Commentary by Amy Pauszek
On Aug. 18, basketball legends and celebrities packed the house of the historic Madame Walker Theatre for Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Ted Green’s world premiere of “Attucks: The School that Opened a City.” WFYI and Heartland Film hosted a wonderful VIP pre-party and red carpet soirée and I was right there to catch the action. The documentary gives a powerful view of the African-American experience in Indiana through the story of Crispus Attucks High School and the against-all-odds achievements of its students. I loved chatting with basketball legends Bobby Plump, Hallie Bryant, Bob Netolicky, Darnell Hillman and Bobby “Slick” Leonard.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Grammy-nominated vocalist Angela Brown, A’Lelia Bundles and Gen. Norris Overton. Ted Green received a City Proclamation and guests also had a chance to mingle with President and CEO of WFYI Lloyd Wright, Executive Producer, WFYI Public Media Clayton Taylor and Heartland Film’s new President Craig Prater, and with board members Frank Basile and Gary Cohen. The night was action-packed and a sports lover’s dream.