Selma

‘Selma’ and Ferguson, MO: A Movie About 1964 That is About Today; This Day
‘Selma’ and Ferguson, MO: A Movie About 1964 That is About Today; This Day
After the November 17 New York City premiere of ‘Selma’—the new Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic that details his time during the Selma, Alabama civil rights marches—the film’s cinematographer, Bradford Young, speaking to the audience after, made a reference to this film being about today as much as it’s about 1964. While doing so, Bradford, who is an extremely passionate man, evoked images from what we all saw out of Ferguson, Missouri this past August. He then spoke emotionally about his job and his life and his family:
'Selma' Trailer: Martin Luther King Jr. Takes a Stand
'Selma' Trailer: Martin Luther King Jr. Takes a Stand
The first trailer 'Selma' doesn't strictly adhere to the sounds of the time, using modern music to punctuate our first look at the upcoming biopic, though it's unclear if the film -- from director Ava DuVernay -- will also utilize a more contemporary soundtrack. Biopics can typically be a bit paint by numbers, but something about this one feels a bit different, perhaps due to the excellent cast and the subject matter, which doesn't seek to follow the life of Dr. King from beginning to end, but instead to focus on a specific portion of his life.