Documentary “When I Rise” Selected for Indianapolis and New York Film Festivals

July 2, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — "When I Rise," a documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, an opera singer who overcame racial discrimination to achieve international stardom, is an official selection of the Indianapolis International Film Festival and the New York City International Film Festival.

When I Rise

The Indianapolis International Film Festival, one of the Midwest's fastest-growing and most-watched film festivals, will screen "When I Rise" on Friday, July 16, and Monday, July 19. Both screenings will take place at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The film is also a selection of the inaugural New York City International Film Festival, Aug. 12-19. Screening schedule and details will be announced shortly.

"When I Rise" is the story of Conrad, a gifted University of Texas at Austin music student who became a target of racial discrimination and ultimately ascended to the heights of international opera. Produced by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, "When I Rise" is an Alpheus Media Production, in association with Allentown Productions. The film was directed by Austin filmmaker Mat Hames. Producers include Oscar® and Emmy-winning filmmaker James Moll and award-winning producer and director Michael Rosen. The film was made possible by support from AT&T.

The film premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival, and was a selection at both the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival and the 2010 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (Toronto).

For more information, contact: Erin Purdy, Center for American History, 512 495 4692.