Jan 08, 2018
WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College Department of Athletics and the Pugh Center is sponsoring a day with filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Riley Draper's documentary, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, explores the experiences of the 18 African American members of the 1936 U.S. Olympic team who competed in the Berlin games.
Riley Draper will spend the day with the Colby community by co-hosting an open class session with Professor Cheryl Gilkes at 10 a.m. in Ostrove, and a reception at 4 p.m. and a film screening at 5 p.m. at Ostrove.
A 2016 Film Independent Lab Fellow, Draper was named to Variety Magazine’s
“2016 Top 10 Documakers to Watch“ list. Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, tells the untold story of 18 African Americans who defied Adolph Hitler and Jim Crow in 1936 and is a 2017 nominee for the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Documentary – Film and
qualified for the 2017 Oscars race. Draper co-wrote the film’s theme song, “Find
My Victory”, which was eligible for the Oscar for Best Original Song.