Poster for The Man (1972) with Author Wil Haygood

The Man (1972) with Author Wil Haygood

Wed, Oct 20
  • Wed, Oct 20
7:00 pm

Run Time: 120 min. Release Year: 1972


Join us for a discussion with author Wil Haygood followed by a screening of director Joseph Sargent’s The Man (1972)


The Film Center is proud to join organizations across the city in celebrating Columbus-born author Wil Haygood’s new book, Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World, an unprecedented perspective on racism in America that highlights the experiences of Black artists on-screen and behind the scenes.

Hanif Abdurraqib, an American poet, essayist, and cultural critic, will lead a discussion on films from the book, including Joseph Sargent’s The Man (1972) based on the 1964 bestselling speculative fiction novel by Irving Wallace.

In the film, U.S. Senator Douglass Dilman — played by James Earl Jones — runs the White House because the president, vice president and speaker of the house cannot. As the first Black man to occupy the Oval Office, Dilman is a political target from the moment he takes power, facing challenges from white racists, black political activists, and an international crisis when a young Black American is accused of an assassination attempt on the South African defense minister.

Admission to this event is free and tickets will be available to pick up in person at Gateway Film Center’s Ticket Center three hours prior.

The community-wide celebration of the release of Colorization is supported by CAPA, Columbus International Black Film Festival, Columbus Metropolitan Club, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, Drexel Theatre, Gateway Film Center, Gramercy Books, Greater Columbus Arts Council, King Arts Complex, Larry and Donna James, Lincoln Theatre and Wexner Center for the Arts. Read more here.

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