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Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: (415) 338-1665


SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 12, 2001 --- San Francisco State University and the Television Race Initiative will host an evening of film and dialogue on race relations with Twilight: Los Angeles, a film adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith's award-winning play, on Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Humanities Building, Room 133 on the S.F. State campus, located at 1600 Holloway Ave. A panel conversation and a small group discussion will follow the screening of film excerpts. The free event is open to the public.

     The complete film, which PBS will broadcast Sunday, April 29 on Thirteen/WNET New York's drama series "Stage on Screen," comes 10 years after the Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King was captured on video and broadcast worldwide. The acquittal of the officers in April 1992 set off three days of rioting, looting and violence in Los Angeles. Fifty-two people died.

    Those events served as the basis for Smith's searing one-woman play on race relations that earned two Tony nominations, an Obie, a Drama Desk award and two NAACP Theater awards. Smith's stage performance is mixed with documentary footage.

    In addition to the Television Race Initiative, the screening will be sponsored by S.F. State's Office of the Dean for Human Relations, Associated Students Performing Arts, the Educational Opportunity Program and the Berkeley Dispute Resolution Services. Major funding for Twilight: Los Angeles was provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Levi Strauss Foundation, the Miriam and Peter Haas Fund and Susie Thompkins-Buell. Developed with the assistance of the Sundance Institute. Fiscal sponsorship by Women Make Movies and produced in association with PBS and Thirteen/WNET.

    For directions to the screening, go to For more information, call S.F. State's Office of the Dean for Human Relations at (415) 338-3459.

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