hiddenfigures. Seating is limited.
Background: The film screening is the kickoff to this year’s Mayborn conference, which is celebrating its 15th year as one of the nation’s longest running conferences focused on nonfiction narrative writing. The screening will include a panel of experts who will introduce themes in the movie and discuss how Shetterly’s work uses the time-honored medium of nonfiction storytelling to portray issues of race, gender and class.
This year’s conference theme is Justice in America and will feature Nikole Hannah-Jones, Taylor Branch, Hampton Sides and other accomplished journalists and authors.
The event is hosted by Denton Black Film Festival in partnership with UNT's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.