HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 16, 2015) â€“ The academy nominated film “Selma” and award Golden Globe winner for best original song for “Glory” by Common and John Legend is free to view to students across the US.Â Due to the generous contributions by so many of the countryâ€™s most prominent African-American business leaders, more than 275,000 middle and high school students across the U.S. will experience the critically acclaimed film for free at participating theaters while supplies last.
An additional 12 locations have joined the growing movement lead by African-American business leaders to raise funds for students across the country to see the Academy AwardÂ®-nominated film â€œSELMA,â€ expanding the first-of-its-kind campaign to 25 locations nationwide. The new locations joining the movement are Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Central Florida/Orlando, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Montgomery, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and St. Louis.
â€œâ€˜SELMAâ€™ is such an important film for young people to see now in the wake of Ferguson, Cleveland and New York. The struggle for justice is a long one, and Selma is history that a new generation needs to know more fully,â€ -Dr. Michael Lomax, President & CEO, United Negro College Fund.
â€œAs a filmmaker, I recognize the transformative power of film; thatâ€™s why the overwhelming response to the â€˜SELMAâ€™ initiative here in Los Angeles and across the nation is so heartening. Itâ€™s a reminder of the importance of voting and civics engagement and demonstrates how anything can be accomplished through creativity and collective effort,â€–Martin Chase Production in Los Angeles.
Viacomâ€™sÂ Paramount Pictures, which is distributingÂ â€œSELMA,â€Â is coordinating the programs with participating theaters in the U.S. Â For a list of participating theaters in select cities offering free admission to students during this program and for information on group sales, visitÂ www.SelmaMovie.com/studenttickets.Â The students who presentÂ a current student ID or report cardÂ at the box office of any participating theaterÂ will receive free admission while tickets last. To help get the word out about the program, tweet using the hashtag #SelmaForStudents.