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Film Programs
The Learning Tree

January 19 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Introduced by Philip Brookman, consulting curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

The Learning Tree was the first production by a major Hollywood studio (Warner Brothers) to be directed by an African American. Gordon Parks’s feature film debut is based on his 1963 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name about a teenager growing up in rural Kansas during the 1920s. Remarkably, Parks not only wrote the screenplay adaptation of his own novel and directed the film, he also produced it and composed the musical score. In 1989 The Learning Tree was included in the National Film Registry by the United States National Film Preservation Board (1969, 35mm, 106 minutes)

courtesy Warner Bros./Photofest

About this Film Series

The Films of Gordon Parks
January 12 – February 10
East Building Auditorium

Film programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

View the current schedule here.

Related Exhibition

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950
November 4, 2018 – February 18, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor, Outer Tier

About the Artist

Parks, Gordon
, 1912 - 2006

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