Legendary Director Julie Dash Brings Untold Story of Rosa Parks’ Early Activism to the Big Screen
Reframing Rosa Parks and Telling The Story of How Black Women Sparked The Civil Rights Movement
A decade before her iconic moment on the Montgomery bus, Rosa Parks was investigating the brutal rape of Recy Taylor and seeking justice on her behalf. This story of how the incredible bravery and collective action of Black Women sparked The Civil Rights movement will be brought to the big screen by groundbreaking film director Julie Dash. Based on the book, “At the Dark End of the Street” by Danielle McGuire, the narrative feature has a screenplay by Lisa Jones (HBO’s DISAPPEARING ACTS), and will be a production of Invisible Pictures, helmed by Emmy-nominated producer Audrey Rosenberg (I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO; BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA) and Jess Jacobs (BUTTERFLY CAUGHT); and produced by Gary Riotto (FINDING JUDY), who co-created the story with Jones and Rachel Watanabe-Batton, who also has an upcoming documentary with Dash (TRAVEL NOTES OF A GEECHEE GIRL).
“There’s so much more to be told about the legacy of Rosa Parks, Jo Ann Robinson, and the southern women, from all walks of life, who dared to take control of the wheel of power,” said Dash. “Amplifying these voices, which have gone unheard for far too long, makes for a complex story, about the gender, class, and color politics of the Civil Rights Movement as told through a female lens.”
“This film is exemplary of the kind of authentic storytelling you can expect to see from Invisible Pictures,” says Audrey Rosenberg. “We are honored to collaborate with Julie and this team to create the space for Black Women to tell their own stories.”
Director Julie Dash previously visited Parks’ incredible story as director of the NAACP Image Award-winning CBS Network Television Movie, THE ROSA PARKS STORY, whose accolades include The Family Television Award, The New York Christopher Award, a Humanitas Prize, and first nomination for an African-American in the category of Primetime Movies Made for Television, at the 55th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards.
Dash first broke boundaries 26 years ago at Sundance with her award-winning film DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, and made history as the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release in the United States. The film is being preserved as a national treasure by the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress and inducted into the Sundance Collection. Dash was recently honored by the DGA West, Howard University, UCLA, New York Film Critics, and celebrated globally for her work on that iconic film.
Dash has written and directed for many major networks, and was handpicked by writer/director/producer Ava Duvernay (SELMA; 13TH; A WRINKLE IN TIME) to direct multiple episodes of OWN TV’s QUEEN SUGAR, to air later this year. SHINE A LIGHT, her large-scale video mapping projection project, is currently in production for the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit.