TEXAS FILMMAKERS SERIES
WHEN I RISE
afterwards stay for free beers donated by Saint Arnolds and a talkback with
Don Carleton the film’s executive producer and Alison Beck the co-producer
A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar.
This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world.
When I Rise is an inspirational journey toward finding forgiveness within oneself. Directed by Mat Hames.