MSU Leadership Institute – Award-Winning Director To Discuss "Standing On My Sister’s Shoulders", 11/10, Bozeman, MT

Award-Winning Director to Discuss Film on Nov 10

The MSU Leadership Institute will screen the award-winning documentary Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders on Wednesday, November 10th at 7pm in the Procrastinator Theater in the MSU Strand Union Building. Both Laura Lipson, the director of the film, and DeAnne Sakaguchi, the editor, will attend the screening, offer insights to the audience, and meet attendees in a post-film reception.

The documentary Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders takes place in Mississippi highlighting the lives of a few courageous women whose actions forever changed the direction of the United States during the Civil Rights Movement. During the late 1950’s and early 1960’s Mississippi held the highest rate of African American lynching.

In the face of such a hostile and violently segregated society, civil rights seemed a bleak and a hopeless venture. However, in the midst of such chaos, a few brave women faced the injustices head on. Risking their physical safety, their jobs, and even their lives, the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi would not have been possible without these fearless activists.

Lipson is Senior Vice President of Marketing of the network TV One. She was Associate Director of movie promotion at ABC, and has worked in Paris as an assistant editor for filmmaker Raoul Ruiz. Sakaguchi has edited feature films, music videos, trailers, and television shows. Sakaguchi is currently cutting promotional trailers at ABC television.

Winner of thirteen festival awards including best documentary, the film screening and reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call the MSU Leadership Institute @ 406-994-7275 or visit

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