Background[ edit ] In the years leading up to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Birmingham had earned a national reputation as a tense, violent and racially segregated city, in which even tentative racial integration of any form was met with violent resistance. Martin Luther King described Birmingham as "probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States".
Production[ edit ] Lee first became interested in making a film about the Birmingham bombing as a student at New York University in After reading a New York Times Magazine article about the incident, he was moved to write to Chris McNair, the father of Denise, one of the victims, asking for permission to tell her story on film.
McNair turned down the young, aspiring filmmaker's offer. So my skills as a filmmaker were nonexistent, and at that time, Chris McNair was still hesitant to talk about it," Lee said in a interview with Industry Central's The Director's Chair.
So it took ten years of Chris thinking about this and ten years of myself making movies for this to come together. McNair said, "[I]t's very important that this be done accurately and correctly.
In all his research, he [Lee] showed that he was objective and seeking a broad section of opinion. I'm a stickler for the facts.
He shifted to a documentary. He wanted to have the families be as comfortable as possible. Lee's film never made the final cut due in part to conflict between Lee and Demme, however, the working partnership between Lee and Kuras was born.
Spike Lee's first documentary is a simultaneously wrenching and provocative account of the bombing of a Birmingham, AL church that left four African American teenage girls dead and led to the %. 4littlegirlsbox. 4 Little Girls (DVD) From the director of ' 'Do The Right Thing' ' and ' 'Malcolm X' ' comes ' 'a masterpiece.' ' (Chicago Tribune) When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, , it takes the lives of four young timberdesignmag.coms:
I always felt that one of the reasons that I had got into filmmaking was that I wanted to use my craft to be able to say something about the human condition, however I could, in my own humble way. For me this was an opportunity to make a small contribution.
Pollard was recommended to Spike as a replacement for his longtime collaborator Barry Brown, who was directing his own film.
Busy working on his segments of Eyes on the Prize, Pollard originally refused Lee's overture, but then agreed to work with him. He has since become one of Lee's most prolific collaborators. Their first few films working together were fiction, but Pollard's background was in documentary. He was key to guiding the structure of 4 Little Girls.
Basically it was to help with the conception of the structure, to edit it We spent a lot of time screening dailies together. We could come to 40 Acres at 7a.
We talked, selected all the material that we liked, and I started working on the structure in the editing room. Spike was asking if he needed narration and what the structure should be.On this day in , a bomb explodes during Sunday morning services in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls.
With its large African-American congregation. A brief remembrance of the Four Little Girls Lost in the bombing of the 16th St.
Baptist Church. Jul 09, · In that attack, four little African-American girls lost their lives and a nation was simultaneously revolted, angered and galvanized to push the fight for equality and justice on.
Written by Kenneth Chisholm /10(K). On this day in , a bomb explodes during Sunday morning services in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls. From the director of ' 'Do The Right Thing' ' and ' 'Malcolm X' ' comes ' 'a masterpiece.' ' (Chicago Tribune) When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, , it takes the lives of four young girls/5().
Spike Lee tells the full story of the bombing of a black church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls and became a defining moment in the history of America's civil-rights movement.