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February 11, 2014
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2/11, 9pm ET. Online Encore and Live Chat of Independent Lens' Spies of Mississippi.

Chat Live with the filmmaker, Dawn Porter.

It is the spring of 1964 and a long, hot Mississippi summer is about to explode. The civil rights community is gearing up for a major operation nicknamed Mississippi Freedom Summer. Hundreds — if not thousands — of mostly white student activists from the North are preparing to link up with dozens of mostly black freedom workers in the Magnolia State to accomplish what the Mississippi power structure fears the most: registering black people to vote.

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Everything But The News: Series Preview

Spies of Mississippi

The story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ‘60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement.

Everything But The News: Series Preview

59min 35sec


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    Jonathan Remple

    Digital Engagement Producer, ITVS Jonathan served as a Fulbright Fellow in Rwanda before coming to Public Media where he hosts live screenings and discussions with filmmakers.


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    Dawn Porter


    Dawn Porter is an award-winning producer/director whose most recent documentary, Gideon’s Army, won the 2013 Sundance Editing Award in addition to the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award. The film has received generous grants from the Ford Foundation, The Tribeca Film Institute, The Sundance Film Institute and Chicken & Egg Pictures. The film will be broadcast by HBO in Summer 2013.

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