MARBL to screen film on Georgia writer Raymond Andrews

Published 02-20-2012

Photo credit: Photo by Jerry Bauer.

Raymond Andrews

Thurs. Feb. 23 @ 4 pm/Jones Room: The Atlanta community will have a chance to view a documentary on the life of writer Raymond Andrews and hear from the filmmaker and a history department faculty member who has done research on the Andrews family.

The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) will screen Jesse Freeman’s film Somebody Else, Somewhere Else: The Raymond Andrews Story on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Jones Room on the third floor of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Following the screening, Gyanendra Pandey, a distinguished faculty member of the Emory Department of History, will provide commentary based on his own research on the Andrews family and will engage Freeman in a conversation concerning the lasting legacy of this family.

Somebody Else, Somewhere Else depicts the life of Georgia writer and memoirist Raymond Andrews. The film originally premiered on Georgia Public Broadcasting, a statewide public television network, in September 2010.

“I’ve been eager to screen Mr. Freeman’s film at Emory from the moment I first saw it on Georgia Public Broadcasting,” said Randall Burkett, curator of MARBL’s African American collections. “Raymond Andrews was a superb writer, and his papers are among the first collections Emory received by an African American literary figure. His work is too little known, and this film by Jesse Freeman provides a marvelous opportunity to bring this writer back to public awareness.”

Author of an often praised Muskhogean County trilogy (a fictional Southern locale drawn from his youth spent in rural Georgia), Andrews was the recipient of the James Baldwin Prize and posthumously won the American Book Award for his 1991 book of two novellas, Jessie and Jesus and Cousin Claire. He died in 1991 and was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.

Much of the research Freeman conducted for the film was done on the 10th floor of Woodruff Library in MARBL. The film includes footage taken from MARBL’s extensive collection of Andrews family papers. Selections from the Raymond Andrews papers and items from the Benny Andrews papers and Viola Perryman Andrews papers are all featured in the film.

“It’s important to screen this film at Emory because that’s where the Raymond Andrews archive is and that’s where the archives of his other family members are,” Freeman said. “In some way it holds up a mirror, especially to the folks at MARBL, to show what’s here and what can be done. This would not have been possible without the really good work that the folks at MARBL do.”

Somebody Else, Somewhere Else: The Raymond Andrews Story is composed of original interviews with various friends, family members and literary scholars and also features archival footage of interviews with Andrews himself. Other interviewees include his brother Benny Andrews, a renowned visual artist, and novelists Philip Lee Williams, Terry Kay, Tony Grooms, Richard Bausch and Gary Gildner.

Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library is located at 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322. Parking is available in the Fishburne deck.        

Posted 2-20-12

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